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Interviewing for a Job

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

You have your resume. You sent it to 20 companies and 7 replied back. The companies are asking for an interview. You have the attire for dressing to impress but have you gone through the interview in your head? Visualize what will happen. Imagine your confident self giving a firm handshake and sitting with a good posture. Think of what questions your interviewer may ask:

• Why should this company hire you?
• Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
• What can you contribute to a team?
• If you could what would you change about yourself?
• What made you leave your last job?
• Please explain some of your strengths and weaknesses?
• How do you stay motivated?

Form answers to these main questions. Think of what stories or explanations you can tell to showcase your skills.

Sample questions:

Why should this company hire you?
I have a lot of experience related to the position your company is hiring. I worked in (company name) and there I learned how do so and so. That experience taught me blah and how I could use in the future.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
I see myself working either for this company or another. I have many other skills so I may start my own business in future and promote that niche.

What can you contribute to a team?
I usually enjoy leading and motivating others. In a team I would be pick a leadership roll and make sure my team gets its projects done before the dead line.

If you could what would you change about yourself?
I would change my motivation and help it fit with those around me. Sometimes I am so hyped up and motivated to get something done that I push other people. These people may not be as inclined as I am so sometimes I have to tone myself down so I can work cohesively with a team.

What made you leave your last job?
The work I was doing was not challenging enough for me. In the end my goals changed and I decided to leave the company. I did enjoy working there but I rather go somewhere that can use my skills to its full potential.

Please explain some of your strengths and weaknesses?
My strengths are keeping myself and others motivated. My weakness is trying to complete my task as soon as possible when some of my co workers maybe going at their own pace.

How do you stay motivated?
I know this maybe cliché to say but I feel motivated to change people’s lives. To see them grow and reach their potential. Of course coffee helps but at the end of the day it’s that satisfaction of getting everything completed do I feel motivated to continue.

If you are still having trouble answering these questions here is a great article to check out by Alison Doyle. There are some great answers which can help you form your own.

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewquestionsanswers/a/interviewquest.htm

Jobs can be found through networking, internships, or in a local paper. Keep trying and soon you will have the career you desire.

Getting a Job after your Undergrad or after Grad school

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

The job market is constantly changing. No longer does an individual work for a company for 30 plus years and then retire and collect checks in the mail. Yes there are exceptions to every rule but in these current times companies will higher a younger person who can do more work and take more stress. They may even outsource their work to employees in a third world country so it can be done for cheaper.

Don’t expect to get your dream job right out of college. You may have to work on the side and apply numerous times before you land that job. Networking and an internship are powerful tools to land the position you want as well as the career center on campus. Check on campus-recruiting and career fairs. If you work within a company and a spot job that needs to be created try selling the idea to the company. You may have success in filling that position. Continue your search and remember there will be tough times but accept the struggle. Preserve and keep trying!

A great site we recommend when searching for jobs is www.monster.com and www.careerbuilder.com

According to the National Association of College and Employers look for about 6 things:

• What school you have attended
• Any volunteer work
• Any leadership positions you took
• What is your major?
• A High GPA (3.0 or above)
• Has been involved in extracurricular activities

The information listed above can be found here: http://www.naceweb.org/Publications/Spotlight_Online/2010/0106/Job_Outlook__What_do_employers_look_for_in_candidates_.aspx

It’s also important to have basic skills such as motivation, computer skills, a logical mindset, and working well with a team. After college you will be more familiar with skills since many of your classes will ask you to learn or practice these skills.

Getting a career/job is numbers game. You will apply to 15 and less than half will call you back. Out of those numbers you will be set with interviews. Some will have more than one interview. You will dress formally and be there for the interview ahead of time. Show up to the interview with your resume and confident self. So start looking for jobs and calling already! Your future is waiting!