You’ve met with the hiring manager, nailed the job interview and wowed them with your experience. At the end of the meeting, the HR rep will ask if you have any questions for them, and it will benefit you to be prepared. Here are three questions to ask in a job interview.
1. What are the current and ongoing major initiatives this department is working on?
By asking this question you can gauge your potential contribution to the company should you be hired. If the department has few current projects, it may signify a lack of growth or upward mobility at the company, so it can be beneficial to you to determine how useful you’ll be at the business.
2. How would you describe the work environment and company culture?
Filling a job opening requires finding a candidate who will be not only a good fit for the company, but thinks the company is a good fit for them. Employment is a two-way street so be sure to know as much as you can about the company’s culture, values, day-to-day activities and work environment.
3. Can you tell me a little bit about the history of this position?
Knowing the history of the job you’re applying for can help you glean out important details that may give away clues to why the position is vacant. If the previous employee left because the work had become too stressful, this may help you make an educated decision about taking the job. If there are no potential red flags, this question can help you learn valuable history that will help you perform well in your new position.
Gauging the level of anticipated activity at the company, learning about the work culture and finding out about the history of the position will help you make an educated decision about each position you interview for. It will also demonstrate your interest in the position and can influence a hiring manager to choose you over your competition. For additional tips to help you in your job search, check out our blog today.
The economy is beginning to turn around and companies are looking to hire additional staff. If you are currently seeking the perfect employee for your business, here are some tips to help you master the essentials of an interview.
Know what questions you can and cannot ask. We all know there are certain questions you can’t ask while interviewing a potential hire, but did you know that these questions extend to more than just asking about things like age and race? Some questions, like inquiring if the interviewee has a reliable form of transportation or the ability to get a babysitter on short notice, may not be illegal but can be considered offensive or come off a little too friendly. HR World has put together a great list of the questions you should not be asking and provides great alternatives in the event the answers pertain to the job.
Record your impression of the interviewee. Depending on how many interviews you are conducting, it can be difficult to keep all the information straight. A helpful method to remember each candidate and your impressions of their interview is to take down any notes you feel are relevant to the position they are applying for.
Follow through with references. Calling references on a resume can be time consuming and mentally exhausting if you try to do it with every resume. The trick is to call after you have met with the individual and you’ve decided they are a contender. If you are wondering what the best questions to ask the reference are, here are some ideas to guide you.
Knowing the essentials of interviewing is the foundation of hiring a good employee and creating an exceptional team. If you need help staffing your business, let us handle the interviewing process for you.
A cover letter is just as important as a resume for a job application; it gives job seekers a format to showcase to potential employers the reasons they are the best candidate for the job.
Writing a cover
letter is challenging, and before you begin you’ll want to understand the
dynamics of the company, the challenges and trends they might be facing, and
how your knowledge and skills as an employee will bring value and enthusiasm to
To get you started, let’s go through the entire document and review the beginning, middle and end of an effective cover letter.
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Interview questions are a way for a potential employee and employer to get to know each other. It is a traditional part of the job hiring process that provides valuable information for both parties, and some employers are asking non-traditional interview questions to gain deeper insights into an employee’s personality.
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If you’re someone who is regularly
put in charge of interviewing potential candidates for a position – no matter
the industry – the applicants can start to blend together after a while. And if
you’re an individual who has been through the interview process frequently,
chances are you’re honing in on the key words and phrases that will get you
through the first round.
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