Posted on 24 August 2010.
In the midst of a struggling economy, jobs are harder to come by than ever. People searching for new employment can often feel at a loss when faced with the realities of today’s economy. Actually securing an interview is a huge accomplishment, but it’s important to make sure that you stand out from the hoard of other job seekers competing for the same position. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to make certain that you’re cementing a great and lasting first impression.
- Be on time. Sure, it’s understandable that life can often get in the way. Realistically, though, an employer is going to be immediately turned off by an applicant who can’t be bothered to show up when they’re scheduled. You may have had a horrible morning – the interviewer doesn’t want to hear it and doesn’t care. They have their own jobs to do, and your tardiness likely sets them behind schedule. So, leave extra early and wait in the parking lot if you have to, but make sure to arrive five to ten minutes before your interview is scheduled to start.
- Come prepared. Although most employers will have your resume and sometimes even your references printed out from your application, it never hurts to bring extra copies. Also make sure to have any other paperwork or documentation they have asked for or that logic dictates you may need. They’ll be impressed that you’re thinking ahead.
- Know about the company and job you’re interviewing for. Researching a job and a company ahead of time tells the employer that you were interested in their position, not just any position. It can also help you be better prepared for the questions that they might ask during the interview.
- Don’t ask about money! While we all realize that money is obviously a key factor in whether or not a job is for you, it’s downright tacky to bring it up yourself. Either let them introduce the topic of payment or assume that it’s something that can be shared during a later interview.
- Keep it friendly, but professional. Have a good attitude, make eye contact, and laugh at their jokes, but don’t go off on long winded personal tangents that have nothing to do with the position. Make sure the conversation stays focused on the position, the company, and how you fit their needs.
These five simple steps are a great building block for a fabulous first impression. Know them, live them, and you’ll be surprised at the opportunities coming your way.
Posted in Job Interviews
Posted on 14 January 2010.
When looking for a manufacturing job, you will find the market flooded with numerous people applying for the same jobs.
With so many others applying for the same job as you, how do you make yourself stand out in the interview, that you are the candidate that gets the callback?
The following tips will help you to cinch that all-important interview:
- Be prompt and have a firm handshake
When the hiring decision come down to two equally qualified candidates, a decision will be based on the little things, a firm hand shake, being prompt, a professional attitude.
While a manufacturing interview does not require a suit, do dress to impress. Dress pants or khakis, a button down shirt tucked in and a belt. The assumption is that if you look neat and tidy, your work will also be neat and tidy.
- Be specific about your experience and what skills you have.
This is very important, especially in manufacturing. In manufacturing, experience is key. If you have experience for the exact job they are hiring for, that is good, but if you have a variety of experience, but less specific, you may still be a more valuable employee.
- Be enthusiastic and ask questions
Show them that you are truly interested in working for their company. Prepare some questions to ask, directly related to manufacturing, such as; “do you use lean manufacturing techniques?” or, “What is your safety record?” Remember to thank them for the interview.
Remember interviewers see numerous people with similar experience. Machine operators and assembly people are plentiful, so the decision on who to hire usually comes down to the details, which put some effort into the interview. The interview is your time to show them you are prepared, professional and that you are the employee that will go the extra mile.
Posted in Job Interviews
Posted on 02 November 2009.
Here are four questions that are often asked when an applicant undergoes a job interview. While these interview questions are common, the applicant often finds it difficult to answer them. Here are the best strategies for responding to them.
The first question asks you to tell something about yourself. Because this appears to be a general question, applicants often wonder how they could summarize their life story in a matter of minutes. Fortunately, experts point out that the best way to answer this question is to focus on your major achievements in your past jobs, how they demonstrate your strengths, and how you can apply these in the job that you are applying for.
The second question inquires as to the reason why you left your previous job. The problem is that you may have resigned because you did not like your boss, or you may have been laid off or fired. The best way to handle this question is to remain positive when describing your reason for leaving, such as the search for better opportunities. It is not the time to criticize your former company or boss.
The third question asks you about your biggest weakness. It is important to understand that the reason for this question is to find out how you respond to challenges. Therefore, the best response is to select a work-related weakness and then explain how you have overcome it.
The fourth question inquires if you want to ask some questions yourself. The best response is to try to ask something about the company but not about the salary and other benefits. You can ask the interviewer whether the job has chances of advancement. You can also ask him what he likes most about the company and why. It should be pointed out here that this should not be overdone but do not forget to ask for the job.
Posted in Job Interviews
Posted on 24 October 2009.
Sometimes the simple questions may be the hardest to answer in a job interview. Aside from the fact that the applicant may be emotionally stressed during this process, a number of interview questions may be tricky. Thus, here are some of the strategies for answering difficult job interview questions. You can practice answering these questions by asking someone to play the role of the interviewer. After this, you may find out that the emotional stress is less severe and you feel more confident when you go for the interview.
One of the most common job interview questions asks you to tell something about yourself. Because this is a general question, you may be momentarily stunned by it if you are not prepared. There are so many aspects of your life that you may soon find yourself hesitating. The key to answering job interview questions is to always relate them to the position that you are applying for and the company. Thus, you can focus on your strengths and your personality traits that you feel will add value to the company.
Another hard interview question asks you to state your greatest strength. This may seem easy at first but there is a temptation to fake it. However, it is advisable to be realistic in your answer to this question because the employer will soon find out if you are telling the truth assuming that you are hired. Focus should be made on your strengths that you can apply for tasks that will be required by the position.
Another difficult interview question is, of course, about your greatest weakness. Some applicants try to answer this question by disguising a positive as a negative trait. However, interviewers can easily recognize this strategy. It would be better to state a particular weakness and then describe how you have overcome it.
Posted in Job Interviews
Posted on 23 October 2009.
Interview Based Questions for Felons
Interview based questions for felons are quite similar to those that are often used for all kinds of applicants. However, felons may be at a disadvantage when competing for a particular job against applicants who have not served a jail term. Nevertheless, felons can enhance their chances of getting hired by determining the specific requirements of the employer.
They should keep in mind during the job interview that interviewers usually look for certain traits. These include honesty and integrity, good communication skills, teamwork skills, strong work ethic, self-motivation or initiative, interpersonal skills, positive attitude, dependability, and adaptability.
A common interview question requests you to tell something about yourself. The best way to answer this is to take note of your positive traits and strengths, work experience and skills that make you qualified for the job. Make sure that you practice answering this question until your response appears to be natural and spontaneous.
Another usual interview question is why you left your previous job. The important rule to follow here is to never say anything negative about your former employer or company even if it is true. If you do this, your prospective employer will know that you will also be bad mouthing him when you leave him. Simply indicate that you wanted a job that is more challenging and that would provide you with a better chance for advancement.
Of course, a very important question in the “why you were convicted and sent to prison?” one! It is vital to prepare for this question. The technique is to explain that you now regret your previous errors and that you have already learned your lesson. You can also add those things that you have done to counter your weaknesses and to improve yourself to make sure that you will not commit the same mistake again.
Posted in Jobs for Felons
Posted on 10 October 2009.
I have an interview, what are they going to ask me?! Answering tough interview questions is a frightening prospect when a job is hanging in the balance. It doesn’t have to be that scary, preparation will get you a long way. But what about answering the tough interview questions that come from out of nowhere?
How do you answer questions like “if you could have lunch with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?” Much of answering these questions involves assessing your ability to think on your feet. Be prepared to answer that without much thought.
You should choose your hero and explain why they are your hero. It does not necessarily have to relate to the position, it will give an interviewer insight into your personality. There is no wrong answer to that question.
One of the toughest and most common questions is “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” You must always answer that question with respect to the company you’re interviewing with. Be specific if possible. Be careful not to threaten the person interviewing you. Read that as “where do you want to be?” Your answer may help you move through the ranks.
You must be honest. Many people are comfortable in their role and don’t want more than that. Employers also like that answer as they don’t want to have to fill a position every year or two. There are lots of great resources available, check some out and be prepared.
Posted in Indiana Job Search, Job Interviews
Posted on 08 October 2009.
Felon Job Search
How to find a job if you’re a felon is a tough question. There are many things you can and cannot do. You’re at a new beginning. So if you are still under court supervision, you must be working in an atmosphere where your employer will understand your parole or work release requirements.
You will be restricted from positions working around firearms and explosives as well as Government jobs and jobs that require licensure. That does not mean you will not be able to work.
Working for a small business employer may be a great option for you. Many small employers need people who are willing to work hard and improve not only their own situation but that of the company. They typically work with a small staff and with close supervision. This is a perfect situation for a felon willing to work hard. You can work in skilled and unskilled labor positions.
Temporary services may be a good option to check into for day labor, construction and manufacturing jobs. The most important thing to remember when wondering “how to find a job if you’re a felon” is that honesty will serve you well. You must be prepared to discuss your conviction at length and assure potential employers that you know crime doesn’t pay.
Also, education is important. If you need to get your GED, do it. Or if you can attend community college this will help you build the skill set you need to find employment.
Posted in Indiana Job Search, Jobs for Felons
Posted on 07 October 2009.
So you have the interview of your life set up and you’re freaking out. What are the best tips for a smooth interview? An employer will make a decision about you in 60 seconds and either you will be called back, hired or never hear from them again.
Your appearance is the first thing a potential employer will assess. Show up properly dressed, men in a clean and pressed suit and women in a solid color suit with coordinating blouse, jewelry and shoes. Not the comfy, well worn heels used so often in your previous job, buy new ones if you need to.
Next they’re going to want to talk to you. The best tips for a smooth interview, especially the talking part, are research, research and research. Search the company, gain information, and be prepared to ask smart questions. You care about this opportunity so you need to care about the company. Be intelligent and thoughtful. Most importantly be honest.
Be prepared to explain any extended absences from the workforce and how you can add value to their firm. Be confident and poised. If they offer to take you out for a meal, order a healthy meal, a salad or chicken dish.
Be sure to avoid an alcoholic beverage, even if your interviewer orders one. Pay attention when they tell you about the company and the position, then paraphrase the information and repeat it to them. This will show you have active listening skills. First impressions are key, be prepared!
Posted in Indiana Job Search
Posted on 04 October 2009.
Entry Level Jobs in Indiana
Fresh graduates from high schools and colleges often apply for entry level jobs in Indiana. The difference between college graduates and high school graduates is that the entry level jobs offered to the former are often permanent and full-time positions that need specific knowledge and skills. High schools graduates usually have to be content with part-time entry-level jobs that often require on-the-job training and physical effort.
Getting hired for an entry level job is relatively easy compared to the other jobs but there are still certain things to consider. The first thing to do is to research the company where you want to land a job. It is advisable to know about the type of work, the opportunities for promotion, and the pay. It is important to determine whether your potential salary will be sufficient for your daily needs.
The information that you gather during the research phase is also essential when you go for the job interview. This will also help you develop a game plan that could impress your potential employer. Because of your research, you are able to make a number of suggestions that could help in improving the operations of the company. Make sure, of course, that your plan does not represent a direct criticism of the company or its executives.
During the job interview it is advisable to be confident and to look at the interviewer in the eye. Shaking hands with the interviewer firmly can also show to the employer that you do not doubt your ability to become an asset for the company.
Posted in Indiana Job Openings
Posted on 11 September 2009.
What are the best jobs in Indiana after manufacturing? Research done at the beginning of the century suggests that potential employees avoid planning a career in the area of manufacturing. Projections ranged from 2002 to 2012, and suggested a decline in all areas of manufacturing of between 12 and 69 percent. In the year 2009, this has proven to be an accurate prediction.
The projected increase in job creation has been in the lower level job arena. These include retail sales, customer service representatives, fast food, cashiers, and custodians. These jobs require few or no skills at the time of application and are well suited for those who are just getting out of high school and don’t intend to go on to college.
For those who do plan to attend college, these stepping stone jobs are a good way to make additional income during the college years, but focus should be on receiving a doctoral degree. The fastest growing jobs available are as postsecondary teachers, which is at the top of 30 other positions that will require the same degree.
According to the US Bureau of Labor, the 10 fastest growing jobs available that require a bachelor degree are:
Indiana is going digital and the best jobs available are reflecting this. Even in this arena the best jobs include starting out at entry level, going to school part time and receiving an associates or bachelor degree and moving up within the company. Many companies are willing to pay for this additional education, especially if you prove to be valued employee at the entry level.
Posted in Indiana Job Search, Indiana Jobs Available