Why My Business Model Is Focused on Employee Compensation

As a graduate with a four-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design, my number one goal when graduating was to become a salaried designer. I knew that if I wanted to be fairly compensated for my work, I needed to know my self-worth without being entitled, and should be confident enough to negotiate my first paycheck. I was tired of working for a measly hourly wage (so I thought!) and I could not wait to enter adulthood with a consistent and steady income. I was in for a rude awakening.

With any type of legal matters, especially for an employer, there are ways to cut corners for fair compensation. It seemed that where hourly work could be cut to be held just under “full-time,” the opposite was true for salaried work. I was working my second full-time salaried position as a designer when I realized I was expected to get to work an hour early, and stay at least an hour past 5:00, the leaving time. This however was still not even the hours I was expected to work, as I would log 55-65 hour weeks, while compensation was a salary, based on 40 hours a week 8am-5am. That employer would explain that it was for my own benefit because of traffic, and that with this type of work, long hours are required to get the job done right. I do not disagree that long hours are sometimes necessary, and that doing it right, matters more than “the clock” sometimes. What I fundamentally disagree on, is that any employee should work for free! It’s basic business, employees should be compensated for working – That was always how the equation worked when I was being taught the merits of business, even in grade-school.

As I am on the verge of a new business venture, where I will certainly need full-time employees, my mind-set has not changed in the slightest. Even more so now, I believe that fair and transparent compensations of my employees is at the for-front of my business model. There are many ways to compensate an employee however, with bonuses, commissions, paid time-off, benefits like healthcare and 401(k) matching, and accolades and rewards. The list is much longer, but the fact remains, there is no reason a company should not do everything to compensate, inspire, and empower their employees to make the lives they want for themselves. I view my employees as the most important asset my business will have. I plan to protect those assets with fair compensation, payment for all working hours (even for salaried employees), in all the forms possible. Compensation has been described as two separate fields of balance between employee compensation, and balancing the businesses’ financial goals. I however, have the goal within my business to fairly compensate all employees, pay all bills, and manage all expenses, not to make loads of profit that sit in various accounts and funds to spend on making more profits and funds. So a balance is created by switching the goals of the business venture, to benefit the employees, (myself included!) which in turn, benefits the business as a whole.

 

6 Things to Consider When Becoming a Nurse Anesthetist

A nurse anesthetist takes on the role of administering anesthesia in a variety of professions such as in the dentist’s office or the hospital emergency room. The basic process to become qualified includes completing the required training and passing the nurse anesthesia certification exam. Here are six things to help get started in this profession:

Formal training

The training and education starts with a registered nursing license (RN) and a bachelor’s in nursing (BSN). Many of the teaching programs depend on the applicant holding an RN and a BSN. There are several types of programs to help those at different stages of learning, including those intended for non nursing students to those with more experience and wishing to learn at an accelerated pace.

Gain experience

While enrolled in formal training, it also helps to get practical, hands-on experience. This is essential for the BSN or RN student and usually forms part of the criteria for the master’s program. It generally helps to have 12 months or more experience prior to entering the nurse anesthesia master’s course.

Expect long working hours

This job role is likely to involve long hours because of the need to start working with patients before the operation begins. They are involved with the screening test before the procedure starts to help establish the specific needs. Plus, the nurse is also responsible for monitoring the patient’s recovery and needs to be able to respond to any emergencies.

Working with machines and needles

The anesthesia process is delivered in several different ways which can include taking orally, through injection and some are even inhaled. In addition to feeling comfortable around the use of needles, it is also a requirement to have a complete understanding of the highly technical machinery that the patients are connected to.

Direct contact

Even though they don’t get to see the patient for the initial health exams, the nurse still has quite a lot of direct contact with patients so it is important to be great with people. The nurse should have the right sense of skill, compassion and bedside manner to give the desired comfort to the patient and keep them feeling relaxed and content.

School

Make sure to choose the teaching school that fully fits the professional goals and interests. Try to sign up to the academic nursing program that is well located and gives a great feeling when you first walk around campus. It is best to avoid the schools that aren’t in the best location for you, the cost is quite high, or you just don’t get the right impression on the initial tour of the campus.

What Valuable Career Has Yet To Be Established

In the career space it is becoming increasingly certain that the future of careers is increasingly uncertain. The headwinds of change are strengthening and what in traditional employment has looked stable is now looking unstable. There are a variety of economic and social shifts ushering in this climate of modification and adjustment, influenced largely by globalization, technology, and changing demographics with the trends looking irreversible. Given that significant change has a way of making people nervous and anxious it could seem that the future may be something to fear. But what if we were to reframe this phenomenon as an opportunity? It can be done.

Viewing undetermined career variations favorably begins with asking the question, “What valuable career(s) has/have yet to be established?” To begin answering the question let’s pass through the portal allowing us to view the world’s many challenges. There is certainly no shortage of problems in need of resolutions. The demands are countless and the need for bold, positive, and progressive actions, leading to widespread beneficial advances is urgent. So where do we begin? Following are my picks for top categories where future talent can best direct their energies-in ways about which we can only today dream.

Poverty: The most egregious plight continuing to poison humankind is the plague of poverty. It burdens us all economically, in terms of security, and of course morally. Must we continue to accept that so many of the planet’s people struggle to live healthy lives of happiness and fulfillment?

Economics: If there is one thing we learned from the recent recession it is that our economic health is far from secure. Expertise in the financial industry and among the monetary decision makers is required to maintain a fiscal model free of the wild and dangerous speculative swings that can so devastate Main Street.

Healthcare: Preventing and treating disease, promoting wellness, and leveraging recent breakthroughs in science and medicine contribute immeasurably to the number of career opportunities. Projections are that Healthcare will see very strong growth. Many lives are just waiting to be enhanced and heightened.

Environment: Managing a growing global population that demands more use of finite resources and higher living standards is our collective reality for the foreseeable future. There will be no shortage of creative solutions to be discovered assisting the planet in supporting the burgeoning masses.

Business Services: Aiding business to provide the necessary and desired goods and services, which will elevate and sustain enjoyable and productive lives remains important. Profitable and rewarding models and techniques are still in need of detection and development.

Lifestyle: Crafting the zeitgeist of new eras will be in the hands and minds of those involved in the arts, fashion, music, literature, and culture as they seek novel ways of expressing the times. Creative facility is waiting to be unleashed to communicate the spirit and meaning of ages yet to come.

I could go on. Energy, International Relations, Social Work, and many other fields hold promise as areas for future career development. Societies yearn for original and fresh approaches to improve and better the world. All of us, young and old, have the capacity to meet this demand.

We owe it to ourselves to nurture and expand an entrepreneurial mindset, leading to innovative problem solving and wealth creation. Let’s train and orient our youth in particular to be entrepreneurial success stories and not merely laborers practicing routine procedures. Discovering concepts new, untried, and effective should be encouraged as much if not more than reproducing commodities. Permit and reassure our students and children to take reasonable risk, collaborate with like-minded entrepreneurs, and apply intelligence in peculiar and offbeat ways.

It can be exciting and energizing to think that original and valuable careers are waiting to be spawned. It gives us hope.

 

Job Searching Myths Debunked

People looking for jobs often have many mistaken ideas about job hunting. Generally, that’s due to superfluous knowledge about certain things. Job seekers come to know of half the things from different sources, mainly from word of mouth, and tend to assume the other half in a manner that suits them. All those things encourage people to develop myths about job hunting. Here, we’ll discuss about some such myths:

Myth 1: People think that they stand better chances of getting a job by registering with as many job search sites as possible.

That’s a wrong perception people have! Getting registered with all the possible sites doesn’t prompt employers to get in touch with you and offer you a job. You should also look for job opportunities in newspapers and business magazines. Most newspapers have a special section devoted to jobs, and many trade magazines too follow the same practice.

Myth 2: Employers are not really keen to employ people who have been changing jobs very frequently.

People who keep changing jobs frequently are considered to be unsure of them. It’s but natural for the employers to question a job seeker what prompted him to change job from one company to another. So, you should be prepared to give a logical reason for your action. Employers do understand that everybody wants to rise further in his career to earn more money by acquiring additional skills and be successful in life. It’s imprudent to keep working in the same job for any number of years if you are getting better opportunities somewhere else. Changing a job for better opportunities is not an issue at all with any employer. Yet, one should avoid working for too short a period, of say less than one year.

Myth 3: A cover letter isn’t really necessary while applying for a job.

A cover letter precedes your resume of which it’s an integral and important part. Employers do go through cover letters. However, at times, the recruiter may ask candidates not to include any cover letter. Only in such cases you need not enclose the same. A well-prepared cover letter tells the prospective employer what you are looking for, and how well you are qualified for that job.

Myth 4: Mailing your cover letter and resume ensures you an interview with the employer.

You should know that companies receive a lot of applications almost every day. Nobody has the time and patience to thoroughly go through all of them. So, having forwarded your application, you shouldn’t be sitting and waiting for the company to approach you. If you are confident that you are very well-suited for the post you applied for, you should follow-up with the company. Don’t hesitate to call them up to inquire the status. It’s not easy to get jobs these days. It often helps to request for a personal interview, especially when you are confident of your capabilities. Even otherwise, there’s no harm in requesting for an interview with the employer. Who knows, you may still get that job!

 

The Importance of Your Job Searching Attitude

It’s quite rare to come across people who got their first job soon after having applied for it. Perhaps, as a teenager, you had a neighbor in business whom you asked for a job and he hired you, but these days job searches are not so simple or so quick to come by.

Getting hired needs continued efforts. Normally, it requires facing many interviews and getting rejected at times. In the process, you keep learning and are often required to modify and widen your approach many times.

Knowing the kind of job you are looking for and how to effectively search for such jobs helps reducing stress and enables you to continue with renewed efforts and a positive approach. There are many jobs available, and you have many options too. If you continue to be patient and diligent in your efforts, it’s not difficult to get an opportunity for the right job.

It should not be difficult for you to understand that the simpler it is to apply for a job, the more difficult it becomes for you to get noticeable. Look at it this way: you may choose to send hundreds of resumes to online job boards by merely clicking on the mouse, but don’t forget thousands of others may also do the same thing. That means you’ll be required to face a tough competition. Now, that’s not a good strategy for finding jobs.

Ask your friends and relatives how they got their jobs. It may surprise you to learn that most of them got one through a known person, like a friend or friend of a friend, or on recommendation of somebody. Follow the same approach and you are on the right track for getting a job. It’s proven that networking delivers results.

Regularly devote some time to learn how to make networking better for you. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations and help wherever possible. Even after getting a job, remain active with your networking, for you can’t say when you might discover a better opportunity through your network.

You need to have a positive approach while hunting for a job, and understand that though you require a job, the likely employer has the same or greater requirements. They have a vacancy to fill, challenges to be met and clients to be taken care of. You need to convince the employer that you have the necessary qualifications and skills for solving his problems before you get hired.

There is no magical way for hunting jobs. Nothing on its own can guarantee a successful job search. A professionally written and outstanding resume alone can’t guarantee you a job, nor can your terrific performance at the time of the interview assure you success. You’ll also realize that the most qualified candidate doesn’t always get a job.

The final decision of the recruiting manager is influenced by many factors. At times, some internal politics may come to play. Perhaps the selected candidate attended the right school. Maybe the employer you worked for in some way harmed the recruiting manager or someone known to him. Or he may get a feeling the other candidate would go along better with the present team. Many times, it’s concluded that the chosen contender was more amiable and considered to be more enjoyable to work with.

The conclusion is to keep smiling during your interview, tell your achievements that can be connected to needs of the prospective employer, don’t ever talk ill of anybody, and do convey your enthusiasm for that post. If the hiring manager is sure of your positive attitude and finds you pleasant, in all probability he will prefer to hire you.

Search Your Next Job Online and Offline

If you are looking for a job or considering a change of career, you need to find more than one way of finding job in today’s technology driven world that is going through an economic downtrend. You certainly need to maximize your chances of getting job by knowing more about the ways that present day jobseekers are employing for finding jobs. Simply put, you can no more depend upon just continuing with the ‘situation vacant’ ads.

Online Job Search Websites

If you go online, you’ll find a large variety of websites, all designed to help you find job listings. Many of those sites allow you to post your resume free of charge, but there are others which charge you for uploading your resume. The kind of site you may use for getting a job will most likely be decided by the field you are working in, and the level at which you want to work now.

How Are People Looking for Jobs?

It is estimated that, these days, ten percent of people find their next job through the Internet. The reasons for that could be that they scan job search websites of the kind of Craigslist.com and Monster.com, or they found an opening on the company’s website. Though that percentage is high, the fact remains that ninety percent of people fail to find jobs using the net. That means people to find additional ways of finding jobs.

A majority of job seekers looking for jobs in the mid-range are spending half of their time looking for jobs online and mailing their applications. Now, that’s not a bad proposition, but the problem is that frequently job search websites don’t contain the latest available jobs, and many of the listed jobs you may apply for might have already been filled. Certainly, there are more efficient ways of utilizing your time by putting a slightly more effort on your part in your job searches.

What Are the Other Ways to Finding Jobs?

Apart from making use of job search websites, you should also spend time networking with people who can be helpful in finding you a job. That’s not a difficult thing to do, with social networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook to help you out. Of course, it demands more of your time and effort, but you’ll appreciate that the quality of job openings that you come to know of this way is most often much better than what you get informed through job search websites.

How to increase your chances?

Are you aware that about eighty percent of employers would do a search for you while they are processing applications received for any job? That’s because they find it a convenient way of ignoring people with any clear issues. That means it is time that you looked through your personal Google results. Simply, Google your own name and view the results! If you observe plenty of doubtful or unhelpful information, you need to spend time and work upon improving your online reputation before you start searching job websites.

 

Top 10 Interview Tips for the Best Interview Experience

download (9)So you’ve mastered the resume! How wonderful and now you have an interview, even better! Congratulations! You’ve now made it to where everybody wants to go. If you’re getting ready for your next interview take a look at our Top 10 Interviewing Tips. I can’t guarantee your success at getting the job but it may help make you stand out in the crowd.

Basic Interview Tips

1. Be on time or early

It should be noted that this shouldn’t be on the list at all except Human Resource people tell me all the time that their candidates are late. Just remember it’s better to be early and wait for the hiring manager than be late and make them wait on you. If needed, make sure you’re there 15 minutes early.While I was in the service if you weren’t 15 minutes early you were already late. I have to admit that this has carried over to my career. I even show up early to telephone conference calls. I’ve worked for people who laugh as I’m hanging on to the phone waiting for the meeting to start!

2. Dress for success

Dressing for successful interviews doesn’t have to mean boring. There are a few tips on how to dress for the occasion but for me there is really only a couple of real points to remember.

  • Wear a jacket (Yes men you should wear a tie preferably not clip on
  • Wear something someone can comment on and ask you questions about Like an interesting piece of Jewelry or a tie pin. Also checkout what the hiring manager is wearing maybe they also have an identifying piece on that may help you start a conversation and build a connection.

3. Bring copies of your resume

Even though most companies will forward your resume to the hiring manager because they are through an automated talent system they may be hard to read so make sure you bring clean resume including a cover letter. If you have more than one interviewer and you know the names make sure that the cover letter is addressed to the Hiring Manager that you are interviewing with. If they don’t tell you their names prior or you only have one name put the one name you have. But if they don’t, put To Whom it May Concern.

4. Make Eye Contact

Establishing good eye contact during an interview can make the difference in whether you successfully get a job. Your eyes serve as the window into your confidence, interest level and professionalism in an interview. Maintaining good eye contact throughout the interview doesn’t exactly mean staring at the Hiring Manager the whole time. It should appear natural and friendly so you can look away from time to time. If you get intimidated or distracted when looking into their eyes, you can look at their forehead

5. Use Non-Verbal Language

From the opening handshake to your smile, posture, and eye contact during the interview, the way you present yourself non-verbally plays a crucial role in how Hiring Manager judges your interest and enthusiasm for the job. Be polite and be yourself. The default job-interview facial expression would be your smile. Your handshake should be firm, but not bone-crushing. Once the Hiring Manager invites you to have a seat, sit up straight and try sitting slightly toward the edge of the chair to appear eager. If you’d like to go back to the basics check out this article from Quint Careers on Basic Interview Tips.

The Best Interview Tips

6. Have you done your Research?

Research, research, research and let me stress Research. You will know of the hiring manager and hopefully you will know any additional people that you would interview with.

Researching the Hiring Manager

First order of business is to make sure you look them up on LinkedIn. Check out this article on How to Research a Hiring Manager before an Interview. Next up you should look them up on Facebook and Google +.

  • Find out if you have any common hobbies or interests
  • If you can befriend them on LinkedIn to check out their connections to see if you have anyone in common
  • See if you have a common Alma matter or a competitive one each can bring bonding over which makes the interview more successful.
  • See if they have prior service in the military (All veterans are proud of their service)
  • Check and if they’ve won any awards

Researching the Company

Make sure you research the company as well so you can show off your new found knowledge.

  • Look at their company website
  • Check trade journals and industry news. Set up Google Alerts this will send you notification if they are in the news.
  • If this is a public company go to Yahoo Finance or Google Finance and check out their quarterly earnings Report. This can come in handy when you’re answering questions and can even help you figure out the best questions to ask.

7. Bring questions!

Remember that the questions you ask will determine the their culture is like. Also the hiring manager is going to be the person you will be working with. What their attitude is will also define how you interact with them in the future. Remember you can refer to your notes so write down the questions you want to ask before hand.

8. Take some notes

You’ve already done a lot of research don’t but you’ll find out a lot more as you go through the interview. Take notes! I had an interview with the hiring manager and she actually brought up the fact that I didn’t take any notes. I think she wanted to make sure that I was paying attention and even basically tested me during the interview. I didn’t receive the job offer but I passed the test. I always thought it may be because I didn’t take notes. Well I’ll always wonder about that…

9. Ask questions

Tying the above question together you’re going to hear clues as to how the culture works, what the hiring manager wants and what is most important to them. Listen carefully and you can almost guarantee that you’ll find the right questions to ask. Look for keywords like “I need someone who is organized”. Pay attention to the questions generally the answer is right there in front of you.

10. Closing the Interview and Following Up

Make sure you get cards/email address to write thank you notes. I always ask for a card because you’ll be wanting to follow up with a thank you note either snail mail or email. From each person if they don’t give you one, call up the Recruiter and ask them. If you still can’t get that the next best way is to look at the email address of the recruiter to see what their email is and then. Make sure you send the email/or thank you note within 24 hours. Don’t delay as you want to be on their mind while their making the decision. Too late and the decision will be made without you.

Good luck in your job search!

At Interview Ally we succeed by providing personalized Career Strategies, Interview Techniques, and Career Assessments based on each individual. Our Employment Professionals succeed by personalizing our approach to our client. We’ve successfully placed interns, new graduates, experienced professionals and executives in Fortune 1000 companies.

Interview Ally is dedicated to helping our clients by education and a personalized approach. Our services are designed for each client to assist them in understanding who they are and helping them establish the goals and give them the tools to succeed in their career.

You Can’t Over-Prepare for an Interview

A colleague and I were doing some interviewing of upcoming college graduates at a university campus. Most of them were very prepared, looked presentable, asked great questions, and seemingly did their research. There was one, though, who stood out from the rest, and not in a good way.

Out of the gates I knew this was going to be an interesting interview. He showed up ten minutes late for his interview time. He looked literally as if he had awakened ten minutes before the interview. He had on an old sweatshirt, jeans, and sandals and hadn’t bothered to brush his hair.

He hadn’t researched my company, didn’t understand what products we developed beyond our flagship product, and didn’t know what types of jobs we were looking to fill. The most amazing thing, though, was that he came in expecting me to sell him on the company versus him demonstrating why he was someone worth pursuing. My decision was made in the first minute of the interview. It was my easiest interview of the day.

If you want to work at an organization, the message is crystal clear; you have to put the effort in up front to impress them enough to want to talk to you more. First impressions do matter greatly, and it’s not enough to just avoid a negative first impression. Neutral first impressions will at best position you equally with other candidates and, at worst, put you at the bottom of the list. Why some candidates gamble with first impressions completely boggles my mind; it is completely within the candidate’s control to create that positive first impression. If someone doesn’t care enough to make the strongest impression possible then I don’t want them as an employee. End of story.

Get prepared for that interview and use the following as some ideas to help you:

    1. Do your organization research – In today’s internet culture, learning about most any organization is only a few mouse clicks away. Learn about what the organization sells, how many employees they have, their sales and net profit, their key business challenges. The more you know and the more you can show you know, the more you’re likely to impress your interviewer.

 

    1. Talk to someone who already works at your potential employer – Got a friend, relative, or casual acquaintance who works at the organization? Buy them a cup of coffee and learn about their experience with the organization. You may learn things that either confirms the organization is a good fit for you, or that cause you to not want to work there.

 

    1. Ask someone to mock-interview you – Ask a friend, colleague, or family member with experience in interviewing to run you through a mock interview. The goal isn’t to be gentle and lob softball questions at you. Your mock interviewer should ask you the difficult questions and get you out of your comfort zone. The better you are able to respond to the difficult questions in a mock interview, the better you’ll do when the real interview comes along.

 

    1. Learn as much as you can about the job – Ask your contact at the company for a job description prior to the interview. Talk to others who work at the company. Talk to someone with a similar job at a different company. Any little bit of information you can dig up will help.

 

    1. Learn about your interviewer – Find out the name of the person or persons who will be interviewing you. Has he or she written any books? Has he or she published any articles? Is he or she doing a speech or presentation somewhere you can attend? Do you know someone who might know the person? Does the interviewer have information either on the organization’s website or his or her own website? You may learn about a common interest or idea that could help you establish a connection with your interviewer.

 

    1. Dress the part – For Pete’s sake, dress like you want a job. Make sure shoes are shined, shirts or blouses are pressed and hair is combed. Even in today’s casual environment, most employers are expecting interviewees to dress business formal. I’ve never chosen to not hire someone because he over-dressed for an interview, but I’ve declined quite a few who looked like they just crawled out of bed.

 

  1. Be on time – ‘Nuff said.

I can’t think of a single instance in my experience where someone had been eliminated from a job search because they were too prepared for the interview. Do your homework, prepare for the tough questions, and dress up for the interview and you’ll leave a positive impression on your interviewer. It may not guarantee you a job, but it certainly won’t hurt your chances either.

Great Tips for Practicing Interviews

download (8)Start right now! Remember you’re not alone your family and friends want you to have that job. Even I want you to land the job of your dreams. It’s really weird when I first got out of the Navy I was so completely nervous every time I applied for a position let alone tried to even think about Interviews. My heart rate would go up. My hands would sweat. My mouth would dry out and taste like an old sock. So what helped – practicing interviews with a partner. I used my sister but you can use a friend or a family member. Also informational interviews can be a big help.

Find an Accountability Partner

Well there’s my first tip – practice your interview in front of a partner. This will help you get clarity on things you need to work on. Look for someone who has experience if you know someone who works in human resources use that person if they are willing. They can give you a perspective on what the recruiter or the hiring manager is looking for when they interview you. If you can try and get more than one person as nowadays you will end up with a panel interview so you need to practice making eye contact with multiple people when answering a question.

Try to refine your answers so they start sounding natural. Write down your answers and then practice them in front of a mirror. Practice making eye contact and how you gesture when you speak. This is difficult to do by yourself as you are always more at ease when you’re by yourself. However speaking out loud when your practice the dreaded “Tell me about yourself?” questions will really help you refine how you describe.

Plan Your Wardrobe

I have a winter suite and a summer suit basically because Dallas is extremely hot so having a lighter weight suite helps with making sure that I’m comfortable. The University of Sydney has a great sight on what you should where and why check it out here.

Research Company and Hiring Managers

Remember to research the company and the hiring manager, as well as anyone else you may be interviewing with. If you already have the interview make sure you research the company. If not you should probably start researching companies you want to work for. That way you can concentrate on getting to know the people you want to connect with to help open up opportunities within that company. Try for a half a dozen of companies within your area. Don’t just concentrate on ones you know take a look around within a 25 mile radius and see what’s available.

Practice Your Interview Closing

Remember you want to leave with the idea of either further interviews or when they expect to make a decision. Try for something like I really enjoyed speaking with you and would love to know the next steps. This article from Quint Careers has some great tips for closing the interview.

This should help you get started. Remember the more you prepare the smoother your interview should go and the less nervous you’ll be.

Best of luck in your job searching!

At Interview Ally we succeed by providing personalized Career Strategies, Interview Techniques, and Career Assessments based on each individual. Our Employment Professionals succeed by personalizing our approach to our client. We’ve successfully placed interns, new graduates, experienced professionals and executives in Fortune 1000 companies.

 

The 4 Types of Interview Questions and Answers That Will Help Land the Job!

download (7)During an interview, all companies would want to know about you and of course the way they get to know you is through questions. All of the questions are designed around 4 types of core competencies. Once you’ve mastered these types, you can easily modify your answers no matter how they ask the questions.

Basic Skills

Employers would be asking questions geared towards understanding your basic skill level for the job you’re applying to. They would evolve around the following things.

– How well you comprehend their questions and how well you respond – listening and speaking skills. Here are some tips to help you through this one as it goes on throughout the interview.

  • Use a moderate tone with plenty of energy
  • Don’t mispronounce words if you’re not sure just substitute for a word you already know how to pronounce
  • Try to avoid filler words like “yes; “uhm” “so” and “like”
  • Avoid sighing when your thinking of an answer
  • Avoid looking up when thinking

– How well you can perform basic functions of the job. This will depend on the level from entry to executive.

  • For entry level they will ask questions about reading, writing and arithmetic
  • For a midlevel non managerial position they’ll ask about your skills with common software platforms i.e. Microsoft Office, Excel, Word.

Thinking Skills

When interviewers are asking about thinking skills, they want to understand how you solve problems, how you make decisions, and how creative your problem solving skill is. In general, they will ask a lot of open ended questions. Make sure you have a few of these on hand for the interview and practice, practice, practice. Here are a few guides to help you through.

– Think about a time when you were working on a project and you had a number of different choices to solve a problem. Walk us through your process on determining the answer. What was the outcome?

  • Make sure your answer is relevant to the job description
  • They will look for evidence that you are willing to learn and grow as an employee
  • They are not looking at the outcome as much as they are trying to understand your process and the manner of thinking involved in making the choice

– Describe the process you followed to pick the college you attended

  • More geared for entry level or interns. Make sure you’ve thought these through and walk them through the process. Make it a good story.

OK I’ve saved the best for last. Everyone will want to know if you personally can fit in with the organization. It’s very important to research the company to ensure you will fit in with the job. Check out the below question and always ask your self is this me?

– Tell me about a time when you had to work closely with a coworker whom you had trouble working with. What did you do?

  • Take stock we’ve all worked with people we didn’t get along with or who were difficult but we had to make it work. Make sure you keep it positive and ensure the outcome is positive.

– Tell me about a time you disagreed with your manager or supervisor?

  • OK let’s face it. We don’t always like our manager or how they work. What do you do to make this work?
  • Make sure your reference can speak to this.
  • Demonstrate how you solved the problems or conflicts with your peers as well as how you built effective relationships with supervisors.

Take a look at this article on effective job interview questions for employers. It will give you an idea of what employers are looking for.

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