Job Interview Tips
In the world today, having a successful job interview is more important than ever. Everyone knows that you must be prepared, but how can you set yourself apart from the rest of the job applicants? Here are some tips to help you stand out and shine.
Do your homework. You already know this, right? Have an updated resume, references and some practiced answers to typical questions. You will also need to do research on the company to be able to show that you can bring something to the business that the employer needs. Linked in is a great place to check on the interviewer, as well. Try to look them up and find out about their history.
Don’t forget the basics. Arrive early, and dress for success. If the environment is casual, you might not need a suit, but dress a step above what is normal for the company. Be sure to make eye contact and offer a firm handshake. Leave your cell phone in the car, or make sure it is OFF during the interview!
Sell yourself. You have done your research, so let the interviewer know what you can do for them. Match your skills to what the job requirements were. Explain how the skills or experience you have will fill their needs. Show them that you are the right person for the job.
You will usually get asked about long-term goals (think, “where do you want to be in five years?”). Have a planned response to that, and show that you are on a career path that their company offers and that you will want to be a part of for a long time. Don’t let them think that their business in just a stepping stone for you and that you will only be there for a short time.
Always ask questions when the interviewer gives you the opportunity. Ask them what is a big issue they face and how could you help them overcome it, or achieve a goal. Another good question is to ask the hiring manager to describe their ideal candidate for the position. Asking if this is a newly created role or replacing someone is a good way to learn a little about the team you would be working on. Find out why the interviewer enjoys working there- ask them what is their favorite thing about being employed by this company. Don’t forget to ask them what the next steps are, so you know what to expect, and when to follow up.
You want to make the best impression at that all important job interview. Follow these tips for making the most out of the time you have with the hiring manager. Do your best, and you will be a success!
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What Am I Worth?
Whether you are looking for a job, or wondering if your current job is paying you enough, it is always good to research pay ranges and figure out what you are worth. There are some great websites to start you off, but there are many factors to consider. Take the time to find out now.
To begin, use some online resources for a basic idea of what your salary should be. Payscale.com, Salary.com and Glassdoor.com are all good starting points for this research. Salary.com and Payscale.com focus on pay comparisons, while glassdoor.com also has other job resources.
Most of these websites will give you a salary range, or an ‘average’ pay, based on the job title, role, and location. Keep in mind that if it is an average, you could be well above or below that figure. If you live in an expensive city, the pay will usually be substantially hirer than in other locales.
You may not find an exact fit for your job title, so find the closest job you can. Consider your experience and education as well. Someone just out of college would not normally be at the same pay level as a worker with years of experience.
Glassdoor.com has reviews of companies, as well, so if you are looking to make a career move, be sure to check that out. Even in the same city, the pay for a specific job can vary, depending on the company. Use LinkedIn to find people employed by a company you are considering.
Do consider benefits in your overall compensation number. If you have about the same salary at two companies, but one has better insurance, or just more vacation time, you need to take all of these aspects of compensation into consideration. Also, you have to think about what is most important to you. Is the money your top motivation, or do you need flexible hours and lots of time off?
Be careful when talking to coworkers about pay. Find a mentor or someone you can trust, and have a conversation with them. You should generally be able to get a pay range from your boss or HR department, but it is still a tricky subject to broach with others. If you can get some of this information, it can definitely help if you want to ask for a raise, or just compare other jobs out there.
Make sure to also factor in any special training or skills you have. If you have had a great success rate or worked on a big project, let others know what you have done when you are negotiating a salary. You are an individual and want to be looked at for your worth, not just an average number.
Researching your worth is a benefit to you at any point in your career. Use these resources to get better compensated at your current job, or to better negotiate with a future employer. You are more than a number, but take time to find out what you are worth.