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  • 31 March, 2014 | Proudly Brought to you by FindTheRightJob

    The 7 Questions You Should Ask onEvery Job Interview

    When you head to a job interview, dont be surprised by the inevitable lastquestion Do you have any questions?

    What you say can make all the difference. Impress your potential employer byasking the right questions and avoiding the sticky ones.

    1. Can you describe your companys culture?

    This question will help you gain insight about what its like to work for thecompany and what your experience will be like in the office, Heather R. Huhman,a Washington, D.C.-based career expert and founder of Come Recommended,writes in Parade. This is a great broad question to ask during any interview, and itcan help you to develop more specific questions. In addition, you can discuss howyou will fit into the company culture.

    2. Where do you see the company moving in the next five years?

    Although you should research the company prior to the interview, its a smartidea to ask about the companys goals, according to Huhmans tips in ParadeMagazine. This question will explain how the company and interviewer see thefuture and will help you decide if the position meets your career goals. Use this


  • question to demonstrate how you will help the company to achieve those goals.

    3. Can you share the turnover rate for this position, similar positions andcompany-wide?

    This specific question shows that youre not here for just any job. You want theirfirm to be the perfect fit, says Brad Shorr for Forbes, and you are consideringyour options. This question is presents a professional way to talk about turnover,which may give you additional clues about the companys culture and employeesatisfaction.

    4. What did it take for individuals previously in this position to do aterrific job?

    Few job candidates feel comfortable asking about previous employees, but if youcouch it in this context, employers will open up, says Shorr, director of B2Bmarketing for Straight North, a Downers Grove, Ill.-based firm, in his Forbes post.He adds:

    Also, this question requires a factual, detailed response; if this cannotbe provided, the candidate may infer that success is not easy to achieve,or that you arent up to speed on what the job is all about.

    Use this question to determine what success looks like and if you fit thedescription.

    5. How do you celebrate accomplishments and achievements?

    This question can help you determine whether your values match up with thecompanys, says Sabrina Ali, a career counselor for under-40 professionals andexecutives who is based in Canada. She says in NY Daily News:

    If you value being told to add an extra day on to your holiday nextweek for a job well done, but what the culture offers are words likegood job or a team drink after work, then work is going to feel likemore work.

    This should also be a fun question for the interviewer to answer, if the companyrecognizes accomplishments on a regular basis.

    6. For the first 30 days, what are your top priorities for the person who ishired?


  • When you ask this question, youll be able to figure out the companys immediateneeds, says Washington, D.C.-based career coach Cheryl Palmer. You canemphasize how your qualifications would help address these priorities. Inaddition, if you do get the job, youll know what to focus on and show that youwere a good hire, Palmer says in a story on the NY Daily Newswebsite.

    7. What is your biggest business challenge?

    After you hear the answer, explain how you would help to address this challenge.On the flip side, be prepared to answer the question, How would you solve ourbiggest business challenge? This is the single most important question that canhelp identify the best candidate, says Jane Park, CEO and founder ofSeattle-based Julep Beauty, a fast-growing beauty brand, and a former Starbucksexecutive. This shows youve done your homework and will be ready to jump onboard, Park says in Inc.

    BONUS: Avoid these questions!

    Dont ask these red-flag questions, as highlighted by Yahoo News, that show youmay have problems with time management, logistics, and professionalism:

    What time would I have to arrive in the morning?

    How long is lunch?

    How quickly do people get promoted?

    Did I get the job?

    Instead, try these substitutes, which address the same topics but sound moreinformed and professional:

    Whats an average day like?

    What kind of opportunities are there for growth at this company?

    What does success look like for this position?


  • 31 March, 2014 | Proudly Brought to you by FindTheRightJob

    Finding Your Next Job Without YourCurrent Boss Finding Out

    The last thing you want to do when youre looking for a new job is tip off yourcurrent boss to your job-seeking status. But how can you keep all that networking,job searching, and interviewing on the down low? Read on for some time-testedtips.

    Tips for Covert Networking

    Keep quiet with your co-workers.If you dont want your boss to find out about your job search, dont tell yourco-workers. They could accidentally let the news slip; plus, youre putting them inan unfair position should the question of your loyalty arise. Its also unwise to listyour co-workers as references.

    Stay off the company phone.


  • Dont give out your work phone or email address, and dont include thatinformation in your resume or cover letter, either. List only personal contactinformation (cell phone, personal email, home phone) to minimize the risk ofbeing found out.

    Lie low on LinkedIn.When you update your LinkedIn profile, make sure you update your privacycontrols, too. Turn off your activity broadcasts so no one knows youve beenmaking changes to your profile or following new companies. Making a lot ofchanges at once can raise red flags at your current job.

    Tips for Covert Job Searching

    Search at home.If you use the company phone, email, or fax machine in your job search, youractivity could be monitored. Plus, many companies have filters to see whatemployees are doing online, and its highly suspicious if your browser historyincludes a bunch of job sites. If you need to conduct some aspect of your jobsearch during the day, go off site on your break and use your own computer andphone.

    Be smart about social media.Dont post anything about your job search, interviews, or networking onFacebook, Twitter, or your personal blog. And mentioning how much you hateyour job is sure to raise eyebrows and more than a few red flags.

    Cloak your resume.Many employers subscribe to resume databases on online job search sites, so youneed to make your posting confidential. Double-check the privacy settings oneach job board and job search site. Most sites allow you to hide certaininformation, such as your contact information. Youll also want to block yourcurrent company from seeing your information.

    Tips for Covert Interviewing

    Interview on your own time.Schedule interviews for a vacation or personal day, or before or after work. Alunchtime interview isnt the worst thing, as long as you can make it back to workin time. If youre going to take the day off, dont say youre sick or make up apathetic excuse that will come back to bite you. Just say you need the day off for


  • personal reasons.

    Check your look.If you normally wear business casual and today youre in a full suit, thats a clearsign that youre going on an interview. If youre heading to an interview rightafter work, bring your clothes with you and find someplace discreet to change.

    Request confidentiality.Its OK to tell employers that your job search is confidential, and that you wouldappreciate if they would tell as few people as possible that youre interviewing.Obviously, ask them not to contact your current employer so dont list your bossas a reference!


  • 31 March, 2014 | Proudly Brought to you by FindTheRightJob

    Five Things Job Seekers Should DoEvery Workday

    After a friend recently graduated from college, she moved out of state to pursueher career dre