A Quick Dose of Career News for the Week of 01/09/17…
A Quick Dose of Career News for the Week of 01/09/17…
The job interview process is a two-way street; dialogue is the key to a successful encounter.
Remember the Five “P’s”, Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.
Questions for consideration include:
1. What happened to the previous employee or why is the position available?
This will allow you to determine if the employee was promoted (This is a good sign and may indicate future opportunity if the company promotes from within.) or did they move on (This will indicate that you may have to dig deeper in your questioning to determine management style and corporate culture to determine “fit”.) or is the job a newly created role and the question can reveal the amount of turnover in the position. Beware: If the position has had five people in that role in the last four years this may be a “red flag”, especially if they are no longer with the company, it could signal management or leadership concerns, etc.
2. What type of on-boarding or initial training is provided to ensure success? Does (insert name of organization) support continuing education or certifications?
This question allows the company to express the fundamentals they have in place to ensure your success through a detailed on-boarding and trainee program, continuing education, and resources or certifications for continued professional growth and development. Ongoing training programs are proven to increase employee engagement.
3. What is the preferred management style of the (insert department, company, etc.)?
This will determine if the role is that of a “worker bee” with minimal contribution or does the culture support input allowing you to contribute concepts and ideas for growth and development of your role and the organization.
4. Would you paint a picture of the typical day in the role of a (insert job title)?
This will allow the organization to provide a snapshot of the role and what you can expect. Look for defined, confident replies. Some companies allow for job shadowing to determine if a role is a good fit for you and the company.
5. What challenges/problems/concerns are associated with (insert the department, the role, the company)?
This will reveal the pain they need to address and may open the opportunity for you to share background, skills, or abilities that may assist in overcoming the various challenges revealed and/or mentioned in the job posting. How can you be of immediate benefit to help the team and the company achieve their defined goals and objectives?
6. How are expectations measured?
This will allow you to get a sense of how your progress and success or failure will be reviewed. Does the company provide 90-day feedback and review? 6-months? or Annually? The employee review allows for periodic feedback to assess your contributions and keep you on track for success in your role.
7. What are next steps in the hiring process?
This question should be asked at the end of your job interview. You will gain insight as to the hiring manager’s processes for moving forward and you will be able to navigate your next steps for outreach and expectations. Should you follow-up by phone? email? When will they be making a decision?
It is “OK” to ask questions. It is necessary and required! You are interviewing the organization and their team just as much as they are interviewing you. Why? Because you need to also determine “fit”, to learn if this organization’s culture and leadership environment “fits” with your work style and career goals so that you can flourish and succeed and contribute in a productive and meaningful capacity. Good Luck!
Are you ready to move out of your current job or industry and not sure how to start? Have you been a victim of a job layoff or recent graduate frustrated while looking for a job? Are you struggling with a recent disability diagnosis and can no longer do the work you have been doing?
There are several steps you can take to transition yourself in the jobs marketplace.
First, begin by creating a list of all connections, contacts and previous colleagues; LinkedIn the world’s largest professional networking site, is a good place to find people you may want to contact and reconnect and outreach to schedule a brief phone call or meet over a coffee to discuss options, possibilities and to gather information for job potential opportunities or referrals. Note: This is strictly to gather information and for no other purpose, do not ask to provide your resume at this point, unless it is requested.
“Someone you know; knows someone; looking for someone; just like you.”-Denise Anne Taylor, Career Coach
Next, tell everyone and anyone you are looking for work or moving in a different direction; they will be your extended “eyes and ears”. This will keep you top of mind.
Additionally, create eye-catching and affordable business cards for your job search to use at job interviews, networking events, and when meeting new people.
Also, your resume will reflect your specialized field, however, in the cover letter you can separate your transferable skills and abilities, that apply across industries, and that can transition to another role utilizing the job posting as a guide.
Remember, do not hesitate to outreach through networking events and engagements in your area through a local chamber of commerce or trade association. Research shows 80% of your success will be due in part to your circle of influence also known as your network.
In addition, have you considered going back to school to brush up on skills and bring them current for the jobs marketplace? For example, do you want to master and explore new skills in coding, design, marketing, technology, and data — online or at their campuses around the world? If so, try General Assembly. There many possibilities for acquiring and learning new skills and many can be from the comfort of your home and online.
If you graduated from a local university, community college or trade school, contact or visit their career services department and they will have available resources to guide and assist you in your transition. Campus career services departments are a valuable resource to current students and alumni. Many alumni fail to use their connections and support that can be found through their alma mater, and it does not matter when you graduated; it just matters that you need help and support, now. Career service representatives are employed and paid to service their student populations and alumni on all facets of their career pathway.
Finally, as you move forward, be sure to send a letter of thanks to those that have supported your efforts during your transition and update them on your successful landing of a new job opportunity.
Begin with these steps and good luck with your search!