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As part of the hiring process, many companies use interviews over the telephone to help screen job candidates. It helps to pare down the number of applicants more quickly and cheaply.
Because they are preliminary screening measures, phone interviews naturally are not as in-depth as face-to-face encounters. The hiring manager is just trying to get a sense of who you are and your fit for the job, as well as learning more about your background.
But you should still prepare for it with the same intensity as a regular job interview. Make sure you are in a quiet place where there will be no interruptions. It may also help to have notes in front of you with background information and questions.
While you probably won’t get any detailed questions about the job itself, you can expect to get more general questions related to your competency and interest in the job. Here are a few things the hiring manager will want to find out.
1. Have you researched the company
At this stage of the game, the hiring manager won’t expect you to know chapter and verse detail about the company. He will simply want to know if you have taken the time to learn some basic information about the firm, its mission, values and goals.
Before the interview, you need to take some time and look over the company website so that you can talk intelligently about the firm. Your ignorance will be glaringly obvious if you just try to wing it.
2. Your salary requirements
You might be wondering why a recruiter or hiring manager would bring up this subject so early in the process. But this inquiry is not about coming to an agreement over a specific figure. It is merely to get an idea of where you are at in terms of what you want. The recruiter wants to know if both of you are in the same ballpark. If your salary requirements are simply too high for him to meet, it is best to know this early so that he isn’t wasting his or your time.
So, you should have a range in mind, emphasizing your flexibility on the issue. Here too, research can help. There are plenty of sites on the Web that list salary ranges for the type of job you are applying for.
3. Your interest in the job
Another purpose of the phone interview is to gauge the candidate’s interest in the position. There is no need to over analyze your answer here. The best answer is a simple, honest one. What are your reasons for wanting this job, why it interests you? This kind of straightforward answer will set you apart from most of the candidates who will talk about how wonderful the job and the company are.
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You may have hit a point in your career where things have become stale, where you no longer feel fulfilled or challenged. This may prompt thoughts of change, such as getting another degree, making a move within your company or even looking for a new job.
But sometimes, you don’t have to make a big change in order to reenergize your life and career. There are many smaller changes that you can do to help improve your career situation and bring back the zest and interest you had in the past. Here are a few of those things.
1. Go to a lecture or similar event.
You can find events such as lectures or seminars in your profession or industry by simply checking online. Or you can talk to colleagues and check through professional organizations. You will learn new things, get motivated and meet new people.
And you don’t necessarily have to attend events that are related to your job. Expand your horizons by attending lectures on subjects that are new to you and you want to learn more about. This may also spark new ideas and creativity that will help you at work.
Taking a class online will also introduce you to new ideas and perspectives, expanding your knowledge and view of the world.
This is another great way to give your life and career a shot in the arm while at the same time helping the community. You will get to use your skills in new situations and even learn new ones, while at the same time meeting new people.
3. Find a mentor
A mentor is someone who can really help you with your career, giving you advice and ideas that will help you do your job better and find new ways to foster career growth.
You should read at least an hour a day on different topics – material in your profession but outside of it also. This too will help inspire new ideas, introduce you to new ways of looking at the world and new perspectives, and add to your knowledge, all of which can help your career.
5. Clean up
Research has shown that people who are more organized are more productive. If your workspace is tidy and organized, you will know where everything is, and it will improve your mood as well.
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Do your employees know the big picture of your company? If you want your business to be successful, some business people say this is essential for all employees to know.
How Knowing the Big Picture Helps
It will help your business if everyone in the organization understands the big picture and how they fit into it, if they understand the economic, technological, and market challenges facing your business. They need to know the business strategy in more than just the broad outlines, what the company’s core capabilities are and the skills needed for the company to remain competitive in the future.
They need to know what is really involved in creating and maintaining growth that is profitable and ongoing.
If employees do not have this knowledge of the big picture, it can really create problems with morale and employee engagement, which in turn can hurt productivity and customer service.
Crossing the Divide
It is incumbent upon the leaders of the company to translate the intricate concepts of business strategy into the ordinary language of how that strategy can be carried out and to communicate this to the employees. It will enable better decision making among employees because they will be thinking more like owners.
There is now a huge gap between the leaders of companies, who have a vision of what needs to be done, and those who are actually doing things – ostensibly carrying out that vision — but who really have only a murky idea of the big picture.
In trying to get across this gap, leaders need to keep several things in mind. One is that learning needs to take place across the entire organization, and is determined by the overall learning speed of the entire organization. People must understand the why behind the what, the reasons for doing what they are doing.
Communicating with Employees
A way to help people understand the big picture is through a process of visualization. They need to be able to create links between what they know and the new information they are absorbing. They need to be able to think systemically, about the larger operations that determine their individual efforts.
Learning also needs to take place not just through lecturing, but through dialogue. Employees need to learn to ask the right questions, to become involved in the exploration of learning.
When preparing for a job interview, candidates focus on how they are going to answer questions from the hiring manager, which is what they should do. However, many neglect the other side of the equation – questions they need to ask themselves.
Most people have heard the common advice of having questions for the interviewer. It shows you have done your homework and your interest in the job. You absolutely need to do it. Some questions will be off the cuff, things you will want to know as a result of your conversation during the interview. Others, however, should be prepared beforehand, and you should give some thought to them.
What to Ask About
The questions should cover the job itself, clarifying to your satisfaction the exact duties and responsibilities and performance expectations. You should also ask about the company, its leaders, culture and values. And finally, you should ask about what comes next, when and how you should follow up, as well as a timeline going forward.
When you are trying to get information, the best kinds of questions are those known as open-ended. They require more than just a yes or no response. For example, asking about the primary challenges and obstacles facing a company would be an open-ended question.
Research and Preparation
And this is another reason why researching the company is so important. It will enable you to ask better, more informed questions. The more probing and knowledgeable your questions are, the more you will impress the interviewer. Throwing out questions off the top of your head in a scattershot approach will do little to help you get the important information you need to help you make an informed decision about taking the job.
Asking good questions will open up a dialogue that may also help you to address concerns the hiring manager may have about you, help you to develop a rapport with the interviewer, help you decide if the company is right for you, show you have done your research, and set you apart from those candidates who fail to ask informed questions.
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Meditation is an activity that is gaining a good deal of attention. It has migrated from a fringe exercise associated with New Age spiritualism to a more mainstream phenomenon practiced by a broad range of people in business and industry.
And there are good reasons for its increasing popularity. Research has shown that it helps to lower stress, fight depression and anxiety, reduces pain and insomnia.
Meditation and the Brain
But now research is showing something else – meditation can actually increase a person’s cognitive abilities. In one study, scientists compared people who meditated for a long time with those who did not. They found that those who meditated had more gray matter in several parts of the brain, areas that included the auditory and sensory cortex and other sensory regions of the brain.
This is because those who meditate slow things down and attempt to increase their awareness of the moment and their physical sensations like breathing and sounds in their environment.
But the scientists also found that the people who meditate have more gray matter in the frontal cortex of the brain, the region responsible for decision-making and memory. The frontal cortex normally shrinks as people age, but people who meditate have cortexes with an amount of gray matter similar to those half their age.
In another study, scientists took a group of people with no experience meditating and had them undergo a meditation program for eight weeks. Even in this short time they found that meditation improved brain function. There was a thickening of several areas in the brain, including the hippocampus, which is one of the areas responsible for learning, memory and emotional regulation. Other areas affected include the temporoparietal junction, which manages empathy and the ability to take various perspectives, and the pons, an area in the brainstem where neurotransmitters are located.
How Long to Meditate
The studies also showed that you don’t need to invest a lot of time either to see the benefits of meditation. People have noticed considerable improvement with as little as 15 to 20 minutes a day of meditating. Even just a few minutes a day can be beneficial, according to researchers.
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One of the most important work skills a person needs is knowing how to focus, how to block out all distractions, no matter what they may be – issues at work or personal problems – and concentrate completely on the work that needs to be done.
Being able to focus is an essential skill because it boosts your productivity, raises the quality of your work, and gives you more time.
Developing the Skill
Your calendar is an important tool in helping to focus because you can use it to block out time for something you need to work on. By scheduling a task on your calendar, you allow yourself to focus on just that one task, pushing from your mind anything that does not relate to the work you need to do during that period of time.
Often we cannot focus because other worries are occupying our mind. To handle this, set aside a time during the day to deal with these things. Ask yourself a simple question about these issues – is there anything you can do now to take care of them and what is it?
If there is something you can do about the problem, schedule a time to take care of it; if not, tell yourself there is nothing you can do and forget about it.
You cannot concentrate if you are not comfortable. Make sure your chair and desk are at the optimal height for ease of use.
Looking at Pictures
Research has shown that looking at pictures of nature – landscapes or wildlife – can help people to focus. If you can put up such pictures at your work location, looking at them from time to time may help to improve your concentration.
Ideally, you should find a place that is quiet and isolated so that there are no distractions. If that is not possible, wearing headphones and listening to music can also help to shut out distractions. Also, avoid time sinks like checking email or surfing the web.
Taking Breaks and Moving Around
We can focus intensely for only about one hour at a time. So, it is necessary to take breaks from your work at least every hour. When you take your break, move around, especially by walking. Studies have shown that walking helps to improve concentration.
When looking at job candidates, employers naturally want people with the technical skills and knowledge for a particular job. But that is not all that companies are looking for. They also want to make sure the job candidate is a good fit for the company, that he or she can work well with others and his values align with those of the firm.
So, at a job interview, the hiring manager will also be evaluating the candidate’s attitude and personality as well as his qualifications. If you are going for a job interview, it is therefore important to make a good connection with the hiring manager right away, to establish a good rapport.
Here are a few ways to do that.
First impressions are important. People form judgments about others very quickly, and those judgments color everything that follows. So, how you dress is important for making a good first impression.
For most jobs, the best attire for the interview remains a suit and tie, an outfit that is well tailored and neatly pressed. Make sure that your shoes are polished also.
Even if you are applying for a job where the dress is more casual – a tech startup, for example – you should dress a notch or two above what is normally worn at the company. A good choice would be cotton or wool slacks. A jacket is always a good choice at an interview.
The small talk that takes place at the start of the interview is another excellent opportunity to make a good first impression. You should project an attitude of confidence, enthusiasm, and poise. When talking, smile and make eye contact. Watch body language as well.
This will set the tone because during this time the hiring manager will be taking your measure.
3. Background questions
Hiring managers usually begin the interview by asking you to tell them about yourself, to give them some facts about your background. You should tailor your answer toward the job you are applying for, highlighting those things in your background that relate to the job. You should talk about your experience, the essential skills that you have that apply to the job, your education, and a few of your accomplishments.
Keep this first answer to just about a minute or two. The purpose here is to excite the hiring manager’s interest so that he or she will want to know more.
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With the job market as tight as it is, your company cannot afford to miss out on any qualified job candidates. That is why in the hiring process, the candidate experience has become much more important. You don’t want to turn off anyone to your company because of brusque or discourteous behavior, as unintended as it may be.
This means treating a job candidate as you would like to be treated – keeping people apprised of their status, maintaining contact, treating them with respect, even if you decide not to hire them.
In the past, when there was a glut of talent on the job market, employers became a little too cavalier in their attitude toward job applicants, not giving them the best treatment. For example, if a company received a resume and was not interested in the person, the employer would seldom respond even to let the person know that he was not being considered.
But today, it is in a company’s best interest to stay on good terms even with rejected applicants. Why? First of all, at some point in the future, you may need their skills and want to hire them. Also, if you treat them well, they will spread the word to friends and colleagues, people who are potential job candidates.
Here are a few tips on handling people who have been rejected.
1. Send a note
First, acknowledge people when they apply. Let them know you have received their application. If the person has made it to the interview stage, but was ultimately eliminated, he or she should receive a personalized email informing him. Often, the candidate has to follow up himself to find out what is going on, and this does not create a good impression.
2. Communicate promptly
You owe it to the candidates to make a decision as soon as possible. After you do, notify those who were not chosen as soon as possible as well. Don’t make them wait.
3. Provide feedback if desired
If candidates want feedback on the interview, give it to them in a polite and professional manner. Be honest and tell them why they were passed over – the person hired had more experience or was a better fit for the organization, for example. You can also suggest ways that candidates can improve their chances.
All of these things will create a positive impression for the job candidate and improve the image of the company, which could result in many future benefits.
If your company is looking for reliable, qualified workers, Winston Resources can provide them. We will work closely with you to understand your organization and your needs, and then find the people who can meet those needs. Give us a call today.
Job fairs are a great way to meet potential employers, to learn information and make connections in ways you cannot do just on a website. You have many companies all in one place, which is a unique opportunity. But to get the most out of a job fair, you need to come prepared, and you need to know how to present yourself to the employers. Here are a few tips.
1. What not to expect
First off, if you are expecting full-fledged interviews or job offers, you will be disappointed. Few employers do these things at job fairs. The main purpose is to get information and contacts you can follow up with later.
2. Do your research
Find out in advance what companies will be attending the job fair. This is easy to do. All you need to do usually is just go to the job fair website. There are generally a lot of companies at these events, and your time is limited, so you need to choose the companies to focus on.
What companies need people with the kind of skills you have? Who would you like to work for? Target these companies.
Do a little research on the companies themselves and make some notes. You will make more of an impression on the company representatives if you know something about their firm.
3. Draw up some questions
Have some questions prepared in advance, things you want to know about the company. Also, get contact information and business cards.
4. Have your elevator pitch ready
This is a short (usually around a minute or two) speech used to sell yourself to employers. It should cover what skills you have and what your career objectives are, as well as your outstanding accomplishments.
Practice your elevator pitch before going to the job fair until you can give it fluently. You may want to practice in front of a mirror or with a friend. Also, make sure you dress professionally, preferably a suit and tie.
5. Come prepared
Make sure you have plenty of copies of your resume to hand out. Also, bring a little notebook along for notes after talking to company representatives. This will help you to remember what you talked about, whether you discussed any follow up, and any other important details.
6. Send a note of thanks
This can be in the form of an email or on paper. Use the opportunity to remind the person of who you are and what you talked about and what the next steps are in the process.
Our habits in many ways define who we are. They are the activities we do every day, the things we do almost instinctively because they have become ingrained in our minds and ways of thinking. So, if you want to be successful at work, it is important to develop good habits, Here are a few habits to focus on to improve your performance.
1. Focus on commitment
Many people are enthusiastic about a new task or assignment, but often, that soon wears off. To make lasting change, you need to put yourself in the conditions most conducive to making those changes, and to make sure the changes stick.
For example, change your routine, or tell other people about your new commitment to give yourself momentum to change.
2. Do the important stuff first
The first hour of your day should be spent on the things that matter most. So, plan your day before beginning any activity.
3. One thing at a time
Focus on doing one thing at a time, and focus completely on that task. Do what you can to avoid distractions. If you are having difficulty, shorten the amount of time you spend on that task and force yourself to work on it steadily within a set time period. Then move on to something else.
4. Keep learning
Learning never stops. To really get the best education possible, you have to take the time and make the effort to do it yourself throughout your life. You don’t need to enroll in classes. Just keep reading, stay curious, and listen to those who are knowledgeable.
5. Avoid conventional thinking
A step-by-step logical approach to problems has its place, but to be really creative, you need to look at things from different angles and different perspectives, to make connections you would not ordinarily attempt to make. Rethink the approach you are taking to a problem, rather than simply trying to work harder.
6. Practice mindfulness
It only takes a few minutes a day. Find a quiet spot, sit still for a few minutes, and empty your mind. Focus on just your breathing, in and out. Push any thoughts out of your mind. It will change the way you react to the world and the way you see things.
7. Take breaks
Studies have shown that we can focus intensely on work for only about one hour before we begin to become fatigued. So, it is important to take frequent breaks when working. They don’t have to be long, just five or ten minutes to recharge. But it is important during the break to move around, to get away from the desk.
If you are looking for a new job, Winston Resources is here for you. We have been around since 1967, and during that time we have placed thousands of people in rewarding jobs. Let us do the same for you. Give us a call today.