During the job application process, it is essential to research employers. You will want to determine if the company is compatible not only with your needs, but also your values and goals.
The interview process not only requires knowledge of the position for which you are applying, but also knowledge of the overall business in order to ask intelligent and informed questions of the interviewer. Interviewers expect these questions.
Research for Facts
Research for Values and Cultural Fit
Questions to Ask the Employer in an Interview in the Interviewing section will give you ideas on how to use your interview as a chance to assess cultural fit.
There are many sites that post job openings. In general there are two types, one in which the employer posts open positions and the other that collects job postings from other posting websites. One must also be aware of fraudulent websites in which the only goal is to gather information for sales or possible illicit purposes. The following are tested and considered to be legitimate.
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Networking and Branding are key to the job search. Most jobs are obtained through networking - connecting with people. Branding is simply knowing yourself and what you have to offer the employer, and being able to express it. Look below for some useful videos and articles about networking and branding in the job search. And, as always, we have workshops on these topics. Click on the Workshop Calendar link to see when "Build Your Brand: Create Your Elevator Pitch" is offered next. Can't wait, or want to talk to someone one-on-one? No problem! Just call us and make an appointment - 262-695-7848.
LinkedIn is a great way to network. If you're not sure how to use it effectively and want some assistance, we have a workshop to help or you can make an appointment. Click below for our calendar and some tips.
"Tell me about a time when...." Questions that ask for examples of your experiences are called behavioral questions and they are one of the most popular types of questions employers ask. The idea behind this type of interviewing is that past behavior predicts future behavior. So if you were able to stay professional when a customer was irate at your past job, you will probably be able to do the same at your future company. One of the most important ways to prepare for an interview is to think of examples, or stories, of when you were successful at something. Use the following STAR format to help keep you on track so that you don't say too much or too little.
Situation - a brief description of the background of your story
Task - what you needed to do
Action - what you did to remedy the problem
Result - what happened as a result of your action (*people often forget this part)
Watch the video below for an example of the STAR format. Please view more interviewing resources further down the page, and remember you can always make an appointment with us for individualized help.
How to Ace Your Face-to-Face
Virtual Interviewing 101
Once offered a position, salary and benefit negotiation may take place. In order to effectively negotiate, you must not only develop the skills to successfully convey your merits, but also be informed of the estimated wage rates for the position. Here are some great resources.