Think about all of the stuff you pay for on a monthly basis. It could be a premium membership for a website or service. Do you need to pay for Pandora every month? Is Hulu Plus mission critical for your life? What about magazines, newspapers, wine clubs, or activities for your kids? Many subscriptions are automatic and you might not even realize you are still paying for services you don’t use.
I had an interview at WHSmith. At the end I was asked who the most important person in the shop was. I said “Mr Smith?”
Absent-mindedly twirling my pen around, I got the ends mixed up and drew a fake beard on myself while asking questions.
A friend of mine told a customer in a mock selling exercise at a shoe shop interview that the trainers he had could repel magpies.
I watched a drunk salesman dodge lasers like a fat Tom Cruise while failing to demonstrate a burglar alarm I was supposed to sell.
My favourite was a friend who was asked what her weaknesses were. She replied, “Jazz hands!” (With accompanying gesture.)
I collected the candidate from reception. He barked at me: “Coffee, sexy. Now, where’s your boss?” I then sat down to interview him.
I interviewed one woman for an admin job who had a picture of herself on her CV. In a leopard-print bra top drinking a bottle of Bud.
I panicked when asked for my biggest weakness. Told them it was a “vague but common feeling of melancholy”. Got the job.
Realised halfway through a job interview that I’d had sex with the boss’s daughter. And he knew it, and hated me.
Given job at an interview by a bar manager. Didn’t hear. Went to see them. He’d been fired for pretending to be the manager. He’d hired three people. No jobs.
I was told by one of the members of the interview panel that I got my current job because I was “the least worst”.
Mistakenly turned up a month early for an interview at M&S. They gave me the job.
In my worst interview ever, the person interviewing me got the job.
I interviewed a guy for a programming job. He failed all the test questions, then gave me a list of ones that “I should have asked”.
The interviewer wrote my name at top of a notebook page. Took no notes. Halfway through, crossed my name out.
I had to supply a hair sample for drugs test. When I mentioned that I’m bald they said, “We’ll just have to get it from somewhere else.”
Was asked during an interview what I had been doing that day. I told the truth: shearing sheep. I’ve never seen anyone laugh so hard.
An interview with Microsoft. I was asked if I’d change anything about them. Said, “I’d get rid of Internet Explorer.” Didn’t get the job.
I was interviewing when an applicant gave a poor answer. Another panel member said: “This is an interview, you’re supposed to lie to us.”
After reading the results of the Myers-Briggs type test I’d just done, the interviewer started by asking me if I was all right.
A friend was interviewed for medical school. The panel asked how he handled stress. “I drink heavily. Doesn’t everyone?” Got in.
I realised I didn’t want the job. I was asked what my strengths were. I said, “Hiding, and deflecting gamma rays”
I had a female interviewer who leant forward to shake my hand. I misread the situation and kissed her on the cheek. Didn’t get the job
At the end of an interview for a promotion I was asked if I had any questions. I said, “When do I start?” Failed.
A guy filled out his application via texts from his mother. He would take a picture of the question on the app and she would text him back the answer. He took an hour to fill out a two page basic application.
Put “statutory” on the application.
I managed a smoke shop in college, and had a guy come in to apply for a job shirtless. As he filled out his application, he proceeded to ask me how to spell “statutory.”
Inappropriate work attire.
I saw a guy during his first week of training wearing jeans with air brushed on strippers.
He was told to go home.
Took a call during the interview.
Mine isn’t that bad, but I was interviewing a woman once whose phone went off during the middle of the interview. She grabs for it, so I assume she’ll just silence it and continue. Instead, she answers it and goes on to talk to her friend for about 3 minutes about random stuff (aka – not an emergency) before saying that she has to go because she’s in an interview.
Needless to say, she didn’t get the job.
Me: What’s one of your weaknesses?
Him: Well. Sometimes after lunch, I can get a little gassy.
During an interview we asked the candidate for an example of when they had to do something, which was out of their comfort zone. She replied with “On a night out last year I drank way too many shots and had to have my stomach pumped. That was really uncomfortable.”
After a nice hour-long interview with one of the best candidates, he asked if he could speak with us for a mo
I had a guy show up in a t-shirt and jeans to a developer interview. He didn’t look as if he had showered, wasn’t nervous at all, knew barely any coding, and said he couldn’t start for a month because he and his band were going on tour. We didn’t hire him.
11. A stoned applicant.
In high school, one of my girlfriends went in for a job at Ralphs, when asked why she wanted to work there, she responded (stoned), “I like food.” She was hired and came to be known as food girl.
I work at an investment firm where we train new financial advisers coming in from a different industry. In the first interview I asked, “Tell me what you’re doing now?” and he launched into a 10 minute tirade (I had to stop him) about how his evil boss at taco bell framed him for giving nacho’s to his friend. Didn’t make the second interview.
A brutally honest applicant.
Me: “How is your relation to alcohol? Do you drink?” Applicant: “Good! Yeah I drink, but not cause I think it tastes good, only to get drunk.”
Guy didn’t flinch. He was completely honest. I gave him the job.
I have a pile of resumes that I keep because they are absolutely hilarious. I can’t believe someone would send something like that to a company and expect to get hired. I wish I could forward them to the unemployment agency and say “stop paying this guy, he’s not trying.”
I had one guy show up with a hat on, and big leather jacket with skulls, and jeans with patches of all the NBA teams (I work in a pretty formal environment). He sat slumped in his chair and would barely answer any questions. The whole time he was acting like I was wasting his time interviewing him. I cut it short obviously. Last time I interview someone without a phone interview first because of a “recommendation.”
I was interviewing a software engineer. The interview went ok, nothing wrong but the guy just wasn’t great. He called multiple times over the next two weeks until we made our decision, which was someone other than him. Upon learning this he got pissed and sent us a bill for his time during the interview.
Wrong answer to “give me an example of a time you had to resolve a conflict.”
Me: tell me about a time you have had to resolve a conflict Interviewee: A guy tried to start a fight with me last Friday, so I knocked his teeth out.
A co-worker and I were interviewing applicants and my co-worker asked what kind of animal they’d like to be. The applicant said a cat, because they’re sneaky and can get away with stuff.
I once interviewed a woman who kept flirting with me, touching me, telling me how she was willing to anything for this job, wink wink, etc. She was sort of attractive, but I sure as hell wasn’t interested. Then came the clincher:
Me: “What made you leave your previous position?”
Her: “My boss fired me because I gave him herpes.”
Interviewed a guy who showed up in a rock t-shirt and had goggles on his head. He smelled so bad we had to cut the interview short.]]>
Consult your Network– Everyone has their own set of friends and relatives. Similarly, people you know too have their own network. There are jobs in people mind, but it does not strike to them, that you need it. Initially, you need to create the list of people, who would be ready to help you. Start contacting people in a set of three, and convey your situation. You can also meet them through movie or lunch. Alternatively, you can select most influential people of your group, and take steps to improve relationship with them.
Interact with Alumni– You need to have interaction with people, who have similar background like you. Additionally, they have done similar projects like yours or have similar hobby. There is a bigger advantage, if they have done schooling with you. You should contact alumni in your region, and increase meeting with them. You can find your alumni through Facebook, or LinkedIn. However, you need to make sure that they are from your industry, as it will help you to get job in the desired field. You need to make a target of adding three alumni to your network every week.
Attend all major events– This also include events organized by professional companies, and charitable organizations. You need to meet people, whom you have never met before. Alternatively, if you have information of attendees attending the event; you can select influential people, and try to introduce yourself to them. However, you need to make sure that you don’t appear to be forcing on them. Alternatively, this will screw your chances.
Use LinkedIn to Get the Maximum Exposure– Majority of people across the globe are taking advantage of LinkedIn to get desired job. You just need to search your job, qualifications, alumni, school, college, or people who interests you. If you are from IT industry; you need to connect with all IT managers and team lead to get maximum exposure. This is more of a challenge, and you can generate motivation for yourself by setting the right goal.
How You Can Find a Job with LinkedInn
Monitor the Job Board– Majority of companies and recruiters across the globe would use LinkedIn to find the right candidate for their organization. You need to find the right job boards, and upload your resume there. You need to think a catchy title that immediately grab the recruiter’s attention, and highlight your skillset. If your title is attractive, reader will be entitled to open your attachment. Majority of the job portals would highlight the date, when your resume was last updated. Hence, it is in individual best interest to update the resume regularly.
Contact Headhunters– There are several executives job, which are offered only through recommendation or headhunters. There are some jobs that are known only to the headhunters.
Lastly, the trend in the market is changing, and you need to stay updated to find the right job.
Answer: Throughout the hiring process, you might encounter certain challenges or hurdles that you weren’t expecting. Relax! A second interview means that the hiring company wants to know more about you and your skills and is still weighing you against some other candidates.
You haven’t got the job yet. But this company is choosy and you have made it through the first round.
After your initial application you might have to get ready for a series of interview, rather than one. Sometimes you have to be ready for an entire panel of interviewers, which can be tough. We’re going to talk about what it means to get a second interview and how you can prepare.
At this stage you are likely one among many candidates all vying for the same position. Your resume and cover letter at this point should be cues for anecdotes rather than bullet points. A resume is looked over in less than a minute. But you can use the brevity of it to your advantage. Create talking points from each bullet point and highlight of your resume. This is your chance to outline your relevant skills and accomplishments.
Avoid repeating things from your last interview. Even if you have to practice saying things in the mirror just to reword a point from your last meeting, it will be necessary to making a successful interview. This interview will be more intense than the last one. You must be specific in the ways you have used your skills to solve problems. Have examples ready.
Try to remember as many names and faces as you can. The closer you get to landing the job the closer you and your potential coworkers should become. It is also very important to fit as much as you can about the company before the second interview. If you haven’t done your research you wont appear as though you are interested in working for them over any other position that is hiring.
Classes are very valuable to fine tune your skills. In order to gain employment, you may need to update and expand your skill set. Learning as much as possible is key to obtaining a better position. The Internet features many programs that allow you to learn on your own schedule.
Your cover letter should reference the specific qualifications from the job listing. If leadership skills are something they are seeking, mention that you have been in a leadership position. Check the ad and highlight any keywords you can use.
Never stop upgrading your skills. With rapidly evolving technology, the way companies do business can change from year to year. If you want to stay up-to-date, you must keep up. Workshops, conferences, lectures and industry events are excellent resources. When you stay in the know, you’ll be more secure in your current job and more marketable if you want to look for new work.
When answering your phone, be as professional as you can. Give your name clearly, along with a greeting appropriate to the time of day. You’ll make a good impression on any potential employers who call, although you may initially confuse some of your friends with such a formal greeting. You should even think about putting a cell phone number down on all of your applications and resume, as opposed to your home number. This will allow you to receive calls from potential employers right away. You can talk on the phone regardless of where you are.
As you can now see, finding a good job in this economy is possible. You won’t have to suffer through a job search any longer. The suggestions you have read should help you along the way. You will eventually find the ideal job!]]>
The resume makes up just one of the many things to worry about during your job search. It is always a wise idea to keep it up-to-date and eye-catching. The resume won’t get you the job, though. You have to be confident and prove to the company you can make them money. Take the time to think about your strengths and skills so you can draw attention to these things.
Sometimes you must improve your skills when you want to get a new job. The greater your knowledge, the more opportunities you will have. There are many self-study programs online that you can fit into whatever schedule you have.
There is a section of the website called “Questions & Answers” that will let you show off your skills within your industry. You can also ask questions and learn a lot about other people’s jobs and experiences.
Success comes to those who dress for it. Be certain you choose appropriate clothing and remember to pay attention to hair and nails. Potential employers will judge you by how you look, so look good.
Technology is always evolving, and there are businesses out there that have to evolve with it. If you want to stay up-to-date, you must keep up. Many professions have seminars and workshops that can keep you updated in the latest information. This makes you more of an asset to your prospective employers.
Everyone seeking a job should have a professional email address. Your potential employer will see your contact information right at the top of your resume. Pick a simple address that at least has your last name in it. Having an unprofessional email address can actually cause you to lose the job before you’ve even been interviewed.
Being prepared is very important if you wish to get a job. Always have an updated resume available that highlights your qualifications. You should include all of your accomplishments, including your degrees, credentials and education level. Include all information outlining your educational credentials and provide references related to previous work.
Your cell phone number, rather than your landline, should be your main point of contact. That way, you can field calls no matter where you are. Your cell phone is portable and can be taken with you anywhere in case they call.
There is no cost to use one, and they will do the work in finding you a job. These agencies will help to match you with something you’re qualified for, so it saves a lot of time and effort. You want to make sure you keep checking in with the employment agency to make your resume stay on top of the stack.
Clearly, it should not be too difficult to find work. If you have the right attitude and determination, anything is possible. By following the excellent information that you read in this article, your dream job is just around the corner. This article is full of hints that will help you during each phase of the employment process. Now you know how to find promising jobs, as well as how to have a successful interview. Use this information to set yourself up in just the right position to get a good interview and a great job.]]>
If finding a job has been real rough, consider changing up your strategy. Although you may struggle to find any companies that are hiring, you shouldn’t give up. Broaden your search to different regions, but be certain they are affordable.
1) Social Media – Social media can help you land a job and increase your profile, so use sites like LinkedIn to help get your name out there. The Questions and Answers section of the site is an excellent place to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise in your chosen field. You will also be able to use this place to see if others have anything to say about their experience and ideas where they work.
2) Get The Look – Make sure to wear your best clothes before going to an interview, even when the place isn’t somewhere that makes you dress nicely. Even if the company has a casual atmosphere, it pays to present yourself in a professional manner.
3) Prepare your Personal Data – Develop a form that will help you fill out applications. Often you will need to provide the dates you have held your previous jobs, as well as the contact information of your past employers. Keep the information with you on a paper or on your phone. This will simplify the process of filling out applications.
4) Networking – You want to make sure you go to the career fairs held near you. You can get a lot of information at these fairs, and get a better idea about the job you should look for. You can network with people you meet there, too.
5) Stay In Touch – Consider giving your cell phone number on job applications and your resume instead of your home number. Using the cell phone number allows you to receive calls while on the go. You can talk on the phone regardless of where you are.
6) Break Down Your Worth, Make It Personal – Companies ultimately are concerned with their bottom line. When you are ready for an interview and polish your resume, remember to include things that show you can make your potential new bosses wealthier and more efficient. Companies desire to have more than just an honest and rational person.
Now that you’ve read this, you should know more about job searching. If you are making your first foray into the job market, or if you have had a job for years, you can benefit from this advice. Remember this during your next job search.]]>
If you can’t find work, you should rethink your job search strategies. Yes, there are many businesses that are not hiring, but don’t stop looking there. Take the time to go to areas you may not have gone to otherwise, but make sure you can afford to make it there if you do get a job.
Dress nicely for an interview even if they don’t require that every day. No matter if you’re applying for a place that gives you the freedom of casual dress or not, dress to impress.
Before your interview, give a little thought to some smart questions you could ask. It is quite common for the interviewer to end the interview by asking if there is anything you would like to know. Ask about the company culture, what kind of work will be required and anything else you can think of.
If you’re writing a resume, try picking a format that suits the position you want. There are many types of common formats like a chronological, targeted, or combination resume. Take some time to see what works best for you. If possible, try to create your own format that gets your information across in a clear and concise manner.
Always ask for permission before providing someone’s name and contact information for a personal or professional reference. If your contact is caught by surprise by your would-be employer, he may not have time to give a positive, well thought out answer. You also run the risk of discovering that this person did not share enthusiasm for your performance, skills and abilities.
Make sure that you send a thank you note to all of the people that have given you interviews. Sometimes people choose other candidates, but they will keep you in mind for future positions just because you are courteous. Send the note a day or two after the interview so they can remember who you are.
Don’t rely on any one job. Though the job may be promising, you do not have the job until you are fully hired. It is important to have multiple options available. Your chances of finding work increase with every application you fill out.
Remember that an interview is your chance to sell yourself as a future employee. Don’t talk about what you want the company to do for you. Employers aren’t interested in that at this stage. Instead, make sure you focus on everything you can bring to the table. Make the employer understand why you should be hired instead of other candidates.
After reading, you should have some ideas. When you put these ideas into practice, that’s when you can start to rebrand yourself. Then, you are able to head out to interviews much more confidently; you are going to find that you are much more likely to get a job at last!]]>
You should continue to do good work at your current job while seeking a new job. You’ll end up with a bad reputation if you don’t put in your all. This will give you a bad reputation, which you do not want. You will be successful if you always apply yourself.
When writing a resume, be sure to include all of your important contact information. This makes it much easier for employers to get in touch with you if they need to. Important information for them includes your full name, your email address, your street address, and your phone number.
The best plan for getting a job in the field of your choice is to educate yourself adequately. Think carefully about which type of job holds the greatest interest for you, and which line of work you possess the most ability to do. When you have the proper credentials, finding the job you want will be much easier.
Dress for success when heading to an interview. What you wear has to be professional, and personal grooming of your nails and hair do matter. Employers will judge you on the way you look generally, so making a good impression is advised.
Be prepared to fight for the raise that you deserve. Keep track of what you bring to the company through out the year so that you can make your case when the time comes. Your boss will respect you for it and it could easily lead to a much larger raise than what you would have received otherwise.
If you are an employer looking to save a little when tax time comes, and you have a job that is pretty simple consider hiring a disabled worker. The federal government offers all sorts of tax benefits and advantages to doing so. This will save you a ton of money, and at the same time; the work is still getting done!
Include social media on your resume. Social media is a hot topic, and many potential employers will be impressed if you seem to have a handle on it.
If you are in college, make sure that you go do as many internship as you can during the summers. This is vital as it will not only help to bolster your resume, but will get you used to the everyday life of someone who is working hard at a full time pace.
It is hard to be unemployed. The ideas provided here can help you keep up the faith and persevere until you have found the job you are seeking. Be persistent and positive, knowing that you will soon be back in the rat-race with a steady paycheck again.]]>
During your first couple of months in your new job, you may run into a lot of problems where you should ask questions. No one expects you to know everything right off the bat, so you should familiarize yourself with the types of things you need to know. This will help you to become a better all around employee.
While it is nice to have connections, remember that you should never think that someone else will get a job for you. You are your own best representative. Work hard to make your dreams happen. If you sit back and hope things will fall into place, they probably will not.
Do not take care of your personal business when you are at work. Only use your break time unless it is an absolute necessity. Even if your boss is lax on this rule you should not use it. You will gain a great deal of respect by showing that you are able to manage your life appropriately.
Always do your homework before going to any job interview. Research the company that you are applying to. Know everything you can about the company and the people who work for it. Any job applicant that knows what the company is about and the company history is going to be held in higher regard than an applicant who does not.
Try doing some role play before you go to a job interview. Have someone rehearse with you. Use general questions related to the industry and get yourself prepared. Keep your answers focused and to the point. This role play will help you make a better presentation of yourself and land the job of your dreams.
When you are going on your interview, make sure that you groom yourself properly a few days before. If you are a guy, shave and get your hair cut to look as professional as possible. If you are a woman, use minimal makeup to achieve a natural look and sport a conservative hairstyle.
A great resume can be a smart way to secure a job you desire. Get your resume organized so employers know your background. Past work experience, skills and educations should be listed on your resume. Do not forget to include volunteer work and contact info.
If a full-time job is not readily available, consider working part-time as a contractor in your field for the time being. This may get your foot in the door with a company. Recruiters also do not like to see huge time gaps in an applicant’s employment history. So, working part-time can make that gap smaller.
Now that you have gone over the article here, you’ll notice that job hunting isn’t something that’s terribly difficult. The advice here really works. Use this advice to find your dream job.]]>