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Archive for June, 2008

Lunch Time Interviews And Meetings

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Once you have been invited for an interview at meal time, there are certain things expected from you. Besides table manners you will have to conduct yourself in a proper manner because you can rest assured your boss will be watching.

When it comes to ordering, let the boss order first. And order something simple and cheap for your self. For god sake do not order a meal like a lobster where you will have to use your hands to eat. A salad and/or soup are the easiest to eat and least sloppy. When it comes to drinks, just stick to water or simple beverages like tea or coffee. Do not order alcohol or wine.

When it comes to your food, just simply eat it and be quiet. Do not complain about the freshness or style of presentation. Remember this is where your boss eats and he/she may not be pleased. When asked questions, finish chewing first and do not speak with your mouth full. The interview is not to check your appetite but your behavior. Do not slurp your soup and never rest your arms on the table. When finished wipe your mouth hands and place your napkin back on the table.

There is no real magic about eating or the interview. If you use common sense and have decent table manners, the rest is easy

Interviews And Meals 101

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Many times employers arrange interview during lunch times since they have no other time to see you. However, sharing a meal with your prospective boss and others can be a distressing experience, especially if you have no clue about table manners. Besides proper eating habits you will certainly be asked questions. Some employers like to see what you are like in a social situation and how you conduct your self. This may be a requirement of the job, esp. in the field of business.

First thing is not to be nervous and follow what everyone else does, but never be the first to lead at anything. Wait and ask to be seated. Sit up straight in a chair and do not start eating. Look professional and keep your hands away from the table. Do not play with the utensils and fold the napkin over your legs. Look up at the other people and show some interest in the conversation.

The food part is just the part of the show and irrelevant. If you feel a little odd, now is the time to excuse your self and go the bathroom. Take a few minute wipe your face and relax. Never take a break to go and smoke. You will have plenty of time to do that later, if your interviewer finds out that you did, you may compromise your chances of getting the job.

How Not To Mess Up A Job Interview.

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Jobs are hard to come by and most people do not even get offered any interviews. But there are some individuals who are getting interviews and they often mess them up.

Once you have been invited for an interview, chances are that the company is interested in you. So you have to make an extra effort to know who your prospective employer is.  Before rushing to the interview, get to know something about the company. Find out how long they have been around, what they do and their general business. Today, we have the internet and there is absolutely no excuse for not knowing before hand something about the company.

When you arrive for the interview you will often be asked “What do you know about the company” and saying “Nothing” is not a great answer. You have to say some thing better than nothing. T

he other thing important for the interview is the dressing. Unless you are going for an interview at a fast food store, you need proper attire. Look decent; wear appropriate clothes- coming to an interview in wrinkled  clothes shows that you do not care much about the job- and the feelings will quickly become mutual. Always carry copies of your resume and a pen. The more effort you make, the greater are the chances that you will get the job

The Phone Interview

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

With the economic crises and many people having no jobs, there is a glut of workers applying for the few jobs available. Employers are already having many good quality candidates apply but can not offer everyone a physical interview. Thus, many employers are now going through the phone interview to screen and select candidates for the final interview.

Phone interviews are also scheduled when someone is out of state. However, a phone interview is just as important as a regular interview and one does need to be prepared. Always have your CV in front of you so that you can remember what you had written on it. Keep a pen and paper handy as you may need to write down names or phone numbers.

Makes sure the radio and the TV are off in the background. Have silence in the room. Unless you are out of the home, a cell phone is not recommended for a phone interview. These darn devices always run out of power at important times, there is static and many times the voices fade. So use a landline.

Be professional on the phone; just because you can’t see the other person does not mean that you do not have to act professional. Do not drink or eat during the phone call, speak slowly and try not to interrupt the person calling you. The most important thing about a phone interview is to listen and give short precise answers.

Salary Negotiations

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

The first thing you should never do is quote your salary in your résumé.  Many times employers will ask you what type of salary you expect. This can be very difficult if you have never given any thought to the question.  Also if you have no idea what the salaries are, anything you say is going to be guesswork.

Prepare yourself well, and know what salary you were expecting or salaries that are being offered for such positions. If you do have some idea what you are expecting, give a range of what is reasonable. Do not be demanding and ask for something extravagant. You may even be asked how much you were paid in the previous job and you should not be specific. Just a ball park figure.

With today’s economic recession, you will have to be flexible in what you want and what you get. You can always ask if there are any bonuses, what other things are offered besides the salary. The point is to be tactful and not be greedy. The economics today have made available a glut of good quality people all looking for the same job you are.

Being On Time For An Interview

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Having been in the business of hiring people, I can’t emphasize enough of people being on time. Interviews with prospective candidates are generally set up days or weeks in advance and so you have been given enough time to prepare. If you are out of town then try and stay at a nearby hotel, if you live in the same town, then get up early.

Coming to an interview late is a very bad sign. One does understand that there are times when one may be delayed for an interview, but one must make the effort of being on time. If you are supposed to be there at 9 am, then you have to be in the office at least 15 minutes before. If you do not know where the office is, take time the day before to find out where the place is located. Saying you were lost is a poor excuse especially if you live in the same town.

Never underestimate the time required to get to an interview. Car accidents, unknown delays and traffic can be unpredictable, so always leave home early when going for an interview. If you arrive early, it will give you time to prepare yourself, calm down, and gather your thoughts.

Freelance Rate Calculators

Monday, June 9th, 2008

When making the move from a full time job to freelancing, or even if you decide to freelance in the weekends and evenings, the biggest question is usually how much do I charge?

Even if you charge your clients by the project, that number is usually determined by how long you think the project will take multiplied by your hourly rate.

Most people grossly underestimate both pieces of this equation.

Projects takes longer than you think, changes in scope and temperamental clients can exhaust your hours rapidly. Leaving you in the hole.

On the other end of the equation people often forget many of the costs associated with running a freelance business. Hiring an accountant, a lawyer, and higher tax rates are the most forgotten expenses, but people also forget to account for vacation time, sick time and the time they spending working on their business and not doing client work.

Whilst estimating the time the project will take is still somewhat of black art, and involves managing the client as much as your own time, there are a couple of tools that help you determine exactly what your hourly rate should be.

Whilst you may not be able to charge these rates right way, it will help you determine what you need to be charging to run a profitable freelance business.

FreelanceSwitch: Hourly Rate Calculator

We have developed this hourly rate calculator to give you a guide based on your costs, number of billable hours and desired profit. It is a simple tool for you to play with.

Remember your hourly rate should always take into account factors like market demand, industry standards, skill level and experience – things that unfortunately we can’t put into a calculator!

Use these calculations as a guide and then modify to suit your circumstance and conditions.

It will take you about 5-20 minutes to complete depending on how much attention you give each calculation.

Freelancetipster: My Hourly Rate Calculator

Freelance Tipster Hourly Rate Calculator

3 Common Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

Friday, June 6th, 2008

The trick to landing any job is being prepared. By the time you have reached the interview processes you have already searched and prepared a list of potential employers. You’ve prepared your resume. You may have prepared an application as well. Now that you have an appointment for an interview, you need to prepare for the questions that they will most likely ask.

Here are a few questions that you can expect in most job interviews

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”
This questioned has turned into a cliché, however many employer still ask it, so you need to be prepared for it. Think it over and give an honest answer. Employers don’t necessarily want you to say what everyone else does.

“Name two characteristics about yourself that you think are admirable.”
You have a lot of choices with this one. If you find that you are little stumped, it may help to talk with people that are close to you and ask their opinion.

“Name something about yourself that you would change and why?”
This is the perfect opportunity to say something that you may not like about yourself but your employer will. Don’t forget to smile and make a lot of eye contact. With a little preparation you can get any job you want.

The Pro’s And Con’s Of Hiring A Headhunter

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Now that you have started your job search you may be asking yourself if you need a headhunter.

A headhunter is a lot like a recruiter. They are professionals that help you get a job. Usually these jobs are in corporate fields but there are also headhunters that specialize in just about any field you can imagine.

They usually have contacts in many companies and corporations. Typically they have a list of clients who let them know what positions are available and what the requirements are. If you fit these requirements they will set up the interview and make the post interview call. They can also help you get your resume in order and give you an idea of what a certain company is looking for.

Headhunters can be a big help to anyone looking for a job; however their service is not free.  Some companies will pay their fee but most of the time it is your responsibility. Depending on the headhunter, many times you are not required to pay them unless they find you the job.  This leaves a window for you continue your search on your own as well.

If you are looking for a specialty job or have very specific skills, a headhunter can be a big help in your job search.  However, if you are looking for more of a general position, the fee may not be worth it.

Got An Interview? Here’s How To Dress To Impress!

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

It doesn’t matter if you are trying to get a job a fast food restaurant or a major computer company, if you don’t show dressed properly you won’t get the job. Personal appearance is a direct reflection on you. If you show up in baggy pants and a t-shirt, what does that say about you? For thing it says that you aren’t taking this interview seriously.

Dressing for an interview is an easy task if you follow a few simple guidelines:

Pull out dress shirt and tie. You’re going need them. A perfect outfit is what many companies refer to as “business casual” which consists of a collared shirt with tie, a nice pair of slacks and dress shoes.

You have a few more options with your attire. If you choose to wear a skirt, be sure it is a proper length and always wear nylons. A smart business suit is always a good choice. No matter what outfit you wear be sure to watch your cleavage ladies. If you want to be taken seriously don’t go to an interview dressed like you are going on a date.

For both men and woman take out piercings especially any facial piercings. Also, it is a good idea to cover any tattoos that are showing. You’ll want to look professional and there is still a stigma attached to piercing and tattoos.

Look great and let your personality shine through. Good luck!