When you prepare for an interview you know that you will be asked multiple questions by one or more interviewers. But what you also need to know is that you will be given a chance to ask questions. This is very important as the questions you ask will show the interviewer your attitude about the job. Below we will discuss the best tips on what type of questions to ask your interviewer.
The questions you ask are going to demonstrate your understanding of the company as well as your interest and initiative level. Plus your personality will come through in your questions. Your goal is to ask questions that highlight your skills and experience for the job in question.
Ask open ended questions, those that don’t require just a yes or no answer. This leads to a more conversational tone in the interview. One key thing to remember is not to ask questions that challenge the interviewer.
Ask questions on job role and functions as well as on priorities and management style and expectations.
Always ask questions about the company. This shows the interviewer that you have taken the time to research the company before the interview. If the interviewer has not explained the hiring process you can ask this as one of your questions.
1. Is this a new position? If not what did the last employee move on to?
2. How much travel is expected?
3. How many people work in this department?
4. What is the typical work week?
5. Is overtime expected?
6. Would you like a list of my references?
Questions Not to Ask:
1. What does your company do? You should have researched this ahead of time.
2. How soon can I take vacation time?
3. Is it possible to change my schedule if I get the job?
4. Are you offering me the job? You must be patient. You will be told if they are offering you the job or not.
Asking the wrong questions is a sure fire way of being removed from the candidate list. No one wants to hire a new employee who can’t wait to take their vacation time off!
If the position you are applying for is your perfect dream job then make sure you do all the research you can on the company. This may entail calling the company and getting questions answered first. Being prepared and asking intelligent questions is one way to make yourself stand out from the rest of the job applicants.
Part Time and Temporary Jobs – Should you go this route?
Finding a full time job can be difficult. Many companies prefer to hire on a part time or temporary basis. The downside to this is that this type of temp job doesn’t come with benefits, sometimes not even vacation or sick time. If you are really stuck finding a full time job is it worth your time to take a part time or temporary job instead?
If money is an issue then you may have no choice. Any money is better than nothing and if you have to pay your rent and feed your family you will be forced to take any job you can.
On the upside a temporary job can lead to a more permanent job. So you don’t want to discard this method immediately. Put yourself in the shoes of a business owner. If you could test a prospective employee before hiring them full time, would you go this route? There is a lot of paperwork and time involved in hiring someone on a permanent basis.
Hiring a temporary employee allows an employer to evaluate their job performance. They can see if you are on time, how many days you take off and how well you do your job. If a company really likes you they will quickly hire you on full time.
Sometimes companies take on a special order and need to hire people to fulfill it quickly. These jobs are for a specific time period but should be seen as a way to gain on the job experience. You never know their contract could be extended and lead to more work.
If you have been out of the workforce for a while then taking a part time or temporary job could be beneficial. It is a wonderful way to update your skills and put new job experience on your resume.
Moms or dads who are re-entering the workforce may prefer to work on a temporary basis. It is a way of making some additional money. But at the same time allows you to spend a bit more time with your family.
Finding a full time job can be a little tricky today. It is certainly worthwhile to keep all your options open. Taking a temporary job is a great way to keep the money coming in and allows you to keep searching for a better opportunity.
Remember you never know where this type of job may take you! View it as a way to make connections and expand your network.
Working While Traveling
For many young people the appeal of working while traveling the world is very appealing. It is actually possible to get a job that pays for your expenses and allows you to still have time to explore your chosen destination.
The type of job you can expect to hold while traveling will depend upon your background and experience. Many nurses for example can easily get a job in another country due to the demand for qualified nurses.
If you don’t have any in demand skills there are still other ways to earn money while traveling. Do you enjoy taking photographs? This is one great way to make some additional cash. You can upload your photos to certain websites and sell them online. Using PayPal to take your payments you should have no trouble accessing your money when needed.
How about writing? Do you love to write then document your travel on a blog and advertise travel products and useful items needed by any traveler. Another idea is to write for a travel or airline magazine. They love to direct their customers to where the best sites and restaurants are in any given location. Plus these types of magazines often pay very well for short articles. If you think this might be of interest be sure to check out Travelwriters.com or MediaKitty.com to learn about travel writing opportunities.
Of course there are the traditional jobs you can pick up while traveling such as bar tending or waiting tables. This is great as long as you can speak the language. If you are in a foreign country and need a little extra cash you could offer to teach English to local residents. This can be a fun and easy way to make some money plus experience local traditions that you may not otherwise see.
To work in another country you may need to have a work permit along with a travel visa. Don’t break any rules otherwise you may find yourself in hot water and looking for a way to get back home quickly!
You don’t want to overlook working at hotels either. Large hotels are often in need of additional help especially when it comes to the kitchen or housekeeping areas. If they have any large functions coming up extra wait or banquet staff may be required.
If you enjoy sports such as golf or fishing there may be a way to get paid while doing something you enjoy. Check out local golf courses and see if they need some help. Fishing communities may need some extra help on board their boats during the busy season.
As you can see it is possible to pick up extra work while traveling either around the country or abroad. Just think a little creatively and you may be surprised by what opportunities become available to you.
Now that you have read this entire guide, you have actually separated yourself from the pack. While this guide can’t guarantee you a job, it will certainly give you an edge on a large majority of potential employees.
The key is to stay active. Reading the guide and throwing it away is not going to help much. Work on some of the concepts you have been introduced to. Network, both on and off line! Make sure you go to all interviews prepared. Do research on your potential employer and be ready for their questions.
Your future is in your hands, now go out and grasp it!