Archive for April, 2010
I know it jumps around, but pretty cool I found this today.. Weird though, because different browsers, and even versions of windows seem to show a different result. I have most updated version of xp, and use chrome.
So you’ve cleared the first hurdle and got the interview. Now comes the most daunting stage in getting any job. Give yourself the best chances of a good interview by preparing in advance.
Possible Questions and Answers
You should have a good idea at this point of exactly what the job will entail. Take another look at the advert and, if possible, call the company to ask further details. Make a note of any specific tasks or goals, and research similar positions using the internet.
Sit down and think about what questions the employer may ask, then come up with your own answers. Have a few key points for each response – keep them concise and not too specific.
For example, if the job description mentions adhering to deadlines, you might be asked a question about when you have done this. Think along the lines of organizing yourself or a team, what tasks were set and how they were distributed according to difficulty, time taken, and specific skill-sets.
Put yourself in the employer’s place. If you were hiring for the job you are applying for, what questions would you ask a potential employee to judge their working character?
Experience and Examples
Your résumé should have given a history of previous employment that was relevant to this job. Take a copy along in case they don’t have the one that you sent. If there are any gaps in your employment, make sure that you have reasons prepared that don’t seem like excuses – employers will be looking for stability and commitment.
Make sure you don’t bad-mouth any old bosses, or you may come off as arrogant and rash – however bad your previous treatment was. Mention previous jobs that bear the most similarity to the one you are interviewing for and emphasize the most senior roles you have held.
If certain qualities are needed for the job, have good examples of why you have them. You can mention previous punctuality and attendance records, how you managed to change a downturn in sales, or how you were given responsibility for certain important tasks.
Employers nearly always ask for a personal opinion of your bad qualities. Try not to use the cliché of working too hard, as this is looked on as a cop-out. Use an example of where you slipped up, but then turned the situation around and made the best of it. Customer complaints can often be turned into an opportunity to display good service.
Dress for the Occasion
The general rule for dressing to interviews is to go one smarter than the job would normally be. If there is a specific uniform then try to wear something similar. If workers are normally in jeans and t-shirts: wear jeans, a polo, or a good shirt without a tie, and semi-smart shoes or trainers. If the job is smart-casual: wear smart trousers with a shirt and tie. For anything smarter you should always wear a suit.
Give Yourself Plenty of time
Find out how long it takes to get to the building where the interview will take place, and leave with plenty of time. Have a small snack and a cup of coffee – if it doesn’t give make you jittery or sweat – before you leave. Aim to arrive 15 minutes early in order to find exactly where the interview will take place. Punctuality is an easy way to stand out from the crowd. There is no worse way to start off a job interview than having to apologize for being late.
Relax and Think Positively
Before leaving for the interview, make sure you feel relaxed. Listen to a favorite album or read quietly. Relax your shoulders, breathe deeply and keep a smile on your face. Going through your notes and CV a few times before you leave will keep important information at the front of your head.
First impressions count for a lot, and the first few seconds of meeting someone last an age. Smile, stand when being introduced, and look people in their eyes. Don’t be too firm with your handshake. This can be seen as a show of aggression, or compensation for nerves. Sit upright, don’t slouch, and keep your hands on your lap.
Looking relaxed and confident is an indicator of competence and honesty. Try not to um and ah when speaking, instead slow yourself down a little and don’t be afraid to think for a few seconds before giving an answer. When the interview is over, thank the interviewers for their time, shake their hands and express that you look forward to hearing from them.
Getting a Reply
With these tips you’ll have a much better chance of getting that Dream Job, and with a little luck you’ll get an offer. If the salary is what you wanted, ask a few more questions and check the contract before saying yes. If something looks too good to be true, it often is.
If you don’t get a reply or are not offered the job, don’t take it badly. You will have at least learnt something from the experience. Now you can go forward with more knowledge of how to handle yourself in an interview situation.
Every business organization, whatever the size, must show a commitment to safety at the workplace. Businesses observe safety standards not only to comply with statutory requirements, but also because it is the most logical thing that a management can do. Accidents cost money and destroy employee morale. Creating a culture of safety is the best way human resources managers can prevent costly accidents and injuries.
Observing safety standards builds employee confidence in the work culture and improves the efficiency of the organization. Legal safety requirements vary according to the industry and the processes involved in the work. However, every business can enhance safety at the work place by creating a culture of safety.
Start right at the interview stage
Make sure to incorporate safety oriented questions at the time of the interview. This serves a dual purpose: you are able to make your organization’s stand on safety clear to the candidate and you can assess the importance of focus on safety in the workplace.
Promote a safety oriented culture
Safety is not the responsibility of one single department. Every employee has to be equally involved in observing and promoting safety standards and procedures. The culture has to be handed from the top to the bottom of the organization. Everybody is responsible for maintaining and enhancing safety.
Hold Regular Safety Training
Do not hesitate to hold safety training sessions regularly. Every employee right from the top management to the bottom level should attend these training sessions. In fact, the presence of the top management at such training sessions goes a long way in emphasizing the importance of safety aspects at the workplace.
Maintain the Equipment
Sustain the annual maintenance contracts of all the equipment and the machinery: Make sure that all equipment and machinery maintenance checks are properly recorded. You should maintain a list of agencies to be contacted in case of any emergency or equipment breakdown in more than one place. Ensure that the responsible agencies do come for regular maintenance.
Discourage Risky Behavior
Do not encourage the staff to take risks. Ensure you have fatigue management policies to ensure employees involved in physical work or high risk jobs are well rested and able to work. Discourage the staff members from doing multiple shifts, or working overtime without an adequate break. Employees need to be mentally and physically active to handle work and any exigency.
If you discover employees engaging in risky or unsafe behavior, institute formal warning procedures to reinforce the importance of maintaining a safe work environment all of the time.
Conduct Safety Audits and Mock Drills
Make safety audits a regular feature at your workplace. Mock drills are a necessary exercise and give an insight to the employees what exactly to do in case of emergencies. Conduct trainings and mock drills with respect to different kinds of emergencies.
Safety affects everyone in the workplace and therefore the entire staff should be involved in maintaining safety processes. Employees must see the value of observing safety standards and the safety standards should be enforced for all, including management. You need to educate and train your staff to deal with any situation that can arise at your workplace to reduce the risk of injuries and accidents.
Social networking has become an effective way to get attention and job leads but few people use social networking to get a job. So stand out from the crowd and expand your online social network. Get on Facebook and Linked In and friend everyone you know or have ever met. Send personalized notes to all your networked friends mentioning you are looking for any kind of work in whatever fields you have experience in. Don’t ever ask directly for a job on your social network because that puts people on the spot; instead ask for referrals and job leads. Most people want to help people they know who ask nicely so you should be pleasantly surprised at the responses.
Volunteering is another effective way to get serious positive attention in a job search. To volunteer and get results, first make a list of the top five businesses you really want to work at. Next walk into each of these businesses and offer to work for free for a week or two. Make it clear that the company has no obligation to hire you. The only commitment you are asking for is an honest recommendation letter at the end. If you prove yourself on the job, most companies will go to great lengths to hire you permanently since you showed such initiative. You are unlikely to make it through the list of five businesses before getting a job with this plan.
Or consider following the lead of Robert Dubois. A fifty-something website and graphic designer living in the small lakeside town of Penticton, British Columbia, Robert spent four months sending out resumes with out getting a single interview. Believing that if you do the same things over and over you get the same results, Robert decided to try a new tactic.
Robert set up a booth in the local shopping mall with big signs promoting his experience and skills. One sign stated he is the “best employee in Penticton”. When the TV crew showed up to interview him for the evening news they found Robert spending his day talking to passersby about his job quest and making new friends. Between the mini-resumes Robert was handing out and the region wide TV exposure it seems quite unlikely that Dubois will be jobless much longer.
So get out and do something really innovative in your job search. Maybe your competition sitting at home will get to see you on TV getting the job you really want.