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10 ridiculously smart questions to ask in a job interview

By Rachel Weingarten on the "TheLadders website

In a crowded job market, the last thing you want to be is forgettable.



Yet people do it every day with this one mistake: not asking any questions in a job interview.


The mistake is understandable. You’ve been so busy preparing to answer questions, that you’re forgetting to show the curiosity that lets interviewers see what you really want to know. After all, even if every single one of your responses are flawless and on point, by not asking a question or two of your interviewer you run the risk of coming across as generic.


On the other hand, you don’t want to ask terrible questions. That’s even worse.


Here’s how to show the person interviewing you how you’re different and why you stand apart from the rest.


Why did you join the company?



Mark Phillips, who runs a top office for Sanford Rose Associates, one of the largest recruiting networks in the U.S. had a simple question that could be quite complicated. If the interviewer tells you it was because of vacation days or benefits, chances are good that there isn’t all that much below the surface. If, however, they tell you about the creativity or integrity of the brand, you know you’re potentially going to work for a winner.


How does this role further your company’s mission?



Kelly Lavin, chief talent officer for newly launched Canvas, the first text-based interviewing platform suggests you ask this because “While job duties and company culture are important to understand, determining why a company and role exists is just as, if not more, important.” It will also allow you to better understand if you “align with the company’s mission and will feel a sense of purpose in your new role.”


Tell me about your most successful employees. What do they do differently?



Believe it or not, this one is almost a trick question for potential employers Lavin says. “The answer to this question will help a candidate understand how a company defines success and what specific behaviors can lead to that success.” In one fell swoop you’ll find out what success means to this company and how you can better achieve it.


What do you expect someone in this position to accomplish in the first 60-90 days? University of Richmond Career Advisor Anna Young says, “Great candidates hit the ground running, find out how you will be expected to jump in and start contributing to the organization from day one.” And in case you’re wondering, it’s fine to modify the question for an internship and ask about expectations for the first few weeks.

What, if anything, in my background gives you pause?



Roberta Matuson, President of Matuson Consulting, says this is pretty much the one must ask question job seekers should ask in an interview. She says “By asking this question, you’ll be able to overcome any objections the interviewer might have before you leave the room.” And if you’re smart, you can find a way to combat any preconceived notions by addressing them in a follow up note.


What is the turnover in your company, in the executive suite and in the department, I am interviewing for?



Dave Arnold President at Arnold Partners says as a leading independent CFO search consultant for technology companies, he’s had 100’s of people go out to interview with clients, and he thinks that’s a question worth asking. While people no longer expect to stay at any given job for decades or more, it’s nice to know how long you can expect to stick around if given the opportunity. If the interviewer grows uncomfortable or shares the fact that turnaround at their company is higher than Dancing with the Stars, you might want to think twice before accepting the position.


What are the opportunities for growth and advancement?



Young says, “This can help you to understand the structure of the organization and if there are opportunities to move up and advance your career.” It’s also a great way of finding out about different ways to progress or move into different roles “Also, it could help you to learn if they offered continued training or professional development for employees.”


If you had a chance to interview for your company again (knowing what you know now), what questions would you ask next time?


Ashley White, executive director for Human Resources for APQC, a member-based non-profit that produces benchmarking and best practice research suggested this toughie.


This one is slightly sneaky because it also allows you to surreptitiously monitor the interviewer’s hidden signals. Do they suddenly look uncomfortable before spouting the company line? Do they greet this with a giant grin? You might have more answers to this question by what they don’t say, than even by what they do share.


What haven’t I asked that most candidates ask?



Phillips also suggested asking this question, which sets you apart immediately. On the one hand, you’re lumping all the other applicants together and showing a level of confidence; on the other hand, you’re gaining insight into your potential competitors: they asked this, but it never even occurred to me.


One last thing: so that you don’t spend the coming days or weeks on pins and needles, it’s always a good idea to ask this next question.


What are the next steps in this process?



Young says, “If they haven’t already shared this information, it’s important to ask about their timeline so you’re aware of when you could be notified of a second interview, or a potential offer.”


What to ask yourself



Shannon Breuer, President at Wiley Group was once one of 800 laid off at her former job, Shannon now draws on her own personal experience to provide clients with career coaching and transition services. She offers a list of questions you should ask yourself before an interview, and if needed – you can flip them and ask the interviewer.


What level of work-life balance do you wish to enjoy?


How casual do you like to dress?


Is your ideal employer an up-and-coming small business, or a century-old corporation with time-tested values and a clear path for future promotions?


Do you like the management style of the leadership team?


What are the company initiatives you can stand behind?


Workforce Solutions of Central Texas conducted a study of Career Progressions and Career Lattices.

Think you're stuck in a dead end career? Think again. See how career ladders can provide a road map to career success. Through proper research , planning and effort you can progress as far as you want to go. In this section we have 20 career groupings showing possible progressions. Check out the Career Ladders.

Texas Operation Welcome Home

Texas Operation Welcome Home is a program designed to better meet the needs of Transitioning Service Members, recently separated Veterans, and Military Spouses in the Great State of Texas.
Texas is home to more than 400,000 employers with a great number of opportunities for veterans with your values, skills, training and experiences.
Please explore our site to see the resources available to veterans and learn about employment opportunities throughout the state. If you have specific questions or needs, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Resource Guide for Small Business

Download the 2017 Small Business Administration's Resource Guide for Small Business.

Entrepreneur Inspiration Ebook

This ebook provides inspiration for all entrepreneurs who want to open their own business. We believe that the more people we inspire on the entrepreneurial journey the better. It's becoming more difficult to find a job and easier to start a business every day.



Click HERE to download the ebook. It is a large file, the ebook is 471 pages

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Calendar of Activities in the Killeen Workforce Center

Activities Calendar for the Killeen center includes workshops to better your job seeking skills, classes for customers who are participating in workforce programs and other meeting events.

3 Tips to Soothe your Interview Jitters

Pointers from Monster on how to maintain a cool, calm presence during interviews. Take a deep breath and try to relax. Monster talked with some experts who shared their top tips for staying calm and focused, so you can conquer job interview jitters and land your next job.

Career Exploration Tools

My Next Move is a web-based interactive tool from the Labor Department for new job seekers, students and other career-explorers to learn more about their career options. Users can: •Explore more than 900 different careers and see important information including skills, tasks, salaries and employment outlook on easy-to-read career reports. •Look at related apprenticeships and training, and search actual job openings. •Find careers through a keyword search; by browsing industries; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers customized career suggestions based on interests, education and work experience

Though My Next Move is intended to assist all jobseekers, it may be especially useful for students, young adults and other first-time workers as they explore potential careers based on their interests. The new tool complements the department's "mySkills myFuture" site, which is designed to help those with previous work experience match existing skills to new occupations.

This website allows users to search for jobs by occupation, by industry and using the "O*NET Interest Profiler," which matches an individual's interests with suitable occupations by asking 60 questions. Since 2001, the department's Occupational Information Network, or O*NET, has used a 180-question version of the profiler that can be printed out or downloaded to a personal computer.

Each occupation that a user selects has an easy-to-read, one-page profile, including information about what knowledge, skills and abilities are needed; the occupation's outlook; the level of education required; technologies used within the occupation; and similar jobs. In addition, each occupation page includes direct links to local salary information, training opportunities and relevant job openings.

For veterans, a specialized My Next Move for Veterans helps find careers through keyword search, by browsing industries that employ different types of workers, or by discovering civilian careers that are similar to their job in the military.

¿Hablas español? Mi Próximo Paso is a version of the tool for Spanish-language speakers.



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Job Seeker Workshop Offerings

We have eight workshops designed to supercharge your job search by showing you the how-to's of finding the right employment or progressing in your career choice. The workshops cover a wide range of topics to include "Ace the Interview", "Resumes designed to get Interviews" and "Soft Skills - the new "Tiebreaker".

Click on the title for more information.

Employers Hiring Immediately: Using WorkInTexas.com to Connect with Jobs

Are you tired of seeing “No matches found” or only finding out about jobs you aren’t qualified for?
Don’t miss out on job opportunities because you don’t know how to find out about them. Learn the
ips and tricks to increase your job matches. Learn how to browse jobs to find out about even more
opportunities. Receive one-on-one help from staff that use WorkInTexas every day to help job
seekers become employees. You must be registered in WorkInTexas prior to attendance. Bring your
WorkInTexas User ID and password with you. If you don’t know them, contact your nearest Workforce
enter.

Offered at the following locations:
Temple Workforce Center – Every Tuesday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Killeen Workforce Center – Every second and fourth Wednesday from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM


 

How Do You Look on Paper: Perfecting Your Application

Job applications land you the interview. Get answers to difficult questions and find out the most common mistakes when filling out employment applications.

Offered at the following locations:
Temple Workforce Center - Every Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Killeen Workforce Center - Every Tuesday from 8:30am to 10am

Resumes designed to get Interviews

Are you tired of sending out lots of resumes and never getting an interview? Come learn from experts what an employer is looking for, what to avoid putting in your resume and how to create a resume that is noticed and gets you the interview.

Offered at the following locations:
Temple Workforce Center - Every Wednesday from 8:30am to 11am
Killeen Workforce Center - Every Wednesday from 8:30am to 11am

Ace the Interview and Land the Job

Do job interviews stress you out? Have you ever left an interview feeling as if you didn't prepare? These are all common struggles most people have when interviewing. Our interview workshop will help you identify and sell your skills, as well as prepare you to answer common interview questions needed to get the job. Don't wait until it's too late! Sign up for this workshop today! Sessions last 1 1/2 hour, dress is casual, and handouts will be provided.

Offered at the following locations:
Temple Workforce Center - Every Thursday from 10am to 11am
Killeen Workforce Center - Every Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am

Soft Skills - the new Tie-Breaker

What gets you the job when you and another job candidate are equally qualified for the same position? Soft Skills. Soft skills are the qualities that can set you apart from the other candidates when applying for a job. Come learn from our Job Getting experts what soft skills employers look for in breaking the tie. You will be joined by other job seekers looking for an advantage in this 11/2 hour session., Dress casually; bring a pen; and receive a soft skills take-home handout. "It's more important to hire people with the right qualities than the right experience" - Bill Marriott.

Offered at the following locations:
Temple Workforce Center - Every first and third Thursdays from 8:30am to 9:30am
Killeen Workforce Center - Every first and third Thursday from 8:30am to 10am

Don't let Your background Hold You Down

Attend a workshop that will give you information on how to explain your conviction to an employer, network with others who share some of the same issues and explore career paths. Don't let your background hold you down!

Offered at the following locations:
Temple Workforce Center - Every first Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Killeen Workforce Center - Every fourth Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm

Straight talk from Hiring Managers

Who better to learn about employment processes from than business representatives themselves? This is a time to hear directly from hiring authorities and to ask them your questions. Check the monthly calendar for business and industry representatives that will be in attendance and specific topic being covered.

Offered at the following locations:
Temple Workforce Center - Please check with our office for dates and times
Killeen Workforce Center - Please check with our office for dates and times



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Useful Links for Job Seekers

  1. Sign up for the 6th annual Hiring Red, White & You! Hiring Fair to connect veterans, service members and their Families to Texas employers on November 9, 2017.
  2. Neuvoo.com - Neuvoo.com is a free job search aggregator that indexes job s directly from companie's career websites, placement agencies and job boards. The site also features a free 'take-home' (after tax) salary calulator.
  3. 20 Resume Design Tips and Examples
  4. The 30 Best Resume Fonts You Can Find
  5. Six of 10 projected fastest growing Texas 2014-24 occupations are in the Healthcare industry
  6. Millennial Attraction Factors
  7. 10 Unconventional (But Very Effective) Tips For Job Seekers
  8. What Leaders Never Do In Networking Intros (And You Shouldn't Either)
  9. Ten Things A Professional Never Does For Free
  10. My Next Move is a web-based interactive tool from the Labor Department for new job seekers, students and other career-explorers to learn more about their career options.
  11. 'My Next Move' complements the department's "mySkills myFuture" site, which is designed to help those with previous work experience match existing skills to new occupations.
  12. For veterans, a specialized My Next Move for Veterans helps find careers through keyword search, by browsing industries that employ different types of workers, or by discovering civilian careers that are similar to their job in the military.
  13. ¿Hablas español? Mi Próximo Paso is a version of the 'My Next Move' tool for Spanish-language speakers.

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