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5 Questions You Should Ask During Any Interview

 

Sometimes interviews can feel like you are being grilled on a witness stand in a great courtroom movie.  However, the key to your success in an interview is asking the right questions.  The type of questions you choose to ask the interviewer can show your knowledge and help you evaluate the positon. This means the questions you chose to prioritize should be well thought out.

Here are 5 questions to that will help you impress the interviewer and help you evaluate the opportunity further:

QUESTION #1: What do the day-to-day responsibilities of this role?

The answer to this question should help you formulate your responses.  By tailoring your experience to the responsibilities of the role, you can impress the interviewer.

QUESTION #2: What is your favorite part about working at the company?

It’s important to get a sense of your interviewer’s opinions about working there. If enthusiasm flows easily, that’s a great sign. If it doesn’t, that is worth noting too.

QUESTION #3: If we were having lunch a year from now to celebrate my success in this role, what would we be celebrating?

It’s crucial to have a deep understanding of how a company measures success. This will help you understand the role, the success matrix for the company, and your interviewer’s management style.

QUESTION #4: What do you see as the most challenging aspect of this job?

Knowing the good things about the position is just as important as knowing the not-so-good. You want to understand the scale of the problems you’ll be dealing with when you accept the role.

QUESTION #5: Is there anything about my background or resume that makes you question whether I am a good fit for this role?

This question displays that you’re highly invested in the job and committed to understanding your prospects as a candidate. Plus, it will also allow you an opportunity to respond to any potential concerns the interviewer has regarding your skill or experience.

 

 

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Be Careful of These 4 Career Missteps

 

In the workplace, there are small missteps that are easy to recover from and then there are big blunders that can kill your career.  Whether you are just starting out or have been in your career for years, here are four career missteps to avoid:

  1. Being too ambitious

Everyone wants to get ahead, but the successful ones know their limitations and the timing associated with the right career move.  Knowing when to push for a new promotion or career move is important.  Trying to climb the corporate ladder to quickly can result in a poor reputation or worse failure in the new role.  Often the new role is very visible and can greatly diminish your chances of moving up within the organization.

  1. Burning Bridges

The average millennial will change job 6.3 times from age 18-25.  Changing jobs for the right reason can benefit your career, but it depends on how and why you are making the change. While employers are much more willing to accept job hopping from the younger folk, a lot depends on how they do it. For more experience professional, be careful not to ‘job hop’.  Moving jobs too often, even for the right reasons can make landing your dream role move difficult.  When you do decided to leave a role, be candid, pick an exit timeline and stick to it and put in the extra work to ensure a smooth transition for you and your employer.   This will prevent burned bridges that can come back to haunt you in the future.

  1. Getting Friendly With Colleagues

Human nature doesn’t disappear when you start a new job, so it’s understandably that like-minded people tend to gravitate toward each other. Often, workplace bonds can be deep and long lasting. However, getting too close with one group of people and it can hurt your career, particularly if that group falls out of favor or are part of a round of layoffs.  A better strategy is to make friends across the entire organization.   This will help you build your name and reputation within the company.  The more people you know throughout the company, the greater your connections and networking opportunities.

  1. Dismissing Feedback or Criticism

No matter your level within a company, we all have manager and mentors that can help us navigate and improve our job performance. These people can provide you with invaluable advice and feedback, but you must be willing to accept it.  If you never learn to accept feedback or criticism, you’ll kill your career before it begins.

 

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The Biggest Mistake Candidate Make During an Interview

You worked hard to find a great job that fits your skills and experience.  You tailed you resume to best represent you and your background. Now you are schedule for an in person interview.  Don’t make the biggest mistake most candidate make during an interview…..they lack confidence!

An interview is a time to sell yourself. You need to spend the time creating a conversation about your experience, your successes, and your goals.  You want to give the interviewer the impression you can handle the job and you have the confidence to fit into the corporate culture and succeed.

Take some time, as you prepare for the interview, to prepare several points about each job in your career history. Highlight tough challenges and how you overcame them.  Use specific example and be sure to quantify your success.

Most importantly…remember to always make eye contact, smile and speak up!

Employers like confident people.  When you are confident in yourself, they will be confident in you.

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How to Get a Job as a Software Engineer

 

You are a software developer and want to find your dream job.  Here are 5 tips to help you realize your software development dream.

1. Visualize Your Dream Job

Before you even start your job search, make a list of the characteristics of your ideal job—what excites you, what motivates you, etc. This will help determine if you’re as good fit for new opportunities.

2. Network

If you’re looking to network and build relationships within your industry, consider participating in a Hackathon. Recruiters and potential employers typically attend meetups, hackathons and networking events.  These networking events are a great opportunity to meet recruiter and potential employers in a more social setting.  These connections can lead you to your dream job as a software developer.

3.  Revamp Your Github Profile

If you’re just getting started in your career, Github is a great platform to showcase your technical skills even if you don’t have a long list of work experience. Upload a new profile picture (make sure it’s work appropriate)  and update your profile with the latest on your work experience and contributions to other projects. Make sure these updates are professional, accurate and compelling. Be sure to include a link back in your resume as well.

4. Be Realistic When Reviewing Job Descriptions

Be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses when reviewing potential job descriptions.  If the job requires 5 years of experience and you are fresh out of school, it’s probably not the right position for you.  Be careful to thoroughly read and review the job description and match the described job requirements to your skills.

7. Prepare to Be Tested

Once you get past the initial screening process, you may be asked to demonstrate the long list of skills you’ve included on your resume. Be prepared to take a test or work through problems on a white board. This is a common practice in technical interviews and is a tool to validate the experience and technical acumen you described on your resume.

 

Now you are ready to start looking for that software development position you have dreamed about….good luck!

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