Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the August 27, 2001 issue of QuintZine.
We’ve contended more than once in this space that looking at the job-hunting picture from the hiring company’s perspective can be very helpful. That principle applies to an article by Miriam Berger on the HR.com Web site. Her article, Ten Critical Questions to Ask When Conducting an Interview, is instructive for job-seekers not just for the exposure it provides to possible interview questions, but for its insights into what an interviewer may be trying to get at by asking certain questions.
The article helps to put you inside the mind of a hiring manager and know how to approach the questions. For example, one question Berger suggests is: “Describe your particular style of management or the style of management you would choose if you were a manager.” The job-seeker’s response to that question can tell a lot about he or she will fit into the employer’s corporate culture, Berger notes.
Articles on HR.com are free, although registration is required after you’ve accessed the site three times as a guest.
Practice with a friend or career coach until you can confidently state the information without reading from your script. Once you know your script, you’ll never have to learn it again. I have used the same 90-second intro for years. The information changes slightly, but the concept is the same. Most importantly, I can say it as confidentially as I know my own name.”
— This Q Tip courtesy of Diana C. LeGere president of Executive Final Copy and the employment coordinator for Greenbacks Bringing Hope Foundation in Salt Lake City, UT.
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