Merry Christmas

It’s that time again, the time to take a mini vacation.  I hope you have a  lovely Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah or any other holiday you may celebrate.  Thank you so much for reading and happy 2013!

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Interview Questions

As someone who will soon be interviewing candidates I was happy to get some pointers on the types of questions to ask people.  As an interviewee I always wondered, what are these people really trying to find out about me?  And I have to say it’s tough to really understand what a position is truly about without being in said position and environment.  You may assume one thing, but are shocked to be confronted with a completely different aspect of a job.  Or better yet, you may see a dozen “essential skills” listed but know you only have three of them and are solid in all three and are pleasantly surprised when you get the job.

So, rambling aside, here are some questions I stumbled upon that I think might get to the meat of a candidate:

1. “How did you find out about the job?  Job boards, general postings, online listings, job fairs–most people find their first few jobs that way, so that’s certainly not a red flag.  But a candidate who continues to find each successive job from general postings probably hasn’t figured out what he or she wants to do–and where he or she would like to do it.  He or she is just looking for a job; often, any job…On the flip side, being pulled in is like a great reference–without the letter.”

2. “Why did you leave?  ‘It’s a quick way to get to get to the heart of a candidate’s sense of teamwork and responsibility,” Younger says. “Some people never take ownership and always see problems as someone else’s problem. And some candidates have consistently had problems with their bosses–which means they’ll also have issues with you.'”

***The above questions were pulled from an Inc. article titled 3 Interview Questions You Must Ask, but I encourage you to take a look at another article titled 4 Vital Interview Questions to Ask.  This last one come with warning signs to look out for!

Good luck and…what did you do today?

Holiday Parties

It’s that wonderful time of year again.  Time for holiday parties!  I have written about all of the wonderful scenarios that can take place in the past, but it’s never a bad idea to revisit the Do’s and Dont’s of corporate holiday parties.  That is why I am happy to share three of the five points listed in Career Chick Chat’s list.

1. Tip number one – Go to the party.  This is an excellent time to mingle with your co-workers in a less structured setting.  Get to know people on a personal level and let them get to know you.

2. Tip number two – Remember that you are still on the clock.  Even though you are gathered after hours, don’t forget who you are gathered with…your CEO, your manager, your direct reports.  None of these people need to see the wild party side of you.  WHat they need to see is that you can talk more than just shop and connect with folks on a different level.

3. Tip number three – Send a thank you note to whoever organized the party.  I am very sad to admit that I have not done this.  Partly because I have only been to one holiday party in my working life and that was what feels like eons ago.  However, this is a wonderful tip.  Someone put in a whole heck of a lot of effort and certainly deserve a thank you.

So enjoy and be merry!

What did you do today?

P.S. Read all of the 5 Fast Tips for the Office Xmas Party here.