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Top 10 Interview Questions To Ask

In my last post I talked about the Questions you should AVOID in an interview, but after posting that, I thought of writing something which can create positive impression. So I have ended up with list of Questions one should ASK in an interview. During a job interview, towards the end of the interview, you will be asked if you have any questions. This is an opportunity to find out more about the company and the job you are applying for to make sure it’s a good match for both of you. So here are questions for your interviewer:

1. Can you please show me some examples of projects that I’d be working on? : By asking this question, you will have opportunity to look into the role and responsibilities you are going to involve with
2. What specific qualities and skills are you looking for in the job candidate? : By asking this question, you will have opportunity to understand the job role you are applying for
3. How would you describe the company’s culture and leadership philosophy? : By asking this question, you will have opportunity to know more about employee engagement, company’s vision etc
4. What is the single largest problem facing your staff, and would I be in a position to help you solve this problem? : By asking this question, you will have opportunity to understand which strategy you need to apply if the problem occur in first place
5. What would you say are the three most important skills needed to excel in this position? : By asking this question, you will have opportunity to understand your job role in more detail and give path to outperform.
6. How do you see this position contributing to the success of the organization? : By asking this question, you will have opportunity to understand the challenges in your role
7. Does the company offer continued education and professional training? : By asking this question, you will have opportunity to participate in training which can lead to your own personal development
8. How can I best contribute to the department? : By asking this question, you will have opportunity to involve in a team work and give your best effort in order to pull best result for the department you work with
9. How do you see me as a candidate for the job in comparison with an ideal candidate? : By asking this question, you will come to know what specific experience and knowledge you need in order to secure your role in a organization

10. And last but not the least question: What is the next step? When do you think you will be making a decision? Always wrap up with this question, so that when you go home you know what to expect next.

Always remember, interviewers draw conclusions about you based on the questions you ask—or don’t ask at all. So take advantage of this situation and ask questions. Don’t be shy, go for it! All the very best

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First of all let me apologies for not writing and publishing any article for so long, is just all about other commitments I was involved with and finding hard to get time to write. So, now I am all prepared to give you another interesting article to look into.

Have you ever thought of questions which needs to avoid in an interview? So here we go with the list:

Top 10 questions to avoid in an interview

You are all set for an interview and prepared yourself best. You have kept all the paper work in place and did your homework including the list of questions you need to ask in an interview. Below are 10 questions you should avoid to create a bad impression:

1. Never ask for information you could have easily found with a quick Google search: Ask yourself – Have you done your Homework?

2. Never ask if you can change the job details or the salary: It is too early to ask at this stage, try and keep this question for later stage

3. Never ask many questions about the interviewer’s background: Don’t get too personal as this may back fire and spoil your image

4. Never ask about pay, time off, benefits, etc: Wait until you get through the first stage and leave this question for second stage of interview!

5. Never ask “What does your company do?”- You have done your initial homework to cover first question so don’t be fool by asking this question again

6. Never ask “If I’m hired, when can I start applying for other positions in the company?”- Try and be focus what you are going to get rather than planning to jump from once place to another before creating credibility

7. Never ask how quickly you can be promoted? – Prove yourself first!

8. Never ask “Do you do background checks?” – Let the company follow their procedure

9. Never ask about gossip you’ve heard: Don’t create negative impression by asking this question

10. Never ask if the company monitors e-mail or Internet usage: Think about your responsibilities first

Let me know How useful these points in an interview. Feel free to send your comment & suggestions
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How to create your Personal brand and Market yourself

Identifying and marketing your personal brand is an essential core competency for managing and sustaining a successful career. In this increasing competitive world it is important to empower yourself by knowing what you want, what you have to offer, and how to ask for it.
Your overall ability to market your talents and accomplishments are a key part of enhancing your brand. The demands we face today include an unpredictable economy, highly competitive market place and increased competition by all levels.

In order to be successful, it is very critical to set yourself apart from crowd.

Think about the following questions:
• Do you know your value add – Your very unique differentiations?
• Can you define your personal brand?
• How easily and effectively you can showcase your skills and expertise?
• Do you actively work on enhancing your brand?

Are you comfortable talking about yourself in this way? More importantly, are you prepared to talk about yourself in this way – packaging your talents and accomplishments – showcasing them and presenting your value within your chosen field and community?

The first step is to change your mindset and embrace personal branding as a required competency in taking charge of your career and executing a effective strategy.

Below are some techniques for developing this competency.
1. Preparation: Define and identify your brand
2. Packaging: Create your unique portfolio
3. Presentation: Deliver your message in front of target audience

Preparation:
Can you express yourself or your profession in less than 140 characters? For example, Steve Job’s description of the MacBook Air takes thirty characters including the period: The world’s thinnest notebook. What a message across the board!
Know your value – skills, competencies, accomplishments, strengths, limitations, interests, inputs from others. You can do SWOT analysis in this area. It is not about how big the market is, it is all about how you create value.
Differentiating factors – unique characteristics, experiences you have to offer that set you apart from the crowd.
Network – How you connect with people in personal and professional path
Goals – Create mission for career, set goals and have a strong plan
Positive attitude – This is one of the most important ingredients for bright future. Positivity boost overall productivity of the human being

Packaging:
Maintain resume, bio and portfolio regularly. Update when necessary. Stay up to date with current information
Keep copies of your awards, presentations etc
Create history of your accomplishments
Obtain references when you have actually made a difference in the system
Expand your network in order to spread your personal brand in right direction
Create win-win situation and make strong relationships

Presentation:
Strong communication and create active listening
Practice your delivery again and again to master the stage.
Create reciprocity – Say please and thank you to people. Because when you say Please it says you respect the person and when you say Thank you it says you admire the person
Never burn bridges – leave positive impression and make new bridges
Deliver with utmost confidence – Best example is Steve Jobs. According to study, ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert – in anything. Keep this in mind practice your presentation.

Practicing these above techniques for establishing your personal brand and marketing yourself will result in a focused career.

The best person to manage your career is YOU and the best person to showcase your skills and expertise is again YOU so go ahead and build your Personal brand and market yourself today!