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Posted April 18, 2016 by

3 tips for a successful situational interview

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Have you ever had a situational interview? In situational interviews, interviewers ask candidates questions on how they might handle specific situations in the workplace; these interviews differ from behavioral interviews. When recruiters ask you behavioral questions, they ask you how you have handled situations in the past. When recruiters ask you situational questions, they want to know how you would hypothetically handle situations should they occur in the future. For students and recent grads who may lack work experience, situational questions give you a chance to shine and showcase your problem solving and critical thinking skills. These interviews also tell potential employers whether or not you’re the right cultural fit for their companies based on what you will do in the future, not what you’ve done in the past. Whether you’re a college student, recent graduate, or other job seeker, here are three tips to prepare you for a successful situational interview.

1. See yourself in the job.

When answering questions, answer them to explain the way you might behave in real settings in the workplace. Describe the action you would take as an employee and explain why you would take that action.

2. Research potential employers.

You don’t want to go into any interview without researching a potential employer. Understanding a company’s policies and company culture will give you a better idea of what it expects of employees. This can help you answer situational interview questions because you can, at least partly, base your responses on research.

3. Avoid profanity and stay positive.

Be careful not to use profanity during your situational interview. You may not only offend the interviewer, but you also leave a negative impression of how you might talk to co-workers. Stay positive, and keep focused on how you will help a potential employer. Never bash former employers or focus on what has gone wrong in the past. Situational interviews give you the chance to discuss what you might do differently if given the chance, so focus on being positive, hopeful, and optimistic.

Situational interviews foreshadow what job seekers could be like in the workplace. Prepare to answer questions relevant to the job and company you’re interested in, so employers will see you as the best fit for them.

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Posted August 05, 2015 by

Create a Cover Letter That “Does You Proud”

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

Rhonda sat down at her desk to draft a cover letter for a job she really wanted—director of a preschool. She had recently completed the training for Preschool Director Certification and had five years of experience working in two different schools as a teacher. Now she was eager to move into a position with more responsibility and opportunity.

She stared at a picture of her grandfather on her desk. He had died just months before but his words still rang true for her. He was someone she looked up to all her life. In fact, his influence prompted her to work with young children so she could pass on to others the love and care she’d received from him.

“You’ve done me proud,” he’d said with a big smile when she received her credential. (more…)

Posted November 26, 2013 by

4 Lessons Best Learned Early in Your Career

Ken Sundheim

Ken Sundheim, Chief Executive Officer at KAS Placement Sales Recruiting

Wisdom comes from experience.  It spawns from the ability to reflect on events in our lives (both professional and personal) and analyze those situations in a manner that is conducive to us handling those occurrences more effectively the next time around.

While some people will never learn the key lessons required to be a success, others will figure them out later in life.  Those who become accustomed to this wisdom earlier on can go further than others.

For example, Steve Jobs and Larry Page (in business and life) knew more than your average CEO at age 30 who knew more than your average employee.

While I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will never be a Page or Jobs, I still have learned my fair share.  With that being said, here are 5 things I’ve figured out: (more…)

Posted November 21, 2013 by

Young Professionals, Take Advantage of Your Entry Level Jobs

Entry level jobs are opportunities for young professionals to prove themselves in the workforce.  That is one reason they should take advantage of these positions.  Learn more in the following post.

clipboard It may not be your dream job, but an entry level job can offer you the opportunity to not only get your feet wet, but in the words of a pioneering reality show, “find out what happens when people start getting real.”.

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Posted August 21, 2013 by

Most Employees Would Choose to Work from Home; Office Workers Express Jealousy of Telecommuters

Traveling to work each day is more costly to some people than others.  Have you ever thought about what it would be like to work from home?  Well, it seems that more employees would choose this option if possible.  However, for employees who do telecommute, they are more than likely to experience some jealousy among co-workers.  Learn more in the following post. (more…)

Posted August 15, 2013 by

Vacation Time? 12 Ways to Leave the Office Behind

Dawn Dugan

Dawn Dugan, Salary.com contributing writer

You work hard. You deserve your vacation. Yet in a world where we’re all shouldering more and constant connectivity is par for the course, leaving the office behind can seem difficult, if not impossible.

Yet with a little preparation and follow-through, work doesn’t have to ruin your vacation.

This article explores 12 tips to a restorative, relaxing, and work-free vacation you can truly enjoy. (more…)

Posted August 08, 2013 by

First Year on an Entry Level Job? 10 Tips to Make the Most of Your New Position

As a new employee on an entry level job, you want to prove that the company’s decision to hire you was worth it.  The following post has 10 tips to help you make the most of your position.

So what happens once you’ve landed that entry-level position? You made it through the interview process, but the real work has just begun. This job will set the pace for your career not only in how you perform your tasks, but…

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Posted August 02, 2013 by

6 Reasons You Can’t Get Anything Done at Work

Harrison Monarth

Harrison Monarth, Salary.com contributing writer

You know the feeling when you look at the clock and suddenly it’s 5 p.m. and your to-do list is barely touched. Thanks to multiple meetings, an email inbox with an endless supply of new requests and information, and shifting project deadlines that demand juggling, it’s no wonder that many of us reach the end of the day the way an exhausted runner approaches the finish line: spent. (more…)

Posted July 16, 2013 by

9 Things You Should Never Say When Asking for a Raise

Aaron Gouveia

Aaron Gouveia, Salary.com contributing writer

Asking for more money is a stressful and often awkward experience. Unfortunately, for the uninitiated, it could also be a potentially harmful one for your career if you say/do the wrong thing. If you’re not careful in how you approach your employer, you risk humiliating yourself, pointing out your flaws instead of your strengths, and even throwing co-workers under the bus unintentionally. Sure it’s important to say the right things, but before you figure out what those things are, it’s much easier to start with the list of things you SHOULDN’T say during this all-important negotiation. (more…)

Posted June 21, 2013 by

10 Ways to Get Your Co-Workers to Like You More

Ken Sundheim

Ken Sundheim, CEO of KAS Placement Recruitment

Forming stronger relationships with co-workers can not only make work more enjoyable, it can lead to significant strides in one’s success.  Conversely, the inability to gain the acceptance of other workers can damage one’s ability to execute on daily tasks.

It is very rare that anyone can reach their goals without others in the office.  Follow the below tips and you won’t have to. (more…)