Job Applications and Salary Questions. I recently had a job-seeking student ask me a question that I have been asked many times in the past. He wanted to know how to respond to salary requirement questions on job applications. I always say “don’t”. If a potential employer wants to know what you are willing to work for, he might be hoping you’ll give him a low-ball number that is below what he is able to pay. And you’ve taken a salary cut before even starting the job. Always say you want “market value” and leave it up to the employer to provide a salary or salary range first. I recently came across this answer and it parallels my thoughts. I hope this is helpful.
Looking for a Raise? Avoid This Mistake. PayScale.com offer some quick advice. One of the greatest challenges as an employee is to see yourself as the boss sees you. If you can’t fairly self-assess, you could be walking into an embarrassing situation when asking for a raise. Take a couple of minutes to read this.
From the CareerBuilder.ca blog: Employers Share Most Memorable Interview Mistakes Candidates Have Made with CareerBuilder.ca What’s interesting about this post is how quickly employers size up job candidates (within five minutes in many cases!) A Harris Poll national survey conducted for CareerBuilder.ca surveyed 406 hiring managers and revealed the following blunders and mistakes:
When asked to share the most memorable mistakes candidates made during a job interview, employers gave the following real-life examples:
- Candidate asked interviewer out on a date
- Candidate ate a hard-boiled egg
- Candidate brought in a high school project because their mother thought the interviewer might want to look at it
- Candidate explained that they would prefer to work at another company but had not heard back from them yet, so they were applying to ours in the meantime
- Candidate fell asleep
- Candidate forgot who his current employer was
- Candidate offered to bake for the office regularly if she was hired
- Candidate untied his shoes, removed his socks, and rubbed his bare feet on the interviewer’s desk
- Candidate said they wouldn’t be able to work in the summer if it was sunny as they would be sailing
- Candidate got up and paced around the office while interviewer remained seated
The top most detrimental blunders employers frequently see from candidates include:
- Appearing arrogant – 54 per cent
- Appearing disinterested – 52 per cent
- Appearing uninformed about the company or role – 49 per cent
- Answering a cell phone or texting during the interview – 48 per cent
- Dressing inappropriately – 47 per cent
- Talking negatively about current or previous employers – 46 per cent
- Not providing specific examples – 43 per cent
- Not asking good questions – 31 per cent
- Asking the hiring manager personal questions – 21 per cent
- Providing too much personal information – 18 per cent
Body language can play a big role in a job interview. Employers cited the biggest non-verbal mistakes candidates commonly make:
- Failure to make eye contact – 66 per cent
- Bad posture – 39 per cent
- Failure to smile – 38 per cent
- Fidgeting too much in his/her seat – 38 per cent
- Crossing their arms over their chest – 34 per cent
- Playing with something on the table – 30 per cent
- Handshake that is too weak – 25 per cent
- Playing with hair or touching one’s face – 25 per cent
- Using too many hand gestures – 10 per cent
- Handshake that is too strong – 6 per cent
From RTDNA: How NOT To Apply For A Job (With Examples). This is a good reminder to check your work before you send it to prospective employers.
From NewsLab: Tips for Better Standups. Here are a few things to think about before you tape that standup to make sure it’s a good fit when you edit your story.
From Forbes: Four Networking Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making. Some good advice here for job seekers and good reminders for all of us.