Job Tips

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. 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 blog: Employers Share Most Memorable Interview Mistakes Candidates Have Made with  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  surveyed 406 hiring managers and revealed the following blunders and mistakes:

Memorable Blunders
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

Common Mistakes
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 StandupsHere 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. 


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