6 Questions You MUST Be Prepared To Answer During Interviews

Increasing your chances of getting the job are pretty simple if you’re well-prepared for your next interview. If you’re ready to answer some of the most common interview questions, you’re a step ahead of your competition.

Here are six questions you must be prepared to answer during interviews:

1. Why Don’t You Tell Me About Yourself?

Approach this question as it relates to the job for which you are applying. Develop a 30-60 second personal branding statement that touches on your work history, your education, and briefly highlights your accomplishments. Practice this a bit – if you’re going for a sales or client facing job, the employer wants to make sure you’re more than just a capable communicator.

2. What Are Your Greatest Strengths?

For this particular question, you’re going to want to provide tangible skills. Don’t waste your time or the employer’s with, “I’m really a great team player,” or “I have excellent communication skills.” Instead, describe your ability to bring new clients on board or talk about your knack for increasing

5 Clever Ways to Get a Job

5 Clever Ways to Get a JobOver the last few years, the job market has been pretty brutal. With so many job seekers vying over the same openings, competition has reached sky-high limits. In response, some candidates are going to crazy lengths to get noticed. Whether candidates submit their resume on a chocolate bar, perform a guitar solo about why they’re the perfect fit for the job, film over-the-top YouTube videos that have gone viral, employers have seen just about everything.

As crazy as some of these situations sound, they have one common denominator: they worked. The candidates captured their target employers’ attention and sometimes even landed the job.

While filming a video and making it go viral might be a bit impractical for you, there are some more realistic ways to get noticed. Here are five clever ways that, when implemented, are sure to make you stand out from your competition and help you land that coveted job offer.

1. Impress with Your Resume & Cover Letter

Both your resume and cover letter need to be perfect. This tip sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed at how many people—qualified, competent people—lose job offers

What to expect in your Aptitude and Personality Tests

What to expect in your Aptitude and Personality TestsMost companies in Australia use psychometric testing or pre-employment testing.

If you are applying for a position with NAB, ANZ, Telstra, government agencies, Police, Cadbury Schweppes, Bakers Delight or any other company in Australia you are more than likely to be asked to sit a psychometric test as part of assessing whether you are suitable for the position they have. In a recent survey conducted in Australia, more than 83% of employers stated that they use psychometric testing to assess job applicants’ ‘fit’ to positions advertised. The psychometric test can be either conducted by your potential employer or a recruitment agency.

When is psychometric testing used?

In addition to using selection tools like assessing your resumé, a written statement addressing the job selection criteria or a face-to-face interview, employers and recruitment agencies increasingly use this method to help determine a candidate’s suitability. Psychometric testing will typically follow your resume submission and an initial interview. Together, the results obtained from these selections tools will paint a picture for the recruiter that will indicate to them whether you can and will do the

Seven Key On the Job Success Steps

Common sense will tell you that qualities like motivation, good judgment, and integrity are crucial to career success. But, just having these qualities is not enough to guarantee success.

To truly succeed, you must be able to demonstrate these—and many other qualities—each and every day on the job. This article describes a number of things you can start doing today to truly succeed in your workplace.


Demonstrate loyalty. Organizations put a high premium on company loyalty. You can demonstrate your loyalty in a number of ways. One of the easiest, and most important, is to support your company’s policies. Here are several other subtle ways to demonstrate your loyalty:

  • Be punctual.
  • Put in a full day’s work.
  • Be willing to work extra hours.
  • Be respectful and courteous to all the people you work with, from the janitor to the CEO.

By showing your loyalty in these tangible ways, you benefit yourself. It will be that much easier for you to develop the rapport and gain the support you need to get ahead.. In fact, some companies have even promoted people simply because they possessed these qualities, not because they had superior skills or abilities!

Anticipate your boss’ needs. One of the toughest parts about being a team

10 Top Tips For Building a Successful Career

Building your career is exciting because it provides an opportunity to shape your life in the way you want. It can also be scary when you do not know what it is that you want to do and when you are not sure how you can make a living. The more you are in charge of your process, the better you will feel. So here are my top 10 tips to help move you forward as you create your career.

  1. Know your values

The place to start building career success is with yourself. First, zero in on your values. Values are the core principles that run your life. The more your career aligns with and honors your values, the deeper the sense of satisfaction you will derive from what you do.

  1. Play to your strengths

Second, find your strengths. It is easier and a lot more fun to play to your strengths than to compensate for weaknesses. A great resource for identifying your strengths is Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath where you buy the book and then take an on-line assessment which generates a report of your top 5 strengths. Then see how you can start playing to YOUR strengths!

  1. Live your

10 Ways To Have A More Successful Career

Everyone has two natures. One wants us to advance, the other wants us to pull back. The one we cultivate and decide upon determines whom we become.

Luckily, with the right kind of training, every individual could be a success. Though, it’s not in your best interest to wait and expect others to assist you on the road there.

Rather, achievement and career advancement is the culmination of gaining self will power, setting firm resolutions and making a commitment to conquer your weakness and bad habits.

If success is truly something of interest, our recruitment professionals have laid out 10 easy theories to implement in order to have a more lucrative, productive and fulfilling career.

  1. The secret of success is to try to always improve yourself no matter where you are or what your position is. Learn all you can. In business, miracles do not simply happen.

Rather, success is the culmination of excessive learning and leveraging that knowledge to set firm goals then seeing those proposed accomplishments through to the end.

2.Think in terms of solutions rather than focusing on problems. Simply because we can’t see a solution at a given moment does not mean it’s not there.

Use your subconscious voice in order to gain

5 Powerful Ways to Build a Successful Career Before You Turn 30


If you ask him the secrets of building a wildly successfully career before the age of 30, Mehta will first tell you that you shouldn’t try to copy what others have done–you already have the answers within you. “There is no secret formula, no blueprint to success in business,” he says. “To try to mimic one is to lose before you even get in the game. The idea that you can recreate success is a myth.”

According to Mehta, there are five strategies anyone can use to build a successful career before hitting the big 3-0. And they just happen to be great advice for people at any age.

  1. Innovate

Instead of waiting for change to find you, continuously innovate in your job to stay ahead of it. Take the initiative to come up with ideas for doing things better–and then have the courage to advance and implement them. Says Mehta, “Experience isn’t required for innovation. Thinking differently is. Look at everything and figure out where and how you can contribute, and then do so.”

  1. Collaborate

One of the best ways to advance your career is to think, “How can I help others succeed?” When your team wins, you win along with it. It’s not all about you–when you’re a team

Top tips for negotiating an employment contract

Negotiating an employment contract can be a daunting and tricky prospect; whether you’re renegotiating an existing package with your employer or about to start a new role at a different business.

If you don’t pour over the small print before committing and signing on the dotted line, you may come to regret it when your employment comes to an end. We find that when most of our clients are offered a new job, the last thing on their mind is negotiating, as they don’t want to risk jeopardising the relationship or being seen as ‘pushy.’ However, the process of negotiating an employment contract can leave you in a better position and for more senior roles the employer would expect you to negotiate.

Whilst some terms of the contract may not be flexible, many are. As the saying goes, if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

We have prepared the top tips for negotiating an employment contract to help guide you through the key areas for consideration including issues surrounding post-termination of contract.

  1. Negotiate BEFORE signing the dotted line
    The time to negotiate the terms of your employment contract is prior to your employment commencing. This is a very complex area and you should always

10 Tips for Successful Career Planning: An Activity for Job-Seekers

Here, then, are 10 tips to help you achieve successful career planning.

1. Make Career Planning an Annual Event

Many of us have physicals, visit the eye doctor and dentist, and do a myriad of other things on an annual basis, so why not career planning? Find a day or weekend once a year — more often if you feel the need or if you’re planning a major career change — and schedule a retreat for yourself. Try to block out all distractions so that you have the time to truly focus on your career — what you really want out of your career, out of your life.

By making career planning an annual event, you will feel more secure in your career choice and direction — and you’ll be better prepared for the many uncertainties and difficulties that lie ahead in all of our jobs and career.

2. Map Your Path Since Last Career Planning

One of your first activities whenever you take on career planning is spending time mapping out your job and career path since the last time you did any sort of career planning. While you should not dwell on your past, taking the time to review and reflect on the

How to Get the Job When You’re Underqualified

Requirements listed on job descriptions are not sacrosanct.

When companies put up job descriptions for open positions, they are essentially trying to do two things: 1) get applicants excited about their company, and 2) get the right candidates to apply for the role. The idea is to communicate clearly the role, responsibilities, and expectations from the position. But, quite often, job descriptions are more of a wish-list for the ideal candidate than a checklist of traits every possible applicant must possess. Just like in real life, ideal scenarios are rare. If you feel you are not qualified in a few of the listed areas, but know that you would be able to do a good job, you may be right. Go ahead and apply. But because you don’t fully fit the bill, you may have to make some extra effort to get your foot through the door of the interviewing room. Here’s how.

1. List out all the skills and qualifications you think you have from the job description.These are going to be the areas you can highlight in your cover letter.

2. List out skills and qualifications you don’t directly have, but may still be able to do, because of your transferable

Pick-Off Strategy Via a Rule 68 Offer of Judgment Suffers Stinging Defeat in the Supreme Court; But Can an Actual Payment to the Plaintiff Do the Trick?

An unaccepted Rule 68 Offer of Judgment for complete relief does not moot a plaintiff’s individual and class action claims said the Supreme Court on Wednesday.  The decision in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez is welcome news for employees and the class action bar, but it does not necessarily foreclose a “pick off” strategy often used by employers to head off class actions before they materialize.  Like it did in Genesis Healthcare nearly three years ago, the Supreme Court only went so far with its analysis, and this time in Gomez, while effectively ending the Rule 68 method, it left open the possibility that employers could pick off named plaintiffs by actually paying them the amounts allegedly owed.

Quick Background on The Pick-Off Strategy

The pick-off strategy aims to quickly end potential class action cases through the use of a Rule 68 offer of judgment, which offers the named plaintiff all of the

New Report Finds Need to Boost Middle-Skill Job Creation

With the World Bank recently saying that the global economy must create millions of new jobs over the next 7 years to absorb the number of young people entering the workforce, a new report has found there are not enough so-called “middle-skill” jobs for workers in the U.S.
According to the report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, jobs for candidates with middle skills on their resumessuch as manufacturing and sales experience have been growing “disproportionately” when compared to positions at the high and low end of skill levels, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The report noted that salaries for highly-skilled workers, which includes lawyers, doctors and nurses, continued to increase over the past 2 decades, while wage growth within the low-skills category was strongest for personal care, health care and food preparation workers. Median wages for middle-skilled workers remained mostly flat during the same time period.

“The strong wage growth for high-skill workers reflects their increased productivity as technological advances and globalization have served as a complement to the tasks they perform,” the report said.

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The report found that high-skill workers also

How Your Job-Search Strategy could Ruin Your Chances of Getting Recruited

Most of the time, it’s better for job seekers to be bold rather than overly cautious, and to err on the side of too much risk instead of sitting still and playing it safe. After all, the worst thing that usually results from a job search blunder is a simple rejection.

But there are a few cases in which your blunders can actually generate lasting damage. Watch out for the mistakes below, any one of which can land a well-meaning job seeker on a recruiterblacklist. Being blacklisted means that when a recruiter uses keywords to search a resume database for candidates with specific credentials, she’ll deliberately remove your name from the list of results. This can take you out of the running and cut you off from a host of promising opportunities, so stay on your recruiter’s good side by avoiding these missteps.

1. Following up too aggressively

It’s okay (and smart) to follow up with specific employers after you’ve been invited in for an interview. But not all follow-up situations are the same, and relentlessly hounding a recruiter won’t get you anywhere. Once a recruiter submits your profile to an employer client, call to check in once a week. That’s enough to

Dealing With a Skills Mismatch When Applying for a Job

1. It’s in an employer’s best interest to be very clear with a candidate about what she’ll be doing every day once she joins a new company. Hiring is expensive and difficult, and there’s no profit in luring an employee on board with false promises about what a certain job will entail. Before they accept an offer, candidates are also wise to determine how they’ll be spending the day in their new workplaces, and how their actions will support their employers and their own long-term goals

But in spite of an employer’s best effort to provide a clear picture of what the future will hold, and a candidate’s best effort to make an accurate prediction of what the job will be like, miscommunications and skill mismatches still take

3 Reasons Why Systemizing Your Workflow Will Bring You Success

One of the best actions I’ve taken this past year has been to to systemize my workflow.  Because of the non-stop onslaught of incoming communications, project deliverables, and the daily operations of work and life; I, like most of you, was overwhelmed.

This was troubling, since I consider myself to be organized and in-front of the next deliverable always.

But there I was, overwhelmed, and you may be as well.  So let’s fix that.

Systemize to Optimize

The basic premise is this:  everything you do throughout your week can be deconstructed into a process.  This process can then be documented into a checklist or standard operating procedure (SOP).

By writing the process down, you can identify waste and eliminate it.  You may also find opportunities to merge tasks or batch your work.  (Batching refers to scheduling work of a similar type into one period of time.  For example, if you manage numerous projects, you may batch all the work associated with status updates into a specific day.)

You might also identify tasks you no longer need to be doing, allowing you to delete or delegate the task entirely.  In the case of delegating, the SOP you’ve established can be

Building Your Resume: Resume Tips for College Students

Whether you’re getting ready to graduate and go into the workforce or just hunting for that perfect college job, having a polished resume is an essential part of getting your foot in the door. Read on to learn how to build an eye-catching and effective resume.

Resume Content

Many students fear that lack of work experience will make their resumes look insufficient or unimpressive, and they resort to ‘padding’ their resumes to fill blank space. Don’t fall prey to this temptation! You will almost certainly get caught in any lies or half-truths, and that is a guaranteed way to lose your chance at any job.

Instead, remember this tip: A resume is not a work history, it’s a chance to demonstrate that you have the skills necessary to do the job. In order to achieve this goal, here’s what to include:

(If you prefer videos to reading, watch this video on Parts of a Resume instead.)


There should always be a heading at the top of your resume that includes your name, mailing address, phone number and email address. If you have a professional website, its web address can be included, but make sure the content is

How to Land an Entry-Level Job

Landing an entry-level job isn’t as simple as walking up to a counter and asking to fill out an application. The Great Recession threw the job market into chaos and created an environment where entry-level jobs weren’t necessarily reserved for fresh graduates.

One recent story suggests that over half of college graduates today are unemployed or under-employed, so figuring out how to land an entry-level job has become challenging. Consider the following simple tips for getting the most out of your entry-level job search.

Don’t Create a Novel Out of a Resume

Experts have long advocated a short and tidy resume, but that hasn’t seemed to stop some job seekers from including absolutely every piece of work experience in their resumes. You might be proud of a long and studious work history, but an accounting firm won’t care about that job you had as a grocery store bagger 10 years ago. Unless you’re work history is extremely thin, it might be best to leave this information off your resume.

Spend Time on the Cover Letter

A resume might require a few minor tweaks each time you send it out, but it’s best to craft a cover letter from scratch each time you apply

Tackling Tricky Interview Questions

Tackling tricky interview questions

Candidates know that if they are asked to attend a job interview, they are already being considered for the job but they also know, one false step and they could blow it.

Job interviews are about what you tell the recruiter or employer explicitly through words or implicitly through appearance and actions.

Preparation is the key to success and must cover everything from what you are going to wear, how you are going to get to the interview so you arrive just a few minutes early to what you are going to say.

Even with the best efforts, if you don’t think through some potential answers to the “tricky” interview questions ahead of time, you could hit the rocks during the job interview itself.

CareerOne spoke to distance education provider, the International Career Institute, which has a dedicated service to help its graduates sharpen their job hunting skills. Ms Gladys Mae, the International Career Institute’s Senior Student Adviser provides her tips on tackling the tricky interview questions.

Tell me about yourself?

No interview seems to be complete without the question “tell me about yourself?” This is not the time to blabber but rather it is a golden opportunity to share your personal

How to Land a Management-Level Job

As a job hunter, your goals are very specific: you want to be hired into a management position and then help your new company succeed. Whether you’re already working in management or you’re applying for your first management position, there are a few ways to maximize your chances of getting hired as the boss. Read on and learn how to show employers you have what it takes to be an integral part of their future.

1. Build Your Educational Background One of the first things that employers will look at when it comes to management candidates is whether or not you have the necessary educational background. If you’ve never taken any business management courses, enroll in an online or community college class as soon as possible.

You should also consider taking courses that add to your functional career knowledge base as well. For example, technology sales professionals should have an educational background in computer technology if they want to be in management.

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2. Be Personable Managers need to be able to connect and communicate with the people who work for them. That means that you

Preparing for an interview, and how to pass it successfully

An interview is an important stage in applying for a job. Be sure to prepare for your interview beforehand.

Here are some tips that may be helpful to you.

1. Preparation

  • Gather together all the documents that you may need; your resume, reference letters, project portfolios, samples of your work or achievements, etc.
  • Before the interview, ensure that you are thoroughly familiar with everything related to the vacancy. An excellent place to start is to take a look at the company’s website. You can also use many social networking sites to learn more about the company’s culture, business and how you can contribute to the company’s success.
  • Think carefully about the route that you will take to get to the interview and what mode of transport you intend to use. Calculate the time you think it will take to reach the company’s office and allow some leeway. Make sure that you have the HR Manager’s contact details with you and try to be on time. If something happens that means that you will be unexpectedly late, call the HR Manager and let him or her know as soon as possible.
  • Think about how you would answer such typical questions as: why you are looking for a new job, what your main achievements have been to date, etc.
  • Don’t forget that your appearance should be appropriate for the vacancy of your interest. When you’re preparing for the interview, it’s worth

How the ACA Will Help Boost Health Care IT Jobs

For job seekers looking for a career in healthcare, implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to help expand opportunities for candidates with IT experience.

Cheryl Camillo, a senior researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, told Government Technology News that the ACA will change the future of Medicaid, and will likely play a role in a number of areas including electronic medical records.

“From 2014 through 2019 there will be a substantial transformation of Medicaid due to ACA,” Camillo told the news agency. “If it all works out, the Medicaid program in 2020 will be very different than it is today, especially in the eligibility and enrollment areas. The use of IT systems will be a significant part of that.”

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According to Stanford University professor Alain Enthoven, health care technology will also change the way doctors interact with patients.

“Coaching and electronic exchange of information would replace many in-person visits, and patients would be encouraged to manage their own health,” Enthoven noted.

Meanwhile, Washington wants to get a closer look at the effects of technology on the medical sector. A new federal project will examine the relationship between health