Thanks to the increased globalization of markets and the ever-increasing advances in technology across all industries, the expansion of the ‘non-traditional’ workforce continues to accelerate.
The holidays bring about a fervor of activity in the professional world. As individuals, we become preoccupied with gatherings, travel, winter breaks, and shopping. Our companies become sluggish due to non-business days, dwindling budgets, and looming financial reporting. With this in mind, it’s easy to write-off recruiting and hiring until the New Year.
Supporting that decision is the fact that the average professional doesn’t realize that while their busy lives at the far end of the calendar year may slow down, it's often the opposite for the companies surrounding them...
Yes, but that answer is not for the reasons you may think.
Many professionals, job seekers included, can be absurdly preoccupied around the holidays. Gatherings, travel, winter break from schools, dinners, and shopping all have a way of pushing job searches to the back burner. However, these behaviors can be wildly beneficial for those looking to capitalize on any competitive advantage they can find.
While the majority have put aside their resumes to focus on everything the holiday season brings, focusing instead on getting your application into the hands of recruiters and HR professionals could prove dividends in the New Year.
It’s important to remember that the slowdown in job seeking behaviors doesn’t coincide with a slow period for businesses and thus their staffing needs. The obvious examples are the retail, operations, and financial services industries. While many professionals are planning their vacation time, these industries are ramping up into their busiest time of year. That means shoring up their staffing needs to meet their increased operational demands.
The holidays also mean for many companies there is a ticking clock on their fiscal year...
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Questions to Ask About the Company During An Interview
Most people have encountered that awkward moment during the interview where the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions?” The reason it can be awkward is that if you don’t have any questions, you fear it will look like you haven’t paid attention or you don’t care about the company, and if you do have questions, you worry if they are the right ones to be asking. Use this time to demonstrate that you’ve done your research, you know about the industry, and you’re serious about taking a position with them.
The questions you ask and how you phrase them is a reflection of you, but they can portray a positive and confident image. Remember that the interview isn’t just so they can get to know you, but for you to get to know them. Use this time to determine if the company is one you will want to devote your time to. Here are some great questions to ask during your interview:
If the position is a management position, you might want to ask some questions about the employees you will manage, here are a few questions to get you started on the types of appropriate questions you can ask:
Topics to avoid:
By asking intelligent and thoughtful answers, you’ll portray yourself as a serious candidate, who not only researched the company, but desires to know more. For more ways we can help your job search, please contact us today!