Questions to Ask About the Company During 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!
Night Before the Interview Checklist
Have an upcoming interview? We have created a checklist that will calm your nerves and prepare you for a successful interview. Download your checklist and crush the interview!
|Time of Interview:|
|Who am I Meeting With:|
|Information About the Company:|
|Pack your Bag: Multiple copies of your resume, portfolio, I.D/, phone charger, cell phone, wallet, mints, etc.|
|Lay out business outfit|
|Make sure you know what time you have to be the interview and how much time it will take to arrive|
|Review common interview questions|
|Research the interviewers (Facebook/LinkedIn)|
|Plan a healthy breakfast|
|Go to bed and get plenty of rest|
|Common Interview Questions|
|1. Greatest Strengths/Weaknesses|
|2. Describe a difficult work situation and how you overcame it|
|3. What do you know about the company|
|4. Are you interviewing with any other companies|
|5.What type of work environment do you prefer|
|6. What is your management style|
|7. Tell a time when you exercised leadership|
|8. Why (if applicable) is there a gap in your employment|
|9. How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations|
|10. What do you like to do outside of work|
Many employers are implementing video cover letters into the application process in order to be considered for a role. A video gives candidates the chance to be vibrant on camera and to show off their personality to stand out. People process images 60,000 times faster than reading text, according to research compiled by 3M. Hiring managers are more likely to walk away remembering more information about the applicant than by just reading their resume. For somebody that does not have the most qualified resume compared to another candidate, this is a great way to win over an employer by gluing them to your content and being different. The video should be so intriguing that it sucks in the employer to want to learn more. With today’s phone technology and social apps, all you need is a phone with a video camera and apps like Instagram or Snapchat in order to making a professional looking video! These apps give one all the tools to make a video as personal and creative as possible. Video cover letters are the new norm and we have you covered on the best video resume tips to get the interview.
1. Be Technically Sound
The little things go a long way when it comes to creating a professional looking video. Be sure to check that the sound is working correctly before starting, muffled sounds will immediately disinterest a hiring manager. A high definition webcam is also a great idea, when you look good, you feel good and will perform good! A stunning clear video will come off professional to hiring managers leaving them wanting to hear more, the last thing they want to see is a pixelated screen that looks like it's from the 90s. Once the webcam is ready and sound is clear, the cameras can begin rolling!
2. Have a Plan
To ensure the video cover letter hits every point one wants to touch on and to sound professional, it is a good idea to make a list beforehand of all the important topics to discuss. Make sure to mix it up between things about your professional career and your personal life, hiring managers often try to connect with candidates about their personal life to make a human connection.
3. Keep it Concise
Keep the video cover letter concise and to the point! The average human gets distracted during a video within the first 30 seconds, state your message and successfully get it across before that mark. This will resonate with the individual much more than trying to overload information into a longer formatted video.
4. Be Original
The ultimate way to wow a hiring manager is being different and genuine. Hiring managers review too many cover letters and resumes to count so the last thing they are looking for is another generic video that sounds like everything else. They are seeking a candidate that is confident and delivering a message they truly believe in. It is definitely refreshing to see a video that displays passion and something outside the box.
5. Be Fluent
Something to avoid in the video cover letter is to stumble on words or to come off like you don’t know what you’re talking about. Be sure to keep doing takes until the video is completely fluent with no stutters or pauses and to use vocabulary one would use in an actual job interview. One thing that makes hiring mangers absolutely cringe is when candidates speak in slang or as if they are talking amongst their peers. Keep doing takes until you find that perfect one!
6. It’s Not How you Start…It’s How you Finish
For the video cover letter to have a lasting impact on the hiring manager, have a powerful ending message that captures the manager in. What one signs off with is what the manager is going to take away from the video and that will be noted when reviewing the resume. Try to end with a statement that shows you’re passionate about the position and what personally can be done to better the company that other candidates cannot.
7. Make Several Versions
The nice thing about making a generic cover letter is once it’s done, it is usually applicable to most applications and can be posted on LinkedIn for all users to view. This allows one to send content out to a lot more companies much faster. On the other hand, certain edits must be made to the video cover letter for more specific job opportunities to be more appropriate for the position.
There is no need to get nervous, get in a relaxed mindset and be yourself on camera! Following these video cover letter tips will help land that job interview and get one step closer to landing that dream job.
Gain a Competitive Edge: Learn AngularJS
Want to learn more about AngularJS and why it is one of the hottest skills in the job market? Look no further.
As a staffing and recruiting company, Comrise has seen a sharp increase in demand for candidates with AngularJS in their skill set. Things have shifted and it is no longer a “nice to have” skill but rather a “need to have” to be a hot candidate on the market. Many tech jobs including web development, computer programming and software/application development now require candidates to be proficient in AngularJS. According to CareerBuilder, the demand for workers with this particular skill set continuously grew month over month throughout the beginning of 2016. This past September, AngularJS job openings hit a peak of 10,000+ positions nationwide compared to less than 4,000 two years ago. If you are already proficient in AngularJS read no further, apply today with Comrise.
What exactly is AngularJS?
Why is AngularJS so popular?
AngularJS allows you to create applications in a faster and more efficient way. Using it effectively cuts development time in half versus building an application from scratch without it. One its best features is the versatile templating engine, which allows you to write HTML templates with special tags. Additionally, AngularJS is backed by Google, which means it is regularly improved and is well documented.
How does AngularJS work?
AngularJS provides a framework, so instead of writing code freely, you can streamline the way you write your applications by following a set standard. This allows you to take advantage of the framework’s built-in features such as templating, filter, two-way data binding and more.
AngularJS helps create single page applications so that, regardless of the size of your application, the browser will load a single page. Any additional content will also be loaded to the page as needed. Most users won’t be able to tell the difference and, in many cases, it loads faster since it only loads the content that is needed instead of the whole page.
What to do next?
With the development of the social networking site LinkedIn, the job market is more open than ever if you’re searching for a a career as an IT professional. LinkedIn makes it unbelievably easy to find open jobs by offering a search engine that allows you to search for the exact type of IT job you’re looking for. If you know how to find hiring managers on LinkedIn, you’re one step closer to finding the IT job of your dreams. However, you won’t have to look too hard, because in 2012, 93% of the recruiters on LinkedIn were looking for professionals, too.
First Degree Connection
A first degree connection on LinkedIn is someone that is directly connected to you. These first degree connections might be friends, acquaintances, or people you have met online using message boards or groups. By linking with people who you know to be hiring managers, you have a better chance of finding a job–and quicker. LinkedIn allows you to message your first degree connections, which makes it easier for you to get the word out that you’re searching for a job.
Second Degree Connection
A second degree connection is a connection of someone who you are connected to. If you have put out the word to your first degree connections, oftentimes they are able to set up an introduction for you to someone they are connected to–someone who may be looking for a new employee with your skill set. Taking advantage of your second degree connections is a great way to gain access to open positions.
Groups are a great feature of LinkedIn. There are many different types of groups you can join, and you’re bound to find one that appeals to your area of expertise. By engaging yourself in group discussions, you may find job opportunities that you wouldn’t have come across otherwise. Spend some time with your groups. Check your profile and make sure that it is completed, and then join in with group conversations. Groups are a great way to build your reputation and connect with people who might be able to help you in your job search.
The Comrise Sales and Recruiting team uses LinkedIn every day to connect with hiring managers and job candidates like yourself. Connect with us today to find out how we can use our combined connections to help you leverage your next IT or Big Data job.