Haven’t Interviewed for a Job Lately? 10 Tips to Help You Prepare

Some people go years without interviewing for a new job simply because they have been happy with their current employment. Others haven’t interviewed lately because they might have been self-employed. Whatever the reason, not interviewing for a job in quite some time can affect how you handle yourself in an interview. You want to make sure you do everything right and say the right things when interviewing for Big Sky jobs.

To get you headed in the right direction, we have compiled a list of 10 tips to help you prepare for your job interview:

  1. Prepare Ahead of Time – One of the most important things you must do prior to a job interview is to prepare ahead of time. If you fail to prepare it will show in your answers and body language during the interview.
  2. Put an Emphasis on Your Good Qualities – Make sure you emphasize your good qualities during the interview. There is nothing wrong with self-promotion during a job interview. In fact, it is the only way you will get across your qualities.
  3. Ask Questions – Do not be afraid to ask questions. In fact, it is a vital part of the job interview. The interviewer should not be the only person asking questions during the job interview. When you ask questions it shows the interviewer how invested you are in the job and the company.

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The 4 Most Important Questions to Ask in a Remote Job Interview

t’s that time of the interview when the hiring manager sits back and asks, “So, do you have any questions for me?” Now’s not the time to say nothing—especially if you’re interviewing for that coveted remote job you really, really want.

Interviewing for a remote job is a bit different from typical on-site jobs. And there’s no exception to the question portion of the remote job interview. While you can still ask the same questions you’d ask of a non-remote job, you’ll want to be sure to ask others that are more directly related to telecommuting.

Below are a few of the most important questions to ask in a remote job interview:

1. “What are the remote work policies for this position?”

Whether the company is fully remote, or you’re the first remote employee, you’ll want to be clear on the expectations and policies of working remotely in this particular position. Determine things like: Will you be working 100 percent remotely or do you need to come into the office occasionally? Can you work in public places like a coffee shop or coworking space? Do you need to work a standard 9-to-5 schedule or will you have flexibility?

Not all remote jobs are created equally, so you’ll want understand the particular rules of the company you’re interviewing with. For example, if you need the ability to stop work to pick up the kids from school and the remote job you’re interviewing for doesn’t have a flexible schedule, you’ll want to either move onto the next or determine if this is a negotiable policy.

2. “What does communication look like at your company?”

Communication is a huge part of successful remote work. Getting insight into how the company communicates and what sorts of remote communications tools it uses will help you assess how connected you’ll be. Perhaps employees are big into Skype meetings, or maybe you’ll primarily use instant message. Familiarize yourself with the company’s chosen communication tools to ensure you’ll be a top-notch remote employee.

It’s a red flag if your interviewer lacks a good answer for this question. You’ll want to be sure the company values keeping remote workers in the know and connected to other remote workers or in-office counterparts.

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9 Questions You Should Ask in a Job Interview

Sophie Deering

At the end of most job interviews, the interviewer will give the candidate a chance to ask questions of their own and in order to give the them the impression that you really are interested in the company, it’s important that you grasp the opportunity and ask at least one question. If you’re unsure of what kind of thing to ask however, here are a few questions that you should ask in your job interview.

1) What experiences and skills does an ideal candidate for this position possess?

This open-ended question allows the interviewer to tell you what exactly the company is looking for. If the interviewer mentions a skill or experience that you have, but didn’t include in your resume, now is your chance to let them know.

7) Is there scope for progression within the company?

This again will demonstrate that you are serious about becoming a valued asset within the company and are looking to progress within the business, showing commitment and drive. Employers want to hire staff with ambition and enthusiasm, so don’t worry about coming on too strong or jumping the gun, as it will just show them that you are looking forward in your career and are confident.

9) What is the next step in the hiring process?

This important question should wrap up your interview. By asking this question, you show the interviewer that you are really interested in the job and that you are excited to move forward. You may also ask the interviewer about the number of candidates competing for this position.

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6 Things You Should Never Say In A Job Interview

Elana Lyn Gross

“I’m not so excited about this role…but I have to pay my rent.” “So how much vacation time would I get?” “Honestly? I’m quitting because I hate my boss.” It’s crucial to know what not to say at a job interview because one cringeworthy remark can cost you the job. These statements are instant job interview dealbreakers.

4) I’m Leaving My Job Because The Company Is Toxic:

“Never speak disparagingly about a boss, colleague or company. If you are leaving a stressful or toxic work environment and are asked why you are seeking a new job, there are many things you can say without being negative. For example, you’re seeking a new opportunity because you’d like to be more challenged professionally, learn new skills or work for a larger organization. Companies want to hire positive people, not people who will bring negativity into the workplace.” — Alyssa Gelbard, president and founder of Resume Strategists

6) I Don’t Have Any Questions:

“‘Nope, I don’t have any questions.’ I don’t care if you have talked to thirty people at the company by this interview. If you’re hungry, you should want to know every single detail about the company. To me, not asking a question means that you are not interested enough to have done your research prior to meeting me, and you did not think critically about the interview process as a whole.”  — Liz Wessel, CEO and cofounder of WayUp

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5 Brilliant Questions You Should Ask in Every Job Interview

By Jenny Foss

You’ve heard it a zillion times:  “Remember, you’re interviewing them just as much as they’re interviewing you. Ask your own (good) questions to get a feel for if you truly want to work there.”

But are you digesting this–and doing it–every time you meet with a hiring manager? If you’re not, you’re missing out on an important opportunity to dig in and really get a feel for what’s going on at your potential next employer. You’re also squandering an opportunity to demonstrate fully your preparedness, confidence, and complete non-desperation (which is always an attractive trait to hiring managers).

So, what are some great questions you can ask in your next interview? Here are five brilliant ones that, truthfully, may not be fully answered but will still likely provide you with some solid, fruitful information about your potential next boss, team, and organization.

1. Is This a Vacancy, or a New Position (and, if It’s a Vacancy, What’s Up)?

I worked with a client a few months ago who was a finalist for a VP of Sales & Marketing job at a profitable, admired company. He was, he believed, very close to having an offer in hand. And then he learned that, in the space of three years, this company had three other leaders in this same role. As in, they were looking to hire their fourth VP of Sales & Marketing since 2013.

This presented quite a conundrum for my client. He’d been so excited about the opportunity, and flattered to be this far along in the interview process. But discovering the revolving door of leadership going on stopped him in his tracks. And it should have. That kind of turnover is a sure sign that something’s up, probably starting at the top of the organization.

This client didn’t ask during the early interview stages why the position was open. But he should have. It’s a completely fair question and, even if it’s not answered in depth, you can almost always tell by the “squirm factor” of the interviewer if there’s more to the story or not.

He did get the offer, by the way. And ultimately declined. Today, he heads up sales for a smaller firm with amazing, supportive, and inclusive leaders. And the organization’s turnover? It’s almost non-existent.

5. After This Conversation, Do You Have Any Hesitations About My Qualifications?

This is such a scary question for most people, because they’re fearful that the answer might be yes. But it’s an important question to ask because, if there are any hesitations on the part of the interviewer, you pretty much have no better shot at clarifying or allaying their concerns than while you’re still sitting in the interview.

If you’re terrified about asking this question, consider this: If something about you is giving the interviewer pause, and you don’t ask about it, he or she is going to make hiring decisions with this or these concerns factored in. Given this, you almost always have much more to gain than lose by asking.

As you progress through a job search or career transition, you’ve got to continually remind yourself to steer. Steer the boat. Steer the direction. Steer the interview. No one cares more about your finding a great new job (or wonderful organization to represent) than you.

Curate your career. Ask the interview questions that need to be asked. Be your own best advocate.

And then enjoy the spoils as you settle into that great new job.

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10 Uncommon Job Interview Tips to Help You Get a Job

Job interviews are nerve-racking, but it’s the only way to get a job. So you don’t have a choice about having one! Here are some tips to help you out.

Long-term unemployed jobseekers probably know more about job interviews than anybody else. They have been going in and out of interview rooms for a long time and have learnt all there is to know about recruiters and their peeves – what they expect from them and what they are more likely to ask during an interview. But, this doesn’t explain why they had no luck landing a job. Is there anything they could be missing despite having already gained a lot of interview experience?

If you think this is you, check out these uncommon interview tips that tell you what you need to do before, during and after the interview to increase your chances of getting a job.

Before the Interview

#1 Pick the Right Time/Day for the Interview

According to Glassdoor, there are certain times of day and days of the week that are better than others for interviews. After reviewing Accountemps 2008 survey and Andrew Bradbury’s book, Successful Presentation Skills, freelance writer Kate Parham said that the ideal time to give a presentation is Tuesday morning around 10:30 am. Based on these findings Rusty Rueff writes:

 “Considering that the ‘best’ times and interview times are likely similar, then Tuesday morning could be a great time to set up your interview.”

This makes sense. While the interviewer may not be able to make that time/day, you should try to arrange for a meeting not too early or too late in the day. You also want to avoid Mondays and Fridays as people prepare for the week and cool down. Pre-lunch meetings are also off-limits because recruiters and employers might be in a hurry to leave the office or too hungry to concentrate, and not be able to give you their full attention.

#4 Wear Something That Stands Out

At a job interview, you would usually wear your best suit, or a black or blue dress so that you look nice, and it’s probably wise to stick to that plan. Obviously you don’t want to go there wearing flip-flops or anything that’s too avant-garde. But, a subtle accessory or something that can help you stand out can really help your cause. It can be anything from a pin that represents your culture to a tie with a funky design. This kind of item can help you build a better rapport with the interviewer, bring up a fun topic you are comfortable talking about and be more memorable.

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