Use Your Best Interview Questions to Drive Better Business Practices

Questions You Should Ask as an InterviewerWhen interviewing candidates, you are looking for more than just a person to occupy a seat; you want to find the right applicant who will help your business flourish. Failing to ask probing interview questions can leave you ill-equipped to identify which candidate will help truly support your best business practices.

Before you meet with your next interviewee, consider asking questions that dig deeper into these topics to help you get the information you need to make the best decision for your business.

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3 Stories to Tell at Your IT Interview

Storytelling ImageOnce upon a time…an IT pro wished above all else for a successful interview.

Fortunately, IT job seekers and contract professionals don’t need a fairy godmother to grant this wish. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the best interviews are conversations, not interrogations. And in order to keep your interviewer engaged in your conversation, you need to know how to tell a good story.  Fortunately, we have tips for telling three key stories in your next interview.

Think back to your childhood: to the stories you heard at bedtime, at school, around the campfire. In some ways, wasn’t the experience of being told a story just as enjoyable as hearing the story itself? Similarly, a successful interview requires good storytelling. A story told right is memorable and interesting, gives you substance, and will help hiring managers separate you from the pack of paper resumes and interviews they’ve conducted. Answer the following questions to help you prepare your stories in advance, and you’ll be sure to captivate your audience.

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4 Tips To Market Yourself To An IT Interviewer

Whether your plans for 2016 include searching for new IT gigs, advancing your careerimages by acquiring additional IT certifications, or going after an Academy Award, a strong personal branding strategy is essential to launch you into the next season. While you may not be able to spend the millions of dollars on your personal branding campaign that Hollywood invests in the Oscars each year, you can gain valuable insight by seeking self-promotion and marketing tips from the film industry experts. Keeping these 4 tips in mind at your next IT interview will help you to improve upon and spread the word about your professional reputation by focusing on those unique attributes and soft skills which make you the right fit for a new gig.

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Lessons from the Jetsons: Skype Interviews

jetsons videophoneWho would have believed that the Jetsons’ prediction of video calls 50 years ago would have been spot on? Or almost.  Just like George would talk to his boss Mr. Spacely, we now have Skype Interviews and video meetings. Although video interviews are not quite as second nature as they were in the Jetsons’ home, you can follow these tips for video interviewing like a pro.

Help out the house like Henry Orbit.

The Jetson’s house is always illuminated thanks to their maintenance man, Henry.  To begin preparing for your interview, look at the lighting in your space.  You want to make sure you’re not a shadow to your interviewer.  How can you avoid shadows?  First, maximize the use of natural light by positioning yourself near a window. You can sit facing the window, or to the left or right of it to optimize that natural light.  Second, turn on lights in the room and move them so that the light fills in the darker spaces.  If you want to do lighting like a pro, use a softer light aimed toward your face, a backlight to add dimension to your space, and fill lights to balance the light on either side of your body.

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Your Phone Interview: The Audition

Acting-AuditionsA phone interview is not unlike an audition.  The company wants to see if you are the right fit and that you are able to play the part.  They want to get a better feeling of how you will fit into their company culture and if you have the qualifications that they are looking for in a potential hire.  More companies are beginning with a phone interview because it is less of a time and financial commitment.  So if you’re on the hunt for a job, being prepared for a phone interview is essential.

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An Intra-preneur, an Expert and a First-Timer walk into an interview…

Interview PictureSeeing the resume of a potential hire doesn’t tell you everything about who they are as employees.  You need to know what inspires and drives them. We’ve broken candidates down into three general personas that you will see while hiring to help you decide who will be best for your organization.

Who do you need?

Look at your current team. Focus on who would work best with the people you already have and consider if there are any areas that could be improved. Are there gaps that require an expert? Are you looking for someone to help the company grow from within? Or do you need to add young people to your team to start building your team of future rockstars. When you form the new position and write the job description, consider the traits you need the most.

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Stand Out From the IT Crowd

Stand out from the IT CrowdIf you’re looking for a new role, don’t let the speed of the holiday season get in the way of showing a potential employer how you differ from the pack. There are plenty of assumptions out there about the traditional IT worker. And whether you fit the mold or break it, it’s important to know where you stand and how to stand out.

Assumption 1: IT workers are men.

Stand Out: In reality 25% of network and computer systems administrators are women, and 72.9% of computer support specialists are men. While the gender gap is real, there are a growing number of women in the field. If you are a female IT job seeker, remember why women and working moms love working in IT. And if you are male, knowing about the gender gap shows you’re knowledgeable about the market.

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How to Pick An Incredible Costume…For Your Next Interview

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(Dwight from The Office)

Choosing the right outfit for your interview is like choosing a great Halloween costume: it’s about making an impression and embodying a desired image. IT is a constantly and rapidly changing field, and in order to keep up with the best of them and stand out as a lucrative job candidate, you need to look the part. According to a Classes and Careers survey of 2000 bosses, 65% said that clothes could be the deciding factor between two similar job candidates. So remember the following the next time you’re deciding what to wear to an interview:

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Good Interviewers Make Good Hires

You’re probably sick of hearing about the hot IT job market, but the fact that it is anGood Interviewers Make Good Hires IT job seekers’ market makes it more important than ever for hiring employers to see interviewing as a two-way street. The interview offers an opportunity for the employer to make a positive impression on the candidate. It is a chance for the employer to not only gauge whether a candidate is a good fit for the organization, but also to show what is has to offer. To make the best possible hire for your company, consider the following advice commonly given to job interviewees — and how they’re relevant to interviewers too.

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Power Up! Boost Your Interview Confidence

MightyMorphinPowerRangersJob interviews are about making a great first impression – which means they can be extremely nerve-racking, and nerves can easily sabotage your chances to shine. Luckily, there are two quick and easy ways to psych up before the interview. Take a cue from your childhood heroes, the Power Rangers, and train your mind and body to turn those insecurities into assured confidence. It’s morphin’ time!

Strike a power pose
Striking a “high-power” pose for two minutes has been proven to produce less cortisol (the stress hormone) and more testosterone (the dominance hormone); “low-power” poses produce the opposite effect. In a study by social psychologist Amy Cuddy, participants who adopted high-power poses before a simulated interview performed significantly better than those who adopted low-power poses. In other words, she found that “faking” confidence leads to actual confidence.

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