10 Things You Should Ask A Future Employer

10 Questions You should learn to ask Future Employers

Here are 10 questions that you can ask future employers. I came across this list a few years back. Not sure exactly where it came from, but I wanted to share it with those of you out there looking for employment.

1) What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate? This is a great open-ended question that will have the interviewer put his or her cards on the table and state precisely what they are looking for.

2) What is the single most significant problem facing your staff and would I be in a position to help you solve this problem? This question not only shows that you are immediately thinking about how you can help the team, but it also encourages the interviewer to envision you working at the position.

3) What have you enjoyed most about working here? This question allows the interviewer to connect with you on a more personal level, sharing his or her feelings.

4) What constitutes success at this position and this for-profit or non-profit firm? This question shows your interest in being successful there, and the answer will show you both how to get ahead and, whether or not it is a good fit for you.

5) Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications? You’ll show that you’re confident in your skills and abilities.

6) Do you offer continuing education and professional training? Showing that you are interested in expanding your knowledge and ultimately growing with the employer.

7) Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with? This question also tells you about the people you will interact with daily, so listen to the answer carefully.

8) What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth? Do your homework on the employer’s site beforehand and mention a new product or service its launching to demonstrate your research and interest.

9) Who previously held this position? This seemingly straightforward questions will tell you whether that person was promoted or fired or if he/she quit or retired. That in turn, will provide a clue to whether there’s a chance for advancement, employees are unhappy the place is in turmoil, or the employer has workers around your age.

10) What is the next step in the process? It shows that you’re interested in moving along in the process and invites the interviewer to tell you how many people are in the running for the position.

Good Luck!

Are You Unprepared for Your Next Job?

Team Ruckus

By: Team Ruckus, Willamette University Atkinson School MBA for Professionals Program

If you read the above title and thought, “I have not even thought about my next job,” this is your wake up call. In competitive employment markets, you need to actively manage your career trajectory or you will be left behind, and fast. Being smart or technically superior is no longer enough to make your mark in today’s business.

In previous generations, the length of employment in an single industry was an indicator of experience, loyalty and dedication. In today’s employment market, it is often seen as stagnation in a career as your experiential learning wanes. Leaders do take notice to career trajectory when evaluating the benefits of potential hires and internal promotions. Working in the same job for more than 3-4 years discourages your further growth. The good news; you can break the cycle and change your career trajectory starting today.

Forget about longevity, diversity of experience matters.

In the recent article, Eight Career Skills You Need to be Competitive in 2016, by Stephanie Vozza, published in Fast Company Magazine, the author points out you should diversify your mix of hard and soft skills to maximize your career advancement. The article suggests that enhancing your global mindset and managing among diverse cultures and within diverse environments will prove to be of significant value to show  adaptability in your work. A willingness to learn and seek opportunities paired with strong, agile communication skills are vital for you employer to envision you in positions of higher authority. Finally, your ability to delegate work that can be handled by others not only improves your time management, but also encourages the growth mentality among your staff. These skills in combination will show your true leadership potential and your readiness to take on the next business challenge.

Get the attention of the boss and outshine the competitors
Get the attention of the boss and outshine the competitors.

In today’s business organizations, these skills will help to differentiate you among all those vying for the job. Do you have what it takes to meet the needs of your next job? Are you ready?