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What Does Success Look Like in This Position

Post-Interview Question: What Does Success Look Like in This Position?

Why you should ask it

If you’re looking to impress your interviewers and generate insight on how your success will be measured, ask the following question in your next interview: “What does success look like in this position?” This question will let you learn what is expected of you before you even receive an offer. This could either excite you or draw some red flags. Either way, it will give you valuable information on how your success will be measured if you accept it.

When to ask it

This is a question you should typically save for the end of the interview. However, if the interviewer is beginning to discuss expectations or how your performance will be evaluated, you can then bring it up. Some interviewers, especially if they are the hiring manager, may bring up expectations at some point during the interview. If they do, that’s great! But don’t be afraid to ask for more details if it was only touched on slightly.

For example, you can ask, “You briefly touched on expectations for this position a few minutes ago. Can you please go into a little more detail on what success looks like in this position, and explain how it will be measured?” This follow-up question allows you to receive further clarification and also shows off your listening skills.

Possible outcomes

Are the expectations of you in this position clear? Are they realistic and achievable? Or, are they too easy, and you may not be challenged enough? These are all things you can answer when you ask what does success look like in this position. You want to ensure the expectations and measures of success bode well with you. You may find that the expectations are challenging, yet doable and clear enough that you can personally track your success. However, you may also find that this position isn’t the right fit for you because it won’t push you to give your best effort.

Looking for more interview questions you can ask?

If you are looking for more interview questions that you can ask at the end of your interview, we have a group of them ready to share with you. Good luck!

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Post-Interview Question: What Are the Next Steps?

Why you should ask it

“What are the next steps in the interview process?” This question is great to ask as your job interview wraps up. Some interviewers will voluntarily share this information with you at the end of your meeting. However, if your interview is more conversational, this answer can sometimes slip away. As a candidate, you must know the next steps of the interview process, so you know what to expect moving forward.

When to ask it

The only appropriate time to ask this question is at the very end of your interview. Like we mentioned above, your interviewers may address this at some point in the interview. But if you are wrapping things up and it wasn’t discussed, now is the time to fire away.

Possible outcomes

Are they looking to fill this position immediately? Or are they taking their time to find the right candidate? These are answers you will likely get after you ask this question. You need to know when you can expect the next step in the process  – especially if you have multiple interviews lined up.

Your interviewers might even give you a detailed response that can help you prepare for the next step. For example, they may share that the next step in the interview process is a panel interview. This allows you to ask who will be a member of that panel. Then, you can do a little homework and get to know them before your next interview. This will help you get a better feel for your audience, possibly make you more comfortable the day of, and help you find things that you can relate to them.

Note: you can also ask about the next steps of the interview process in a follow-up email if you are still waiting to hear back from the hiring manager.

Looking for more interview questions you can ask?

If you are looking for more interview questions that you can ask at the end of your interview, we have a group of them ready to share with you. Good luck!

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3 Common Job Interview Killers

With over 44 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits over the last 12 weeks, there will soon be literally millions of workers hitting the job boards. That means, if you’re on the job market, the competition will be heating up for the top positions in your industry. As a result, you cannot afford to make any interview mistakes while on the post-pandemic job market. Here are three common job interview killers that you must avoid at all costs to secure a job in today’s challenging economic climate.

Arriving late or not at all

This is one of the worst job interview killers. If you arrive late or completely ghost your interview completely, it will put a bad taste in the hiring manager or HR professional’s mouth. With so much competition right now, they might simply pass on you for your lack of prudence. We get it; things happen unexpectedly. However, to mitigate this, plan on arriving 15 minutes early. That way, if you run into some unexpected traffic or construction, you will have enough wiggle room to make it on time. And if you’re early, use that spare time to go over the job description, the company’s social media, or their website.

Because of the pandemic, there’s a good chance your interview will be in a virtual format. Ensure your equipment is ready to go, you have a strong internet connection, and that you are in a clean, quiet space. Startup the application early as your interviewers will likely be waiting for you a few minutes early.

If you, unfortunately, have to cancel your interview, call your contact who set up the interview immediately. The sooner you tell your interviewers, the better the outcome will be. Do your best to peg down a new date and do it as quickly as possible.

Failing to answer common interview questions

If you were laid off because of the Coronavirus, you might not have had a job interview in a while. Don’t fret – you just need to shake the rust off! Go over common interview questions and prepare an answer for them. Write your answers out as it will help you remember what you’d like to say (muscle memory!). Read your answers out loud, and it will help you answer these questions in person with confidence.

Here’s a collection of some of the most common interview questions with tips on answering them successfully!

Not armed with a few questions

At the end of almost every job interview, you will be asked, “So, what questions do you have for us?” If you really want to make a good impression, you must come with some questions to ask. Hopefully, as your interview goes on, you will be able to come up with some questions to ask later. However, if your meeting is more conversational, you may have already asked them. That’s why it’s imperative to have questions prepared beforehand.

These can be questions about the role, the company culture or team dynamic, the organization’s volunteering opportunities, or mentorship – the list goes on and on. The important thing is to ask thoughtful, relevant questions to show your interest in the role and the company.

Ready to put your skills to the test?

These are just a few common job interview killers; however, if you take the time to prepare for your interview and arrive punctually, you will be in good shape! If you’re ready to put your skills to the test, check out our job board! We have dozens of exciting job opportunities available across the country.

Job Market Guide for the COVID-19 Crises

Your Job Market Guide for the COVID-19 Crises

Whether you are a job seeker or an employer, now is a trying time for us all. The workplace is looking different for many Americans across the country as they work from home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Others, are not so lucky, and are, unfortunately, out of work as some states remain in lockdown to keep their citizens safe from the pandemic. This has forced over 30 million hardworking Americans to file for unemployment claims over the last six weeks. This is uncharted waters for the majority of us, and as a result, there are people struggling to make the best of this situation. To help aid both job seekers and hiring managers, we have compiled some helpful resources to help you navigate today’s market. Here’s your job market guide for the COVID-19 crises.

What to do if you’ve been laid off

What to Do If You’ve Been Laid Off

The BLS reported today that another 5.2 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance in the week that ended April 11. So, since mid-March, over 22 million Americans have filed for initial unemployment benefits, shattering the previous record from 2009. If you’re unfortunately one of these millions of hardworking professionals out of work due to COVID-19, it can be discouraging. However, we have a few easy suggestions for you to make the best of a rough situation. Here’s what to do if you’ve been laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic.

How employers are hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic

hiring during the COVID-19

Over the last three weeks, I have had hundreds of conversations with some of my clients and hiring managers. We have discussed their strategy for hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are weathering this unprecedented storm. Although the impact varies for each company based on their industry and location, they’re falling into one of two camps: it’s either business as usual or they’re pumping the brakes.

How to nail your video interview

Video Interviews May Be The New Norm – Here’s How To Nail Them

The recent global pandemic has changed how we interview and hire, not only during these uncertain times but perhaps forever! As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, employers are finding themselves scrambling to hire essential employees in order to keep their business running smoothly. But with social distancing, stay at home orders, and travel bans, that’s not as easy as it once was. Enter video interviews.

As a result of the increase in remote communication, telecommunication apps such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams have seen increases of up to 500%. All this to say, there’s a good chance that you may have a video interview in your future. And while many of the same principles apply as in-person interviews, there are a few virtual-specific things to note to ensure that you nail your video interview.

The job description that will get you a great candidateThe Job Description That Will Get You A Great Candidate Post COVID-19

Today’s age will make a significant change in how companies recruit and hire employees. In fact, it will probably be easy to look back and see a clear definition of pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 hiring practices. But just because the hiring landscape is changing, doesn’t mean you have to be left behind. Get a head start on the competition by revamping your job descriptions TODAY. Incorporate these three things into your job description to secure top talent in this uncharted hiring territory.

How COVID-19 will shape the future workplace

COVID-19 Will Shape the Future Workplace

There is no disputing that the coronavirus has shaken up the workforce. The viral pandemic has made working from home the new norm for millions of workers. Thousands of employers have been encouraging or mandating employers to work remotely the last two months or so, and with the virus still hitting the labor market hard, working from home may last a few more. As a result, this shift in working environments is going to have a permanent impact even after the virus is no more. Here are three ways COVID-19 will shape the future workplace.

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3 Job Interview Fails You Can’t Recover From

A job interview is your opportunity to impress your prospective employer. And often, this is your first interaction with your potential manager. Thus, you must bring your A-game! However, once the nerves kick in, sometimes mistakes are made, and the meeting doesn’t go according to plan. Here are three job interview fails you can’t recover from and how to avoid them altogether.

Canceling or rescheduling with a lame excuse

At Johnson Search Group, we have facilitated millions of interviews with our candidates. And like most companies in this candidate-driven market, we have heard some pretty lame excuses for canceling an interview, most of which being “medical emergencies.” We get it, life happens, and sometimes you have to cancel or reschedule plans.

However, just be honest with the interviewers. If you have to cancel or are no longer interested, tell them. No company will be mad if you are honest with them. You will be saving them the headache of shifting their plans around at the last minute. And if you cancel your interview and an employer thinks you’re lying, you probably will never get a second chance with that company.

You can’t explain why you’re on the job market

If you can’t explain why you’re on the hunt for a new job, you won’t make a good impression on the hiring manager. This question will likely surface in every interview, and it says a lot about you as a candidate. So, whether you’re unemployed, recently fired, or just looking for another job, you need to be able to explain why you’re looking for new opportunities (and why you’re a great fit!). And whatever you do, never badmouth a current or previous employer. It will leave a bad taste in the employer’s mouth.

Create distractions during your interview

A big-time job interview fail is creating distractions during your interview. Eliminate them at all costs by thinking about anything that could distract the interviewers. Turn your phone off to ensure a text message doesn’t interrupt your conversation. Have good posture, make direct eye contact, and try not to fidget in your chair or nervously tap your feet. Failing to sit still is distracting to everyone in the room, so even if you do so subconsciously, try to sit calmly.

Most importantly, dress appropriately for your interview. If you are in a professional setting, wear a suit and tie or a skirt. If you at an on-onsite walkthrough of a manufacturing floor or industrial environment, wear proper shoes and protective gear as necessary. Essentially, wear the proper outfit for the environment you are interviewing in to ensure your dress code doesn’t create any hiccups.

JSG has tons of job interview advice

Most job seekers have mucked up an interview at one point or another. After all, we are all human. But if you can avoid these three job interview fails, you will make a great first impression and set yourself up for a successful meeting. Good luck, and if you need more interview advice, check out our blog section discussing the best interview tips and tricks.

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4 Job Search Tips You Must Know in 2020

Are you looking to reach new career heights this year? If so, you’re not alone. During the first of the year, there are more job openings than any other time of the year. According to a recent report from ZipRecruiter, job postings in January and February typically increase by nearly 15%. In other words, now is a great time to kick off your job search. If you want to get a leg up on the competition, here are four job search tips you must know in 2020.

Networking

Many job seekers underestimate the power of networking. The internet has made it so much easier to network with professionals worldwide and from all industries imaginable. Did you know that at least 60% of all jobs are found through networking? That’s right! More and more job seekers are finding opportunities via networking than by scouring traditional job boards. Therefore, if you’re not networking in 2020, you may be missing out on a great job opportunity!

Create a resume that beats the Application Tracking Systems

Another thing you can do to bolster your job search is to shake the dust off your resume. If it’s been a while since you last updated it, you will want to take a good look and add any new skills or achievements. There are some key things you want to do to your resume:

Tailor your resume

Unfortunately, you cannot submit the same resume with every job application. You must tailor your resume for each position at hand. Now, each variation of your resume will look similar, but you can easily find ways to tweak it to make it beat those pesky Application Tracking Systems (ATS). Add achievements that highlight you’re an excellent fit for the position. Make sure you quantify those achievements so hiring managers can quickly see how great you are!

And last but not least, ensure you are using keywords that are relevant to the job. Take a close look at the job description and pull out key phrases and add them to your resume.

Soft skills are key

Soft skills, especially in today’s tight market, are becoming more valuable to hiring managers. You can teach someone how to use a new program or learn a new process, but you can’t teach things like creativity or emotional intelligence. However, you’ll want to do more than simply list these essentials on your resume. You want to demonstrate that your posses these soft skills through concise, concrete examples.

Interview like a pro

Once your networking and resume are up to par, you can’t forget about the interview prep. Sure, your resume and a connection may get you in the door, but it’s up to you to secure the job by nailing the interview.

Do your due diligence beforehand

Whether it’s a phone interview or a final onsite, you must do your due diligence before your interview. Do some research on the company’s website and social media pages to help develop some talking points. Check to see if the company has any new product launches, press releases, or other important updates. Knowing these will help you shine through the competition by illustrating your interest in the position and your prospective employer.

Have questions prepared

Bring a list of questions to ask your interviewers. Remember, you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. If it’s easier for you, write them down on a notebook and bring them in with you. Just don’t sit down and stare at them the whole time. Here are some of our favorite questions you can ask to make a lasting impression.

Write a killer thank you note

After the interview is all said and done, you must write a thank you note to your interviewers. Thank them for their time, remind them what you enjoyed discussing, and don’t be afraid to ask for the next steps! This will set a lasting impression and remind them how interested you are in the position. Here’s our fool-proof thank you note guidelines.

Partner with a recruiter

Hopefully, these job search tips help you along your career path. If you really want to jumpstart your job hunt in 2020, team up with a recruiter. At Johnson Search Group, we have a team of recruiters ready to partner with you to help find you your next career. Reach out to our team of experts today, and let’s find you your next job opportunity.

Do You Have The Most In-Demand Soft Skills of 2020?

Do You Have The Most In-Demand Soft Skills of 2020?

LinkedIn has released its list of the most in-demand skills for 2020. This is a comprehensive list created by “identifying the skills listed on the LinkedIn profiles of people who are getting hired at the highest rates.” So if you want to secure a new role in 2020, you’re going to want to highlight your soft skills just as much as your other qualifications. However, you’ll want to do more than simply list these essentials on your resume. Here are the top 5 soft skills you’ll need to tout this year, and how to best demonstrate them to a hiring manager.

1. Creativity

Creativity is best explained through examples. It’s one thing to say you’re creative, but it makes much more of an impact to show it. Throughout the hiring process, take the opportunity to tell a story about a time when you used creativity to solve a problem at work. Or, if appropriate with your field of work, include a portfolio with your application that showcases your creative works.

2. Persuasion

The best way to show off your persuasion skills during your job search is by selling yourself! From the moment you apply to when you have that offer letter in hand, you need to be persuading the hiring manager that you’re the right person for the job. One of our favorite ways to do this is through your post-interview thank-you note. Use this opportunity to recap your interview and reiterate why you’re a great candidate.

3. Collaboration

Collaboration is so important to employers because they want to ensure you are capable of working on a team. List collaborative team projects on your resume to highlight your teamwork skills. Even better, include people you have collaborated with on your references list so they can speak directly to your abilities!

4. Adaptability

Adaptability can be tricky to demonstrate during the application process. Many employers are using behavioral interview questions to determine if candidates have the soft skills they’re looking for. Wait for a question like “tell us about a time when things didn’t go as planned and how you handled it.” This is your chance to show your adaptability!

5. Emotional Intelligence

This is the only new soft skill to appear on the list this year. Emotional intelligence is a rather complicated skill, comprised of a mix of “self-awareness, self-regulation, social skills, empathy, and motivation.” There will be multiple times throughout a hiring process for you to highlight this subtle art. Take every chance you can to show your emotional intelligence. Most importantly, actively listen and don’t be afraid to show vulnerability. Employers value honesty!

Now that you’ve mastered the top soft-skills of 2020, check out our post on the top hard-skills of the year!

In-Demand Skills

These Are The Most In-Demand Skills In 2020

LinkedIn has released its list of the most in-demand skills for 2020, and technology remains king. They develop this comprehensive list by “identifying the skills listed on the LinkedIn profiles of people who are getting hired at the highest rates.” While the skills featured on this list are tech-heavy, they may prove valuable in a variety of positions. Keep reading to learn more about this year’s list and why you need to consider honing them in 2020!

1. Blockchain

Blockchain is the record-keeping technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. With the rise in popularity of online payments, blockchain experience has become incredibly valuable to employers.

2. Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence—over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.” Almost every single company today is utilizing cloud computing in one way or another; therefore, experience in this area is an asset no matter what field you’re in!

3. Analytical Reasoning

Analytical reasoning refers to the ability to look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information.” Analytical Reasoning is particularly helpful in STEM jobs, but this essential skill can be used in problem-solving across all industries and roles.

4. Artificial Intelligence

As companies seek to automate processes and become more efficient throughout every department, artificial intelligence plays an integral role in advancement. Artificial Intelligence is when computers adapt human characteristics in order to achieve tasks. If you have experience in developing AI, Hiring Managers will find value in your ability to take their business to the next level.

5. UX Design

The term “UX” stands for user experience. “User experience encompasses all aspects of the end-users interaction with the company, its services, and its products.” Today’s customers are all about easy to use products, so UX design is absolutely integral to a company’s foundation and how they do business. However, even if you aren’t involved with actually designing the product or service, being able to speak to user experience at any level is extremely valuable!

6. Business Analysis

Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders.” So, in other words, business analysis helps companies do business better. Someone who is successful in business analysis is able to take a 360-degree view of a business and see opportunities for growth and improvement.

7. Affiliate Marketing

When you see your favorite influencers or celebrities promoting products, that’s affiliate marketing. By definition, it’s “an advertising model in which a company compensates third-party publishers to generate traffic or leads to the company’s products and services.” This has become a huge part of many businesses’ strategies. In fact, companies are expected to spend $6.8 billion on their affiliate marketing efforts in 2020.

8. Sales

It may sound old-school, but sales are skill king. This profit-making skill will not be going anywhere and is beneficial no matter what area of business you’re in! Additionally, it’s fairly easy to pick up sales to add to your resume. For example, take a free online class or read a highly-rated book!

9. Scientific Computing

Scientific Computing is an extremely specialized field. “It is mainly the idea of the development of mathematical models, the use of quantitative analysis techniques, and the use of computers for solving scientific problems.” While not an easy skill to pick up on the side, hiring managers will be looking for scientific computing for any of their open STEM roles.

10. Video Production

According to Statista, 85% of internet users in the United States watched online video content monthly in 2018, and it is safe to assume that number is even higher today. Video production is absolutely essential to any company’s marketing strategy in 2020. Additionally, there are tons of online tutorials about video production that can help boost your resume!

So, which one of these valuable skills will you be adding to your arsenal in 2020? It’s not too late for a resolution to improve your career! And if you’re looking to hone your soft skills, check out our blog of 2020’s most in-demand soft skills here!

Interviewers

The Top 10 Things Interviewers Are Looking For

There’s no arguing that interviews can be stressful. However, they are the perfect opportunity for a company to evaluate whether or not you will be a good fit for their needs. Sometimes it can be challenging to understand what exactly interviewers are looking for when they ask specific questions or conduct an interview a certain way. In an attempt to demystify it a bit, here are ten things that interviewers are looking for throughout your meeting. 

Do you want this job? 

Okay, this first one may seem obvious. However, it’s not always as simple as it looks! When an interviewer asks you what you know about the company, or what interests you most about the position, they are trying to determine how serious you are. Make sure you do your due diligence on the company and the job before the interview! 

Can you think on your feet? 

You know those crazy situational interview questions like “how many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building?” These questions don’t necessarily require a “right” answer. Instead, interviewers are looking to see how well you think on your feet. Feel free to walk through your thought process out loud! 

Do you listen well? 

Interviewers will pick up on thoughtful answers and follow up questions that link back to previously mentioned topics. Try to take mental notes throughout the interview of anything that you can refer to later on! 

Do you have the necessary experience? 

Of course, this is the baseline of any interview, right? When interviewers are asking questions regarding your experience, go beyond the basics. The more examples and numbers you can use, the better! 

Are you trainable? 

You may be an expert in your field, but employers still want team members that are coachable! Use the interview as an opportunity to demonstrate that you are willing to jump into an unknown situation and learn as you go. 

Are you in it for the long haul? 

Companies are on the hunt for committed employees. Unless it’s a contract position, they are not interested in hiring someone “for now.” Convince your interviewers that you’re in it for the long haul by referring back to your knowledge about the organization and position and speaking to future related goals. 

Is your working style compatible? 

Are you a team player, or would you prefer to work independently? Do you desire lots of direction, or would you rather experiment and figure things out on your own? No matter what the answer is, your interviewer wants to know how you’ll work within their team dynamic. Try to determine what the team structure is like and formulate your response to fit accordingly. 

Will you be a culture fit? 

This is a big one! Hiring managers are all about culture these days. Often, employers would rather hire someone who is a culture fit but needs a little training over someone who won’t fit but checks every skill box. Again, the more you know about the company, the better! 

How do you measure and celebrate accomplishments? 

It’s common for interviewers to ask about your favorite project or something that makes you feel especially proud. For this answer, consider every aspect, including giving team members credit, precisely what made it a success, and how you wish to replicate such wins in the future!

How do you handle stressful situations? 

As we mentioned in the beginning, interviews are stressful! How you react throughout the meeting will say a lot about you as a candidate. Keep in mind that your body language, interactions with support staff, and the ability to be flexible will all contribute to this impression.

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What to do the Night Before Your Interview

Congratulations, you’ve landed an interview! If you’re anything like the rest of us, you’ll probably have some pre-interview jitters the night before. However, there are a few things you can do to prepare ahead of time and help calm those nerves. Here are a few of our favorite “night before” routines!

Prepare Your Outfit

The last thing you want to do the morning of a big interview is run around trying to assemble your best outfit and make sure they are ready to go. Pick out what you’re going to wear, get everything ironed or steamed, and even select your accessories. Are you taking a purse or briefcase? Ensure that everything you need is packed. We recommend a pen and notebook, extra copies of your resume, and maybe a water bottle. That way, when you wake up, you can walk out the door with ease and confidence!

Research The Company

You may already know a lot about the company you’re interviewing with, but it’s still essential to brush up on recent news. On top of reviewing their website and the job description, do a quick Google Search. Have they been featured in the news recently? Check out their different social media pages for recent updates that you can mention during the interview. It may even inspire a great interview question!

Review Interview Questions

While there’s no way to tell precisely what the interviewer will ask, it can’t hurt to review common interview questions. There are a few questions like “why do you think you’d be a good fit for this job?” or “what’s your biggest weakness?” that come up frequently. Mull over these questions and strategize about how you would answer. Then, if they do come up, you won’t be completely caught off guard!

Take A Final Look At The Interview Details

On top of researching the company, review the final details of the interview. Make sure you know who you are meeting with, where you are going, and where you should park. If there’s anything you’re unsure about, make a note to call the receptionist in the morning! As a final step, type the address into your preferred Maps app and get an approximate travel time so you can plan ahead. We recommend getting there at least 15 minutes early to give yourself some wiggle room for the unknowns!

Last but not least, get a good night’s rest! You want to make sure you’re on, you’re A-game for every interview, and that starts with a restful night of sleep.