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20 Behavioral Interview Questions to Test If Job Candidates Have High Motivation
What most managers don’t do is make the adjustment from typical interview questions like “Why should we hire you” to behavioral interview question that eliminate vagueness and get to the root of the answer they’re looking for. Let me explain.
The Premise of Behavioral Interviewing
Behavioral interviewing points to past performance as the best predictor of future performance. In essence, if you ask behavioral questions, you’re no longer asking questions that are hypothetical, but are asking questions that must be answered based upon fact.
The Difference: Instead of asking a candidate how he or she would behave in a particular situation, the hiring manager or interviewer will ask a job candidate to describe how he or she did behave as some point in the past.
Therefore, forexample, If a company values workers who have an entrepreneurial nature, take the initiative and have a can-do attitude, here are twenty behavioral interview questions you can expect at an interview and a well thought-out answer can get you on your way to landing a great job because the company will persieve you as a candidate with stellar motivation.
Here we go:
1. At times your work load may feel unmanageable. Describe a time when you recognized that you were unable to meet multiple deadlines. What did you do about it? Read the rest of this entry »
Avoid the myths because false assumptions concerning graduate employment can prevent you finding a job you could enjoy:
Myth 1: To be a graduate is to be a member of a small educated elite. This may have been true fifty years ago, when fewer than 5% of school-leavers went to university. However, the figure now stands at 40% of school-leavers; a marked difference.
Myth 2: Most graduate find employment with large employers, with-established graduate recruitment programmes. These are the sort of employers who still dominate the graduate careers directories, which are distributed for free from university careers centres. They include the Civil Service, the NHS, and the Armed forces, together with the major institutions of the financial, manufacturing and retailing sectors. In fact, these large employers of graduates now employ a small minority, less than 20% of the graduates universities produce each year. Read the rest of this entry »
One rule you should note, however, is that there is no ‘one best way’ to write a CV. You can be creative about yours (it’s a free world), but there are certain things that MUST be included. We have put together some suggestions that will help place your CV in the spotlight.
Generally, CVs are of two kinds – Education-based and Experience-based. The first is used when you have got no work experience (fresh graduate) or you are applying for a research role in an educational institution. The rule is that your educational/professional qualifications come first before other information. The other, experience-based, centres more on the skills you have garnered while working. Your experience should be listed from the most recent to the oldest, not forgetting to showcase your exploits. For both, put to mind that one CV may not work for all the industries, thus, you will have to adapt each CV for each industry.
Usually, a CV should contain the following information:
1.Your personal details – name, address, age (not be compulsory), phone number, email etc Put these information in a strategic location and in legible fonts, easily noticeable by the employer and make sure the data are current. (Some job seekers can fix in email addresses that are not theirs!)
In 2004, when Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy was a fifth-year doctoral student, she attended a conference where she’d have a chance to rub elbows with some of the most celebrated social psychologists in the world.
It was her chance to finally give her “elevator pitch” — a 90-second summary of her research program and goals that could help her land a job at a prestigious academic institution.
Sure enough, she soon found herself in an elevator with three prominent psychologists in her field, and one of them prompted her to give her pitch.
As Cuddy recalls in her new book, “Presence,” her delivery was disastrous. She started off wrong and couldn’t regain her footing, becoming more panicked by the second.
“That was the worst elevator pitch I have ever heard,” one of the professors told her.
What frustrated her in the days that followed wasn’t that she hadn’t immediately gotten hired at any of those professors’ schools. Instead, it was that she had failed to fully represent herself and all her hard work.
Eight years later, after giving a now famous TED Talk on power and self-confidence, Cuddy received multiple letters from people who had similar regrets.
Cuddy recently spoke on this topic to an audience at the 92Y in New York City, and Business Insider interviewed her beforehand. She told us that people often wrote to her about how frustrated they felt after job interviews. In most cases, they weren’t upset about not getting the job — rather, they were upset that “I didn’t show them who I am.”
“That’s what makes people feel bad,” Cuddy said.
Today is the day after Christmas. I hope you enjoyed a blessed Christmas celebration amongst family and friends.
So much hype, anticipation, and expectation lead up to Christmas. It can result in feelings of let down after the excitement of the day is over. I want to share with you some reflections from Christmas Eve services this year that speak to my heart of the gift of Christmas year round.
From Galatians 4:4 “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
In the fullness of God’s time, He sent forth His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. When God began the world His clock began to tick. Over the next four thousand years many events took place by the sovereign plan of God. He promised a son to Eve who would crush the serpent’s head. He promised Noah that He would dwell in the tents of Shem, He promised Abraham that through him all of the nations of the world would be blessed, and God promised David that his throne would be established forever. In the fullness of time Jesus came and fulfilled all of the promises of God.
But why did Jesus come? We all know this and Paul makes it clear in Galatians 4:5. God sent His Son to redeem us from our sin, to redeem us who under the law were kept apart from God by the continual breaking of His holy law. Jesus came to redeem us! Before the Christmas week ends and before the decorations comes down and before the Spirit of Christmas gives way to the regular actions and attitudes of life, remind all of the people you can that Jesus came to redeem us. We, unable to keep God’s law, needed to redeemed from our sin. Jesus came to redeem us so that we could be adopted as sons into God’s eternal family – this is what I call the one lesson of Christmas.
Happy New Year in Advance.
Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding… ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. These are words of wisdom straight from the lips of the greatest men who ever walked the earth – King Solomon and Jesus Christ. Lies and myths have the capacity to make you perpetually underproductive. Unfortunately, as Africans we grew up with a lot of myths and folklores that curtailed our adventurous affinities. Africans have myths and toxic tales for just about anything from as simple as sleeping position to as unconventional as management philosophies. So university experience is not an exception, I have compiled here 22 notorious lies you were told (and may have probably believed) about the university. I have also made deliberate attempts to clarify them so that you can have the freedom you need to exploit the opportunities the university education offers.
In many of my speaking engagements with undergraduates, I usually tell them to compare their Admission Letter with the Certificate of Returns issued to a presidential aspirant who has just won the popular vote in an election.
Only you can determine your continued success. The President’s time starts to tick from his first day in office as much as yours starts to tick from your first day on campus. And the President (like most undergraduates) has four years to leave a print on the sand of time and determine his (or his party’s) continued success.
Dedicate the next four years of your life to discovering, developing and deploying your talent.
Meet you at the Kings’ Banquet. Proverbs 22: 29
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So your parents have just invested a significant amount of money for university education. As a freshman, what can you do to make sure you get your money’s worth? How will you assure a return on your investment (ROI)? Well, here is a very important fact about university and ROI. Attending class, establishing a good GPA, and completing a major will get you a degree but NOT a job. And your degree alone will not educate you on how to transition from a student to a professional. Your degree alone will not educate you on how to build your network, establish your professional brand, and obtain and keep a job.
So, when should you begin working on your career development? Immediately! Here are 6 steps to kick start your career as a university freshman Read the rest of this entry »