7 Candidate Questions That Stand Out to the Pros

questionAuthor: Sjoerd Gehring
Source: The Daily Muse

“Do you have any questions for us?”

You’ll be asked it in almost any interview. And while you may be tempted to sit back and relax during this portion—while the recruiter’s put in the hot seat—that’s not actually in your best interest.

Why? Because this is your final chance to make an awesome impression.

My team and I interview around 100,000 people a year so, as you can imagine, we always take notice when someone asks a question besides “What’s a typical day like?” or “When will I hear back from you?”

In fact, you shouldn’t be afraid to grill hiring managers during this portion of the conversation. Chances are, they’re hoping you will.

To help get you started, here are some of the super-smart questions I’ve been asked during actual interviews by real-life candidates–and the reasons they got my attention.
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7 Interview Tips to Help You Land The Job

interviewAuthor: Alison Doyle
Source: The Balance

Job interviewing never seems to get any easier – even when you have gone on more interviews than you can count. You are always meeting new people, having to sell yourself and your skills, and often getting the third degree about what you know or don’t know. And, you have to stay upbeat and enthusiastic throughout each interview.

That said, there are ways to make a job interview much less stressful.

Invest a little time prior to the interview getting ready, and it will be much easier to handle. The key to effective interviewing is to project confidence, stay positive, and be able to share examples of your workplace skills and your qualifications for the job.

Brush up your communication skills, so you can speak clearly and concisely about the assets you have to offer the employer. Take the time to work on your interview skills – effective interviewing will help you get hired.

With some advance preparation, you’ll be able to nail the interview and showcase the experience that makes you the ideal candidate for the company’s next new employee.

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The Soft Skills Job Seekers Need Now

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This is fascinating! iCIMS, a talent acquisition software company, published a survey of 400 HR and recruiting professionals. Titled, “The Soft Skills Jobs Seekers Need Now,” the survey highlights the attributes that sets job seekers apart from equally qualified candidates. In addition to oral communication skills, recruiters say the following attributes will give you an edge:

-Active listening

-Preparedness

-Enthusiasm

-Body language

-Politeness

-Presentation skills

-Written communication skills

-Appropriate interview attire

The full survey contains much more, including tips for recent graduates, soft skills needed for leadership positions, and a look at how recruiters are judging you. Its a valuable tool for anyone currently looking or planning to look for work.

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A Free Resume Template to Get Your Foot in the Door

resumeAuthor: Alyse Kalish
Source: The Daily Muse

We get it: No one likes writing resumes. Trying to recall everything you’ve done in your past jobs, tailoring it to each job you apply to, and ugh, making it stand out from every other candidate you’re competing against? It’s stressful—especially if you hate writing.

But we want to help! Which is why we’ve created our very own free resume template that’ll cut out some of the challenges of this daunting task. Plus, it’s way prettier than your average black-and-white application (and might get you bonus points if you’re not a designer). Just click File > Download as > whatever file type you’d like to get started.

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5 Email Templates to Save You Time

emailsAuthor: Kayla Mathews
Source: The Daily Muse

I’m obsessed with being as productive as humanly possible, whether that’s setting better deadlines or finding the most effective way to schedule my days.

But my inbox was still a huge time-suck. And the kicker is: I was sending a lot of the same emails over and over again.

That’s when I started using canned responses. If you’re not familiar with them, you can save a response you craft and then, instead of constantly retyping it, you can click and insert it into your email, saving you time and effort.

Not sold yet? I’ve written five common, time-saving templates to get you started that’ll convince you this makes sense. (But first, you need to get set-up. If you’re a Gmail user, you’ll find instructions here. And if you’re an Outlook user, they’re called “Quick Parts,” and you can see them here.)

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10 Tips For Getting The Raise You Deserve

raiseAuthor: Stacey Lastoe
Source: The Daily Muse

You know it’s time. You’ve been anticipating this conversation for weeks now. The meeting’s on the calendar, and there’s no backing out now—not that you’d want to. No, you want this raise. You deserve this. You’re ready for this.

Deep breath. Your boss isn’t going to bite. Or will she?

Not if you’re as prepared as possible, as confident as can be, and as accomplished in your role as anyone deserving of a raise ought to be.

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4 Templates That Will Help You Politely Turn Down Opportunities

templatesAuthor: Felicity H. Barber
Source: The Daily Muse

The best leaders know that learning when to turn down opportunities is just as important as creating them.

After all, as the old saying goes, there’s only so much time in a day. That’s why the most successful people understand the value in prioritizing projects and not getting distracted by every ask.

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