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Job Interviews: 5 Questions Great Candidates Ask

Job Interviews: 5 Questions Great Candidates Ask
Be honest. Raise your hand if you feel the part of the job interview where you ask the candidate, "Do you have any questions for me?" is almost always a waste of time. Thought so. The problem is most candidates don't actually care about your answers; they just hope to make themselves look good by asking "smart" questions. To them, what they ask is more important than how you answer. Great candidates ask questions they want answered because they're evaluating you, your company--and whether they really want to work for you. Here are five questions great candidates ask: What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 60 to 90 days? Great candidates want to hit the ground running. They want to make a difference--right away. What are the common attributes of your top performers? Great candidates also want to be great long-term employees. Maybe your top performers work longer hours. What are a few things that really drive results for the company? What do employees do in their spare time?

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I Love You Now I want to hug you in a snowsuit. I want to hug you naked and blindfolded, until neither of us can tell whose arms are whose. I want to hug you in an open field, I want to hug you in an apocalypse. Is that so wrong? Give Your Desk a Feng Shui Makeover : Lifestyle Clutter keeping you down? Use these time-tested Chinese organizing principles to make your workspace more productive. August 13, 2012 Let’s face the facts. Your office desk is a mess. Interview Questions That Expose Exceptional Performance In my last column, I detailed the one question that reveals everything a hiring manager needs to know to evaluate a candidate. The idea here is that getting a detailed, thoughtful answer to just this one question should represent the bulk of your interviewing time and effort. Why? Let me explain. If I've learned anything over the course of 5,000 interviews it's that clever or trick questions rarely reveal any insight about a candidate's character, technical brilliance, or leadership skills. Instead, try asking about a candidate's most significant accomplishment.

what to say when you negotiate salary A reader writes: I just went back over your archive for salaries and read all the posts regarding initial salary negotiation. I’ve also read a bunch of stuff about women not negotiating at all when hired — or appearing to seem too aggressive when they do ask. I am willing to negotiate for a salary increase during the hiring process, but I’m nervous about saying the right thing. Could you suggest a couple of phrases that have seemed really good in your experience for asking for more money in salary negotiations? I’m assuming that anything I say should address things like “I’ve received increasing responsibilities since my initial hire at my last job,” “I’ve received excellent performance reviews,” “I’ve spoken at X and Y national conferences and have been well-received,” “You can see from my record I’ve excelled in A and B tasks,” etc.

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11 Interview Questions You Wouldn't Think to Ask Everyone wants to make better hiring decisions. Most people focus on how well candidates perform in the interview: In theory, if you ask the right questions, you'll get answers that will give you insight into what the candidates really bring to the table. The following companies use questions that aren't exactly the standard, "where do you see yourself in 5 years?" question, but they swear they work. The explanations below the questions comes from the businesses. Read through them and then tell me what you think and what works in your business--either in the comments or by sending me an email at

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