Top 10 Jobs tips

Listen Carefully

It’s easy to miss something important during an interview. It’s also sometimes very difficult to interrupt without an embarrassing mess of overlapping sound bytes. Avoid weird situations by jotting down keywords or short reminder phrases if you want to remember a point or circle back to ask a question. Try not to let your note-taking interfere with the flow of the interview. If you do miss something that was said, make sure you ask. Pro Tip: Sometimes devices have speakers that don’t get very loud. You may want to consider connecting your laptop to external speakers or even headphones to get clearer sound. If you have any gaming or podcasting microphones, using one could really improve the quality of your voice for the call.

Research the Company and Use Their Products

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐] Just like they’ll do their due diligence on you, researching the company to know what they do and how they operate is a must. Also, double-check if the company’s a match for you. When you get to that interview, you’ll be asked about why you want to join and how you can contribute. Read up on the prospective employer on Glassdoor, for example. Researching the hiring manager who will conduct the interview is much harder. It happens that you only learn who the interviewer is when you walk into the meeting. However, if you can, look them up online. You’ll have a way to make some great, tailored comments and small talk to bond. Also, don’t go into an interview without trying out the products or services that the company offers. You need to prepare for an interview. If they have a blog, read it. If it’s a restaurant, eat there. If they manufacture dish soap, make some bubbly foam. Employers expect you to understand their business, and nothing makes them happier than hiring a fan!

Why Do You Want to Work Here?

Importance: [⭐⭐] For the love of Barbara, don’t dare say something like, “because I need work.” No, what interviewers are really asking here is for compliments. Convey your enthusiasm about their company. Show that you're not interviewing for a job only because there are no better options at the moment. Read some great responses to this question here: “Why Do You Want to Work Here?” Interview Question

Describe Your Current Job Responsibilities

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐] Relevance is key here. Don’t tell them everything you did, because not all of it will be significant to this new company. Curate a list of tasks that are the most relevant, and speak about those. This is why preparation is so important! Read some great responses to this topic here: How to Describe Your Current Job Responsibilities

Turn off iCloud Private Relay for Wi-Fi

If you notice a major dip in data network speed following the iOS 15 update, you need to disable iCloud Private Relay for the Home/Work Wi-Fi. Simply open the Settings app on the iPhone, navigate to Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi network, and turn off iCloud Private Relay from the following menu.

Your Thank You Matters

I once placed a candidate into an engineering role with a company that manufactures packaging equipment. He was competing head-to-head with another engineer, who had similar talents and wanted the job just as badly. My candidate sent a thoughtful, non-robotic thank you note to each person with whom he’d interviewed, within about two hours of leaving their offices. The other candidate sent nothing. Guess why my candidate got the job offer? Yep, the thoughtful, non-robotic thank you notes. They sealed the deal for him, especially considering the other front-runner sent nothing.

Don’t Skip Your Break

I have skipped my break on night shift more than a few times because the unit was absolutely horrible. But I can tell you, I was no good to anybody. You are not a “hero” because you skipped your break and worked harder. I know you want to be a team player when the chips are down, but the reality is you need to rest, eat, drink and use the bathroom – even for a couple of minutes to reboot your energy stores. This reduces errors, minimizes fatigue and stops you from becoming sick from overworking yourself.

Plus, your boss is taking out your break time from your pay anyway!

Coordinate your break with your fellow colleagues and get away from your desk or the direct working environment. Enjoy your home-cooked food surrounded by your workmates in a separate space such as the tea room or separate “hang out space” if available. This is a great time to catch up and also importantly allows your brain to rest and reset. We are not invincible to fatigue as much we want to fight it. We recently wrote an article titled, Shift Work Burnout: Causes, Red Flags and How to Beat It​ which I think is very timely right about now.

Prepare Questions to Ask Them

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐] Interviews are not all about them getting to know you. In 2018, you have to speak up and come at them with your own questions. You’re bound to hear, “Do you have any questions you’d like to ask?” Don’t give no as an answer. What exactly should you ask your interviewer? How about a few of these: 65 Questions to Ask an Interviewer (Examples for Specific Jobs)

Be Nice!

Be nice to EVERYONE! Did you know your interview starts the minute you walk through the front door of the company you are interviewing with?  How you treat everyone around you, from potential future co-workers to the receptionist at the front desk, can help determine if you get a job or not. It’s a good idea to assume that as soon as you walk into the office, your job interview has started. By being open, friendly and professional with everyone you encounter (not just your hiring manager) you’re helping to pave the way for positive feedback because as everyone knows, people talk…and if they’re going to talk about you, it’s always best to have it be about positive aspects of your visit!

Create a Career Timeline

A career timeline is exactly what it sounds like—it’s a timeline listing where you want to be in five or ten years time. You could make it as detailed as you want—include monthly goals. Once you have a trajectory in mind, you can set yourself clear tasks. For example, if you want to be a Project Manager, you might need to obtain certification and work under an experienced manager—these are doable goals that you can add to your timeline.