Research, practice for strong interview

first_img“You need to know what your prospective employer’s strength and problems are or you can’t project yourself as a candidate to deal with them,” said Hodowanes, who is with the executive search firm J.M. Wanes & Associates of Tampa, Fla. He suggests that first-time job seekers, as well as work force veterans, might try this pre-interview exercise: Write down the sentence, “What value do I bring to a company, and why should they hire me?” Then, he said, over the next several days as you think of key selling points, write them down. “If you can accumulate 15 or 20 items, then as things come up in the interview, they can be interjected at the appropriate places,” Hodowanes said. He contrasts an applicant eager to discuss his or her potential contribution to a company with an applicant who is quick to ask such self-serving questions as “What are the benefits?” and “How much vacation do I get?” And he asks, “Which one would you consider for the job?” Hodowanes also stresses that interviewees shouldn’t be afraid to ask probing questions. Some possibilities: Exactly what do you see me doing in the first 60 or 90 days that would help this company – or this division – the most? NEW YORK – The spring hiring season is in full swing, and that means – gulp! – it’s time for those dreaded job interviews. But speaking with prospective employers, whether you’re going for your first job or you’re a seasoned worker, needn’t be such a nail-biting affair if you do some preparation. “A lot of mistakes have to do with poor communications,” said Norma Gaffin, director of content for the career advice section of the Monster.com job site. “People take so many things for granted, but you need to remember the basics – to dress well, speak well and always follow up with a thank-you note.” Joe Hodowanes, a career strategy adviser, said the first thing a candidate must do is research the industry, company and job. That means looking at the company’s Web site, doing searches about the company on the Internet and even visiting the library to check the company out in professional references. Besides the skill sets and education you’ve said you want, what do you think this person needs to bring to the job to be successful? “Then sit back and be quiet because whatever that person comes back with is going to be uppermost in their mind,” he said. “It might be, being a member of the team, it might be understanding numbers and profitability. “Then guess what you can do through the rest of the interview? You can hit on those points.” Monster.com’s Gaffin encourages job applicants to practice before they go into an interview. Graduating seniors can usually get help at campus career centers, she said. And sites such as monster.com have “virtual interviews” that can help. She also suggests people “look very carefully at the job description.” If, for example, it calls for someone who pays close attention to details, be prepared with anecdotes where you’ve done that. “It doesn’t have to be only work experience,” she said. “I could be in extracurricular activities or course work or volunteer activities.” Increasingly, early interviews in the job-hunting process are done by phone. This, of course, requires different techniques than the in-person interview, Gaffin said. “The big key to anyone on a phone interview is, `When you’re talking, smile,”‘ she said. She added: “I’m not suggesting you wear a suit for a phone interview, but certainly don’t do it in your pajamas because that kind of casualness will come through. You want to come across as professional.” Then, if the phone interview leads to an in-person interview, make sure you’re on time and dressed appropriately, she said. When it comes to bringing up money, both Gaffin and Hodowanes urge job seekers to let the prospective employer broach the subject. “It shouldn’t be you, especially early in the hiring process,” Gaffin said. If the interviewer persists with money questions, perhaps asking for a range, she suggests a response such as, “I feel this is so early in the process that I need to learn more about the position before I would feel comfortable talking about it.” Hodowanes said if an interviewer asks, a response could be: “I’m sure you have a salary range in mind. Can you tell me what is attached to this position?” Once you know the range, determine the midpoint, whether it’s $5 to $6 or $5,000 to $6,000, he said. In these cases, $5.50 and $5,500 are the midpoints, and he suggested a prospective employee “try everything humanly possible to avoid going below that midpoint.” Even new graduates should negotiate if they’re not happy with an offer, Hodowanes said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Finally, life’s a beach for El Camino Real

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HONOLULU — After cramming for days and trying not to notice the paradise just outside their hotel rooms, the El Camino Real High School Academic Decathlon team can finally relax. The team breezed through the Super Quiz portion of the U.S. Academic Decathlon on Friday to earn a solid third place — and the possibility of clinching a fifth national title. The eight-member group representing California has endured two days of oral and written tests during their stay in Hawaii. They are now hours away from learning whether they have won the competition against 39 other high schools, as decathlon officials tally the scores. Final results are expected today. “We feel good,” coach Lissa Gregorio said. “We weren’t sure if we would place or not because we’re one member short.” The Super Quiz comprises 40 percent of the 60,000 points a team can earn in the entire competition. Although teams can compete with as few as six students, each typically has nine. Because El Camino’s team was one member short, their score was adjusted, and they earned 39 out of 40. Nine-member teams could earn 45 points. While the team from Whitney Point, Ill., dominated the Super Quiz, Gregorio said the title can now be in anyone’s hands. “The teams from Wisconsin, from Arizona, Texas and obviously Illinois are our toughest challengers,” she said. “We’re one of their toughest challengers, too.” This year’s Super Quiz focused on climatology, with questions such as: “In the desert region of the American Southwest and Mexico, at what elevation does tundra appear?” And: “Since 1970 in the tropics, the elevation above which temperatures are always below freezing has risen by?” After the test, El Camino members hugged one another for a job well done and smiled with relief as the days and nights of studying in seclusion in their Honolulu hotel rooms came to an end. “The pressure is finally off,” said a weary Cheyna Cao. “I just want to go to the beach.” “My brain is a little mushy,” agreed Venus Vakhshori. “I just want to take a nap.” El Camino earned its place in the national competition after winning the state title in March. The team had entered that event as a “wild card” after finishing in second place to Granada Hills Charter High School during the Los Angeles Unified School District regional competition. California has won 13 of 25 national championships, with nine of those brought home by LAUSD teams. Last year, Taft High School won its third national championship. The Academic Decathlon consists of multiple-choice tests in art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music and science, in addition to the Super Quiz oral relay and written contests, interviews, speeches and essays. After days of working to keep her team focused on studies, Gregorio said now her job is to help her team enjoy all the distractions they were kept away from for the past four days. “A lot of them will have a hard time relaxing now,” she said. “But hopefully, Saturday will be a wonderful day.” — Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.comlast_img read more

RCMP takes more drugs off the streets in local bust

first_imgOn Halloween day at 8:00 a.m., the Fort St. John RCMP searched a residence on 109th street.“During the search they found 289 grams of crack and powder cocaine which was found to be in the process of being packaged for individual sales, 27 grams of marijuana and over $8,000 in cash,” Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says in a written statement.Calvin Sean Gunning, a Fort St. John man, has been charged with one count of Possession of a Drug for the Purpose of Trafficking and one count of Possession of a Drug.- Advertisement -It’s alleged was previously known to police, and is also facing four counts of trafficking from May 2014 when he was found to have cocaine and Fentanyl in his possession.“We are very proud of the work our Drug Section is doing,” Cpl. Jodi Shelkie writes. “They have made numerous and significant seizures over the past few months and many people have been charged for possessing and trafficking in illegal drugs. It’s important to not only keep the city safe by taking the drugs off the streets but also to bring consequences to the people who choose to supply the drugs.”last_img read more

Simeone’s sagent says he will coach Inter ‘sooner or later’

first_img0Shares0000“Only a matter of time” before Atletico Madrid’s Argentinian coach Diego Simeone moves to Inter Milan, says his sister and agent Natalia. © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMILAN, Italy, Sep 9 – Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will “sooner or later” become coach of Serie A giants Inter Milan, his sister and agent claimed on Sunday.“I think it’s only a matter of time. He loves the club, the atmosphere and living in Milan. Inter is a side he would really love to coach,” Natalia Simeone said in quotes in the Italian press. Former Argentina international defender Simeone spent two years as a player with Inter, whom he joined from Atletico Madrid in 1997, winning a Serie A title and the UEFA Cup.He then went on to play for four years with another Italian club, Lazio, before returning to Atletico Madrid.“Diego said it too, sooner or later, he’ll end up at Inter,” said Natalia.“Inter is a team that he would like to coach so much, but he has remained very close to Lazio, too.”The 48-year-old Simeone took over as Atletico Madrid coach in 2011 and despite being touted for a move away last summer he extended his contract.He has won seven trophies with the Madrid club including the La Liga title and two Europa League crowns as well as twice finishing runner-up in the Champions League in 2014 and 2016.“At the end of the day, passion always wins out,” his sister said.“Diego has been with Atletico for seven years. He is one of the best coaches in the world, but he remains when he knows there is still work to be done. And I accompany him (in that task).”Diego’s son Giovanni is also a rising star, playing with Serie A side Fiorentina and this week scored on his senior debut for Argentina.But Simeone’s youngest son is also a talented footballer.“Giuliano Simeone is 15, he’s Diego’s third child, and currently playing at River Plate,” she said.“He’s the most talented of the lot.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

GAA: FANAD GAELS GAA NOTES

first_imgBuíochas d’achan duine a ghlac páirt I dTráth na gCeist Bord an Chondae chun tacaíocht a thabhairt d’fhoireann Tír Chonaill  I dTeach Atlantach ar Óiche Dé hAoine seo chaite. Comhghairdeas do na buaiteoirí, Séan Ó Dorraidhin, Maghnus, Oisín agus Míchéal  Mac Giolla Bháin agus ádh mór anois sa bhabhta ceannais  san Abbey ar óiche Diardaoin.Tickets for the All Ireland semi-final will be distributed at the Clubhouse on Thursday evening from 8.00-9.00, tickets must be paid for in full on collection, please contact Club Secretary Fiona Shiels on 0851555645 if any problem with collection times.U8 training continues in Portsalon on Friday at 6.30, U 13 training  on Friday  at 7.30 also in Portsalon,  new players welcome. Lotto: No Jackpot winner last week. Numbers drawn: 1, 4, 6, 19  & 20, bonus 12. €100 winner was Máire Ní Cheallacháin, Ára Thíre, and €50 winner was Margaret McDaid, Ramelton. Next draw for Jackpot of €2400 takes place in McGinleys this weekend.Finally, we wish Jim McGuinness and the Donegal team every success in the All Ireland Semi-Final v Dublin this Sunday. With the match a sell out Donegal supporters are likely to be outnumbered 3 to 1 on the day,  so let us make our presence obvious and our voices heard! Time for the flags to be aired in the parish and to show our appreciation for what has been a magnificent season for Donegal football so far, with the best yet to come! Tír Chonaill Abú!GAA: FANAD GAELS GAA NOTES was last modified: August 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: FANAD GAELS GAA NOTESlast_img read more