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 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.”’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 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

Proposed Lancaster vets home gets $12,000

first_imgVietnam War veterans led the parade, followed by veterans from other wars and eras. Among the honored guests were Navajo veterans, including some who served as “code talkers,” using their language as a basis of codes to transmit secret tactical messages during World War II. Plans for the local parade were inspired by the national Welcome Home parade held Veterans Day 2005 in Las Vegas. Local Vietnam veterans and parade co-chairmen Gary Chapman and Ray Santana walked in the Las Vegas parade for U.S. soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen who came home from Vietnam more than 30 years ago to hostility or indifference. Local parade organizers had promised to give any money left over from the event to the veterans home. A check for $11,889, money donated by parade sponsors, was presented to Craft by Cliff Barth, commander of Quartz Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000, which co-sponsored the parade. QUARTZ HILL – As promised, organizers of a parade to welcome home Vietnam veterans donated nearly $12,000 Monday to the planned veterans’ home in Lancaster at 30th Street West and Avenue I. Groundbreaking for the home, to be named after the late state Sen. William J. “Pete” Knight, will be in June, with completion expected by the end of the year. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Tom Craft, chairman of the Lancaster Veterans Home Citizens Committee and a retired Navy captain wearing his “dress whites” for the occasion. “I was taught as a youngster that anything worthwhile is worth working for. Eventually everything will turn out all right.” About 2,000 veterans marched and rode in November down Lancaster Boulevard in the Antelope Valley Operation Welcome Home Parade to belatedly honor those who served in Vietnam. There were about 5,000 spectators. The money will go into a fund to provide veterans-home residents with things like vehicles to go on trips, televisions, radios and entertainment. A painting of a soldier praying, done on the day of the parade by artist Myron Mielke, was donated to the home by the artist. Also donated was a Navajo Nations Warriors Code Talkers banner that was carried in the parade. Craft, who served during the Korean War, said riding in the parade was a privilege. “Riding in that parade in uniform with other vets, to ride down Lancaster Boulevard and see all the people, grownups and children, brings tears to my eyes. We know this community loves its veterans,” said Craft, 75. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Shah Irani in GoM on sexual harassment at workplace

first_imgNew Delhi: The central government has reconstituted the Group of Ministers (GoM) on sexual harassment at workplace, with Union Ministers Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ as new members. The decision was taken on July 18 by the government, a statement issued on Wednesday read. “The government has reconstituted the Group of Ministers on Sexual Harassment at Workplace with members — Amit Shah, Home Affairs Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister, ‘Nishank’, Human Resource Development Minister, and Smriti Irani, Women and Child Development Minister,” it said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The GoM will continue to be given administrative support by the Home Ministry, it added. In 2018, the government constituted a GoM to examine the existing legal and institutional frameworks for dealing with matters of sexual harassment of women at the workplace. The GoM was chaired by then Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, with members being Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman and Maneka Sanjay Gandhi. It was set up to recommend action required for effective implementation of the existing provisions as well as for strengthening the existing legal and institutional frameworks for addressing issues related to sexual harassment at the workplace.last_img read more