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Interview Question of the Month
Do you consider yourself a leader or a team player?
There is actually no right answer with this question. Depending on the position, either answer could work.
To be safe and show an even better work ethic, why not say both! Here is a great response:
Actually, I consider myself to be both. I will, sometimes, volunteer to be the group leader or act as the direct employee to report to. I like training others and know how to delegate tasks efficiently when I'm a leader. I also enjoy being a team player because I'm open-minded and like to get input from other people. And if I see one person is struggling, I will assist him/her and offer guidance, so that all my colleagues are on the same page.
Think to yourself: When do I ask the employer about pay and benefits? If you normally ask during the first initial interview,... BIG MISTAKE!
Of course, you will want a job that pays slightly higher than your previous employer, but your immediate priority should NOT be the salary. It should be to simply get the job.
As a common interviewing mistake, asking about your salary and the company's benefits during the first interview could greatly cost you. Employers want to know that you want the position, not the pay. Managers are smart at sensing if you really have a desire to work for them or if you just want to have covered medical insurance.
With the job market being so tough, it's not a good time to be picky. You are lucky to even still have a job (if that's the case). Ask yourself if it would cost you more to have a lower paying job or to not have a job at all?!
So save your salary and benefits inquiries until you are actually offered the position.
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Have you read my recommendations on job searching sites?
As I mention on my
job search advice page
, these websites below are my top picks for the unemployed.
Indeed.com is great website that posts tons of relevant jobs you're looking for. I like Indeed because their postings are very organized and not cluttered. You can also even find jobs by pay. This is honestly the #1 job site I recommend. Search Indeed directly here:
Executive Search Online is useful for those who make over $80,000 and don't like posting their information in large job boards. This site specializes in bringing job opportunities for executive/advanced level candidates. So, I recommend this if you've had years of experience and expect a much higher salary.
Go Freelance is absolutely wonderful for those who are writers, graphic designers, programmers, and anyone else looking for freelance work. There are many immediate openings where you can even work from home!
Although there is a minor $7 trial fee, the jobs are legitimate and worth the payment. Wouldn't you get that money back anyway after landing a job?
Have a productive job search!