Advice: Questions to Ask During A Job Interview

Dear Arturo,

I’ve got a bit of a problem when it comes to job interviews. I go in with confidence and I usually interview well until the very end when the manager asks me if I have any questions and then I just freeze. I begin to panic and search for a question, but I don’t want ask something silly so I just end up saying something along the lines of “No I think you’ve covered everything.” I can’t help but feel that I’ve failed some sort of test, even if I nailed the interview up until that point.

Ouch. I’ve got to be honest – more often than not, a blunder like this can certainly cost you a job. There’s more than likely a candidate who interviewed just as well (or slightly worse/better) who asked a poignant question that impressed the hiring managers.

John

The interviewer doesn’t ask that question to be polite—they are trying to gauge your interest, and see how informed you are about the opportunity. It’s not uncommon to have freeze up, but you have to be able to push past this crucial moment. You have to anticipate the question and be prepared for it. Continue reading “Advice: Questions to Ask During A Job Interview”

Ask Arturo: Help! I Don’t Like My New Job

Dear Arturo,

I think I just made a huge mistake. I quit my previous job because a new opportunity came up, but this new position is not at all what I signed up for…what are my options?

John

This is a great question. People nowadays bounce around from job to job more frequently than they did 10, 20 years ago. In light of this fact it only makes sense that a person might find themselves in position that they’re unhappy with. Sure, we all have had a boring job before, but most of which we are able to “stick out “until we find something else. Every once in a while though we wind up in a position that turns out to be terrible fit. Is this an accurate description of your situation? If so, continue reading! Continue reading “Ask Arturo: Help! I Don’t Like My New Job”

How Data Analysis is Taking Over the World

How Data Analysis is Taking Over the World

By Chris Douglas

It’s Cyber Monday, but before you dive into online shopping on company time ahem, let’s explore some information about data.

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No…not THAT Data… You know, data – the information that’s gathered and reported whether you realize it or not. The amount of data being collected is out of this world! And it keeps growing. A study was done by Dun & Bradstreet and Forbes Insights regarding the current state of data analytics adoption from over 300 executives in North America, U.K. and Ireland. Several different industries were a part of it, and it seems the landscape has shifted pretty heavily over the past several years. Continue reading “How Data Analysis is Taking Over the World”

Job Interviews: How to Deal with Rejection

Job Interviews: How to Deal with Rejection

by Grace Clark

Getting rejected from a job never gets easy. No matter how long you’ve been in the work force, being passed over for a position always comes as a huge disappointment. The fact of the matter is that interviews are tough and the market is competitive. You may be extremely qualified, but more than likely there will always be a candidate more qualified than you. Continue reading “Job Interviews: How to Deal with Rejection”

The IBS Longtimers: An Interview with Bob Kloss

The IBS Longtimers: An Interview with Bob Kloss

Bob Kloss, Vice President of IBS, is based in the Oak Brook, IL office where he has been for 31 years. He is responsible for the Chicago region and individual sales. He also works with profit and loss for the Chicago area.

Have you always had the role you’re currently in here at IBS or have you moved around?

Bob Kloss: In 1985, I started off as a recruiter. Since then, I have moved into a recruiting manager position then a sales manager then branch manager and now I’m in the Vice President role. Continue reading “The IBS Longtimers: An Interview with Bob Kloss”

The Pros and Cons of Contract-to-Hire

The Pros and Cons of Contract-to-Hire

By IBS Recruiter DK Kapani

When investing in something new, you would prefer to “try before you buy,” right? It’d be great to test a new product or a new living situation before we actually have to commit to it. The same is true when you’re checking out a potential workplace. One might argue it’s even more important.

In the workforce, this is what is called a Contract-To-Hire position, and it can be a positive or negative depending on how you look at it. There’s the “not knowing” if you will have a job or not when your contract is up, but also there’s the excitement of working with various people and industries.

There are multiple advantages of having a contract-to-hire (C2H) arrangement:

Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Contract-to-Hire”

The IBS Longtimers: An Interview with Jaime Hunter

The IBS Longtimers: An Interview with Jaime Hunter

Jaime Hunter is the Branch Administrator for IBS, working from the Cincinnati office. She has been with the company for 23 years.

Have you always had the role you’re currently in here at IBS or have you moved around?

Jaime Hunter: I started off doing data entry in 1993 when I was still in high school! I was hired because there were stacks of resumes that needed to get in the systems. I categorized them. I was scared of the phones back then; I hated answering them. After a few years, we got more technical and started scanning resumes. I went to Chicago for training and then I started working with the consultants more. I was promoted to branch administrator in 1998.  Continue reading “The IBS Longtimers: An Interview with Jaime Hunter”