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”

Staying Focused & Overcoming the SADness of the Winter Season

 

Is there any more paradoxical time of year than Winter Solstice? At its heart, Winter Solstice brings the shortest day of the year mixed with the heightened anticipation of the holidays. It is a time of year where you have endless feel-good Hallmark movies and Christmas songs on every radio station, yet the cold, cloudy-quickly-turned-to-dark days makes average Midwest citizens prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Continue reading “Staying Focused & Overcoming the SADness of the Winter Season”

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”