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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Different Types of Interviews

When searching for a job, there are different types of interviews you may end up participating in. It is important to know about the differences, so you are better prepared. This list will better prepare you for what to expect.
Six different types of interviews:
1. The behavioral interview
2. The situational interview
3. The structural interview
4. The unstructured interview
5. The panel interview
6. The telephone interview

Information on what they mean:
1. Behavioral interview is a technique that is used by employers so they can learn about your past behavior in specific situations.
2. Situational interview is a person who is currently looking for work that asked to respond to a certain situation they may face on the job.
3. Structured interview is an estimate research method often employed in survey research.
4. Unstructured interview is a formal meeting in which questions are not arranged.
5. Panel interview is where a candidate is in a conversation with a group of interviewers.
6. Telephone interview is a functioning way for a firm to screen many candidates quickly and with the lowest overall expending of any type of interview.

-Tiffany Peterson

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Types of Interviews

Types of Interviews

Group Interview: Whenever you go to an interview and you end up in a group interview, it's usually not the manager that's doing the hiring it's sometimes a recruiter letting a manager know which candidate is a fit for employment.


One on One Interview: This is the real deal. This is usually the actual interview with the manager. This is the time where you've got to bring out your inner pride and show the manager what you're worth to his corporation.

Phone Interview: Before you get called to an actual interview sometimes you may receive an interview on the phone. This is usually done so that the manager may get in touch with you.

- Yusuf Junjua

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Interviews are one of the toughest challenges we have to go through in our life, but even the hardest fights have solutions. There are many different types of interviews, of the many there are 6 major types of interviews:

Structured Interview: Formal and organized, starts easily but becomes harder as time passes.

Unstructured Interview: Open ended questions, the interviewer relies on you, and what you have to say about yourself.

Stress Interview: Most likely for higher positions, candidates are put in positions where they are tested for how they'd work under pressure.

Behavioral Interview: Focuses on your prior experience, candidates are asked about how they handled certain situations in the past.

Problem Solving or Case Interview: Candidate will be tested on communication and analytical skills, and will be asked to solve problems.

Panel Interview: A bunch of staff members will be gathered to ask a candidate questions at once. 

In order, to succeed, we must show our desire for success, and how far the desire can take us. During an interview, we are all often hit with anxiety, we become very mindful of what we say. Every word of ours is put under scrutiny by our interviewer.  Hence to solve this particular problem, there are certain tips and tricks we can use and be assured that we've left an impact on the interviewer.

For one we have to have a certain understand of what we are going into. Dress appropriately for the interview; do not under dress (yoga pants, sneakers, etc.) or over dress (party outfits, excessive jewelry, etc.).  Another good idea would be to arrive about 10 to 15 minutes early before the scheduled time of the interview. Your handshake should be firm once you greet your interviewer, and maintain eye contact. Plan ahead of what you will be speaking of. If we go to an interview without any sort of preparation, there's a chance the person who is interviewing us will know. Its important to not be blindsided, especially if the said job holds a certain importance in your life.

Most questions asked during an interview most likely have to do with who you are and what have you achieved in life from prior experience. During the beginning of an interview you will be asked to introduce yourself. Often this question is worded as "Tell me about yourself". Do not make it too personal, the interviewee is not their to listen to your life story. Keep it sufficient and to the point, you want to focus on your prior work experience, as well as where you're in the world work wise. Speak of your highest achievements, and make sure to emphasize on your skills and what your strong points are.

Another widely asked question is "Why do you want to work here?" A good response would be as a result of research. Research the job you're applying for before you go in. You want to know what they are asking for. Make your response complimentary as well as assure them of how this job will give you experience into a field you're headed in, or speak of what you like about the company and what motivated you to apply. For instance if you're headed into a medical field, and are applying at a gynecologists office, speak to your hiring manager of how you want to experience life in the medical field and see what you will be going into before you start your career completely. Speak of getting a head start.

Most interviews will come to an end with the infamous question " Do you have any questions?" A most likely response to this question would be "no", a highly expected answer as well as the worst response. You want to stand out from everyone else whose applying for the job. Ask about the job, ask about what you can do for the job, ask if theirs any concerns regarding your resume or the interview. Do not focus your questions on yourself and what you can get from the job, or questions regarding benefits.

-Momina Shabbir

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Advantages of A Resume

It is essential that people understand the importance of their resume. Your resume is your first impression to an employer, it's almost like your advertisement. It has been said that when looking at resumes, employers look for every reason not to hire someone. I know that might sound a little backwards, but it's true. Employers look at so many resumes everyday it's as if they narrow it down by process of elimination. Now with knowing this information you want to make sure your resume is a few things.

First, you want to make sure your resume has all correct spelling and usage of grammar.  Second, you want to make sure your resume is organized and clear to understand. You want to make sure that your sections are in bold. Such as education, experience, skills, etc. Therefore, it is easy for the employer to easily locate the information they're looking for.

Third, you want to make sure your resume is targeted towards the job that you are applying for. For example, if you're applying for a job in the medical field you don't want to send in a resume listing all retail jobs. You should list your job experiences that have some relation to the medical field.

When applying to jobs in a field that you don't have any experience in, I believe it is important to attend some type of training or internship. Not too many employers hire people who don't have any experience in the job. That is where internships come in handy. According to Derrick Dortch in his article "A Complete Guide to Internships, "An internship is a structured learning experience in a work setting that gives a student the opportunity to learn about a career interest and gain valuable knowledge and experience in a particular field."

Lastly, when doing your resume one thing you should never do is lie. There have been many cases where employers have called some people's old employers and found out they weren't working there for as long as they said they were. Or even better, they've never worked there at all.

If there is anything you would feel iffy about on your resume then simply don't put it. Or if you're fortunate enough to receive an interview, simply explain whatever it is to the employer at the interview.

In conclusion, I hope my blog was helpful to you and I wish you the best of luck on your journey of finding the career that fits you!

- Jocelyn Horton

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Dress for Success

Dress for Success 

First impression matter, one of the most important elements while looking for jobs, or looking for and promotion is your overall image.

First of all choose you outfit properly, here are some outlines for dressing according  the occasion you could be  facing later on. 

Outfit for Women
  •     White blouse 
  •     Black skirt or pants
  •     Shoes clean and polished
Outfit for Men 
  • White shirt
  • Black pants 
  • Shoes clean and polished 
Fredy Camas