The expectation that many employers seem to be operating from when they stalk potential hires’ social media accounts is that people should not only leave their personal lives out of the office, but also take their work lives out of the office to everywhere else.

This is dismaying, but not surprising, given that the U.S. seems to have a uniquely work-obsessed culture. For instance, Americans work more than residents of any other industrialized country, and they take the least vacation time. The U.S. also lags behind other comparable countries in terms of laws regulating sick leave and parental leave.

Being expected to take your office self home and into your online life isn’t nearly as bad as not being able to take paid leave to take care of your baby, obviously. But the two could be symptoms of a general cultural inability to recognize that it’s healthier to work to live rather than live to work.
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PropertyOfZack Is Now Bringing On New Team Members

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2014 has been a great year for growth at PropertyOfZack, but we’d rather continue looking into our future than stay complacent with our past. To make sure we can provide the best content and news for our viewers, we’re happy to announce that we are once again taking applications for anyone who is interested in possibly joining TeamPOZ. We have positions open in most areas of the site, so check out what we’re looking for and who to get in touch with below!

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The Equal Rights Center has found — perhaps unsurprisingly, but nonetheless, depressingly — that people who indicate that they have worked for LGBT causes on their resumes are 23% less likely to land a job interview than people who don’t.

The study sent resumes of nonexistent people to over 100 different openings at eight companies. Some applicants listed “LGBT rights activism” in a volunteer section of their resumes. Others listed “women’s rights activism” or “environmental activism.” The LGBT activists were slightly more qualified than the others, and yet, were called for interviews far less often.
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Surprise, Study Confirms Hiring Discrimination Against LGBT People Is Real | Autostraddle

Of course, while the correlation between “doing LGBT activism” and “being LGBT” is probably strong, it’s not 100%. That’s probably how people are able to get away with this. “No, I don’t care what they do in the privacy of their bedroom, but someone with these interests just isn’t a good fit for the company.”

85 Cliché Interview Questions

After recruiting for over a dozen years,  placing in excess of 1,000 people, and coaching candidates through 10,000 interviews you tend to notice a pattern of typical interview questions.

The interview process hasn’t changed much over the years. You meet with the human resources recruiter, hiring manager and others in a formal, pretend, plastic, corporate, fake environment.

Unfortunately, the interview is an unrealistic employer asks a question, candidate answers, employer asks a question and candidate answers structure. Both parties default to the perceived standard of how an interview should be conducted. It is not like a real life business conversation.

In this article I’m not attempting to change the world, rather just help offer some of the traditional, boring, cliché, stereotype questions that will be asked of you.

By preparing and practicing articulate, thoughtful, reasoned, enthusiastic and polished answers it will help you excel in the interview process.

Interviewing is like playing a game. If you know the rules and how to play then you could win.

Here you go:

Please, could you tell me a little about yourself?

What did you do at your last job?

Why are looking for a job?

What are you earning?

What salary are looking for?

Where else have you been interviewing?

Why are you interested in our company?

What do you know about our company?

What do you know about this job?

Have you read the job description?

Why do you think you will be a fit for the role?

Why should I hire you?

What are some of your strengths?

What are your weaknesses?

Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 years?

What do you think of your boss?

What did you like least about your last job?

When makes you happy at work?

What do you like most about your job?

What should we hire you instead of someone else?

Could you walk me through your typical day?

Why do you want to leave your current job?

How long have you been searching for a job?

What other companies did you interview with?

How are the interviews going?

Do you have any offers?

Are you close to any offers?

What do you know about this industry? 

What do you know about our company?

Are you open to travel?

Are you open to relocation?

Have you managed people?

If so, what would your staff say about you?

What would your manager say about you?

Do you have references that we may call?

Do you have any questions for me?

Could you provide me with a project that you successfully managed?

Could you provide an example of going above and beyond in your job?

How do you handle constructive criticism?

How do you get along with coworkers?

How do you deal with a difficult coworker?

Please tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback.

What is your greatest failure?

What is your greatest success?

What would you do if your manager asked you to do something you disagreed with?

What do you do if you realize that you made a mistake?

Why did you move from___firm to ____company?

Why did you choose____ college?

Why did you major in _____?

What was your GPA?

Why was your GPA low?

How do you deal with conflict in the office?

What hours do you work?

What vacation, benefits do you have?

Why did you select___as your career?

Is there another career that you would be interested in?

If you found out your company was doing something against the law, like fraud, what would you do?

What was the most challenging decision you had to make?

Can you multi-task?

Can you work under pressure and deadlines?

What salary are you seeking?

What’s your salary history?

What salary would you accept?

What are you looking for in terms of career development?

What are you looking for in this job/company?

What would you do in the first three months of this job?

Do you feel that you could succeed in this job?

What would you need to succeed in this job?

Would you accept a counteroffer from your current employer?

Why were you fired/downsized?

Could you tell me more about yourself?

What is your work/management style?

Please walk me through your proudest achievement. 

Do you have a favorite manager and why?

What do you think of your current/prior boss/company?

How would people describe you?

What would you change about yourself?

What is your greatest fear?

Will you miss your current job/boss/coworkers?

What do you do when you are not at work?

How would you feel working for a ____?

Is there anything that you would like me to know about you that I didn’t ask?

What do you like to do for fun?

Would you like to continue the interview process?

Would you like a drink of water/coffee?

I would suggest that you read the questions and formulate answers. Also, it may sound silly but answer the questions out loud. Everything always sounds better inside your head and never comes out the way it sounds in your own brain. Practice the answers with someone else . The more you verbalize the answers the most comfortable, smoother, real, articulate, polished, poised, professional and confident you will sound. Additionally, by feeling comfortable with answering the questions the interview stress factor will subside. It is as if you are a batter at home plate knowing what pitches will be thrown to you.

With the preparation and confidence you will excel in the interview.

anonymous said:

Most employers aren't going to accept "well I read some books" over a college degree. You could be an expert for sure, but when put up against other candidates who have a major in that field, it's probably not going to work out.

How is their degree going to look stacked next to the 100 page portfolio of the work you’ve done in the years they’ve been taking classes and playing beer pong? Assemble a binder full of references and testimonials from people that will vouch for your work ethic, character, professionalism, skill and experience. That beats a flowery piece of paper any day. 

Obviously not in fields like law or medicine. There are exceptional fields that require degrees. But you can get into most jobs by selling yourself as the best hire they’ve ever made. 

Software testing firm only hires workers with autism

While most companies will only accept the talent that’s the best fit for their business, this policy can occasionally be exclusive of workers with the right skills but personalities or histories that can leave a negative impression on employers. We recently wrote about the Tihar Food Court, which recruits local prisoners to prepare them for reintegration into society. Now ULTRA Testing, a debugging company out of MIT, has introduced a policy that gives those on the autism spectrum a chance to apply their talent. READ MORE…

Savannah College of Art and Design is Now Hiring

Savannah College of Art and Design is Now Hiring

Savannah College of Art and Design is now accepting resumes for several positions.

According to the Georgia Help Wanted HotlineSavannah College of Art and Design is accepting resumes for the following positions: Associate Chair, Television Producing and Film Department.

In addition SCADis looking for a part-time professor of Television production and a part-time professor of Film. For more…

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