Choosing the right workplace can make all the difference in how you balance your life and work. But job seekers often fail to watch for signs that can help ensure a less stressful experience when looking for a quality workplace environment.
Paul Wolfe, Indeed’s SVP of Human Resources, offers several tips about job posting clues that can help applicants better understand:
- What hiring managers want to know
- What a company’s values and purposes are
- What kind of ‘culture’ an organization promotes
“Ensure you have the qualifications before you consider applying and then use your résumé and cover letter to highlight the skills and experience that make you the right fit for the role,” says Wolfe.
These days, it can be difficult to find any job, but landing the right job begins with preparing for the interview. The time you invest in becoming familiar with the company and the role for which you’re applying, the better you’ll be able to answer questions posed to you during the hiring process.
Know Your Rights
Speaking of the right answers, there are some questions you should never be asked when interviewing. Unless you are applying for a highly specialized job and there are solid grounds for collecting data that would otherwise be considered discriminatory, interviewers have no right to ask:
- Your race/ethnic origin
- Your age
- Your sexual orientation
- Your financial status
- Your marital/family status
No workplace is perfect, but finding a good fit is easier when both those hiring and those seeking employment understand what is expected. Whether you are a manager looking to add to your team or a qualified team-player looking to join a particular organization, here are a few questions to consider right now what:
- Weaknesses are you aware of – areas where improvement is needed?
- Professional accomplishments have you realized – what outcomes are you most proud of?
- Achievements or goals not not yet realized?
- Skills set you apart from others in your industry?
- Would others say about working with you?
- Motivates you most – what gets in your way most often?
- Powerful changes are you willing to make?
- Where do you see yourself in a few years?
Watch These Before Your Job Interviews
Here are some great Ted Talks to watch, full of useful tips and advice for those wanting to improve their success rate when interviewing or conducting job interviews.
One more thing to consider: Understanding and appreciating personality styles can make a huge impact on creating a workplace environment that is a good fit for employees and managers. It’s an effective tool for bringing balance to nearly any situation, improving communication, relationships, and productivity.