Questions to Ask (and Not Ask) Your Job Interviewer

Employers will almost always welcome questions when the interview comes to a close, but when the time comes, a lot of us draw a blank. Remember that employers not only expect you to inquire more about the position, they judge your character on the basis of those questions.

You’ll want to ask in-depth questions to show that you’re truly interested in working for the company, and you will also want to know more about what the job will require. Whatever you ask, your questions should sound intelligent and cordial.

You may think that some questions may be to brash to ask, like questions regarding pay, but employers expect these kinds of questions. If you phrase cheeky questions in a polite manner, employers will think you handle yourself well.

Here’s some examples of questions you should and shouldn’t ask during the interviewing process.

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What Not to Wear to an Interview

Think you’re ready for that interview just around the corner? Think again. You may have thought you picked out the perfect outfit for the big day, but, to be sure, check out this list of what not to wear to the job interview.

Cologne or perfume: You’re interviewer may be allergic to certain fragrances, or he or she may not like that particular scent. Either way, your best bet is to just take a shower the day of the interview, and don’t forget the deodorant.

Bow ties: Sure, they’re cute and interesting, but your future boss may find them quirky and may not take you seriously. Play it safe and wear a solid-colored tie.

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The Great Typo Hunt Spells Need for More Phonics Education [VIDEO Interview]

A lot of books come across my desk, but few catch my attention. “The Great Typo Hunt” is one that made its way out of the pile and on to my nightstand. It’s like my own real-life version of “the claw” who-will-get-picked game. Only a little more cerebral.Great_Typo_Hunt

I’m an editor, so I spend my days picking apart proper spelling and gasping at yet another misplaced comma. So when I heard about Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson setting out on a cross-country road trip to correct typos, I couldn’t get the cover open fast enough.

It all started when Jeff Deck decided he wanted to make a difference in the world, in almost superhero fashion. His good intentions needed a mission, and when he asked himself “What am I good at?”, his response was editing. Every good superhero has a super power, and this is his.

“I decided to change the world by hunting down typos,” Jeff told us in an interview during his book tour.

In the book he introduces the idea of typo hunting, his strategic plan to save money, recruit friends and drive from the east coast to the west and back again all in the name of proofreading. Read the rest of this entry »

Cheryl Hines’ Tips for a Renovation Revolution at Your School [Interview] [Video Trailer]

Imagine hating going to work. It’s not a stretch for many adults, but imagine that reason is because when you sit down at your dilapidated desk (if there’s one for you) you have to look at a banged up bulletin board and dodge an occasional ceiling tile that dislodges and falls to the floor, which a cockroach crawls across. Your boss isn’t enthusiastic about being there either because there aren’t many computers and the ones you do have don’t really work. At least you’re there, but none of your co-workers show up because they think it’s just not worth it, so there’s not a lot of peer engagement during the day. The water fountain doesn’t work so you can’t get a drink of water. The parking lot is overgrown so you’d rather not leave your car there. All in all it’s a pretty miserable experience. You’d quit, but that’s not really an pride nbc

Now, imagine this scenario is a school. Again, it’s not a stretch. This scenario plays out in far too many schools across our entire country. There really are students in the U.S. who dodge ceiling tiles, don’t have working water fountains, are lacking vital technology, and guess day to day whether their classmates will even show up. You wouldn’t want to go to school either if you thought this was the level of care your community was willing to extend to you and your education. That’s why in places like Detroit the graduation rate is a dismal 54 percent. Just a hair more than half of that city’s high school seniors earn a diploma. That’s simply not good enough.

Cheryl Hines didn’t think it was good enough either. That’s why she, with a powerful team, joined forces to present an exciting and inspiring new show on NBC called “School Pride.” “[The show] has added to my life in a lot of major ways,” she says.

We spoke with executive producers Cheryl Hines, of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame, and Denise Cramsey, behind Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, about the new show and what it means for our students. You can hear the interview in its entirety, as they talk about the benefits to students and how to renovate your own school. Listen now, or continue reading to watch the full-length trailer.

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Matt Lauer Interviews Obama About Education [VIDEO]

obama-interview-matt-lauerMatt Lauer sits down with President Barack Obama this morning for an in-depth interview, as part of NBC’s week-long special on education, “Education Nation.”

NBC describes Education Nation as “a nationally broadcast, in-depth conversation about improving education in America.” The news network is hosting a two-day summit in New York City. Notable guests at the event include U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Harlem Children Zone’s CEO Geoffrey Canada, and president of MIT Susan Hockfield.

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Donald Trump is a Big Believer in Education

One of the most coveted jobs in the world is the one that reports to Donald Trump. Many a college student makes that their post-grad goal, and it’s a lofty one to have. For 16 individuals, a new job with The Trump Organization is closer than ever, as they compete on the incredibly popular “The Apprentice” for its new season, which premieres in a 2-hour episode September 16.donald trump

This will be the first time since 2007 the show follows its original non-celebrity format. And as a reflection of how our society has changed in the past three years, this new season of Apprentice includes a cast that has been hit hardest by the economic downturn. They are qualified professionals who lost their jobs, and recent college grads looking to find their place in this big, bad business world.

“The energy and almost survival of some of these people is unbelievable,” says Trump of the new cast, remarking on their sad and inspiring stories. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Nail a Job Interview

handshakeIn today’s job climate, it can take applying to over 50 or more jobs before you land one interview. With such a drastic shortage of jobs, it’s very important to make the most of each and every interview opportunity you might receive.

There are so many people out of work that an interview is really your only chance to stand out, make a great first impression, and highlight your skills. Below are some tips to do just that, and hopefully land your dream job.

Know your resume: Make sure your resume is tailored to match the job description you’re applying for and you know it inside and out. The interviewer will likely ask you questions based directly on what your resume says, so it would be in your best interest to be ready to discuss anything on it.

Be honest: Answer every question honestly. If you’re unsure of an answer or don’t have direct experience in an area the interviewer is asking about, say so. If you are unsure about a question, make a point to mention that you are willing to learn or be trained in that particular area. It will go over much better than lying and being found out later in the interview. Read the rest of this entry »

Dressing for Success Wins Job Interviews

There is a time in every student’s life when there are judged by his or her appearance. I know this sounds shallow, but what you choose to wear in an interview will affect your chances of getting the job either positively or negatively.

Do you think someone is going to hire a person that shows up to the interview wearing torn-up blue jeans and an Affliction t-shirt? I think not. It is for this reason that you must dress for success when looking for that precious job or internship.

Most of the time, an interview is a first encounter with a businessperson. This is why it is important to reflect the dress code of the office with the attire you choose on your fateful day. If you find yourself in a situation where the dress code is unknown, a simple call to the HR department will fix your woes. Read the rest of this entry »


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