How to Nail Your Next Interview

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As with many talents, interviewing is something that can improve with time and effort. While it may never get to be a walk in the park, there are ways to develop and improve your interviewing skills in order to feel more comfortable and demonstrate that you are ideal for a job. Follow the tips for rocking your next interview and making a strong impression:

Be early
It is important to arrive on time to an interview, but there is such thing as being too early. You become an inconvenience to others in the office when you arrive too much before your scheduled time. Never arrive more than 15-20 minutes before an interview if you can help it.

Send a thank-you
Following an interview, send a thank- you note. Doing so sends a follow-up message that demonstrates that you truly are interested in the position. Collect business cards after you interview from each of your interviewers in order to send tailored messages

Show your personality
At the end of the day recruiters are looking for the best fit, meaning they aslo take into consideration factors such as personality. If you have been called to an interview, then they already see you as potentially capable based on past skills and experience. Use the interview as an opportunity for the interviewer to see your personality as well.

Dress appropriately
Dressing for an interview doesn’t just mean looking professional and brushing your hair. You should know the culture of the place that you are interviewing for and try to dress appropriately. Also, remember to avoid wearing too much perfume or cologne. Pay attention to the finer details like brushing your teeth and grooming your nails.

Research, research, research
A good rule of thumb is to consider your interview as a second date. You wouldn’t forget your date’s name or important details about them, right? Be sure to know information about the company before you start the interview. Know some facts and current news about the industry and position you are applying for in order to impress the interviewer.

Ask the right questions
The interviewer isn’t there to give you an overview of the company, but rather to answer specific questions about the company or position. Be sure that the questions you ask are worthwhile.

Don’t lie
If an interview asks you a question that you don’t know the answer to, then don’t lie. Especially when the question involves fact-based things or specific skills sets.

Be imaginative
Interviewers will ask you things with the intentional purpose of throwing you off. Don’t let them. Their quirky questions are an attempt to test your problem solving abilities, response to pressure, and communication skills. Instead of thinking in terms of being right or wrong, be creative and develop a unique answer.

Don’t talk too much
Interviewers will get bored, it’s inevitable. Don’t give them reason to zone out. Be sure to answer questions quickly and to the point by providing substance when needed. You want to provide interviewers with sound bites that might make or beak their decisions, not clutter that makes it harder.

Finally, it is important that you read about interviewing. While the tips provided above are certainly good rules of thumb and provide a guidline for how to successfully interview, there are plenty of other tips and tricks to nailing an interview. Take the time to learn about your interviewer and other standards that many hiring managers expect.

 

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Working Hard While Tired At Work

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If you’ve ever missed a good night of sleep then you probably got up feeling irritable, unfocused and immoral. Whether it was a big project, a sick kid or a late night out with friends, we have all been there, left with no other option but to plow through a workday with little to no sleep. In order to get through your day more smoothly, follow the advice below:

Don’t hit snooze
Harvard Medical School sleep scientist Orfeu Buxton tells New York Magazine that you should not hit the snooze button. While in the short term the snooze button feels great, the extra couple minutes don’t actually help you feel more alert. When you first wake up, your endocrine system fills your body with alertness hormones, so putting your head back on the pillow only slows down the mobilization process.

Ignore inertia
“Sleep inertia” is a term used by scientists to describe the groggy feeling you get when you wake up. Since it is natural to have that within 20 or 30 minutes of waking up, fight the urge to get back into bed.

Eat something
In the morning, sugary food will give you an energy spike and then cause you to crash. Instead, opt for whole grains and protein. Also, you should avoid waiting too long to break your fast. Research suggests that eating within an hour of awaking gives a cognitive boost.

Get some sunlight
After waking up, attempt to get natural light as soon as possible. “First thing in the morning is one of the most important times,” says Sean Drummond, a sleep scientist at the University of California, San Diego. “It’ll boost alertness, it’ll up your body temperature, it’ll reset you circadian rhythms”

Do your most important work first
The best time to complete your most difficult work falls within a specific window: between one and three hours after you wake up, since that is when you have the best energy all day. Research has shown that tired people can’t sustain attention for more than 10 minutes; so don’t hold off on completing your bigger tasks until later in the day.

Find a way to nap
Even if you have to sneak off to your car, fitting a nap into your afternoon can help you get through the rest of the day. A 20-minute nap offers restorative powers that can last for hours.

In order to power through a day when you’re exhausted, follow the tips listed above. Carefully exerting your energy and eating well can you get you through the day, even when you aren’t getting your beauty sleep.

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Gigats Employer Review of Scripps Health

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Gigats reports valuable information regarding industry growth and companies to work for. The Health Care industry continues to grow stronger and provide a variety of job prospects. On the list of the best health care companies to work for is Scripps Health. Read below for the Gigats Employer Review of Scripps Health to determine if it is the right company for your perfect job match.

Scripps Health is number 24 on the list of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2014. Scripps Health is a private, nonprofit health system in San Diego, California that includes four hospitals,  five campuses, dozens of outpatient clinics, thousands of affiliated physicians, home health and hospice care. On Glassdoor.com, the company receives a 3.7 rating and 80% of employees would recommend the company to a friend. Recently, the company made headlines when CEO Chris Van Gorder announced reorganization and told employees that he planned to cut spending by $300 million by 2016 without laying anyone off at the health care provider. In an effort to change the way they work, the company strives to reorganize and improve for the half-million patients that they serve each year. The hospital offers a variety of career opportunities in the growing health care industry and provides excellent benefits.

Scripps Health continues to attract and retain top health care talent. To see what opportunities may be available with Scripps Health, visit Gigats.com.

 

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The Interview Playbook

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Everyone from a recent graduate to a veteran professional could us some interview advice. Despite knowing all the basics and what leads to an offer, job seekers often spend their time attempting to enhance their job search and wasting their efforts. Instead of spending unnecessary time on your job search, follow the seven, simple steps that you should complete before, during and after a meeting with a potential employer:

Before the interview

1. Prepare for tough questions
Momentum during an interview is important to making the hiring manager decide to hire you. When a candidate lacks conviction, they risk having the hiring manager opt for a different candidate. Avoid being thrown off by anticipating the typical tough questions that will be asked and practicing your responses in advance.

2. Understand the players
Experts all around have been saying for some time now that social media is critical to today’s job search. It is crucial that you use social media and other online resources to research the position, company and your interviewers. Before going to the interview, make sure you know the answer to the following questions:

-       What does the company do?
-       How has the company performed?
-       Who are the interviewers?
-       What are they looking for?
-       What can you learn about the job?
-       What have you done that is similar?

Morning of your interview

3. Prepare physically
The morning of your interview it is important that you gather your materials, dress the part and put on your game face. Be sure that you have clean copies of your resume, your portfolio (if needed), pen and a notebook before you head into the interview. Additionally, select an interview outfit that will give a postivie first impression and will leave you looking well-groomed and businesslike.

4. Prepare mentally
In addition to preparing physical items, you also must prepare your mind. Before you leave your house, regroup mentally and get yourself into a professional mindset. Try your best to be upbeat, enthusiastic, positive, eager and factual.

During your interview

5. Treat your interview as a conversation
Effective interviews are a two way street, not just an opportunity for the employer to grill you. Take the time to answer questions honestly, while also asking questions of your own regarding company culture, what qualities are needed in an ideal candidate, and what a typical day in the position would look like.

6. Connect with the interviewers
According to research, differing too much from your interview can hurt your chances of landing a job. Demonstrate similarity to the hiring team and create an alignment with the decision-makers.

After the interview

7. Send thank-you emails to every interviewer
Following your interview, it is important that you send well-timed and thoughtful thank-you messages in order to help seal the deal. An important element of today’s job search is sending a personally targeted message to each person who interviewed you.

Interviewing is tough for everyone, regardless of their professional experience. Follow the seven steps listed above in order to ease through the interview process and make a strong, lasting impression with the hiring manager.

 

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Answering 4 Common Interview Questions

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Interview preparation is an important part of any job search. Researching the company, practicing your responses to typical interview questions and preparing questions of your own can help to boost your hiring chances. However, it is usually the simplest interview questions that we usually get hung up on. In order to prove that you are the most ideal candidate, follow the tips for how to answer some common interview questions:

1. “Can you tell me a little about yourself?”
While on the surface this question seems easy to answer, in reality it can be tough to come up with an appropriate response. The human resources manager asks this question in an effort to gauge your confidence level, your enthusiasm and passion for the job, and your ability to communicate clearly. To answer this question successfully, speak about your career path rather than your personal life. Focusing on your professional experience, education and skills as they relate to the job posting will help to demonstrate to the hiring manager why the position interests you.

2. “Why do you want to work for this company?”
This question is designed to allow you to make the case to the hiring manager why they should give you the job. Although the question appears to be about what you want, what the interviewer really wants to know is the assets that you can bring to the company. Avoid focusing too much on what you will get out of the job, and instead demonstrate to the hiring manager that you can meet the needs of the team and company. Talk about your admiration for the company and its products or services, as well as touching on how the post matches your expertise and experience. Answer the question after researching the company and its values, philosophy and challenges.

3. “What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses”
When answering this question, it is important that you refrain from bragging or exaggerating your strengths. On the opposite end, only mention weaknesses that you have conquered and explain how you have turned the weaknesses into strengths. Also keep in mind that this question isn’t about your personal struggles. Be sure that you keep things focused on your professional life and not your personal one.

4. “Why are you leaving your current job?”
When you answer this question, it is important that you remain positive. Avoid bashing your current boss, company or co-workers. Additionally, if you were laid off or fired, be honest about it, but try to emphasize a silver lining in the situation. Emphasize that the time and focus that you gained during your job search was beneifical and that you were looking forward to finding a career more in line with your passions.

Answering interview questions effectively during the job search process is important. It is important to relax, be yourself and to let the interviewer see your personality. Avoid answering with scripted responses and instead provide the hiring manager with solid reasoning for hiring you.

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5 Derailing Career Mistakes

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While it can take years to build a successful career, a few minor mistakes can quickly derail one. Julie Bauke, career strategist, president of The Bauke Group, and author of Stop Peeing on our Shoes: Avoiding the 7 Mistakes that Screw Up your Job Search, states “People make a lot of mistakes in their careers, some are small and can be recovered from with an apology or the passage of time.” She goes on to state, “others can fully derail your career and your reputation.” Avoid making the five damaging career mistakes that can get you off track:

1. Not taking advantage of the tools at hand
A key to advancing in a career, reaching goals and doing a great job is taking advantage of the tools and resources that are available. A lot of people pass on the opportunity to take free training classes or advance their education despite being provided the benefits by their employers. Utilize the tools that are available to you in order to stretch your role further and advance within a company.

2. Being focused solely on your job
It is important to take pride and your work and to focus on your career. However, too much focus solely on your role can be a bad thing. Bauke says, “It is imperative that all professionals always understand what is going on in their industry, company, and profession so that they can continue to stay aligned with what is needed.”

3. Not keeping your emotions and behavior in check
We usually spend more hours at work than we do at home. As a result we form relationships with many of our co-workers and bosses. However, it is important to remember that the relationships are professional in nature. One of the biggest career killers is failing to keep emotions and behaviors in check while at work. Avoid having inappropriate relationships in the office, being insensitive to others, or overreacting emotionally to a work scenario.

4. Blowing off opportunities to network
Networking doesn’t end once you land the job. Instead, it is way of life designed to help you move up in your company and advance your career. As a professional, you should continue to network at events, meetings and other work functions. Failing to network will leave you in a rut.

5. Choosing the wrong team
Aligning with the wrong person at work could ultimately end up being what makes you lose a job. It is important to be loyal to your boss and to be a team player, however always keep it professional. Avoid teaming up with the wrong person in the office and maintain relationships with the individuals who can help benefit your career, instead of hurt it.

Advancing your career takes a lot of hard work, and just one simple mistake can undo it all. Be sure to avoid the common errors listed above in order to continue to advance your career and grow professionally.

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Labor Market is Still Strengthening Despite Rise in Jobless Claims

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The Labor Department announced on Thursday that the initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 311,00 for the week ended Aug 9. Despite the increase being more than expected, analysts are not changing their views that the labor market is continuing to strengthen.

Economists that were polled by Reuters had initially forecasted that claims would rise to only 295,000 last week, a decent sized underestimate of the actual numbers. Due to annual automobile plant shutdown, volatility in July caused a spike but claims are now settling down. Additionally, a Labor Department analyst reported that there were no special factors influencing the state level data.

Considered a better measure of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, the four-week average of claims rose 2,000 to 295,750, still pointing to firmer job market conditions. One of the major drivers for an improving job market has been a significant decline in layoffs, which as pushed claims down to theier pre-recession levels. Hiring has also gained traction, adding to the improving market. On Tuesday, a report showed that hiring rose in June to its highest level since February 2008. Also, the number of job openings that month was the highest since February 2001.

The jobless claims report also showed that the number of people still receiving benefits after an initial week of aid increased 25,000 to 2.54 million in the week ended Aug. 2. For the fifth successive week, the unemployment rate for people receiving jobless benefits was 1.9 percent.

 

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5 Interview Mistakes That Could Cost You The Job

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After completing your online job search, and learning the tips and tricks for answering tough interview questions, it is finally time for you to begin the tricky interview process. Even after your preparation, you can sometimes turn up empty-handed. Avoid making the five mistakes that could cost you during the job interview:

1. Having too much or too little confidence
Regardless of your devoted preparation, you never know when a curve ball might be thrown during the interview process. Be sure to stay alert for surprises and to stay sharp in your approach and presentation to your interviewers. Linda Citroen, a personal branding expert suggests finding your “balance of power.” Identify a happy medium in between feeling like a sure-fire shoo-in and feeling as though you are interviewing for a job you’ll never get. Overconfidence and a lack of confidence are equally as detrimental, so find the middle ground that helps you during the interview process.

2. Differing too much from your interviewer
Studies show that demonstrating similarity to those interviewing you can actually improve your standing more than sharing unique viewpoints. While it is certainly important to be yourself, you want to avoid lying or being disingenuous in how you present yourself. Instead, project an attitude that is in alignment with your interviewer

3. Thinking it’s about you
Employers aren’t that interested in helping you out, at least not at first. Instead, they care most about how you are able to help them solve their business problems. During the interview process, your goal should be to convince your interviewer that you are the right fit for the position and for the company. During this process, avoid asking questions about what the company can provide you (benefits, relocation expenses, etc.) and instead focus on answering the questions in the best way that demonstrates what a great addition you would be to their team.

4. Not knowing about them
Because the focus on the interview is going to be on the company and not on you, you should be sure to do plenty of research prior to attending the interview. Utilize various social media tools in order to learn about the company and the people who are interviewing you.

5. Failing to ask questions of the interviewer
Almost every interview typically ends with the interviewer saying, “What questions do you have for me?” Don’t just wing this opportunity; instead know some general points to cover in order to prevent yourself from panicking during the moment. Make sure that your questions aren’t one that can be answered on their website, instead come up with questions that can only be answered by the interviewer’s unique viewpoint on the company, culture, success factors or opportunities to contribute.

Don’t let the interview process overwhelm you. Manage the complicated parts of an interview by knowing what to avoid and what you should ask. Avoiding the five mistakes will greatly improve your hiring chances and ease the interview process

 

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Why You Shouldn’t Quit Until You Have a New Job Offer

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The excitement of a potential, new job offer could lead any of us to immediately walk into our current office with two-weeks notice. In reality, doing so before you have an actual job offer in hand can be detrimental and cause greater frustration in the long run. Before you race to your managers office to say goodbye, be sure to consider the four scenarios below before you resign your job without a new offer in hand:

1. It may take longer to get a job that you think
While it is certainly optimistic to assume that you will find a job within the next couple months, the reality is that the process can take a much longer time than you may expect. In today’s job market, it isn’t uncommon for a job search to take a year or more. If you opt to quit your job before securing another one, you could end up without a paycheck for quite some time and create a large unemployment gap on your resume. Placing yourself into a more difficult financial situation and making it more difficult to locate work will only create more pressure to find another job and will not ease the process.

2. It is much easier to get another job when you are still employed
Most employers prefer hiring people who are already employed. Often, people will assume that individuals who quit their jobs without another lined up did so because they were either fired or about to be fired. Managers will also worry that you walked away from the job when the goings got tough, opting to remove the challenges instead of tackling them. Although these misconceptions may not be instant deal-breakers, they can certainly raise questions and reduce your hiring chances.

3. The job offer that you are counting on may fall through
A common scenario for many job seekers is having heightened confidence that a job offer will come through and providing their notice to their current employers, only to later determine that the job falls through. If you have already provided notice to your current employer, than chances are they have begun the process to replace you and are unwilling to let you rescind your notice, leaving you unemployed. Due to the commonality of this scenario, you should never resign until you have an official offer in hand from your new employer. Not the promise of a job, or a second interview, but an actual, formal job-offer in hand.

4. You might not pass the background check
Often a hiring manager will tell you that the job is essentially a done deal, when in reality there is some fine print in the offer letter that could hinder your chances of starting. Most offer letters state that hiring is contingent upon you passing a background or reference check. Even if you are fully confident that you should pass these without any complications, you should realize that it is never fully guaranteed. Mistakes can be made or a reference call might not go the way you assumed it would. If this is the case, then your job offer may hit a snag, which should deter you from resigning from your current job.

For the most part, you should avoid quitting your current job until you have an offer in hand. However, there are some limited circumstances in which it might make sense to quit your job before you have secured a new one. For example, if you are subject to harassing treatment, or being pressured to do anything illegal, unethical or unsafe, then it is safe to say that you should move on. Aside from those circumstances opt to conduct your job search while you are still employed in order to avoid the four circumstances listed above.

 

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Gigats Employer Review of Publix Super Market

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Gigats equips you with a job hunting tool box designed to help you make educated decisions about where to work. Read below to see our employer review of Publix Super Market and visit our website to find which opportunities may be the best match for you.

Publix Super Markets is 100% employee owned and headquartered in Lakeland, FL. The supermarket strives to build positive relationships with customers and neighbors in the community. Publix provides a variety of excellent work opportunities in various industries, including administrative, manufacturing, distribution, information technology, customer service and plenty of corporate positions. Publix also provides excellent benefits including health, dental and vision plans, service awards, vacation pay, tuition reimbursement and more. Due to its variety of opportunities and excellent perks, Publix ranks as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2014. According to Glassdoor.com, Publix earns an employee rating of 3.7, and 77% of employees recommend the company to a friend.

Publix Super Market offers various employment opportunities ranging from customer service positions to food preparation team members. By offering numerous opportunities to join the Publix team and providing a unique, company environment complete with various perks, Publix continues to rank as one of the best companies to work for.

 

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