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Rob Ford: Ask The Right Question, Get The Right Answer

18 Nov

Rob Ford

Rob Ford originally became the political celebrity from initially admitting to smoking crack. During that press release he said he admits it to those who ask the right questions. He says to the press,”Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it, probably in one of my drunken stupors a year ago.” Getting the answer you want is as simple as asking the right question.

Recruiting is all about making connections and building relationships. Successful recruiters are those who know how to ask the right questions and who to ask. One of the greatest questions you can ask as a recruiter is “Who Do You Know?”

As a job seeker, asking the right questions during interviews are imperative to making a good impression. Follow these tips in order to ask the right questions during an interview:

Get Specifics: You’ve already done your research on the company culture and unless you haven’t been given a detailed job description, you know the basics of what is expected in the position. Now is the time to expand on those details and ask specifics. You want to tailor your questions to the industry and role involved to get the right answers.

Expectations: Asking about the specific expectations of the role shows the hiring manager that you are seriously interested, and the answer can give you correct insight on how to approach the job if you are offered the position. In addition, ask what the expectations of the role are 30, 60, 90 days down the line and ask who you would be reporting directly to.

Get Personal: Asking more personal questions will help to keep you in the forefront of that hiring manager’s mind and can give you insight into the company culture and how a typical day goes at the office. Ask the interviewer how they got started in the industry and what they enjoy about the company culture. Don’t be pushy about their personal lives, however. Keep it related to the job and the company.

When answering questions, remember that less is more. Give a complete answer, but never go into too much depth about your background and history. Keep everything relevant to the questions asked. In the case of Rob Ford, he claims he would have answered the reporter’s questions earlier if they had asked the right question.  He was keeping his answers relevant to the question asked. You are only ever going to get the right answer if you learn how to ask the right question.

Additionally, if you haven’t heard recently, Rob Ford met today with the Toronto  City Council in order to strip more power from Mayor Ford. During this meeting, Mayor Ford mimics drunk driving aimed towards Councilor Paul Ainslie, who had his license suspended after being pulled over at a Police checkpoint. He then yells “Socialism is great!”, gets into a shouting match with people in the public gallery, and then promptly rushes towards the gallery, runs into City Councillor Pam McConnell, grabs her to keep her from falling, and heads back towards the front like nothing had happened. It’s official. Rob Ford has cracked, but the truth stays the same, if you ask the right question, look at the doors it can open.

If you are looking to open new doors to your career, contact us at Search Solution Group, and learn how to ask the right questions!

Rob Ford imitates Drunk Driving during a city Council Meeting.

Did You Hear About The Dog In The Tree?

15 Nov

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average person holds 10 jobs in their lifetime. The average job requires 2 to 3 interviews. By your fourth or fifth interview, you’re starting to feel like a pro and have your canned answer to the 5 year plan question and are feeling pretty confident in your interviewing skills.

Dog With Interviewing Skills | Search Solution Group

And then that interviewer asks you the most off the wall question or brain teaser. How did the dog get in the tree?  How many rocks are on the moon? How would you test a calculator? What part of a BLT sandwich would you be and why? 

12? Test it with math? The lettuce?

Employers love to see job candidates think on their feet and give candid answers. And while the answer doesn’t matter ( there might not even be a correct answer), the interviewer wants to see your logic, problem solving skills, and how you handle pressure. This is actually a simple thing to prepare for if you follow the advice below.

Prepare Your Thoughts: You might want to blurt out the first thing that comes to mind, but take a few seconds to work out your response. Shouting out ‘PINEAPPLE’ isn’t going to make you look very intelligent. If you need to, write the question down, draw some pictures, do some math. Just like in middle school math class, the interviewer wants to see the logic and work behind your answer.

Don’t Be Offended: It might seem silly to get asked these questions if you’re interviewing for a senior director role, but you still need to show them you have a brain as well as the required experience. Get silly yourself and throw yourself into that question like you would into your work.

Question the Question: Ask for specifics. Is it turkey bacon on that BLT? Who is going to eat this sandwich that you are a part of? This is the fun part of an interview and showing your enthusiasm will engage your interviewers and make them remember you. You want to be remembered.

If all else fails, do like Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson do in ‘The Internship‘ and twist the question around until you are selling yourself as the best candidate for the job!


External Recruiting Is On The Rise

11 Nov

Corporations are always in the market for intelligent and exciting new talent and while most of these companies have internal recruiters, the demand for talent is so high that external recruiting firms are seeing a major increase in business.

HR Reaching For Recruiters |Search Solution Group

It’s no surprise to the recruiters at Search Solution Group that there has been an increase in corporations reaching out to external recruiters.  Recruiters are hiring experts and really good recruiters get a thrill out of placing talent. And it’s not that internal recruiters aren’t doing a good job, because internal recruiters are brilliant and talented. It’s the fact that corporations are starting to realize that having those specially trained eyes for talent on the job as well, will give them a higher chance of success quicker.

In the past, our recruiters would spend hours talking with companies to inquire about their hiring needs, they are now fielding a high number of initial calls from corporate HR departments seeking our expert help. It’s an exciting trend that is bound to continue to rise. Once those companies get a taste of what Search Solution Group’s expertise can bring them, they are hooked for all their hiring needs.