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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!


Interview Questions to Dodge

12 Sep

Before every job interview, it is necessary to prepare for the questions you may be asked. It is also important to be aware of the types of questions to not answer during an interview. Most often an interviewer is not asking such questions maliciously, but in a friendly manner. Keeping a friendly demeanor yourself and not responding defensively will allow you to transition the conversation to find the real reason behind the questionable question.

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Be ready to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge around these following questions:

1) How Old Are You? : Your first instinct may be to say, “Not as old as your mom!”, but we all know that wouldn’t turn out well. Some companies have established retirement age and may ask if you are below that age or on the opposite spectrum ask if you are above the legal minimum for a job. These questions are acceptable for them to ask and pertinent for you to answer. However, if an interviewer directly asks “How old are you?” or “What is your date of birth?”, be prepared to redirect that question with the answer ” I do not feel my age is an issue with my performance in this job”. This will give the interviewer the opportunity to explain if age might be an issue, or take your answer and move on to the next question.

2) Are You Religious? : During an interview, you may be asked if you are available for normal hours of the work week. However, if you are asked what about your religious affiliation, that is straight up illegal. Be prepared to answer any questions regarding religion with the succinct answer: “my faith will not interfere with my ability to do the job”.

3) Are You Married? Do You have Children? Are You Planning on Having Children?: The interviewer could be trying to establish if you would be able to travel for the position, or it could just be friendly small talk. But it is actually illegal for an interviewer to ask about your marital status, if you have children, if you are planning on it, and your spouse’s occupation and salary.  To answer, you could turn the beat around say “It sounds like family is important here, are you married?” or let them know that you are able to perform all the duties of the position.

4) What is Your Nationality?  While you may want to immediately say ” Uh, no. My forefathers are not the ones interviewing here”, the question may have been asked to determine whether or not you are bilingual or if you are legally able to work in the country. Before jumping to conclusions,  you can either say  “These questions do not pertain to my abilities” or you could say “Yes! I am actually fluent in German, Swiss, Chinese, and Portuguese”.  Just make sure you actually are that multilingual.

Illegal Interview Q's | Search Solution Group

What did you just ask me?

5) What is Your Credit Score? Questions about your financial situation or your credit score are not ones you should answer unless you are interviewing for a finance or banking position. Additionally, employers can check your credit history only with your permission. It is up to you whether or not to divulge that information. Any question that you may be uncomfortable with is not a question that you have to answer.

Before going in to an interview, think of any other questions that may pertain to you and find appropriate ways to answer these questions without putting yourself in perilous position. Our recruiters at Search Solution Group are experts at navigating such situations. If you have any questions, we are here to help!