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Job Interview Preparation Tips

17 Oct

The job interview may be the KEY step in the job search process. (First, you write a great resume to secure interviews!) With that in mind, this post tackles job interview preparation tips.

These are a few prior posts on the job interview.   Being Real on a Job Interview!   Be on Your BEST Behavior When Interviewing.   A Graduating B School Student Talks About Her Job Search.

 

Background

According to Hannah Morgan, writing for Savvy Intern:

“The interview is scheduled! You are ecstatic, as you should be. But now what? Begin preparing and practicing! How will you perfectly prepare for the interview? Perhaps you need an interview preparation guide. You’ve already done some preliminary research on the company. But now it’s time to dig deep. The more you know about the firm, its competitors and the overall market, the smarter you’ll appear. Too often people fail to thoroughly prepare the job interview for this specific job at this company. In other words, they tend to treat each interview as generic in nature.”

 

Job Interview Preparation Tips: 10 Steps to Success

Morgan offers a new 10-step guide with job interview preparation tips. To access her full guide, click the image below the tips.

  1. Get a Copy of the Most Current Job Description — What they’ve posted online may not be the full description or most recent version of job requirements. It isn’t unusual for a firm to have a different version of the job description for internal use. It may be more descriptive.”
  2. Prepare a Story for Each of the Job Requirements  — Go through each requirement listed in the job posting and develop an answer for how you meet the requirements.”
  3. Prepare Answers to the Most Common Interview Questions — You shouldn’t sound rehearsed. You should sound natural! Practice!
  4. Craft Your Opening Statement — You can pretty much count on this question. Prepare the best 1-minute response. Answer as if you were asked, why should we hire you.
  5. Research the Company — Look at the company Web site and career page. But don’t stop here. Google the firm and see what news is mentioned.”
  6. Know Something About the Interviewers — Thank goodness for LinkedIn. Go ahead and see where they used to work, what organizations and groups they belong to, and recommendations others have written.”
  7. Prepare Smart Questions — To understand the job and firm, ask questions! So, ask questions to learn expectations, how the team functions, and more.”
  8. Know the Format of the Interview — Will you be meet one-on-one, as a panel, via phone, Skype, or online video, and how long will the scheduled to last?”
  9. Bring Copies of Your Resume for Everyone — Don’t assume everyone will have a copy.”
  10. Know Exact Dates –If you haven’t completed an application, don’t say “see attached resume.” Fully and accurately complete the job application. It is a legal document. Do not lie, exaggerate or embellish.”

 

Job interview preparation tips. Click here to access the 10-step guide with job interview preparation tips.

 

2017 Most Attractive U.S. Employers

12 Oct

Yesterday’s post covered the 2017 most attractive global employers for business students. Today, we cover the 2017 most attractive U.S. employers.

Click below to access information on the prior two surveys:

 

Background

In sum, these are Universum’s survey goals:

“Today’s businesses operate in a highly competitive employment landscape. You you can gain a valuable insight into how firms are perceived by tomorrow’s workforce with the results of our 2017 Talent Survey in the U.S. In addition, we highlight career aspirations and desirable industries identified by the respondents. “

 

2017 Most Attractive Employers for U.S. Business Students

For the 2017 Most Attractive Global Employers U.S. report, Universum surveyed 27,000 business students in the United States.

These 25 employers rank highest by U.S. college business students.

2017 Most Attractive U.S. Employers. Top 25 ranked by U.S. business students.
 
Click below to access the full 2017 U.S. employer report. Note: A free login is required.

2017 Most Attractive U.S. Employers. Click to download the full U.S. report.

 

2017 Most Attractive Global Employers

11 Oct

Each year, Universum surveys students to learn which employers they like best. This post covers the 2017 most attractive global employers for business students. Tomorrow’s post focuses on the 2017 most attractive U.S. employers.

Click below to access information on the prior two surveys:

 

Background

In sum, these are Universum’s survey goals:

“Universum conducts the largest career survey of its kind. We target 1.6 million students and professionals around the world. We know what students expect from their future career. In order to achieve this, we cooperate with 2,200 of the world’s best academic institutions. This gives us insights on career seeker preferences and expectations.”

“What do the rankings reveal? Basically, students select firms they would consider working for. They then select their five ideal employers. Company ranking depends on how many students choose you as an ideal employer. The most attractive employers rate as top-of-mind. And they excel in talent attraction. In short, it’s a popularity contest.”

 

2017 Most Attractive Employers for Global Business Students

For the 2017 Most Attractive Global Employers report, Universum surveyed thousands of business students in the 12 largest economies: Brazil,Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, U.K., and U.S. We asked students about the company traits they find most attractive in a potential employer:

“When it comes to the business ranking, of the 76 ranked companies, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) is the most represented industry. Banks and automotive follow. Representation from all industries remain stable since 2016.”

 

These 15 employers rank highest by college business students.

2017 Most Attractive Global Employers for Business Students. The top 15 employers according to college students.

 

Click below to access the full 2017 global employer report. Note: A free login is required.

 

2017 Most Attractive Global Employers for Business Students. Click to download full report.

 

Best and Worst Workplaces for Women Executives

6 Oct

Earlier this week, we reported on research by Great Place to Work. Its 100 best firms for women were cited. Today’s post cites other research. It is broader in scope. And it is global. Best and Worst Workplaces for Women Executives.

 

Background

For 2017, 24/7 Wall St. conducted its own research on women in leadership positions. 24/7 Wall St. is a financial news and opinion company. In sum:

“Despite strides made by women, stereotypes persist and gender equality is slow coming. In 2016, a woman earned 80 cents for every dollar a man received. This was 20 cents more than in the 1960s. Yet , this is still not equitable. The gender gap is greater in senior leadership positions at large firms. Some firms do not have any female executives or board members.”

“To identify companies with the best and worst female representation, 24/7 Wall St. examined data from LedBetter. The latter, created an index of the share of women on the board and the share of women in executive leadership positions at 237 global corporations.”

 

Best Workplaces for Women Executives

According to 24/7 Wall St., “Chico’s FAS Inc. leads the group with the most representation of females in senior management positions. At Chico’s, women hold 73% of executive positions and are 56% of the board.”

These are the top 10 of the 237 firms reviewed:

  1. Chico’s FAS Inc.  Women in leadership roles: 56% (board), 73% (executive).
  2. Etsy.  Women in leadership roles: 50% (board), 63% (executive).
  3. H&M Group.  Women in leadership roles: 64% (board), 35% (executive).
  4. Kering.  Women in leadership roles: 64% (board), 29% (executive).
  5. Best Buy.  Women in leadership roles: 40% (board), 40% (executive).
  6. L’Oreal.   Women in leadership roles: 47% (board), 33% (executive).
  7. Diageo.  Women in leadership roles: 40% (board), 40% (executive).
  8. Target.  Women in leadership roles: 33% (board), 42% (executive).
  9. Gap, Inc.  Women in leadership roles: 30% (board), 43% (executive).
  10. Prada Group.  Women in leadership roles: 22% (board), 50% (executive).

 

Best and Worst Workplaces for Women Executives. Number one best company. Chico's has the greatest female representation among board and executive positions is women’s retailer Chico’s FAS, Inc., at 56% and 73%, respectively. CEO Shelley Broader is one of the few female chief executives among the largest global corporations.

Source: John Fowler / Wikimedia Commons

 

Worst Workplaces for Women Executives

With regard to worst workplaces, 24/7 Wall St. says: “Women are inadequately represented in several positions worldwide, most notably within the managerial sector. Only 16 of the 237 companies assessed by LedBetter have female CEOs. Seven of the companies do not have any females in executive positions or on their boards of directors.”

These are the bottom 10 of the 237 firms reviewed:

  1. Icahn Enterprises.  Women in leadership roles: 0% (board), 0% (executive).
  2. Nissan Motor Corporation.  Women in leadership roles: 0% (board), 0% (executive).
  3. Nintendo.  Women in leadership roles: 0% (board), 0% (executive).
  4. Kia Motors.  Women in leadership roles: 0% (board), 0% (executive).
  5. Energy Transfer Equity.  Women in leadership roles: 0% (board), 0% (executive).
  6. Plains GP Holdings.  Women in leadership roles: 0% (board), 0% (executive).
  7. Samsung Electronics.  Women in leadership roles: 0% (board), 0% (executive).
  8. Toyota.  Women in leadership roles: 7% (board), 0% (executive).
  9. Newell Brands.  Women in leadership roles: 8% (board), 0% executive.
  10. Panasonic.  Women in leadership roles: 8% (board), 2% executive.

 

Best and Worst Workplaces for Women Executives. Ranked as worst, Icahn Enterprises is a relatively small investment firm with just seven different people in its senior management and board of directors — yet not one is a woman. Icahn Enterprises has also been the subject of a lawsuit related to the company’s treatment of women.

Carl Icahn. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/134783492@N06/


 

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