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If you have a some trepidation about job interviews, relax, you are normal. Who among us wants to be interviewed by someone we do not know, controlling an interview with their questions and concerns, and sit in judgment of us without an opportunity to prove ourselves? Learn how to turn that negative feeling into positive energy by getting the answers to the 15 most frequently asked questions in a job interview. Here are the quality answers.

Inside a Job Interview: Answers to the 15 Most Frequently Asked Questions Part 2

Inside a Job Interview: Answers to the 15 Most Frequently Asked Questions  Part 2Copyright 2006 Ed Bagley7) Why are you interested in this position?When you are an accountant and you are applying at an accounting firm, it is pretty obvious why you are interested; you are interested in using your acquired education, skills, and knowledge in your career field.However, maybe the position is a cashier for a store and you just want a job; you do not have a brilliant answer to offer. Not to worry. Do not discount very basic answers such as "I need to earn money to support myself and/or my family," or "I want more out of life, and I need to work if I am going to have a better lifestyle for my family. Employers like employees who need to work; such employees are more apt to be dependable, responsible and productive.8) Why do you want to work for us?Here you should be specific in your answer. There may be thousands of accounting firms with positions to offer, but it is now a question of why us?Research the firm as best you can. Phone book ads often contain great information, such as how long a firm has been in business, what it specializes in, who are the key members of the firm, and whom they hope to serve.Depending upon what you learn at the library, and from other local sources, possible answers might be:"You have an expanding firm, and I believe there will be opportunities for me to prove myself and grow with you, or"Your firm is one of the oldest and most respected in our community, and I want to learn from, and be associated with one of the best, or"I believe you will reward people according to their value to the firm, and I am willing to prove my value to you, or finally"Your specialty happens to be my area of career interest.9) Why should we hire you?Here you must be straightforward and confident about your ability and what you have to offer. Say, "I believe I am qualified and can do the job.Amplify this answer by stressing your strong points, such as your appropriate education, specialized training, proven experience, skills and abilities.Do not say you can do any job. You do not know that for a fact, and, more important, the person interviewing youno matter how good you look on paper or act in persondoes not really know if you can do it either until you start having to perform on the job.This is why you should qualify your answers with "I believe . . . ," or "Based on my performance in similar positions in the past, I have no reason to think I will not be able to do the job for you.10) What are your strengths and weaknesses?Good strengths include some very basic character traits, such as determination, honesty, responsibility, dependability, inquisitiveness, willingness to learn, openness to new ideas, stability, and humor. Pick traits that you are confident and comfortable with.In approaching the question of your weaknesses, rule one is to have some. The worst answer you could give is "I do not have any weaknesses. We all have weaknesses, and if we are unwilling to talk about them, it is a big red flag that there are some definite personality problems.Never let your lack of confidence, or overdeveloped ego, prevent you from showing your weaknesses. Handle the challenge by taking your weaknesses (whatever they may be) and turning them into strengths. If you are a workaholic, say "Sometimes I do not know when to stop working on a project. I can get so involved I may work 16 hours straight. This may upset other employees who quit at the normal time.11) What are your career goals?Your objectives or goals are very important. You do not want to be a wandering generality; you want to be a meaningful specific.People want to know if you have thought about your future, and have a plan to get where you want to go. You should have both short and long range goals. A good short range goal might be to secure a position in your career field, develop more experience in an area of interest, or position yourself with a firm or organization that is growing.Long range goals require you to picture yourself, and where you would like to be, 10 or 20 years from now.12) Why did you leave your last position?This question can be asked because they are testing your reaction, or if your resume gives the impression you have been "job-hopping.If there was a problem with leaving your last position (you were fired, encountered a personality conflict, or got mad and quit), be careful not to speak ill of the position you held, the organization you held it with, or members of the organization. Put downs score no points and reflect poorly on you, regardless of the challenges you may have had.Good reasons to leave jobs are: 1) an opportunity for advancement, 2) an opportunity to make more money, 3) an opportunity to secure more or better benefits, 4) to gain more job satisfaction, 5) a better career opportunity, 6) a more challenging position, or 7) an opportunity to work with better people.While all of these are legitimate reasons, none of them is the best answer to the question. It is best to simply say, "I am looking for a better opportunity. The better opportunity could be any of the above seven answers without actually saying so.

Key Steps to Running Successful Business Meetings

Key Steps to Running Successful Business Meetings

Running Successful Meetings - The Key Steps to Getting It RightWe all complain about meetings which are a waste of our time and the truth of the matter is that so many are exactly those. We've also seen the "corridor" meeting that takes place afterwards where it seems the real decisions are taken, or the agreed decisions are overturned.You'll get your chance at some point in your career to run your own meeting - is yours going to go the same way? or will you make sure it's effective and does the job it is supposed to?Well run meetings contribute to team building and high morale; badly run meetings are at best a waste of everyone's time and at worst potentially damaging to relationships and the business as a whole.Here's how you can get it right:All successful meetings depend upon a number of interdependent factors and if you approach each one methodically you'll find that your meetings are the ones that get action. And you get the credit.PlanningPreparationInformationStructure & controlRecords & actionPlanningWhat is the meeting intended to achieve?What will the meeting actually achieve?What happens if you don't hold the meetingWho needs to attend and why?Is there a more effective way of communicating?PreparationPrepare and circulate an agenda in advance;Invite agenda items before the meeting;Arrange agenda logically;Consider the important - v - the urgent issue;Arrange the timings and set limits;Clarify objectives for each item.InformationTell those involved what's expected of them;Tell everyone time, date location etc;Circulate any required pre-reading or information.Structure & ControlDiscuss each item in turn;Seek contributions but keep people to the point;avoid going over old ground;Be aware of the needs of the group;Prevent splinter discussion groups;Summarize often to bring back to the point;Commend contributions;Confirm any conclusions;Stress actions and who takes it.Records & ActionRecord discussions, actions and responsibilities;Produce clear simple minutes immediately.There are a number of points to learn about the effective handling of meetings:Invite the right people;Set an agenda that's do-able;Control timings and people;Encourage members to listen to each other;Note actions;Review and recordSo if you want to avoid the "let's all turn up and see what happens" approach it just means you need to take the time to think through to what you really want and need to achieve, and then get on with it. People will thank you for not wasting their, or your, time.

For Those Who Want To Become Daytraders....

For Those Who Want To Become Daytraders....

So you'd like to earn your living DayTrading?You have all heard the stories of losing DayTraders running down the streets shooting people?During the heady .com days prior to 2001, (when Bush became president,) there were stocks, 3 or 4 times a week that went up from 30 to 200% a day.It was possible, if you knew what you were doing, to check before the market opened to see which stocks were running in real time and why.And, if you then had a fast electronic brokerage system you could dive into the market, buy a bunch and sell them the same day.About 1% of people doing this consistently made money.I saw one private individual make a million in one day shorting Corel. And then there was somebody who lost a bunch hanging on too long to the WWWF IPO.As a matter of fact the bottom line is that if you take inflation into account you'd have been better off putting your money in an old sock since 2001.So what to do?Give up on the Stock Market let alone give up on DayTrading?Don't give up on the Stock Market, if you use the right system which is a simple set of formulas you can still make 30% or more on your money annually.Using this simple system $11,000 left in the market for 17 years would be worth more than one million dollars today.But it is not DayTrading and you still would need a strong stomach to sit out these 17 years, because some of those years would give you negative returns.The bottom line is this; if you want to DayTrade there is only one way to do this today. And that is with MINDBLOWING News.MINDBLOWING News along the lines of:XYZ corporation finds cure for cancer. ABC Inc invents Eternal Life Pill DreamCar Corp invents car that runs on water.You get the idea.And then I am going to use another qualifier:You should get this news BEFORE most other people get it.How to do this:For about $10 a month you can get a subscription to real-time market news.Get your Real Time Market News at about 6 AM Eastern Standard Time.Say you find the real time news that a company has invented a car that runs on water.Check the time the news was first released, making sure that news item was not available yesterday.Buy the stock now with money that you can afford to burn ALWAYS USING A STOP LOSS.Most electronic brokerage firms today allow you to buy stocks on NASDAQ only as early as 6 AM EST.Sell the stock at 9.28 AM EST to all the traders that are waking up.You could conceivably double your money.So would you then trade again in this stock after the market opens officially?No,I would not.Too many mindgames will be played by market makers during the first day with the stock that produced the mindblowing news.Remember the statement above:"There have been very few days since 2001 that any stocks actually went up more than 30% in one day, the oomph has disappeared from both the Nasdaq and the Dow."Never hold the mind blowing news stock overnight, because people in most cases will dump it on the second day.One more tip:Never buy IPO's on the first day.The most touted IPO(meaning almost all large brokerage houses were praising this IPO to the sky) cost people the most in decreased value on the second day after the IPO came out.Who were the winners? The brokerage houses.So, if you have money to burn, have a cast iron stomach and want to watch market news from 6 AM to 9.28 AM EST, DayTrading may be for you.

How to be a Successful Virtual Assistant

How to be a Successful Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistant is an independent worker who does work on a contract basis providing assistance to his clients in administrative, technical, creative assistance, customer service, website design, book keeping, marketing services, project management, travel arrangements, writing newsletters for companies etc, the list is exhaustive.Reasons, why employers hire virtual assistants: The employer might have limited working space and hence limited number of staffers working in the office; they normally outsource the rest of the jobs to people who work from their homes. The employer saves money, as he need not pay for any additional benefits to "virtual assistant" s, as they are not regular employees. Certain employers may not recruit people on a regular basis, as there might not be work available on a regular basis. Hence virtual assistants suit them the best. Also time-consuming projects are ideal to be outsourced to virtual assistants.The employer can get the kind of work he requires from a virtual assistant say if he wants his website to be designed using Dream weaver instead of HTML, it is possible it as, the Virtual assistant takes care of it and the employer can focus his energy on more productive work.Virtual assistants too are entrepreneur; hence their service is of great value, as often they may have their own network of people and resources, which can be used for the benefit of the employers. A virtual assistant can be situated anywhere in the world and still provide the services on time, in a competitive price with a wide range of services as expected by the employer.The employers can select a virtual assistant by having a look at his previous jobs or by going through the testimonials provided on their websites or seeing their web pages. The portfolio pages help the employer determine the expertise and depth of knowledge of the virtual assistant.Steps to be taken to become a successful virtual assistant: Before deciding to become a virtual assistance, it is good to know what other Virtual assistants are offering in terms of price, certifications and memberships for just to find the crucial ones and try to follow, but no need to copy, as there needs to be originality and individuality.Creating a website for your own benefit is very important. It need not be flashy, but can you offer simple one listing out the services. Networking with people is very important. Unless you tell that you offer services, people will not come to know. It is advised to join at least two to three groups for wider reachability.As the "virtual assistance" industry is full of competition, you need to provide excellent services to stay ahead of others. Your work should speak. It is good to define the services you offer. Either the virtual assistance can be a generalist or can offer specialized services. It all depends on you and then market the same to the clients who offer you work to give the knowledge of what you are capable of handling.

Secure your place in Multimedia

Do you dream of becoming a producer, director, or designer? Perhaps you want to be a famous artist or graphic designer? Earning a degree in the world of multimedia can give you the opportunity to combine your visual talents and artistic abilities. In the multimedia and visual communications sector, you use your creative abilities to communicate with audiences worldwide. There are no limits between media and communication in the multimedia and visual communication field. Multimedia artists and graphic designers present information and messages to an audience. They are experts at translating concepts and ideas to visual messages that can be conveyed on screen or in print. Innovations in technology are always raising the bar for multimedia experts. Significant demand exists for technically skilled professionals who can design superior and aesthetically enjoyable graphic and multimedia content. A degree in graphics and multimedia can help you build on the knowledge necessary to create graphic-intensive content that helps to make attractive Web pages. Experts in graphics and web design will teach students who pursue this specialized training. A "visual communications" degree can leave you with a sound knowledge of the latest professional tools used for graphic design, graphics animation and image processing. The evolution of the Internet and our media intensive society will continue to raise the demand for visual communications specialists. Now is the time to become an expert in visual communications field and secure a job for your future. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently 30,210 employed in this rapidly growing sector. The median annual salary is $57,520 (BLS, May 2004). If your interests are to study a greatly diverse combination of media areas, you should further investigate a degree in multimedia and visual communications.Melissa Steele, College Degrees @ EducationGuys.com

Making Money The Old-Fashioned Way Or What

So, what's the big deal? What's everyone talking about these days on how to make money of the Internet? If you are a webmaster or a web site developer, the answers to these two questions may get you heading in the right general direction, but there is much more to it than this. It's one thing to know the "what," though product selection is important, yet an entirely different issue to look honestly at yourself for the "who."Long gone are the days on the Internet where you could pick up a product from a supplier or wholesaler who did not have a presence on the Internet to sell their products. These days, virtually all companies, literally selling any and every type of product imaginable, have some form of web presence, from limited to grand-scale. Even the "mom and pop shops" do regular business on eBay...and are making a LOT of money. This has given rise to the advent of what I term "the easy Internet." Just about everyone is eeking out some form of subsistence on the Internet by pitching this or selling that. This dilution of opportunities has made making money on the Internet a little more difficult for one just starting out. Making money, and LOTS of it is still very "do-able." Take heart, press forward because the answer may be in front of your eyes...right now! Not just in front of your eyes, but, more importantly, behind them as well.I am surprised at the number of people who are seemingly "satisfied" working their 8 hour days for a small percentage of what they are really worth in financial terms. I call this the "matrix mentality." In this view, we are born for a specific career purpose that is controlled by someone other than ourselves, and we accept this "purpose" and live our lives according to some list of expectations that are placed upon us. We remain, as it were, in the box, contained, pre-destined, dry...and then one day, some of us wake up to who we really are and begin developing some basic financial goals and seeing what our own personal earnings potential might be. Worth, in this case, may be summarized as follows: Worth, financially speaking, is the amount of earnings potential that resides within you given your unique set of interests, skills, and abilities, regardless of what you believe about yourself, whether from internal or external sources, from past to present. There is not a day that goes by that this idea does not challenge me to accomplish even greater things with my online businesses.A consideration of personal "worth," aside from sounding insincere and crass, and notwithstanding one's personality and humanity, confronts the very core values of both the intellect and motivation. Truly, it does! Much has been written about this topic in recent years, so without digressing too much, this writer leaves the heady research and resulting capitulation to the self-proclaimed experts, their ghost writers and assistants. The core values of intellect and motivation guide us through our daily lives. To prove this, ask yourself a few of the following questions and physically journal your answers.Who am I in my career?Do I have a career purpose?What is my career purpose?Am I discontent with my present earnings?Am I committed to doing what is necessary to obtain a better career with better earning's potential?Am I willing to commit to changing my career path to make better money?What product or service do I already know about that could be an idea with which to make money?Through this simple exercise, you may learn volumes about yourself. The answers, for many of you, may not be easy. You may even be tempted to respond to them with a matrix mentality. I encourage you to spend some time with this exercise to determine what is important to you and/or to awaken at least a small desire to have better understanding about who you are and what direction you may want to consider on your path to higher earnings.So, where should you go from this moment? By the fact that you are reading this article, there is at least some desire for you to better yourself and your earnings. If the answer(s) for you were "easy," you would already have something implemented. Right? Before picking a product, take some time out to determine who you are and how your earnings potential can be influenced by a proper understanding in this area.

Summary

If you have a some trepidation about job interviews, relax, you are normal. Who among us wants to be interviewed by someone we do not know, controlling an interview with their questions and concerns, and sit in judgment of us without an opportunity to prove ourselves? Learn how to turn that negative feeling into positive energy by getting the answers to the 15 most frequently asked questions in a job interview. Here are the quality answers.