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Top Interview Questions to Ask an Employer

November 14, 2013

At the end of a job interview, you typically have the opportunity to ask your potential employer a few questions. Rather than saying, “No” and heading out the door, try these top questions that will show your interviewer that you’re serious about the job and prepared for the interview:

  • How would you describe the responsibilities of the position?
  • What does a typical week/day look like in this position?
  • If I am extended a job offer, how soon would you like me to start?
  • How would you describe the company’s culture and leadership philosophy?
  • What is the single largest problem facing your staff, and would I be in a position to help you solve this problem?
  • How does this position fit into the company’s long-term plans?
  • What’s the most important thing I can accomplish in the first 60 days?
  • How will you judge my success and determine if I have met your expectations?

With these questions in hand, you’ll be able to create a thoughtful, engaging dialogue between you and the interviewer (and hopefully score some bonus points at the same time).


Finding Your Next Opportunity Doesn’t Have to be Scary

October 31, 2013


Spooked by the idea of looking for a new opportunity?  You aren’t alone.  The 2013 Job Interview Anxiety Survey conducted by Harris Interactive for Everest College found that 92% of American’s fear some part of the job search process.  From not being qualified to not being prepared to simply being nervous, the list of job search anxiety triggers is lengthy.  In more than 25 years working with job seekers Sherpa‘s own Melissa McGuire has seen these stressors firsthand.  McGuire notes that for employed job seekers, confidentiality is a significant fear, as candidates don’t want their current employer to know they’re looking.  For others, the uncertainty of the overall process (which can entail sending resumes and not hearing back, interviewing with individuals and companies you don’t know much about, not knowing how long it will take to find a role, etc.) can be unnerving.

So how do you alleviate these fears?  McGuire recommends working with a trusted and highly effective recruiter who will work to understand your skills and will become your advocate in the marketplace while maintaining your confidentiality.  Additionally, a trusted recruiter can help negate the uncertainty by: a) providing you with the supply and demand trends for your skills, b) offering feedback on your resume and the interviews you go on and, c) potentially helping you secure contract roles to pay the bills and build skills while looking for a full time role.

Now that you are ready to start searching with newfound confidence, why not treat yourself to a look at our “Tricky Interview Questions

For a copy of the 2013 Job Interview Anxiety Survey, click here.  This study was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College.

Great Sherpa sponsored @IT_oLogy event c

October 14, 2013

Great Sherpa sponsored @IT_oLogy event coming on 10/28. Get more info or register today! #charlotteIT

Milestone anniversaries at Sherpa. Cori

September 13, 2013

Milestone anniversaries at Sherpa. Cori D. and Kori R. – congrats on 10 and 5 #charlottejobs

Launched Denim Days today to benefit @OH

August 29, 2013

Launched Denim Days today to benefit @OHNCandSC. Happy to support our troops this football season! #supportourtroops

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Are your sites appropriate? 2 in 5 Employers Use Social Media to Screen Candidates via @cbforemployers

Great piece about common resume mistakes

June 26, 2013

Great piece about common resume mistakes from our friends @MonsterCareers