The case of the creepy company

Case of the creepy ccompany

Will your new job be just right or a howling fright?

Starting a new job can be a scary proposition. Are you going to like it? Will it be everything the company promised? Are you jumping out of the frying pan into the fire?

The answer to allaying your anxiety lies in doing thorough research on the company you’re considering before you ever accept the offer. In addition to the qualifications for the job, you should also look for clues about things like the company’s mission, values and culture.

To help with your research, here is a list of some spooky signs that your new dream job may really be a nightmare.

 The headless company

You’ll undoubtedly find polished headshots of the company’s leadership on its website, but can you find any other employee stories? The people who are in the trenches every day can offer first-person perspectives you won’t get from slick website copy. Ideally, you’ll be able to find stories from people who work in the same position and/or department that you’re considering.

The social media ghost town

If you’re like most people, social media is the first place you’ll look for information on a company. If you find an abandoned Facebook page with no posts since way back in 2015, and an Instagram with exactly three photos, it’s a sign that the company isn’t social savvy and perhaps not very current in its thinking.

The case of the missing job description

While a bulleted list of required skills is helpful, it won’t give you a complete picture of your role. A good job description will give insight into such things as:

  • The company’s culture
  • The culture of your specific department
  • How this role contributes to the company as a whole
  • The kind of technology you’ll be working with
  • What kind of team you’ll be working with

The clues that don’t add up

At face value, most companies are going to project an awesome company culture, but sometimes candidates can receive misinformation either in their own search or directly from employees. Maybe a recruiter boasts a lively office environment with volunteer activities every quarter, but when you show up for your interview you only notice a couple of disgruntle employees in cubicles, and when you ask about the last volunteering event your interviewer participated in they raise a brow.

As mentioned, researching the company prior to interviewing is of the utmost importance, but if you get the chance to interview onsite, use the opportunity to play detective and see if everything you’ve heard about the company up to that point is seemingly accurate.

We encourage you to practice your company research skills by exploring this website as well as our social sites:


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Cathy Bible

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Five tips to successfully prepare for your job interview

Five tips to prepare for your job interview

You never know exactly what you’re going to get in a job interview. On one hand, it could be an engaging, enjoyable experience. On the other, it could feel like a never-ending interrogation. Unfortunately, you don’t have total control over which experience you’ll have. However, you can tilt the odds in your favor by being proactive and thoroughly preparing for your interview. It requires some effort, but it’s worth it!  Proper interview preparation makes your responses to questions more applicable to the job at hand, and can give you a competitive edge over other candidates.

Being prepared can give you more confidence in selling your talents, and help offset some of your interview jitters. Here are five tips to help you prepare for your next interview.


Give the company’s website a thorough look. You should familiarize yourself with their products and services, but also pay attention to their About section and their Mission statements. These are great places to find hints about the company’s culture. Another great way to familiarize yourself with a company’s culture is to review (or stalk) their social media platforms. Scroll through company Facebook and Instagram photos to put some people and imagery behind the mission that the company promotes as their culture.

Review & Print Resume Copies

Updating your resume is a crucial step in preparing for the interview.

  • Make sure your resume clearly highlights your previous responsibilities and successes, and also provides a clear snapshot of the impact you had in those roles. Use bullets to quickly capture the important details.
  • Double check for grammar and spelling errors by reading the text aloud. It’s also always a good practice to let someone else proofread your resume to catch errors that you may have missed.
  • Print off a few hard copies to bring with you to the interview. Even if you sent it electronically, it’s not uncommon for the interviewer to ask for a copy if he or she forgot to print one out ahead of time.

Have Questions for the Interviewer

This is commonly overlooked, but having a couple of relevant questions to ask your interviewer can make a big difference in their perception of you. Have 3-5 questions on standby, and make sure that some of your questions reflect the research you’ve done on the company.

Dress to Impress

Make sure your clothing is clean and ironed, and that you’re exhibiting good hygiene. Does your hair need a quick brushing? Is there anything stuck in your teeth? And while you may need a piece of gum to freshen up from your morning coffee, don’t forget to spit it out before speaking with the hiring team!

Arrive Early

Map out the interview location – know exactly where you are going. Leave enough time to find alternate routes if needed. This can prevent some unnecessary stress and allow you to arrive early enough to gather your thoughts, review your resume, and take a breath before your interview begins. You can also use the extra time to strike up a conversation with the receptionist if there is one. Getting some small talk in right before meeting with the interview team can help loosen your interview tension.

These tips can’t guarantee you will get the job, but you can have the satisfaction that you gave your best effort to make the best possible impression on your potential employer.

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How Apt Job Descriptions Make a World of Difference

How to write Job Descriptions


Does a good job description tempt you to apply for a Job? To me it does as a job seeker, I would apply to a role that is more appealing and makes me believe – Yes, this is exactly what I’m looking for. Every candidate prefers to know what is expected of them and how they will be evaluated. Job descriptions are a point of departure for recruitment process. It is a document that helps a candidate set expectations and get an insight into compensation, training, selection and performance management.

A well – engrossing job description briefs out the mastery, skills and potential required to execute a job successfully. A beneficial job description functions as a premise for developing interview questions, executing performance evaluations, setting objectives, pay rise and career growth.

And most importantly, a job description is no longer a representation of a role’s responsibilities. Today, job descriptions serve as a marketing platform to attract talent. One should be thoughtful about the company profile and job description to ensure it speaks about the values, mission and culture of the organization.

There are few other secrets that help a candidate apply for a job like a human voice in the job description, no one wants to work for a robot. Hence one must look for a JD infused with a voice and personality of the company. A company logo or brighten graphics, proper spelling, grammar and a neat format are always essential and must not be overlooked by a candidate.

While there have been a lot of traditional ideas about Job descriptions, following are a few tips a candidate must look at to analyze a good job description –


  • Job Title

An apt job title that suits the market standards, the title and level accurately reflects the work that the employee will perform. A job title mirrors the industry standards and organization’s culture.

  • Basic Info

A list of basics is highly critical for a candidate and a recruiter. These are the standard sections that are important for job seekers. These typically are – Job code, Department, Band, Title of Supervisor, Technology, Location, Salary Range (If your company has this).

  • Summary

This is to define the nature and overall purpose of the job. A candidate must focus on analyzing the general overview of the position through this attribute.

  • Key Responsibilities

The most critical attribute that helps you realize if you are a fit or not to apply. This section explains the day-to-day core job. To start with, this includes the essential functions of the position that are 5% or greater of the employee’s workload which are always listed in order of importance.

  • Job Qualifications

This section majorly includes the minimum requirements of the job position. The job qualifications can be further broken down into Education, Experience, Communication skills, Technical proficiencies/Certifications, Supervisory Experience (If required)

  • Physical Requirements

It is of prime importance that a potential candidate must know what they physically have to do in the job and in what environment. Employers list the physical requirements so those with disabilities or physical limitations can judge whether they can perform the job as-is or with reasonable accommodation.

  • Brand Awareness

This is a feature that has not been utilized by most of the organizations yet. In order to understand how creative and versatile a company is you must look for the add-on attractions like a company logo, link to join the talent community, a short video about the company and a list of accomplishments of the organization. One must always notice how the company brands itself.


Lastly, look for the precise directions on how to apply. A cumbersome process may run you off. Thus, look for streamlined instructions. A good job description can have a great impact on the candidates irrespective of the following hiring experience. I personally believe that a great job description is a Win-Win situation for the candidate, recruiter and the organization. It not only helps a candidate understand the right job but also helps an organization to hire the right candidate.


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Why You Need To Ace These 3 Things At Your Next Interview

Often I am asked as a Talent Acquisition Manager at CA Technologies, “How can we know if an interview went well?” One possible answer would be, to make sure that the dialogue in an interview encompasses three key areas; the past, the present and the future.

Interview Part 1: Tell me about your career thus far?

From an interviewer’s perspective, exploring the candidates past allows the company to decide if they have the fundamental experience needed to do the job. Think of an interview as a memory exercise. It is important to be as accurate as possible when discussing points in time about your professional past, referring to specific instances as proof to support your answers. Personally, I like candidates who give me an overview of their past experiences without going into too many details about the distant past. A past experience may have been a valuable one, but if it’s not relevant or does not support reasons why you can add value to the current role you’re interviewing for, it’s not worth sharing. I particularly enjoy meeting candidates who not only have the ability to summarize their skill set but detail how they can apply them with well-chosen business cases, instead of presenting their full experience in a strict chronological order.

Interview Part 2: So… what are you doing at the moment?

They say that there’s no time like the present, and this is certainly the case when you’re interviewing for a new job. Discussing the current situation of the candidate allows the Hiring Manager to decide if they’re ready to move into a new professional challenge. It also allows us to better understand the reasons why they’re actively or passively looking for a new position. I appreciate candidates at this stage who are honest about their current situation. Remember, it’s crucial to highlight those key transferable skills and traits you’re currently using and how they can add value to the role you’re applying for. This is the chance for the candidate to really set the context for why they’re applying for this particular role.

Interview Part 3: Where do you see yourself in the future?

Discussing the future in an interview is as important for both parties. As a candidate you must be honest about where you see yourself in the future professionally, and from an interviewer’s perspective, it’s my job to showcase the company’s future direction. It’s important for me to see how the candidate foresees themselves in their next job that will allow me to decide whether this opportunity is a suitable match for their future aspirations and potential. It is in the best interest of the candidate to be fully informed about the company’s future, and how they might fit into this new opportunity. From CA Technologies’ perspective, it’s vital that we hear the candidates’ views regarding the evolution of the IT market and how this may affect their future and the impact it could have on what we’re doing as a company. By ending an interview talking about the future, it leaves a lasting impression for everyone involved. The candidate will have better knowledge of what the future holds for the company, and the evolution of the role they’re applying for. For me as the interviewer, I’m able to hear what the candidate’s future ambitions are as well as their industry knowledge and future predictions within the IT space.

My last piece of advice – the past is the time to showcase all the great things that helped build who we are today. The present is the time for action and to demonstrate how it can then impact the future and what that will look like. The key to performing your best at an interview is to ensure you are able to talk positively and insightfully about the past, the present and the future.




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5 Of The Best Questions Interviewers Love To Ask At An Interview

Candidate Toolkit Interview Tips

There seems to be so much focus on the questions a candidate should ask an interviewer at an interview that I thought I’d turn the tables and share some of the interview questions I like to ask people when they interview with me:

1. “Tell me about a big project which had a major impact on you.”
This is your opportunity to communicate a story to me.  Are you able to articulate what the project was all about, or do you hit me with a bunch of jargon?  What role did you play in the project?  Did the project have a negative or positive impact on you, your team, the company etc.  Were you helping to influence and make change?  Being able to articulate clearly and concisely during an interview and in professional life is important.  Knowing what details to include or exclude says a lot about you.  Just know that if you give me a solid 20 minute monologue, I’m likely to glaze over before determining that your ability to verbally present an executive summary is weak.

2. “If you could work again on an identical project, what would you do differently?”
This should be an easy one, right?  If you always have an eye on continuous improvement, this is your chance to describe how you can reflect on your work and the work of others and make suggestions for delivering better or differently next time.  Be careful with your response though.  Saying “I could communicate better” is likely to lead me to ask “what do you mean by that?”  Saying you wouldn’t do anything differently suggests perfection, and very few projects and situations run perfectly with zero learning points.  This is your chance to be analytical and humble – make sure you take it.

3. “How have you developed yourself in the last 12 months?”
I always want to hire smart people who take responsibility for driving their own success, rather than sitting back and waiting for someone to positively impact them.  People either light up at this question, eager to share the details of their development plan or you can see a look of “oh no” in their eyes as they give a weak overview of a networking lunch they recently attended.

4. “How do you deal with frustrations in your role, so they don’t negatively impact your work and results?”
Everyone gets frustrated at work from time to time – being frustrated makes us human!  How you navigate these challenges and hurdles speaks to the kind of person you are.  You might be someone who shies away from confrontation, or you might be someone who attacks it head on.  I’m trying to understand what frustrates you and evaluate if that’s a deal-breaker for the role you’re interviewing for.  I’m trying to understand how you might collaborate to solve issues.  I’m trying to gauge your resilience and tolerance.  When it comes down to it, we face issues every day that need to be solved – how you approach these issues can be just as important as how you solve for them.

5. “What’s important to you in your next role?”
Recruitment is all about making a good match and making sure that hiring managers and candidates are happy they got a good deal.  This gives you a chance to let me know what’s critical to you and it allows me to circle back with the hiring manager to ensure we can meet your expectations if you’re the person we want to hire.

For me there are no right or wrong answers during an interview.  This is a chance for you to know more about the role, the Company and the people you will be working with and form opinions of those.  Equally it’s my opportunity as the interviewer to try and match you to a role that will make you both successful and happy.  Good luck!




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Don’t be scared this Halloween. 6 Interview tips to calm your nerves.

Don’t let a job interview freak you out this Halloween. Before you scare yourself to death, it’s natural to be a little nervous before a job interview. Just remember that you are half way there for getting the interview in the first place. Remain calm, empower yourself and be positive. With these 6 easy tips you will be absolutely fine!

1. Know your CV/Resume
Just for a second, imagine you are a shop owner. Now think of your CV as the shop window to your own high street shop. The customer (the interviewer) likes the look of your shop window (your CV) and has chosen to see what’s inside your shop (this is your invitation to the interview stage). The customer (the interviewer) wants to come into your shop to have a discussion about what products you have (they want to find out where you can add value to their company). You’d need to be confident about what you are selling to get the customer to buy one of your products right? This is why it’s vital you have a thorough understanding of your own experiences, skills, employment history and qualifications.
Here’s a checklist of what you’ll need to remember:
a) What qualifications you’ve achieved
b) The order of your employment history
c) Job titles, role descriptions and achievements
d) The skills, expertise and experience you have that will be suitable for this new role

2. Research the role & the company
We all know happens to those houses who don’t stock up with sweets for trick or treaters at Halloween. They get egged! Being asked what the company does and why you’re suitable for the role is as guaranteed as hearing the words “trick or treat” this Halloween. Be prepared or you’ll end up with egg on your face. The worst thing you can do is not know anything about the company or the role.
Don’t panic, many times hiring managers won’t expect you to know everything about the company, but spend some time on their website and find out about:
a) The company’s services or products
b) The company’s history
c) The company’s culture
d) Their competitors
e) Latest corporate news/blogs
f) Relevant information on the department or team you may be working
Read the job description and prepare to answer the following:
a) Why this role suits you?
b) How you can meet their expectations?
c) What made you apply for the role?
d) What experience, skills and expertise you have?
e) Where can you add value to their organisation?
BONUS TIP: Jot all of this research down and take your notes into the interview so you can refer. Honestly, you will gain respect right away if you know about the company and the specific details of the role you’ve applied for and you’ll feel a lot more confident walking into your interview.

3. Research the interview team
Any good hiring manager will have done their research on you so repay them the favour. Knowing who is interviewing you will calm those pre-interview nerves. Think of your interviewer as a first date. You don’t know anything about your date just yet but knowing a little bit about them will definitely help with those ice breakers!
Check them out on LinkedIn:
a) How long they’ve been at the company
b) Their background
c) What they do in their current position
The interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for them, so be prepared, ready and armed with your own questions. The research you complete from Tip 2 will also help when writing these questions.
QUESTION EXAMPLE: “I see you’ve worked for a number of competitors in the past, what made you join this company 10 years ago, and what’s also made you stay here for such a long time?”

4. Relax
Whether you have kids or not, Halloween can be a very hectic time. People overload on sugar, throw wild fancy dress parties and generally get a little over excited. Skip those parties, hide the sweets and candy and get a good night’s sleep the day before an interview. Some people relax through exercise. Some put their feet up and listen to their favourite playlist on Spotify or watch a film on Netflix. You would have done all the preparation before the interview so do try to relax the night before an interview.

5. Remember your checklist
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Before you pack for the interview, spend time researching and preparing for your interview especially if you have tasks such as presentations to complete. On the day, try to arrive 10-15 minutes before your interview time. Arriving late will only increase stress and make you nervous so allow time when travelling to your interview as traffic and delays can hinder your commute. Remember you can always grab a drink in the nearest coffee shop before your interview to kill time.
The checklist of things to take to your interview on the day is:
a) Copies of your CV
b) Interview notes including your questions
c) A bag with the above including copies of your qualifications and a notepad & pen to jot down notes throughout the interview
d) If you’re required to present or take in a portfolio, insure you have backups either online or on a USB/portable hard drive
e) A plan of how you will get to your interview, reviewing traffic reports or public transport updates
f) A positive attitude, throw all those bad energies away – this is your opportunity to show what you are all about. Be yourself.

6. Get your costume ready
Interviews are just like Halloween parties, you have to look the part. Remember to dress to impress. If you walk into the interview feeling well dressed it makes you feel better about yourself and you will naturally perform better. Do make sure you look clean and presentable, it goes a very long way.

Event: Job Interview
Location: Company HQ
Dress code: Gentleman – Smart business attire, suits advisable, shirt and tie acceptable.
Ladies – Smart business attire, suits advisable, office trousers or skirt acceptable.


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