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Job Interview Skills : Top Interview Mistakes and Tips Taught by a CEO (CV template Included)

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    • 1.

      (Part 1 ) Introduction the 10 Mistakes that Must be Avoided


    • 2.

      The First Mistake that takes place prior to the Job Interview


    • 3.

      The Second Mistake that you should avoid Prior to the Interview


    • 4.

      The Third Mistake that you should avoid during the interview session


    • 5.

      Avoid this Mistake as you engage with the Recruiter


    • 6.

      Avoid this Mistake if You are asked about your previous experience


    • 7.

      Its good to know where you stand but avoid falling for this Mistake


    • 8.

      Only one chance for a First Impression...Make it count


    • 9.

      Avoid this mistake at all costs as it ruins your job application


    • 10.

      Lack of Engagement during the session is critical


    • 11.

      It's Not over till you get that Offer


    • 12.

      (Part 2) Tips and Advice


    • 13.

      Clear Description


    • 14.

      Its ok to Ask


    • 15.

      Clarify Your Terms


    • 16.

      Dont Wait For too long


    • 17.

      Negotiate Before You Accept


    • 18.

      More than just a salary


    • 19.

      Your Circle


    • 20.

      Multiple Offers


    • 21.

      Its Ok to Quit


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When it comes to securing a job , the process starts with the Job Interview.... It is Your First Encounter with the potential employer and You should leave the best impression and avoid critical Mistakes.

This Course will equip you with 10 Mistakes that reduce the success rate of the Job interview and Could potentially Ruin the Candidacy even if the Applicant is the best fit for the job.

You will learn how to avoid these mistakes in specific situations such that you increase the success rate of job application and leverage your profile compared to other Candidates.

The Course has been updated with an Extra segment as per the request of the students to provide extra tips on the interview process to support their success !

The Course is Taught by a professional in the field with vast experience spanning over multiple industries such as Engineering , Construction , Oil & Gas , Education and Fitness such that you are provided with quality information and expertise that will surely make a difference in your career development process and Hopefully it will help you Secure your Next Job Application !

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Engr. Hussein Attié

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I am Hussein Attie ,CEO and Founder of ExpertEase and TheOfficefitness

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1. (Part 1 ) Introduction the 10 Mistakes that Must be Avoided: Hello and thank you for stopping by. If you're looking forward to learning 10 mistakes that will actually affect the success rate of your job interviewed in this course is for you. As you go out by interviewing for a job, it could be quite a daunting experience. You might be stressed out. You have no idea where to begin, where to start, what should do on what not to do. This course will issue what not to do as you go about your interview in order to make sure that you successfully get that job. 2. The First Mistake that takes place prior to the Job Interview: So let's just simply get right to it and start off with this. Take number one. Not doing sufficient background. Check a research for the company that you're applying for many candidates as they go about the interview process. Once they get a call from that or the recruiter Andi got on interview schedules, we just simply brushing up on their own set of skills, their own expertise on no house, predicting the questions that the H R or their core is going to ask them doing the interview. But the first thing that you should be doing is doing research on the company that you're actually a flying for, what kind of services, what kind off a product they sell, what kind of domains they are highly active in. The main reason for that is that even if you're quite familiar with your own job time, you should be familiar with your potential employer. It shows interest. It shows dependability. It shows basically that you are a very professional candidate, was able to learn and has proper approach or view on the process off learning. Because if you're simply walking into the interview based on whatever knowledge that you have based your job title on you have no background whatsoever. All the company that you're applying for you might be bombarded with questions from the H R or their cruder You're not be able to answer. For example, you might ask you, why did you choose our company to hire you, for example, Or what do you know about our company? This is an often asked question, guys, what do you know about ex employees? So assuming that you have done your research will be able to respond stating that you really with services, their industry there remain their competitors. It gives you leverage that someone who's quite done the background check on the really want that they're willing to put the effort to learn more about a company before they get go through the interview process. On the other hand, if you have no answer to those questions, you're just simply slicing down your chances for success. So the first thing that you need to do is a photo research on the company that you're applying for. This should include what do they do? What services did they provide, what industries they are in on? What is their current status in terms of the hiring process, for example, are actively hiring or you simply have a vacancy or two that they're trying to fulfill. Also, you should. Well, this is kind of secondary, that you have an idea about their competitors. So if you're going to the company and you're going for a potential employer and you have an idea about who is competing with them and just simply, you know, I light it through the interview that you're familiar with the industry, they're familiar with your potential employer. They know their let's say, effect on the market and you know their competitors. And yet you chose them to be your future import. So that shows commitment in terms are few as a prospect for that job. So mistake number one not doing sufficient research on the company that you're applying 3. The Second Mistake that you should avoid Prior to the Interview: mistake number two taking the job description that you know for granted. If you are, for example, an accountant and you've been hired with a competent, you have sufficient experience in the field of accounting, and it just simply applied to another company. Assuming that the job description is going to be exactly the same, that's a big pitfall that you might just simply come down your chances of getting hard. Why, even though that you are a professional accountant, you have sufficient experience. But the jump description might vary from one company through the other. It might be tweaked up a bit. There could be some additional responsibility that could be quite less responsibilities. Often some some let's say, titles or positions they would requires individual to be have a multi disciplinary experience. So make sure that you are familiar with the job description you went through. Let's say the Web site or you have done your research. For example, you wanted Google. You'll be put in accountants working in X and Y and Z industry, just to have an idea about your actual day to day tasks. Are you going to be doing just also to avoid you being disappointed. Most importantly, because some individuals want to go about the interview process, they will assume that the job description just simply remains the same throughout different industries. Like an accountant working for coffee Shop will be doing the same processes for accounts working in the law firm well doesn't work that way. It's not going to be the same. So make sure that the interview that you're going to conduct for that position also aligns with their own expectations for that job description. So make sure that you are familiar with the job description. You know exactly what the job requirements are are what's going to be demanded off you. And I just have an idea about the potential questions related to your field that the lesson interviewer recruiter that are going to ask you as an accountant working in the oil and gas industry, you'll be asked a specific set of questions. Try to research lows. Prepare yourself for your job title and for your job description, such that once you walk into the interview, you walk in the interview. You are familiar. You have expectations off. What are the possible questions that the H R or the interviewer is going to ask you, Nothing is worth and walking into the interview being asked questions. So what should we hire you for this role? And you're asked specific questions related to the job description, and you have no idea how to answer so you can tell the outcome from the interview on the spot. So to avoid disappointment on unnecessary disappointment, you should be prepared in advance. Read the job description. Go through the job description. It shouldn't be on the website of your employer if not for whatever reason, that is. Even though it should be. You can research the job title in that specific industry. If you are a software developer working, for example, in gaming search that software developer gaming industry job description. What are basically the responsibilities, then you're prepared. You have an idea about the position. You have an idea what is going to be asked a few once you get what once your boarding, that company and in case if you do have any questions were related to a specific scope of works within the job description. You can highlight it in the interview 4. The Third Mistake that you should avoid during the interview session: Oh, hey, Mistake number three. Never look at your watch during an interview or your fault. If you're being interviewed by a company recruited or an etch our professional and you're sitting in front of them the worst thing they can do, you sit to keep looking at your watch as if you have to be somewhere else. It shows lack off interest in the physician. It shows disrespect or the person in front of you. And it shows basically, that you're not that interested in the position or whatever is being. Take this taking place. Run your engine the conversations. So some individuals let's say candidates. Yeah, you think it just It's okay. Look at the watch. You know, pick up a phone. No. Walk into the interview because you made work being serious about that position. You looking forward to claiming that position so you should be very serious about, so don't look at your watch. Keep your phone on silent mode. Do not pick up calls or you put it on vibrate and print your pocket. But don't put your phone on the table and start swiping in the middle off the conversation or taking a look at Google or just simply flipping through your Facebook account as you go through the interview process, you'll be quite surprised. But these things do happen. And it came across individual that professionals at different levels. Even executives would actually do that mistake. So make sure that you're committed to the process. Walk into the interview and you're showing the person in front of you that you know what I mean. Business. I mean, work on a very serious about what I'm going to present, but I'm going to offer to the company on I'm not distracted on. I'm not just simply trying to see how things go rather that you are committed to the process. So make sure guys that you don't have any distractions. Don't look at your watch. But look at your phone. Just get distracted and, you know, engaging in something else why the person in front of you is actually engaging with you. If I recruit is asking you questions on, they see that you response is looking at the watch. You can tell it shows a lack of interest that you can have that you're having in that position. So avoid these slight mistakes that can have a huge impact on the success rate for your job application 5. Avoid this Mistake as you engage with the Recruiter: mistake Number four talking too much and talking to personal. So when you are in the interview process, you should be avoiding excessive talking, especially related the things that are not within the communication lines between you and the interviewer. For example, within the interview process should be talking about your lunch or dinner. Your plans after the interview, Why you have for breakfast or what is your friend doing waiting outside of the office is simply for you to leave all of those details. They are irrelevant to the interview process, and they might harm your potential to fit the profile as the ideal candidate for that position. So make sure that you are engaging with the interviewer based on questions and answers such that once you ask, why should respond? Express yourself elaborate. Your point of view. Pass on your concerns, fastening the questions that you have about the job, the company, any specific SE scenario within the interview process or concern that you have within your application. That should be the main highlight. That should be the atmosphere of the communication that you have between you and interview . Avoid excessive talking, especially sharing personal details that are not relevant to the process because you are trying to for three yourself A. Someone is what professional is as a best fit for the rope. So you don't wanna have details such as your lunch dinner, your plans with your friends that seem too friendly to personal, that the person in front of you that the person interviewing you assumes that you are not taking the interview quite seriously on your not taking the job Candidacy for the process quite seriously, even though that you are and you're trying to be friendly. But it could be portrayed in a different way. So avoid talking too much simplistic to replying to the question that you're being asked at the same time as questions related to the job description, the company, any concern that you have and inquire that you have related to the entire process avoid deviating, too. Personal details and communications that go beyond the setting or the atmosphere off the interview 6. Avoid this Mistake if You are asked about your previous experience: mistake Number five badmouthing your previous employer. If you are someone transitioning to a new position and you're the interviewer asks you, why have you left your previous company? And the first thing that you do is start talking about the negative atmosphere. How you didn't like your manager? How do you like the work? How the company was really bad on that kind of, you know, line of events. It will not reflect good on you because it shows a lack of sense of professionalism, even though you could be 100% right. But keep in mind that the person in front of us talking to you for the first time the first thing that comes out of your mouth as a response is negative or neck negative words targeting your previous employer that will not reflect well on your application process. On the other hand, you can just simply reply or respond, saying that he chose to leave your previous employer because you're looking for further development, further growth that you weren't receiving by them and you wanted to take your period to the next level. Now that's a professional response that shows that you are a potential candidate was willing to put some time and effort to develop himself within, the company, said It can see the different guys instead of just simply saying negative words about or just, you know, talking negatively about your previous employer to show you interviewer that they did you wrong. It will not reflect well on you. So avoid bad mouthing your employer, previous employer in front of your potential import because it doesn't show a sense of professionalism. Also, it shows that at one point, let's say down the road, if you chose to leave your potential employer to pursue a different opportunity, you might be doing the same thing in the following interview process. So that creates question marks on your application process, so avoid badmouthing your previous employer. 7. Its good to know where you stand but avoid falling for this Mistake: mistake Number six overconfidence. Now there's a fine line between confidence and being overcome. If someone is quite sure of the knowledge he has that skill he has that basically is considered to be confident. However, if someone does not possess the skill, does not possess the knowledge and still acknowledges himself as someone who is expert in it is being overconfident, even Louis has no basis for that confidence. So in interview process, if you're asked with questions that challenge your knowledge and challenge your set of skills, feel free to be confident in your spots such that you're just simply stating and answering those questions truly. However, if you come across a question related to the job description, for example, that you are not familiar with or you don't have vendors response to, there is no need. First of all to lie or to just simply come up with random answers in order to show the interviewer fun of you that you know it all. And it will not reflect because you'll be assumed or portrayed as someone who's being overconfident with that. Any willingness to learn or develop on the other half, if you're confident with whatever knowledge that you have with a set of skills they have, and you come across a question within the interview that you're not familiar with. You can just simply tell the interviewer Welcome. I don't have the answer to that question, but I'm willing to learn, and I'm willing to do some research in order to be able to answer it in the future. So that shows that you are able to develop yourself. You have the willingness to learn. At the same time you are confident with your set of skills that you have right now on your confident with not knowing, so that guys there are different levels of confidence we're talking about. You could be confident was knowing what you know, what you possess, why your skills are, and you couldn't be confident with not knowing as well. And you put yourself out there for the willingness to learn, being able to learn and develop yourself. That requires confidence as well. And that's what's the interviewers looking for someone who is confident in his set of skills, someone who is confident his own knowledge and expertise, but also someone who knows that they're not perfect, and they have the willingness to learn. So Mistake number six do not be overconfident 8. Only one chance for a First Impression...Make it count: and you know what they say. You have only one chance for first impression on mistake. Number seven is not dressing up. Assume you're going to, Ah, high profile event. Would you walk into wearing flip flops, shorts and beachwear? Of course not. You should dress up for the occasion, and the same thing applies for the interview process. If you're going to a prospective employer, you shouldn't be dressing up putting in the proper suit. Hi, proper hair. Proper beard trim. Whatever it is they want to do is just make sure that you are quite presentable, putting your best foot forward such that once you walk into the interview with you to the entire office. Studying the interview process. If you able to turn has it means you have done it right. Why it shows your sense off commitment to the process, sense of responsibility and the effort that you're putting in order to present yourself in the best way possible on that shows. Dedication of that shows professionals. On the other hand, if someone walks into the office and they're basically not dressing up, scruffy hair didn't shave shirt, Burger, Stockton on the blazer or the jacket is just simply, you know, cast stains on it. What's your first impression? Honestly, most probably The first pressure is going to be something that's completely not related to a potential candidate applying for a job, right? So you have only one chance where the first impression. So make sure it counts. Dress up properly, dress up for the occasion and put your best foot forward to avoid this mistake that's often neglected, and that could cost you your potential job. 9. Avoid this mistake at all costs as it ruins your job application: mistake Number eight Acting desperate. You could be the most qualified professional for that job, the best suited individual with the top notch set of skills for the job. However, within the interview, you act desperate for the position that your potential employer loses interest in your candidacy. Many professionals do this. You could be in a difficult position where you're trying your best to get a job. But mark my words, acting desperate for that job doesn't help your application process at all. First of all, you could be selling yourself short. If that potential employees might be up giving you are offering you a salary X based on your approach. Being out of desperation, he will drop it down to even half. That is okay. And it happened. I've seen it happen before, so avoid desperation because of me, and you're selling yourself too short. Don't do this at the same time, it shows that you are not that up with the challenge. And when things go wrong and you're just simply being too desperate for that position for the title, no matter what your circumstances are, you could just simply apply for the job in a professional manner. Put your best with forward, demonstrate your set of skills, demonstrate your knowledge and put it on the table. And if that's enough, you'll get the job. If not, it's not their white employers. Keep looking. But acting desperately for specific position is not going to accelerate. The equipment, including process, is not going to help to help your odds off successfully finding receiving the job. On the other hand, it might actually blow off that job or reduce the potential offered that you might be getting, in other words, setting yourself short. So it's a critical mistake, guys, even if you are really eager to join the company and you're looking forward for that position and you want to be part of that team and could be the best company in the world. But joining an interview with an act of desperation severely limits this success rate for your candidacy. So put your best foot forward for your true potential. Forward your knowledge, your set of skills on the table as clear and as transparent as possible. Then it's up to the employer into appreciate what you're offering. Appreciate your potential. Appreciate your skills. That's a very, very important points to avoid this critical mistake 10. Lack of Engagement during the session is critical: mistake number nine not asking relevant questions towards the end of the interview there, Cruder might ask you, Do you have any questions? You simply respond by no, no questions. It might show that you don't have interest in the current interview process for the position as a whole. I'm just looking forward to leaving the interview, even though you might not mean it. But it's portrayed such so you could be asking questions related to the job description. A company profile, the work environment are the department's available. The office are who are the lining managers? What kind of project that they have the time being. It just simply shows that you're interested in the interview process and you're looking forward to getting on the conversation of learning about the company. It shows that sense of commitment towards the entire process, even though you might be, let's say, tired towards the end of the interview process, and you're just simply looking forward to exiting and just leaving where you have done everything correct from the time you walked into the time you walk up, but you make sure that you finish the process completely. So ask questions, a question or two related to the job description company line managers, he hierarchy just to make sure that your interest in the job is actually portrayed to your interviewer. 11. It's Not over till you get that Offer: and the final mistake that we're going to be addressing in the scores is not asking what's next. Many candidates as they go about the process, the expectedly bombarded by questions like being interrogated in the interview. But when it comes to them asking questions to the interviewer to clarify the process, what expect next after the interview, is there a second round of interview? When will I hear back from you? What shall I be expecting? And I going to be expecting a phone call or an email? When shall I follow up back all of these questions? They are often neglected towards the interview, and it's very important that you shouldn't because most probably, actually, Certainly, once you leave the interview without asking those questions on, Let's say the crew did not give you this information. You'll be walking off. You start wondering, When are you going to hear back from the company or their cruder And what are they going to get back to you and you'll be wounding? Should I call them now? Shall I call them tomorrow? What shall I call them when I am I going to hear from them? Shall I just simply apply for something else or not, or just keep waiting for their response. So to avoid that cycle, which is quite unnecessary and avoidable at the end of the interview, you can ask the recruiter or that scarred the following. So what happens next? So after the interview, is there a second round of interview on? Would I be expecting a phone call regarding the process that went well or not? And in case I didn't get a feedback or an email or phone call, when do you think is a good time for me to follow up with you? Should I give you a call on? Can I have your business card or your contact details? Or I could just simply get in contact you got to contact with in order to pick up on the hiring process. So make sure that towards the end off the interview, you don't just simply walk out. Try to get the contact details off your recruiter. Could be a business card. Could be an email. Could be a phone number. Get a point of contact that you can actually communicate with in order to follow up on the process because of you simply walk out and you try to come back later on to inquire what happened. You might be talking to the wrong person, so make sure that you have a focal point. I was able to tell you the updates on the status off your application process. Ask when or what's coming next. Is there any more interviews? Will I be hearing from your local? Are you going to be sending me an email with the updates? If so, went so Ask the what? That question What? What's next? Questions. Make sure that you ask. So once you go about the interview process critical guys. Towards the end of the interview before you leave, make sure that you quite friendly, approachable, and you can just simply ask that shar or their cruder Okay, thank you very much for your time. It's been a pleasure meeting you and talking to you. Now Can you just please tell me how would the process go next? So we're finished the interview. Is there a second round of interviews, or would they be getting let's see the feedback through email or call, and if so, went on in case I don't hear back from you. Is it possible to get back to have your phone car, your business card, your contact details, email just simply follow up with, and certainly they will say yes because they're part of the process. So once you get those details, you can just simply ask them, When do you think is the best time for me to reach back to you? In case I didn't hear back from your soon or aspirin a stipulated time? They will tell you, for example, three weeks from now, two weeks from now, one day from now. Advice from one company to the other. But the key take here, guys, is avoid leaving the interview without having contact details for your application process on not clearly no wearing what happens next after you are done with the interview process. So mistake number 10 which is a very critical mistake, is not asking what comes next. 12. (Part 2) Tips and Advice: In the previous part, we've covered multiple mistakes that you can do during the job interview process. And based on the feedback of the students that we had and the reviews that we have received. Many have been asking for a SQL, some extra tips, some extra information that you can provide in order to help the professionals are going to be embarking on interviews session to prepare for the upcoming interview. And this is where we have come up with the additional fresh new part dedicated to support that process, which we're going to be exploring multiple steps. Some key insights that's going to facilitate the entire interview process just to make sure that you are going to be prepared for the interview. You're going to actually be equipped with the necessary skills in order to increase their chances of getting the job offer. In the previous part, we've talked about the multiple mistakes that you can do during the interview process. And this current part we're going to be addressing some key important tips that you need to keep in mind as you go about the interview process during the interview, following the interview, and as you consider your job offer. 13. Clear Description: The most important parts as you go about the interview phase is the clarity of the job description. If you are going through the interview and you have the interviewer, whether an HR professional or a talent management professional, irrespectively, they're going to be presenting to you their end of the entire equation where they're going to be asking you for your qualifications, your background, why are you the best fit for the role and all these sort of stuff where you are the focal point of the interview. However, someone being interviewed, you have all the right to clarify your job description and this is what you should be doing. Once you go above the interview process, make sure that your job description is clear. Whether you applied through a newspaper or a post or through LinkedIn or just simply contacted the company and dropped your CV at the door, irrespective of whatever the mechanism is, you shouldn't make sure once you get to the interview stage, you're sitting down talking to that professional in front of you. You clarify your job description. Let me give you an example. Let's say you are a project manager. You're getting interviewed for a project management role. You have to clarify what kind of projects that you'll be working on. What are your responsibilities as a project manager within that specific company? Because for that role, it could vary from one company to the other. One company could have a specific set of expectations, however, for a different company. And the expectations, they are quite different. So once you go about the interview process mixture, you have clearly laid out any doubts that you have about the job description. Ask about the specific criteria within the job that you have. What do you need to accomplish? What are the things that you're going to be asked about as you embark on your role. Be as specific as possible and address all of the key points that you have. You don't want to assume that your role is basically wherever you are familiar with. And once you go about the interview process and once the interviewer asks you, are you going to be fulfilling those responsibilities? Are you familiar with the role? And the first thing that you just simply nod your head, acknowledging that he has everything is perfectly fine. You don't want to do that because you might be accepting specific parts of the job description that you have no idea about or you are not qualified to handle, or you might be objecting to handle them in the first place. Once you joined the company, once you onboard, you encountered that. Okay. I haven't signed up for that part. I haven't worked on that specific role, that task and my previous company, let's say. But in this current company there's something completely new and I'm not equipped to handle. That will be quite a complicated situation that you need to avoid in the first place. Mixture that you are asking specific questions about your job description. If you are not clear about the job description, go ahead and do some research. Ask your friends, ask some colleagues, just Google this stuff. Try to find out for that specific competent, for that specific role. What is the job description that you're going to be accepting as you join in that company. It's a very, very important thing and you'll be surprised that many professionals, they tend to skip it because they are quite eager to have that job. Do you want to just simply board the company? They want to be part of the team within the company and they're willing to accept whatever job description is handed over to them. Once these subtle with the company, once they are working one month, two months down the road, you'll figure out that the job description that they have signed up for is completely different than when they had what they were expecting or they hadn't done their minds. Which is problematic because it will affect your productivity and might jeopardize your performance. And we might get to a point where going to be handing over your resignation, leaving the company. You want to avoid that entire hassle from the get-go mixture that your job descriptions clear out, spot on, and ask and ask and ask as many questions as you want. Keep in mind that the interview process, it's a two ways tweak. You're not going to be interrogated by the interviewer. Just simply respond to questions. Sit there and nod your head. On the contrary, it's a communication, it's a discussion that you want to embark on the same way they have the right to ask you, as a candidate to evaluate your performance. You have the exact same right to evaluate the company. The prospect of joining such a company. And a clear fashion. There's nothing to be quite shy about once you go about the interview process, it's your right to ask, are there any questions about the job description, whether it fits you as a professional or if you have any specific doubts that you need to clarify, Feel free to comfortably shared them during the interview process. There's nothing to be concerned about. On the contrary, it's something positive because normally HR professionals and interviewers, they look at these things beyond the CV that you have. You want to evaluate you as a person. So it's a positive thing that you're asking about, stuff that you are not clear about, because nothing is worse than having an employee to simply accept responsibilities randomly and they have no idea in the first place, what are they accepting? The HR professional, normally, they keep this thing to consideration on the back of their minds as they go about interviewing you as a professional. So it's a win-win situation. You're going to clarify your doubts about the job description. At the same time, you'll be presenting yourself in front of the company professional, the representative which is in this case the HR professional, as someone who was quite solid and terms of Professional Conduct where they are, just simply trying to clarify the things that are not clear about in terms of their job responsibilities, which is expected as a professional joining and you're competent. 14. Its ok to Ask: In this segment of the course, we're going to name it through, highlight it with the title. It's okay to ask. Feel free to ask whatever you want to ask during the job interview. It's your right. If you have specific questions about your annual leave, your salary, your working hours, your job description, like we have mentioned earlier, the work culture, the office space, the timings or the transport, the commute. All of these things that you want to clarify, feel free to ask and ask and us, there's nothing wrong with that. One of the key problems that many professionals and they tend to actually commit wants to go above the interview process, is that they're quite too eager to secure that job to get that job offer. They do have many questions that they want to clarify, but the fields shy, or they try to ask these questions for the sake of not jeopardizing their chances of getting the job offer. Again, on the contrary, think about it this way. It's either you ask and clarify the things which are quite comfortable with or to think I'm uncomfortable with during the job interview process. To help you evaluate whether this job is there white thing for you or the company is the best fit for you? You're simply going to be accepting a job offer that you're going to be reading later on, I'm going to be quitting on later on. It's not about securing the offer, it's about securing the opportunity that best matches you as a professional on your prospects and your long-term vision as a professional. This way you need to keep in mind once you go above the interview process, makes sure that you are asking all of these questions that you want to ask and clarify every single one of them. There's nothing wrong. One day or two days before the interview, prepare a small list with all of the questions that you want to go through that you want to clarify during the interview process. And if personally I've done that myself as well because I've encountered numerous number of interviews. I've worked with an area of companies, corporates, private companies, startups, you name it. I went through the interview process. I wasn't both ends. Someone being interviewed and someone interviewing people. And in that case you have to, it's good that you see both ends of the spectrum. It's important to keep in mind that the key take from that specific approach. The list of questions that you need to clarify. You don't have to bring the list of the interview, but you should be able to pick them up. Communicate during the session, clarify all of these questions, and once you are done with the interview session, you're quite clear about your expectations. You're quite clear about the role, the description, the company, the environment, your salary, your leave days, you're working hours, on-call, off called duties, all that kind of stuff. You're quite clear about them. The whole point is, you want to jeopardize, let's say, reduce the amount of friction as you go about the transition to this new company. If you're going to be accepting an offer that you have no idea about you have, let's say, solid details about the parts of your day to day activities. You're working hours, your leaves, your salary or compensation, all that sort of stuff you're not quite doubtful about. Yet. You signed the offer and he joined the company. What 1 in time. You're going to be bombarding these facts that you need to resolve or to acknowledge at any point in time whether you want to apply for annual leave. If you have no idea what's your annual leave them how many days you're entitled for? Obviously, you're going to the HR professional and going to ask them, Okay, How many days I'm entitled to have? Well, this would sound quite unprofessional because you're actually working with a company and you have no idea about the things you are entitled for. It doesn't project you as a quite a solid professional. And at the same time, you might be surprised by the answer that, well, you don't have annual leave leaves yet. However, we expectations were every single month or two, you'll be you'll be having a day or two as a day off for you. Well, these expectations that you have might not align with the reality of the job that you have. And the only way to store this out is by asking as many questions as you can. And it's okay to ask. If you have doubts about the job, you have doubts about the company. You want to clarify a specific point asked. And if you are done with the interview process on once you go out of the office and your member a question, there's nothing wrong with sending an email. Send an email. Thank you for the interview. It's been a pleasure having to interview. I'm looking forward to joining the company. However, I do have the following key points I would like to highlight or address 1234. Looking forward to your proper response. Best regards, have a good day and there's nothing wrong with that. The key problem that professionals tend to fall into revolves around the risk of losing the job offer. They tend to assume that if they asked questions they're going to lose the offer. If the try to clarify stuff about the job or the company, they're going to be losing the offer. On the contrary, there is nothing wrong with that. That's the perfect thing that you shouldn't be doing. Because at the end of the day, once you're going through joining a company, it's a two-way communication, it's a two-way arrangement. They're going to be hiring your services at the same time, we are going to be providing your services. If you're going to be providing your services in the wrong environment than the wrong job description and the wrong role wherever it is, you're not going to be a productive and eventually you're going to be quitting on that job, on job hunting for something else, you'll be wasting your own time. So to avoid that entire hassle, ask, ask and keep on asking until everything is quite clear for you. 15. Clarify Your Terms: Let us say no. You've asked all the questions you want to ask during the job interview. Everything's quite clear for you. However, you are not okay with a couple of things. You should be clarifying your own terms. Not every single job is a job to accept. Sometimes you have to be quite clear with yourself. It's better to have no job than a job. They are not okay with many of the things you're going to be accepting as you sign that job offer. Now, just as a side note, not every single job is going to be the perfect job. We do have that realists say the fairy tale off a job that's perfect in every single sense. If you find one of those jobs where you're gonna getting really high paychecks, great working hours, perfect working environment. Then one of the lucky ones stick with that job. However, the reality is every single job a respectively wherever competent is going to be having some ups, some down, some positives, some negatives, some negatives. You're okay with some negatives you cannot tolerate. This is the key point from this section of the course. Clarify your own terms. What are you not okay with? Is it the commuting distance, the paycheck, the contractual terms, the number of leaves, days, whatever it is, no matter how small it is, make sure that your terms are quite clear and you have to clarify them. If you've come to a point where you simply realize, okay, I'm not okay with that port and I don't think I'm going to be okay with that part. Over the long run. Let me give you a small example. Let's say you live quite too far away from your new office, let's say one hour to two hours distance. Some people, they take the train, they'll take the metro, they take whatever it is to commute to the jobs every single day, two hours back, two hours forth. That's okay with you. So be it. If that's not okay with you and you are not willing to accept that specific part of your new job. Well, you have to do quite clear with yourself. Maybe this is not a job for you. There's nothing wrong with that. So make sure that you clarify your terms. Make sure that you are coming into the job interview and you're quite sure are quite clear above the things that you are okay with. And you're not okay with before accepting any job offer. 16. Dont Wait For too long: Now this is a piece of advice that I'm sure many of you need to hear. If you are eager to join a specific company or to work in a specific field and you'd go about the interview process and you ask all the questions, your terms are perfect, everything's perfectly fine. And you are just simply waiting for the job offer to sign it and board debt and you ship and sail to New Horizons. Well, don't wait for too long. This is a valuable piece of advice. Not many are going to be sharing it with you. Everyone will tell you, okay, I just give it a couple more days and give it a couple more days. But there's a certain point where you have to acknowledge that you have waited for too long for that job offer. And it's time to investigate or it's time to look for other opportunities. If you have done the interview and let us say have you, if you have mentioned, if you have seen from the previous segments of this course where we talked about one of the mistakes not clarifying. One, would you be hearing a feedback or getting a feedback from the interviewer? You should do that before you exit the interview room. That's for sure. Once your Along with that, let's say they give you a specific date or timing and you haven't heard anything from them. The first thing that you need to do is send them an e-mail, try to initiate a call just simply to follow up with the status of your job application. That's perfectly okay. This is perfectly normal. And you can do that between two to three times a week? Yes, that's perfectly okay. Let's say you call them today two or three days down the road, you call them again. And by the end of the week, you're going to initiate the last call once you're done with that, drop them an email. Well, 1234, we have tried to communicate following the interview process. I've told you once, twice, three times, and I'm looking forward to feedback on whether or not we're going to be proceeding with the job application, simple as that. Now you send them the email and once you do so, do not keep on waiting. Don't wait for too long because of the way they wanted to hire you and they would have hired you by now. If they were quite, let's say, eager to have you board the ship, they would have responded at least two phone calls or responded to e-mails. Now, it's possible that the recruiter could go on a leave. They haven't emergency leave, they're human beings. That's perfectly okay. But as someone who is looking forward to joining at starting a new position, don't wait for too long. Apply. Try to broaden your prospects. Tried to investigate the different career opportunities within the sector, increase your chances of getting a job. And it's perfectly fine to be receiving a job by the time you're going to be signing a new job offer. That's perfectly okay. And that's the cycle it happens. I won't point in time you can be applying for a specific company and by the time you are considering their offer, the company that you have interviewed previously, they send you an offer. That's perfectly fine. There is nothing to stress about. There's nothing to get quite concerned about. Actually a quite lucky in the sense that both companies, they want to have you, they want a higher yield your talents to join and apply them with them, their own company structure. That's perfectly okay. There's nothing to be worried about. However, you don't want to wait for too long and reject opportunities because it just simply waiting for that specific opportunity. Many professionals, they tend to do the same mistake. They go through a job description, they go through the application process, they get interviewed, they hear back from the interviewer, and they're given a specific deadline for them to receive the job offer. However, nothing happens. And in that time frame, the hair back from a different company with a solid job offer and automatically they reject it. Why? Because they are simply waiting for that specific company. And you don't want to do that because guess what? You might end up losing both offers and he ended up back in square one where you have no job in the first place. So there's nothing wrong with considering multiple offers that swung at the same time. You shouldn't be waiting for that specific company to give you their feedback anytime soon beyond the certain point. Give it a week, two weeks following your interview, but make sure that you follow that sequence of steps and give them 33 calls, 123 with some time interval between them one to two days of say, the last thing that you want to do, just simply drop them an email. And once you drop that email, this is the time for you to be considering other offers. 17. Negotiate Before You Accept: Now this is a very tricky part for many. And the title for this segment is negotiate before you accept. And this is very, very important because let's say everything went quite well and you are quite aware of the previous steps that we have shared. And it hasn't gotten to the point where the company or the interviewer have come back to you and they have sent to a job offer. Many people would be eager to sign that job offer on the same day and respond as quickly as possible is to make sure that they secured that job. Well, that's a big mistake. Let me tell you why. Once you get that job offer, give yourself the sufficient time to go through the terms, the contractual terms that you're going to be signing on. Now as a project manager and as an entrepreneur when it comes to contracts, this is the highlight of your journey as a professional. If you're going to be joining a company, they might tell you something in the interview process and they might give you something else contractually, this is one how also you might be learning about some key terms that have been been discussed during the interview process, maybe because of the time of the interview is quite too short or the interviewer forgot about them. So you need to make sure that once you are taking a look at the terms on the conditions, the offered that you have, that you'd go through it thoroughly. You're going through with one term at a time, give yourself, let's say a day or two. Normally before the interviewer sends you an awkward, they tell you, Well, you have till the end of the week to give us a feedback. Today is 48 hours wherever it is. Make sure that you use that time to take a look at the offer. Once we take a look at the offer, make sure that it's quite in line with your own expectations. That's one. And the key point is if something is not okay with the own expectations, or you were expecting something and you're getting something else. Let's say you expecting a certain amount of dollars for a certain salary per month and they've given you something else, or they have given you a different allowances or there have, let's say modified the annual leave days. Negotiate your terms. If you find out the number of leaves is quite too low, respond back to them and tell them, you know what? I've considered the offer, but is it possible to increase the number of leaves to so-and-so? I've considered the offer. Thank you for the feedback, but the salary seems quite low compared to what we have discussed in the interview process. Is it possible to increase it to a certain number in line with the market standards before you initiate that stuff. Be quite clear with how much professionals from your job category are getting paid. Obviously, if you're working as a project manager, you don't want to be asking for a salary for a CEO or director. Let's say you have to be clear on that and then try to negotiate the terms, try to push for the terms that you are okay with, and there's nothing wrong with that. Many on multiple occasions, once you get the job offer, it could be that specific push, which is all that you need in order to see to save you years, years worth of work to get that salary that you have wanted in the first place. Simply dropped him an email. Well, thank you for the feedback. It's been a pleasure hearing from you and we have taken a look at the offer and as per our discussion during the interview process, is it possible to increase the salary from Figure a to figure be simple as that, if it's a positive response, they're going to be sending you a renewed or modified offer. And if it's a negative response, they're going to tell you, well, unfortunately this is the budget that we have and then it's up to you to accept or not accept the offer. There's nothing wrong with that. The key point is, never accept an offer as is, and sign up asap before actually looking at it, reading it and making sure that you are okay with every single clause, every single part of it. And if something you are not okay with try to negotiate, that's perfectly okay. But you don't want to be to push it. You don't want to be too eager. Charges simply highlight your concerns and a straightforward, simplistic manner and wait for the feedback. And if you'd like the feedback perceived forward, if you're willing to compromise on the feedback, that's perfectly okay. If the feedback is completely out of the blue and you have, it doesn't align at all with their own expectations. There's nothing wrong with rejecting the offer. 18. More than just a salary: And it's more than just the salary. This is the key highlight from this current section. Whenever you are considering the offer, Let's say you have received the offer right now, you're taking a look at it, you're considering the terms and effort thinks it's perfectly fine. However, you've noticed that under salary is quite something that you are eager to have, you overlooked every other term of the contract. You don't want to do that. The problem with many professionals as these, the first thing that they are considering whenever they are looking at a job offer is this salary the paycheck they're going to be getting at the end of the month. Now, don't get me wrong. This is an important part. This is the 50% of the amount of consideration normally that everyone, anyone gives in terms off accepting or rejecting a job offer because you don't want to be working for pennies. Obviously, you want to have something that you're quite okay with in order to feel productive and efficient and you are being productive in your life. You're getting things done in that specific fashion. However, there are key things that you need to keep in mind as you consider an offer. Things that go beyond the salary. And one of them is basically the working hours. Are you okay with the allocated number of working hours? Are you are you willing to work for that specific number of hours per week, per day, per month, per year, irrespectively, also the number of fleas days are you going to be getting the let's say two days, three days a month. Are you going to be working for a whole year before we get the annual leave? You have to be clear with the number of leaves days that you have because of the end of the day, whether you like it or not, there should be a work life balance. Now, you can be working 24 hours a day eventually you'll burn out. You couldn't you couldn't be not working at all. Eventually, you'd still burn out from not working at all. There should be some sort of equilibrium or balance in terms off your work and your life. Thus, the current job offer provide you with an indication that you're going to be having work-life balance in your life. You should be quite clear about that part. Also, the working environment, this is a very, very important and this is the most overlooked aspect of considering or accepting or rejecting a job offer. Because think about it this way. You'd be working more than 910 hours, let's say every single day of the working week and a specific environment. And us as humans, we're always susceptible to the environment and the ambience around us. You shouldn't be working in a professional context where you are going to be having solid working professionals are going to be supporting your growth and prosperity as a professional. You don't want to be working in a theme park, let's say where you walk in and you find people walking here and there, and there's no professional conduct is no clear indication what's the mission of the company and what are their values, what are they trying to achieve? What are the objectives? Everyone who just simply working randomly with no clear guidance. That's a place that you want to avoid regardless of how high the salary is. Because eventually I won't point in time you're going to be suffering from that work environment. And many professionals, they are willing to compromise on that by accepting the high salary. I'm forgetting about the working environment and one to two years down the road, the burnout and equipped. And all of a sudden the importance of that salary just simply vanishes. So you have to keep in mind these key important factors. First of all, yes, definitely the salary. Then you have the lumbar of hours, your leave days, Let's say commute as well. It's very important that transportation between your place of residence and the office space. If you're working on an office-based or corporate. And at the same time, the final part, which is the working environment, you should take a look at all of these things together. Consider them, look at them. Now, it's quite aware that every single one of them is perfectly met. Yet, if you have one thing out of these five things, well, you might be considering rejecting that job offer. If you have four out of five. Well congrats, you have a solid job offer, go ahead, sign it, and good luck with your career. If you halfway in-between, then you have to think about it long term. Are you going to be sticking with the shortcomings of this current company, this current job offer, or these shortcomings there you're okay with. You can try to adjust later on. That again, it's up to you, but the key point is try to consider things in terms of the job offer beyond your salary. 19. Your Circle: Now you've taken a look at the offer. Everything's perfectly fine. Everything seems quite perfectly okay with you, but you have to be careful here because sometimes if we are too eager to join a specific global or company, we tend to overlook the shortcomings of that company or that role or that job offer or job description. This is where you need a fresh set of eyes. I what I mean by that asked cure close circle, whether your parents, your close friends, whoever it is, someone that you're quite confident about their opinion, make sure that you embark with them in discussion and you share with them your insights about the job offer. I will just simply listen to their feedback. Maybe they will draw your attention to a specific point that you have overlooked. Or they might highlight something that you shouldn't be doing to get to a specific point and make your transition way better and easier. It's important to keep that in mind once you're accepting a new job offer. Avoid just simply, let's say considering the offered by yourself because you might be having a biased view, you're eager to have a new job. You want to join that specific company and you might be compromising on your own terms for the sake of joining. However, if you have an external party to take a look at the job offer, consider it. They might highlight key important things and they might give you a solid advice that might save you a lot down the road. 20. Multiple Offers: And now let's say you are one of the lucky ones and you have received multiple offers now, first of all, congrats on your own valuable skill-set that multiple companies are looking forward to hiring. However, many professionals, they tend to fall shortened once these things happen to them, one of these positive things that happens with them, you're going to fall short because they are getting overwhelmed. And they have that sense of necessity, that the need to finalize their decision as soon as possible. While, on the contrary, once you have multiple offers, every single one of them obviously comes with a due date. Make sure that you give it the allocated time before we actually response. You should get into the estate of comparison where you are going to be taking a look at every single one of these offers objectively. And what I mean by objectively every single one of them, you're going to be highlighting it as offer a, B, C, and D. Let's say every single one of them, you're going to be writing down the key criteria that you need in order to make a selection. Let's say you have the salary, working hours, the transport, the commute, the, let's say the office environment that you have, all of these criterias, write them down 123456. How many criteria that are important to make sure that every single one of them you write down the specific criteria you are considering. Let's say for offer a, the salary is x figure. The salary for offer B is Y figure. The salary for offers see is Z figure and so forth. Then you have a small list off offers a, B, C, and D with the key important aspects for you that you are considering for your job offer. And you going to be writing them down, then you're going to be making an objective decision. You're going to try to narrow down the number of offers to a single offer. That is the perfect match for your own preferences, skillset, office environment, working hours, salary, and obviously not all of them are going to be an exact match. That's perfectly fine. But you can draw on from the previous segments of the course where you can invite your closed circle to take a look at the key insights that you have written down for these variable offers. They can chip in with their own insights on their own advice as well to help you make a sound decision. But it would be quite clear what would be a best fit for you if you have these clear indicators are what are the important criteria you are considering? Before making a decision? Write down the key important things you are quite, let's say fixating on for that specific offer a, B, C, and D, and just simply write them on the list. And on that list, these key points should be prominent issues should be quite apparent for you in order for an order to help you narrow down your options. 21. Its Ok to Quit: And this would be quite surprising to many. Let's say you have done all of the things that we have been talking about during this duration of the course, you have avoided the mistakes. You have had a proper salt interview, you have reviewed the offer, received the offer, set your criteria, and you have done everything that you need to do as a professional, being interviewed for a job and currently considering a job offer. And you have boarded the company. Now you are part of the staff. You have joined the company, you're working for a month or two and then you have realized you made the wrong decision. That's perfectly okay. Is it okay to quit? That's perfectly okay as well. Well, if you don't have a job, try to secure a job done, quit, obviously. However, if you have an alternative option and are you asking yourself, is it okay to quit even though I have joined a month ago, two weeks ago? That's perfectly okay. It's okay to quit or wherever point in time during the job. Think about it this way. If you have joined the company and you have been quiet, let's say not not doing where you have been expected to do or you're not working as you're expected to from day one, you might be getting fired. That's perfectly fine. And no one would give you any consideration whether or not you have been with the company for quite to lock. And the same thing applies from your end as well. You can just simply quit. Let's say you walk into the company and normally they call it the probation period where you get to test the company the same way they get to test you. Within that prohibition period, you get to make a decision whether or not you are going to be sticking with that company or you're going to be calling it quits and going to another company or applied for a different job. There's nothing wrong with that known as expecting you to be working with a company that actually it does not fulfill your requirements as a professional, does not provide you with the growth potential, does not provide you with their own expectations. Someone considering a growth in terms of your career and your prospects and your development, even though you have done everything that you could be doing in the first place, for everything, everything that you have done on your end to make sure that you have selected the right job offer. Yet, you have realized once you have joined the company that this is not the place for you and there's nothing wrong with critic. There's nothing wrong with leaving the company, even if you have joined for a single day. But you have to give yourself the time to make sure that you have actually made the right decision. And once you realize that you know what, this is not the working space. This is not the job description that I had in mind. This is not the company that I had in mind. That's perfectly fine. Submit your resignation and good luck tried to finding something else. Many are afraid to submit their resignation. Obviously, if you don't have a job, try to find a job before you do so, obviously this is the logical step. But if you're in a position where you are hating your job and it's leeching out your energy, your productivity, and it's consuming your day, you're working excessive number of hours, you have no time for anything else, then you have to consider if actually quitting on that job might be the best thing that you would be doing.