Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Preparing Strong Questions to End an Interview

This article was originally featured on Levo League

The interview is winding down. You’re feeling pretty good about the conversation so far and then it happens, “Do you have any questions for me?” they ask.  Oh the phrase that can strike terror in heart of interviewees! If you’ve done your research, there are a few questions that you might already have whether it be about the organizational structure or business model, type of work, or management style. But nothing sticks out better in the mind of interviewers than a few polished, intelligent questions at the end of an interview. If you’re ending an interview with, “No, I have no other questions” you’re missing out on not only a chance to make a real memorable impact but also the opportunity to really learn more about the role, the interviewer, company, management style and more!

One thing that we can often forget is that we need to be interviewing the company just like they’re interviewing us!

Here is a list of some great interview questions you can ask.

Preparing Strong Questions to End an Interview | Levo League | Interview Tips

What is a day in the life of this role like?

This is an opportunity to get into what the day-to-day responsibilities and expectations of the role will be and be sure you understand the scope of what they’re asking, and what they’re expected from this role.

What are the most important things (or key goals) that this role should focus on in the first 30 days to one year of employment?

One thing that you want to do in an interview is illustrate that you are invested in this role and focused on what benefit you can bring to the company versus what the company can do to benefit you.

What are the 1year and/or 5 year goals for the organization? And, how do you see someone in this role supporting those goals?

Asking this question has always been a hit in my experience. It really gives them a chance to talk about where they are planning to grow the business and help you get a road map for where that role could be headed in a year or five years. This also gives you a chance to brainstorm how to support the goals and support their growth plans.

What are the qualities of who excels at this role? Or What are the qualities of the person you’re looking to hire that will be successful in this role?

Giving them an opportunity to explain their “ideal employee” helps you understand what they’re really looking for in an employee and can give you clues about the company and team culture, as well as paving the way for success in this role with an understanding of what their expectations are right away.

What are the success metrics for this job?

Having them define what success in this role, and within the company, is invaluable information for you to decide if this is a place that you would want to work and feel that you would bring value and be successful. If you do get the job, you’ll want to know what they’re looking for when it comes review time!

What are come of the challenges that this role will face?

From this question, you can start to identify what the problems are that you’re walking into with this role, but also gives you a chance to start to brainstorm solutions for the problem and knock their socks off!

Can you give me an example of a “Stretch Projects” within the organization?

Along the same lines as asking the career path, is asking what other projects you can take on. While illustrating both that you’re engaged in not only the role, but really developing your skills and supporting the company.

What is the career path for this role within the company?

Employers want to know that you’re someone that will be committed for the long haul, and learning to grown within the company. This also shows that you’re ambitious and want to grow. Be careful to not focus too much attention on the “next role after this one” in the interview though! They might not want to re-hire again in a year if you decide try to promote in the company so this is where you can read them and find the balance.

What do you most like about working here?

Judging their response, how swiftly they respond as well as how excited they are or aren’t’ can help you decide if it’s a place you’d like to work as well. It could also be an opportunity to get even more excited about a role you like.

What is the organizations management style?

Getting a little insight into how the boss and management operate will help you discern if that style is conducive to what you’re looking for and how you best work.

What is the team culture?

You should be able to gather the company culture from your research prior to the interview, but asking about the team culture can give you a little more insight into what the day-to-day will be like.

Do you have any reservations about my fit for this role?

This can be a very scary question to ask, especially if it’s a role that you really want and maybe aren’t so sure how the interview is going from the hiring managers point of view. But, this is an opportunity to gain incredibly valuable feedback from the hiring manger about how they see you as a fit for this role. It also gives you a chance to speak directly to any reservations they might have about you and dispel concern they might have.
What are the best interview questions you have heard or asked?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Want to Quit Your Job and Work for Yourself? Follow These 3 Steps First

Want to Quit Your Job and Work for Yourself? | Levo League | Career Tips
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How do you confidently make the leap from corporate employee to entrepreneur or consultant?
If you want to make it on your own, there are three important steps many successful entrepreneurs take before they head out. 

Reduce your costs

Live minimally. Gain freedom from your job by not needing the paycheck. 
The more expensive your lifestyle, the riskier it is to jump to something new and uncertain that could have a potentially low income at start. 

Build a nest egg

Tuck away a little bit of money each paycheck to save for your future expenses. A great rule of thumb is to save enough to cover six months of expenses.

Hustle on the side

It’s called moonlighting, and it’s a great way to test whether something you want to do is feasible. The best time to try out your new project or company is when you have the structure of your current job to help support you.

For the full article click here.

Article originally posted on Levo League by Brazen Life

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

3 Tips to Prepare for the End…of Your Academic Career

In the next few months a new generation of college graduates will be heading out into the "real world". Some of you may have a great job lined up while others are still on the hunt. And a few of you may be heading back to your parents’ house to regroup and come up with a new life plan. Regardless of which route you're taking, here are three things you should keep in mind when preparing for the end… of your academic career.

1. Don't burn your bridges

After years of paying tuition and writing papers you may want to set fire to your text books and hit the road, never to look back. But part of the college experience is making relationships. Take advantage of these last few months to reconnect with professors, RA's, and TA's. While you may not be best friends, these people may be able to help you when searching for your dream job. Never underestimate the power of networking. 
  • Ask a favorite professor to be a job reference
  • Connect with your TA's on Linked in
  • Ask your RA for their email address so you can keep in touch
  • Obtain letters of recommendation for Grad School

2. Use You Student Status to Cash in on Free Things

As part of your tuition and fees, each student gains access to a variety of University good and services. Get your money's worth by using up all of the things you have already paid for. Did you know that every semester USU students get $10 of free rentals at the ORP?
  • Use up your free prints on your student card
  • Use your $10 in ORP cash
  • Take advantage of the library, rent free movies and check out books
  • Get your bike tuned up (for free) at Aggie Blue Bikes
  • Attend all of the free end of year events like concerts or dances
  • Attend Spring sporting events
  • Expand your resume by learning to use the Adobe Suite software at the USU computer labs

3. Take Advantage of Your Universities Resources

Along with free prints and free entrance to events, your tuition pays for a myriad of resources. The Career Center is one of the most valuable assets to soon-to-be grads.
  • Take your resume to the Career Center for a last look 
  • Have the career center help you with a Career Assessment Profile
  • Set up a mock interview to practice your skills

Monday, April 7, 2014

How to Use Your Social Media Skills to Land a Dream Job

The millennial generation is more technology savvy than any generation in history. They tweet, blog, and Instagram every moment of their lives. When looking for a job, this digital footprint can make or break your search for the dream job. 

 Click here to learn how to use social media to land your dream

Using Social Media to Land Your Dream Job | Levo League | Career Advice
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

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Thursday, March 20, 2014


Recipients given $125,000 award to fund expansion of program and will receive additional support to help share approach with policymakers and practitioners

Sacramento, CA – Today, the James Irvine Foundation announced that Charisse Bremond Weaver and George Weaver of the Brotherhood Crusade in Los Angeles are recipients of The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. In their ninth year, the awards recognize and support individuals who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant challenges in California. The Weavers are being recognized for substantially improving the academic achievement and health of South Los Angeles youth through a set of tailored programs provided with business and community partners.  

“Our youth development plan helps young people through a social innovation process that spans health and wellness, mental health, academics and social activities to really help them become the best leaders that they can be,” said Charisse Bremond Weaver.

“We have shown that we can change the life of a young person who is involved in a gang or other problems at school, at home or with the law — for a fraction of the cost of incarceration,” added George Weaver.

In South Los Angeles, more than a million people live in poverty, and children growing up in this area often face numerous obstacles that diminish their chances to grow into healthy, educated adults. The Brotherhood Crusade addresses these challenges by performing a comprehensive individual assessments and developing personalized plans to help foster personal growth and development. Programs include mentoring, remedial academics, hands-on science and technology training, theater, soccer and golf. Brotherhood Crusade also collaborates with local community groups, major foundations, Hollywood celebrities and corporate partners to expand opportunities for program participants. Results include three-fold improvements in math, English language arts and science scores on California Standardized Tests among participants. The programs often have additional health benefits. 

“The individuals we honor this year are improving the lives of thousands of Californians through strategies that are responsive, collaborative and forward-looking,” said Don Howard, Interim President and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation. “These leaders advance effective solutions to some of California’s most difficult problems. They do this by listening to the people they serve, working with the community, maximizing every dollar they use, and then sharing what they learn. We are thrilled to help their work progress.”

To learn more about this year’s award recipients, please visit:     

Article  featured onThe James Irvine Foundation