Tips for Quitting a Job before the First Day

It’s not an uncommon scenario: you accept a position but soon receive an offer for a better job at a different company that you would rather take. So, what is the best way to quit a job you haven’t even started?

While employers are often disappointed, they are rarely surprised when new recruits jump ship before their first day, especially if there is a long period between hiring and the first day of work. Still, you will want to let the company know your decision in a timely manner and with as much respect as possible. Your reputation is very important, and you never know when you will run into people again.

There are a couple of precautions to take before letting the original company know that you have changed your mind. Carefully consider your decision and whether the new opportunity is really what it seems to be. Take the time to meet with your potential new boss and gain a clear understanding of your responsibilities. Most importantly: make sure you have a signed offer letter in hand before giving notice.

Once you have established that the move to the second company is the right one, you have two options: either write or call the hiring manager at the original company. Email can often be subject to misinterpretation, so making a phone call is likely the most courteous method for reaching out in this situation; a phone call also demonstrates a certain professional maturity, as well. Perhaps most importantly, a phone call gives you the chance to gauge firsthand the other person’s reaction on the spot so you can respond in a way that best preserves the professional relationship.

Whether in phone or letter form, you will want to keep your message succinct. Simply explain that you have been offered another opportunity that is more in line with your long-term professional aspirations. You may choose to apologize for the inconvenience that your decision has caused the company — or simply acknowledge it, at the very least. Follow this with the fact that you want to provide as much advance notice as possible so that the company can resume its search with alternative candidates.

Before jumping into the conversation, it is beneficial for you to prepare yourself for a host of possible reactions from the hiring manager. They might want to renegotiate or attempt to sell you on the position; they could appear quite upset with you. It will be up to you to hold your ground. After all, you have no legal obligation to work for them, and you don’t want to make the situation personal, so keep your responses short, polite, and professional.

Even though there could be some hard feelings at first, it is better that you go with the company at which you will be the best fit. Ultimately, the company you leave would rather have an employee who is happy with and a perfect fit for the position, despite any initial reactions of disappointment or anger.

Tips to Build the Best Team

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3 Tips to Build the Best Team in 2015

It takes a whole lot of work to find really great people to make your business soar. But what goes into a strong team? Check out these great tips as you expand your business this year.

1. Size isn’t everything

Having a large number of employees does not guarantee a better output and standard of work, but having the right people does. As the person in charge, you are responsible for determining your company’s needs, looking at each worker, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, and figuring out where they fit best on the team. It’s got to be quality of quantity. You’ll save your firm a few bob too.

2. Interns!

Hire interns and have them work for you for a few weeks so you can get a sense of how they work. Interns usually join a company to get experience and network while getting school credit. The time during the internship is a perfect opportunity for you to see how they work and get to know them much better.

You get them for a much as six months so you’ll get to know if he or she is motivated to work and eager to learn? Is he or she punctual? Does he or she fit in the company culture?

3. Your team should motivate you… daily

In any job, sometimes it is difficult to keep positive vibe nice and high. It’s a huge thing if your team can motivate you and keep you going. When your team members are good at what they do, know their roles, and are creative and reliable, it frees you up to concentrate on the company’s big picture and next step. I can only think about the future when I know the situation of the moment is taken care off. Tidy house, tidy mind as they say.

30 Tough Interview Questions

Interviewing Questions:

Here are 30 tough interview questions. Always attempt to answer these questions with an on-the-job example or experience to support them if asked, where appropriate.

Make sure that you are as prepared as you can be, because you have to assume your competition has done the same.

1. Tell me about yourself.
2. Why have you decided to change jobs? Why are you looking?
3. Why did you leave your previous positions?
4. What motivates you?
5. Describe your ideal job.
6. Describe your ideal manager / supervisor.
7. What salary/rate are you looking for?
8. How do you spend your free time?
9. What are your short, medium and long-term goals?
10. How do you react to criticism?
11. Tell me about yourself. How would you describe yourself?
12. What are your long and short-range career goals?
13. What are the most important things you are seeking in a career?
14. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
15. Site some examples of your ability to be a team player.
16. Why should I hire you?
17. How could you contribute to our organisation?
18. Why did you choose the college you attended?
19. Why didn’t you go to college?
20. What do you know about our organisation?
21. Why are you interested in working for our organisation?
22. What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
23. Are you willing to relocate?
24. What type of a work environment are you seeking?
25. What do you know about the position you are applying for?
26. What do you know about our industry?
27. What are you proudest of in terms of your accomplishments at you present position or former position?
28. What do you think will be the toughest aspects of the job if you were to accept the position? What will be the most enjoyable aspects – the least enjoyable?
29. What do you think your greatest contribution will be or what aspects of the job or the company do you think you would be able to make your greatest contribution to?
30. If you are selected for this position, how would you deal with the situation of individuals in the company who were competitors for the job for which you are being interviewed and who may feel that they are better qualified?