101 Smart Questions to Ask on Your Interview

101 Smart Questions to Ask on Your Interview by Ron Fry Read Free Book Online

Book: 101 Smart Questions to Ask on Your Interview by Ron Fry Read Free Book Online
Authors: Ron Fry
maybe you will thrive, maybe you will find yourself looking for another job in six months. Or maybe it will cause you to positively change your goals. In any event, you must know what you’re getting into and do everything you can to prepare for that environment.
    The Importance of Goals
    I’ve mentioned the importance of goals already. Now it’s time to emphasize them. Short- and long-term goal setting must become a habit. Once a year, reevaluate not just the progress you’re making toward your long-term goals, but whether they need to be tweaked, heavily modified, or even changed completely. Life is not static. Neither are your goals; they will (and should) change with circumstance, age, position, and the like.
    Remember that setting goals will not only help you define where you want to go, but what you need to know and do to get there. If you have decided that you eventually want to be Chief Financial Officer of a large corporation, you may well need an MBA or similar graduate degree. When do you plan to get it? Would you go to graduate school full- or part-time? If the latter, will the company allow a modified work schedule so you can go to school while you work? Does the company offer a tuition reimbursement plan? Is there already a program in place to which you can apply? Your goals, and your estimation of what you need to do and be to reach them, will greatly influence the questions you ask.
    It’s equally important to make your goals realistic. There is nothing wrong with reaching for the stars, provided that you have the right-sized step stool. If you aren’t a high school graduate, you can aspire to becoming chairman of IBM, but your short-term goals better include some serious additional education! If you want to be a prize-winning author, passing a creative writing class might be a nice first step. Goals are realistic if there is a clear-cut path that you can followto reach them. It may be a hard and long road, but if you truly believe you can actually reach its end with sufficient effort, then the goal is realistic.
    Even if a goal is completely un realistic, I would not necessarily counsel you to drop it. First of all, who’s to say it really is unrealistic? You may have little or no natural writing ability and couldn’t draw a straight line if your life depended on it. Would I be willing to bet you probably won’t become the creative director of one of the world’s top three advertising agencies? Well, I’m a betting man, so I probably would take that bet. But the human spirit is an amazing thing. Who says with the right education, jobs, and practice that your goal, though “unrealistic,” couldn’t be realized? And even if it weren’t, the additional education and dedication certainly wouldn’t hurt your career prospects!
    What if the goal is realistic, but you are simply unwilling or unable to do what’s necessary to reach it? Change it—why kid yourself? While luck plays a factor in many careers, it is certainly not the only factor; the one common denominator of virtually any success story is hard work. If you aren’t willing to work hard, almost any goal may be unrealistic.
    Your immediate and future personal/financial goals will, of course, have a great effect on your decision-making and on the questions you ask (and answers you absolutely need to know). If you’re unmarried and childless and someone actually offers to pay you to wander the globe, you may be more than alright with the arrangement. But what if you anticipate getting married or having kids in a year or two? What if you know you have to prepare to take care of an older relative? Your financial needs may dramatically change. The kind of hours, travel, and workload that you’re willing to take on now may need to be radically overhauled. You may not mind relocating once a year now but resist relocating at all after you’ve “settled down.” If you have chosen a job/career/industry/company in which declining to relocate may

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