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They say that “Honesty is always the best policy”, but when it comes to speaking with your boss, you have to think before you speak. Your bosses may dress casually, act funny, and treat you like a friend, but remember that he is still the boss. Think about the fact that you work with him/her 8 hours a day, and that he/she somehow holds the key to help you reach your career goals. Keep your tongue in check and refrain from telling your boss the following if you want to save your job.
1.“I Was So Drunk Last Night.”
Your boss is probably not interested about your nightlife anyway so there’s no need to tell him/her about it. You are expected to be at work and complete all your tasks and just because you came home late from an all-nighter is not a valid excuse for you to give anything less than your 100%.
2.“I Need A Salary Increase.”
If you feel that you deserve a raise, talk it over with your boss privately. Make sure you are well prepared with a list of your achievements so you can back up your request with tangible accomplishments and reinforce your track record.
3.“Sorry, I’m late (For the whole week).”
You are not sorry if you are always late. Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier, and you will never say this phrase again. It’s that simple.
4.“I Am On Vacation Leave Next Week.”
This is as if you are just informing, and not asking permission from your boss.What if there are projects/tasks that you need to do on those dates that your boss has not informed you yet? Phrase your request properly and always let your boss know about your plans ahead of time so he/she can organize tasks and allocate the resources required to cover your absence (manpower, schedule, etc.)
5.“They Stole My Idea.”
Unless you can prove that it was indeed yours, then deal with it. Don’t cry like a baby because it’s your fault. Next time you have an idea in mind, put it down in paper and submit it to your boss as a proposal so nobody would be able to take the credit from you.
6.“I Cannot Work With This Person.”
Workplace is not High School. Bosses expect personal conflicts to not get in the way of getting the job done. Be flexible and show your boss that you are a team player and that you won’t have any problem working with just about anyone.
7.“How Do I Benefit From This?”
Anything that improves the workplace benefits everyone. Be a team player.
8.“I can’t do it.”
Actually, you can. You just don’t know how, yet. So do your research and find out how it’s done.
9.“How much is your salary?”
Salary, by nature is really confidential. You really shouldn’t be asking and if you do, be prepared to deal with the information. Remember, what you don’t know won’t kill you, or in this case, won’t make you jealous.
10.“I Will Resign.”
If you should, then just do it. There is no need to announce because then you’d sound like you’re asking for sympathy or maybe, a higher pay.
Of course, this list barely scratches the surface because there are a thousand things you really shouldn’t be telling your boss. You are better off controlling your tongue. Remember the rule – think before you speak.
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How to Answer Common Interview Questions:
In this series of posts, we will talk about how to reply to common interview questions. We will feature one (or two) questions per post and offer valuable tips to help you get that job. Feel free to send us questions you want answers in the comment section below.
Today, we will answer the question: “Where do you see yourself five years from now?”
Hiring managers will always throw this question in an interview, and sometimes jobseekers find it difficult to answer because no one can envision what will happen 1,825 days from now. What the hiring manager really wants to find out with this question is:
Could I expect this person to stay with the company for a long time?
Here are a few tips from Mr. Paul Sandoval, a recruitment professional for more than ten years, on how to accurately answer this tricky question and get the job.
- Tell the interviewer about your long term career goal- it has to be clear and realistic. Interviewers hear the responses to this question every day, so they will definitely know if your answer is good, well-rehearsed or not true.
- Explain how the job you’re applying for is in line with your career goals. The interviewer wants to know how interested are you in getting the job, and that you are willing to learn and grow in their organization.
- If you want to step up to a management role, explain your plans and how will intend to get there. Talk about how this job will help and prepare you in getting that promotion. You can discuss about the daily tasks, seminars and trainings offered by the company, which can be very helpful to your advancement.
- Tell the interviewer that career advancement is very important to you, that you are excited to be an expert in the position you are applying for, and that you are looking forward to sharing what you know by, coaching other employees, and taking on more responsibilities after five years.
“My career goal is to work in an organization where I’ll have daily challenges and opportunities to develop my skills as a software developer. I want the responsibility of taking on interesting IT projects and collaborating with people that can truly help me learn.”
“Although my real focus is to be the best sales executive of a reputable company, I would very much like to be promoted into a sales supervisory or management position in five years. I enjoy supporting my team members, train sales executives to become achievers, and to bring more clients to the company.”
- I don’t have a plan/ I don’t know.
- If you are applying for a sales job, don’t answer that you want to be a full time highschool teacher someday.
- I see myself working in this company.
- I want to be successful someday.
- I want your job some day.
- I want to be the CEO of this company, with a salary of 1M pesos and a company car.
- As high as I can go.
- I want to own my own company someday.
If you want to be a business man, wants to travel a lot, transfer to another city or change of career someday, keep them to yourself for now. Remember, you are being interviewed to know if you can help the company grow, excel, solve problems and become an asset. Your answer to this question will determine if you will get the job, or you will apply for another one.