One Interview Question to Rule Them All

February 21, 2017

Firsthand Staff

This week we look at the what jobs robots might take, at what interview question can tell employers the most about you, and at a new Facebook feature that will pit them against LinkedIn.

Colleges Help Liberal Arts Students Find Careers
Only 33% of philosophy majors graduated into full-time employment in 2015, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. That’s nearly half the rate of business majors. In response, colleges have started developing more programs to equip liberal arts majors with the tools they need to enter the workforce. Relying heavily on alumni networks, schools are implementing career road trips and alumni mentor programs to help students land jobs.

More Universities Need to Teach Sales
Sales is changing; academia is out of touch, and this is bad for business and for schools. Sales is traditionally viewed as a form of service work, but it’s increasingly a research-based activity. Better dialogue between sales and academia is timely, and society can benefit: Studies show that jobs in sales are among the highest in career lifetime value.

Intel Drops Its Sponsorship of Science Fairs, Prompting an Identity Crisis
Is the science fair still important? Intel dropped support for the national Science Talent Search last year, and recently announced they will cease funding the International Science and Engineering Fair. As technology — and the economy — become more focused on software, major companies are broadening support to events like coding workshops and contests. Still, Intel’s move does not suggest a pullback by tech companies in their support for sponsoring science and technology.

Robots Aren’t Automating the Jobs We Want Them To
The robots are coming. We’ve heard many predictions of how robots will take over the monotonous functions of our daily lives, freeing us to work on highly-skilled or creative tasks. But in fact the opposite may be happening: It turns out that the creative jobs we thought would be impossible for robots to do are easy to accomplish, and the basic tasks that we’d like to automate are proving to be tricky. Have you wondered why there haven’t been any major updates to automated home cleaning since the Roomba? Or why robots aren’t picking avocados for us in the sweltering heat? This article talks about what tasks and why robots are taking over, and surprisingly which ones they aren’t any time soon.

Here’s the Single Interview Question to End All Interview Questions
One question to rule them all. A good interview question can help you learn as much as possible about a candidate in the shortest amount of time. Suzy Welch recommends that interviewers ask “what did you do to prepare for this interview?” Answers to this question can give your potential employers information about your soft skills, how seriously you want the job, and what your strengths as an employee would be. Employers aren’t wrong to assume that if you didn’t prepare well for the interview that they can’t expect you to prepare for anything else.

Big Companies Don’t Pay as Well as They Used To
Big companies paid workers 30-50% more than their counterparts at smaller firms for most of the 20th century. That gap is now closing and researchers believe it explains 32% of the rise in U.S. income inequality. Beyond globalization and falling union membership, researchers say it’s because companies started focusing on “core competencies.” For example, companies used to have cafeteria staff on payroll. Paying them less than other workers was bad for morale, but once companies switched to hiring catering companies, cafeteria wages declined.

4 Common Mistakes You Might be Making on LinkedIn, and How to Fix Them
Don’t let tiny mistakes get in the way of a successful career. There are a few tweaks you can make to your LinkedIn profile that will have a dramatic impact on your success on their platform. Doing things like keeping your activity feed on and never deleting information from your page can annoy people with whom you’re connected, making you appear less professional than you truly are.

Facebook is Taking on LinkedIn by Letting Businesses Post Job Listings
Almost 1/3 of the world’s population is on Facebook and, starting February 15, employers will have the ability to advertise job postings and accept applications directly through their Facebook pages. Facebook says that small businesses tell them that their biggest priority is finding good hires, even ahead of customer acquisition. Now, Facebook is banking on its deep well of data as a way for employers to boost their job postings to the most relevant users.

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