Career: 8 Questions to Ask at the End of an Interview

Aloha lovelies,

Last week I tested the water with my very first career related post and you seemed to love it; it was my most viewed post of the week! The truth is, I have a huge interest in all things career related, so much so that my friend recently dubbed me a ‘CV Queen’. Following that major compliment, I thought I would start sharing my tips and advice with you guys too. A lot of people that I know are recent graduates and are beginning to launch themselves in to their first graduate job, so I hope that these posts can help any of you in a similar position or wanting to progress in your current career.

Questions to ask at the End of an Interview

I have only ever had one job interview where I wasn’t asked at the end of it, if I had any questions. Employers are keen to see what level of interest you have in their advertised role by asking you if you have some questions. It is of course a great opportunity for you to find out some more about the role too and ensure it is a good fit for you.

With that in mind, here are some top tips to consider when thinking of a question to ask:

  • It is a good idea to try and have a couple of questions prepared, just in case you become so relieved that your interview is over that your mind goes blank.
  • Make sure you don’t ask any questions that have already been answered during the course of the interview.
  • Try and ask open questions rather than those which would have a yes or no answer.
  • Use the opportunity to show the interviewer that you have researched the company by asking a question following something that you read on their website or another place.

And finally here are some of the questions which are great to ask at the end of your interview:

  1. Have you any reservations about my ability to do this job?
  2. What are the day to day responsibilities of this role?
  3. What is the usual career path of someone within this role?
  4. Could you tell me about the current team/person I would be reporting to?
  5. What skills and qualities would make up an ideal candidate for this position?
  6. What challenges are the team I will be working with/company facing at present?
  7. How would you describe the culture of the company?
  8. Are there opportunities within this role to progress/develop?

I really hope you enjoyed this and also found it helpful. Have you ever used any of these questions in an interview? Or do you have any others which to share?

Speak soon,
Lisa xx

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Review: Lauren’s Way Solution 60 Tan

Aloha Guys,

For the past couple of months I have been using the solution 60 tan from Lauren’s Way. It is a mousse formula which claims to develop in jut 60 minutes. If you’ve read any of my previous tanning posts you will know I am seriously pale and rarely tan naturally.

As a result I have tried out so many fake tans! And let’s just say I have really high standards. I want a tan that is easy to apply, gives a natural and even looking colour and also wears off well. I think everyone will agree that orange patches after a tan wears off is never a good look. I feel like the tanning industry has come on in leaps in this past few years and it is now possible to have all the things I’ve just mentioned in a tan.

Lauren's Way Solution 60 Tan Review

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Lazy Girl Guide: 4 Easy Plaited Up Dos

Happy Friday! I hope you are well. I have been so tired this week and can’t wait to just chill out this weekend (it might have something to do with the fact I have been staying up late most nights watching the latest series of the Good Wife. Is anyone else a fan?). Come the morning time and I struggle to force myself to get out of bed. It’s been a case of leaving it to the very last second before I start to get ready and then I flap about in a big panic. Please tell me someone else is guilty of this?

My hair gets very little attention as it is in the morning but this week in particular I have just been putting it in a side plait and running out the door. One of my new years resolution is to make more of an effort with my hair and I think I have found four of the easiest plaited hairstyles to try when I have more than 30 seconds to do my hair. They are perfect for any of my fellow lazy girls when you want your hair to look good but don’t want to give up too much of your precious sleeping time…

The easiest one of them all… 
Part your hair in two and plait each side, fastening with a clear elastic. Take your first plait, twist it at the top and place over your head and pin in place. Do the same for the other plait.

Easy Hair Ideas for Lazy Girls

The one for the short haired ladies..
Split your hair in three sections and do a traditional plait, gently pull your plait out for a more undone look, tuck it under itself and pin in place.

Easy Hair Ideas for Lazy Girls

The one with a French braid…
Choose either your prettiest hair band or one which is similar to you hair colour, place over your head. Plait the front section of your hair hiding the band and tuck the end under the band. Twist or plait the other section of your hair, securing by tucking under the band. Take a section of the remaining hair and loop this through the band, gradually adding more hair with each loop, until all your hair is tucked under the band.

Easy Hair Ideas for Lazy Girls

The one with the criss-cross…
Use a tail comb to part your hair in a criss-cross and plait the two sections, wrap around the back of your head and pin in place. Use your tail comb to lift up under the hair to give that Lazy Girl undone look.

Easy Hair Ideas for Lazy Girls

If you try any of these out I’d love if you tweeted me your pictures (@LifeofLalaBlog). Do you have any of your own Lazy Girl Hairstyles? Please share them with everyone in the comments below.

Have a great weekend,
Lisa

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Want to Spend the Summer in the US? Everything You Need to Know

I spent summer 2014 in San Francisco (SF) on a J1 visa. I fell head over heels in love with SF. The weather was perfect, the people were great and there was so much to do. However, when I came to booking it, I couldn’t find very little information out there on people who had done it before and any tips for first timers. Luckily I had a friend at work who had been on a J1 before and she got tortured with all my millions of questions! It’s a scary idea; spending a summer in a different country but 100% worth it!!! So I thought, I would put together my own guide for anyone doing it this year (I swear I am not jealous at all).

San Francisco Beach | Life of Lala

 

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Career: 16 Actually Wearable Work Wear Ideas

Aloha Guys,

How are you all? It’s been a while hasn’t it… My last post on here I mentioned how tough I was finding blogging and working full time. Back then I was commuting to and from work in Belfast. It’s the first time in my life that I have had a Monday to Friday job and I’ll be the first to admit that I am only now adjusting to it (after six months in). I am now living in a wonderful house in Belfast. I got ridiculously lucky and could not be happier with it. I am sharing with two fabulous girls and the decor is absolutely beautiful. Oh and the best thing; I have a little extra time on my hands that I am going to use to do some blogging.

For me (and I know a few people who will agree with me on this), one of the most daunting parts to starting my first graduate job was figuring out what to wear to work. Workwear can be scary territory; you want to feel smart, glamorous and powerful all at the same time. I am lucky in my job that I have some freedom with what I can wear as we have a casual dress code. There are day’s that I wear jeans and flats and other’s when I like to dress a little smarter. I thought I would share some of my favourite workwear style inspirations with you all just in case you are stuck on what to wear to work. When it comes to choosing your workwear pieces, my top tip is to find well fitted interchangeable pieces that will last a long time. It’s important to feel comfortable too. Let me know which of the looks is your favourite and what your top tips are?

(Click on any of the picture’s for a larger view.)

Speak soon,

Lisa xx

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How to Wear a Crop Top to a Wedding

For anyone that blogs full time and works full time I take my hat off to you! I started my new job 3 weeks ago and I am exhausted!

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10 Habits of Super Stylish People

We see them all over Instagram and Pinterest; people who just effortlessly know how to rock anything. It’s as if they were just born with the ability to know what looks good on them. Instead, it’s actually an ability that comes from picking up some good style habits along the years. And now I am going to share them with you…

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