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Job hopping season is on the horizon: Here are Rungway’s top interview questions

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Many people use the Christmas break to re-evaluate their job and career in order to start the year on a fresh footing. According to a Glassdoor survey this year, January is the most popular month for job hoppers. The primary reasons why workers leave a job were low salary, followed by needing a new challenge and work being too boring.

These reasons are important to have in the back of your mind when looking to make the right hire for your business. A question often asked on Rungway is which are the best interview questions to ask. Whilst a Google search can show generic questions, here are some of our favourite responses from Rungway users on the questions that really reveal something about a candidate.

1.       Ask questions with scenarios, for example, “What would you do if…”. This is very telling of whether the candidate would react to a problem in a way that aligns to your company culture.

2.       Ask about the time the candidate was part of a team? Often people describe a time when they led a team, rather than how they worked with others towards a common goal. This will help highlight team player qualities.

3.       Find out about the candidate’s passions and what gets them out of bed in the morning. Make sure they’re not just moving on for being bored.

4.       Ask what impression they have of your company. This shows how much research they’ve done and how much they want to join your firm. Candidates should be able to deduce a company’s culture by looking through sites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Glassdoor

5.       Look to understand the candidate’s own development plan. And if they don’t have one, be worried! Automation means many jobs are in a constant state of changing, meaning we must
constantly seek to learn new skills.

Need some interview advice, or possibly considering a job move in the coming months? Download Rungway and ask. We’re all there, ready and willing to help and pass on our wisdom!

How to cope with workplace stress

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In the light of National Stress Awareness Day this week, our founder, Julie Chakraverty, has been speaking with HR Grapevine and shared her insight and top tips for dealing with workplace stress. Here’s some excerpts from the article:

  • No single definition for stress: Stress means different things to different people, and we all have different tolerances for it. Try to be more tolerant of colleagues who approach things differently – you never know what stress they may be quietly coping with.
  • Stress can be good: Positive anxiety leaves you feeling challenged but focused, out of your comfort zone but believing you can ultimately influence an outcome. By contrast, destructive anxiety can leave you paralysed by fear, feeling overwhelmed, and can impact your health and sleep.
  • A fresh look: Try to consult a trusted friend or mentor for a fresh perspective – they will know what you’re capable of and might appreciate the wider context.
  • One problem at a time: Break down bigger tasks and set deadlines for each part to bring clarity to the process and let you focus on the positives.
  • Take care of yourself: Finding the time for fresh air, a healthy diet and a good night’s sleep can all make a big difference.

So, how can Rungway help you with stress?

Rungway lets you post questions, publicly or anonymously, about anything that’s on your mind at work. Then it matches you to others for private, one-to-one conversations and support. People are posting about office politics, health & family pressures, personal effectiveness – it’s fantastic seeing them get practical advice and varied points of view.

This input is often enough to give people the wisdom to move forward and deal with challenges more effectively. The community has plenty of people who’ve tackled their stress and can empathise with what you might be going through.

Sometimes it’s important to get a fresh perspective outside of our own work and friendship circles, and Rungway is perfect for that – it’s a warm and supportive community. It’s great seeing companies embrace the app too, for employee wellbeing and support.

For more great advice on coping with stress, read the full article on http://bit.ly/2fiGvyQ

Brexit and workplace anxiety – tips from Rungway

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Whether you wanted to Leave or Remain, we are all affected by the EU referendum result and many people have been seeking to understand the consequences for their jobs.

The outcome prompted a whirlwind of different reactions across the country, from elation to despair. But there has been one shared emotion: uncertainty.

So now what?”

A simple question asked on Rungway that perfectly summarises how many of us are feeling. And it is not only Brits and Europeans. Australians and Americans have also been trying to find out how people and companies will be affected.

People’s biggest worries on the app are centred around their work and career prospects. Many are in need of comfort and reassurance.

So, how can we best keep going and move on?

Instead of shutting down communication, we should open it up. Worried about the effects on your job, company or home life? Ask someone. Too many of us can be afraid or ashamed to ask for help when we need it, but this is the only way to make sure we are well-informed and supported.

On Rungway what people have been seeking most is more and clearer communication from their employers, or even simply someone to talk to whom they can trust. We need to keep talking, seeking advice from colleagues, friends, family and also those outside of our normal network, particularly during these uncertain and unpredictable times.