Imagine this. You are sitting in your interview, and you feel like you are knocking it out of the park with your answers. The conversation is flowing. You know you are making a genuine connection. Your interviewer is engaged, smiling, nodding his/her head, maybe even laughing from time to time. All of a sudden, the interviewer says "what questions do you have for me?"
Ah yes, it's that moment. We've all been there at least once. Frozen. Maybe even thinking, "oh my goodness, what questions do I have for you?" There may be a moment of panic or unease. You may be moved to ask the dreaded questions about salary, benefits or company perks. (By the way, these are okay to ask, but don't ask them right away. You will come off as being focused on the wrong things.)
The next time you are faced with this situation, remember to first, take a deep breath, maybe even a drink of water, and refer back to these five questions. You are sure to continue the wow factor throughout the interview, until that last handshake, which will hopefully yield a call back within the week.
Top Five Questions to Ask in Any Job Interview
These questions are beneficial for many reasons. Not only does it answer questions for you about the company's management style, it will tell you if you are a good fit. It will also reinforce to the interviewer that you are motivated, passionate and truly interested about the work you are going to be doing for them.
So, good luck, and go get them. You've got this! If you are ready to interview, consider applying for a position today: Its Your Year to Shine.
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Founded over two decades ago, OpTech is an award-winning global consulting firm specializing in enhancing Fortune 1000 and government clients by providing innovative tailored solutions to several industries including, government, healthcare insurance, information technology, utilities, finance, accounting, engineering and manufacturing industries. As a focused, purpose-built, Women Business Enterprise and client-centric professional services company, we also deliver elite industry talent to our clients.
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By: Laura T. Ziegler
Today’s job market is competitive. A successful job hunt can be both time-consuming and at times, even daunting. It is easy to get bogged down in the world of job boards – a vicious cycle of sending endless resumes that yield few results or inquires back. In moments like these, a recruiter may be your best option to finding a permanent position, contract work, or a specialized assignment. Below are the top ten reasons you should consider a recruiter the next time you are in job search mode:
So, what are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose! Recruiters have access to the hidden job market where your perfect position may be waiting and they truly want you to succeed.
OpTech can help you find your dream job. An award winning firm. Forbes ranked OpTech number 56 of 250 nationwide last month for Best Professional Recruiting Firms in 2017.
To see a list of all job opportunities available at OpTech, click on the link below.
By jordan e. Taylor
The formula for success is always different for each person, however the common piece to every equation is mentorship. Behind every successful person is at least one mentor. Whether you decide to climb the corporate ladder or pursue entrepreneurship, having a mentor will enable you to accomplish your goals faster and with fewer stumbles along the way. Here are some of the perks of having a mentor:
1. Direction – This world is full of talented people, however if they don’t have a plan for their career or business, all the talent in the world will not be able to help them succeed long term. Mentors help you map out where you want your career to go and the steps you need to take to get there.
2. Wisdom – The hardest lessons in life are the ones you learn through your own failures, the easiest lessons are the ones you learn from the failures of others. A great success story is a story about failure, that didn’t end there. Mentors have a wealth of knowledge and information from their years of experience and they’re always willing to share. You can learn just as much from a person’s mistakes as you can from their success.
3. Accountability – It’s easy to see the faults in others and sometimes harder to see them in ourselves. Mentors help you see your professional blind spots- patterns, habits and behaviors that we need to correct in order to become our best selves. They hold us to a higher standard and inspire us to rise to meet them.
4. Connections – A key indicator of whether or not someone will be successful is their network. The people that make up your network can determine your net worth. Your network can help you land that next job, gain new business, give you good referrals and so much more. Having a mentor helps you to expand your network and make more meaningful business connections.
5. Investment – Having someone believe in you is one thing, but having someone invest in you makes a world of different. The best mentors invest in you. Their key investment is their time. Mentors listen to you, teach you, provide helpful insights in situations that are unclear and they give you that needed push to get you to stretch yourself.
Mentors are an amazing combination of life coach, therapist, and friend. Having a mentor transforms your career and positively impacts your life. Once you find a good one, make sure you nurture the relationship so that it can continue to grow.
OpTech launched a new workflow/process automation solution this week – Bionic System Analytics.
A division of OpTech, Bionic System Analytics is cloud-based and focuses on improving and automating tax and financial processes. It leverages OpTech’s AWS analytics platform, its Data Scientists and Bionic Techs.
“Bionic System Analytics can also provide firms with a competitive advantage by identifying patterns in their datasets and gaining deeper insights into the compiled information provided in an easy-to-read dashboard,” says Ronia Kruse, President & CEO of OpTech. “I am excited about this partnership because it brings together both data science and business experience, especially in the field of finance.”
“Our analytics platform can be created in the client’s environment or in the Cloud to allow the integration of transaction level data from multiple systems to design and optimize tax or financial systems. The platform is fully scalable and data can be accessed from anywhere at any time.” says Jim Ramsey, Founder of Bionic System Analytics.
OpTech is an award-winning, professional services firm providing information technology, engineering, healthcare and financial & accounting services to Fortune 1000 and government clients. Based in Southeastern Michigan with offices in the United States and India, OpTech connects our clients to top technical, healthcare and financial talent from coast to coast. For our employees, OpTech offers outstanding career opportunities in today’s hottest technologies and supports the most innovative companies.
By Laura Ziegler
Working in the field of IT talent management and recruiting, we frequently have candidates requesting ways to make themselves more marketable. They want to know, from a first-hand perspective, what skill sets will elevate them to the top of the resume pile. Over the past 20 years, these answers remain the same for the most part: strong interpersonal and communication skills, great work ethic, dedication, and enthusiasm. These are qualities that remain timeless and are a necessary component to any candidate vetting. However, we’ve seen a shift in the past couple of years toward a core skill that is becoming more and more important, and the trend seems to continue in this direction – learn to code.
<Code>, <Code>, <Code>…
Our team has seen a trend throughout news outlets and across social platforms. There are articles everywhere expounding on the major changes in the IT world with the movement toward the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Connected Vehicle solutions. Tech is everywhere we look and our connection to tech only continues to grow. Knowing how to code has limitless benefits, and anyone can learn how to do it.
I recently read an article in Inc. about just this topic and the author, Andrew Medal, summed up the necessity of coding by saying “Acting as time travelers, those of us who code, are on the front lines of this revolution – forging ideas, changing the world and disrupting the status quo…Those who don’t code...run the risk of professional extinction.”
It’s clear that so much of the world is adopting this belief. There are toys everywhere that teach children the rudimentary beginnings of coding. There are more and more after school programs that focus on this very skill set, and educational curriculums are shifting to S.T.E.M learning.
Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?
So, these programs and offerings are wonderful for the future of tomorrow, but what about the workforce of today? Can we learn to code, even though computers weren’t necessarily a part of our everyday life as children? The answer is yes, and getting started is not as hard as you think. Here are some suggestions to taking the first step down the path of coding.
Look at taking online classes:
For those of you that are visual learners or prefer a more hands-on approach, there are several kits you can purchase to teach you the basics. Everything from the Kano Pixel Kit https://kano.me/store/us/products/pixel-kit to a Raspberry PI https://www.raspberrypi.org/. There are endless options when it comes to learning to code. Google is a great place to start.
It’s hard to say where the future is headed. Will coding become a thing of the past with the advent of AI? Some skeptics say this is true, but they also say that coding is a stepping stone to whatever comes next in the world of tech. So, whether the articles are depicting the future accurately about the need to code, one thing is certain; it wouldn’t hurt to spend some time investigating whether or not you’d like to add it to your resume as a skill set. It may move you to the top of the resume pile.
Referenced article: https://www.inc.com/andrew-medal/everyone-on-the-planet-should-learn-to-code-heres-why-and-how.html
How would you feel about turning your unconnected car into a connected one before the end of the decade? The market for connected-car technology using palm-size devices known as dongles is growing by leaps and bounds. Dongles plug into diagnostic ports and can be linked to cellular or Wi-Fi signals via smartphones. Sounds great, but is there a price to pay? IT Experts warn of being vulnerable to hackers and other security issues. What do you think? Would you risk your security in turn for innovative features?
The Wall Street Journal published an article yesterday showcasing some of the benefits and the risks. See for yourself.
Forbes has ranked OpTech, LLC number 56 of 250 nationwide for Best Professional Recruiting Firms in 2017.
Forbes worked directly with analytics firm Statista to identify approximately 4,000 recruiters, HR managers and employees that have worked with recruiters over the past three years. Respondents were asked to complete an online survey recommending up to 10 recruiting firms (excluding their own). With more than 20,000 recommendations, the companies with the most recommendations ranked highest.
“We are incredibly honored to be recognized by Forbes,” said Ronia Kruse, CEO of OpTech. “I know I speak for the entire OpTech team when I express our commitment to delivering outstanding service to both our clients and our talent, and hope to earn this distinctive recognition in years to come.”
OpTech is one of eight Michigan-based companies to be included on the list. Visit http://bit.ly/2p0Tzlu to view the list in its entirety.
Last month, OpTech added a new service to its growing portfolio of solutions: Connected Vehicle Solutions and Embedded Systems. Making a strategic hire, OpTech brought on Rodney Fakhoury as the Director of Connected Vehicle Solutions. With an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wayne State University, Rodney joins the OpTech team with more than 20 years of experience delivering engineering solutions for embedded systems, connected vehicles; product design and systems development as well as evaluation and testing for Telematics systems in passenger vehicles as well as heavy truck and bus vehicles.
We sat down with Rodney to ask him a few questions about OpTech’s new solution in a one-on-one interview. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:
What are connected vehicles?
Rodney: Connected vehicles are vehicles that use any of a number of different communication technologies to communicate with the driver, other cars on the road (vehicle-to-vehicle [V2V]), roadside infrastructure (vehicle-to-infrastructure [V2I]), and the “Cloud.” Connected cars are equipped with Internet access, and usually also with a wireless local area network. This allows the car to share internet access with other devices both inside as well as outside the vehicle. Vehicles include passenger cars, heavy trucks, buses, and even off-road and construction vehicles.
What are the benefits of connected vehicle technology?
Rodney: There are several benefits to this emerging technology. Not only can it be used to improve vehicle safety, but also to improve vehicle efficiency and commute times. In time, connected vehicles will help with crash elimination, reduced need for new infrastructure, travel time dependability, and improved energy efficiency.
In the past, automobiles had been designed to transport you from point A to B. Today, automobiles have become more like entertainment centers embedded with a myriad of sensors and communication devices that transmit information to and from our homes, our phones, and other personal devices. For example, envision a user waking up for work one morning. His connected car will have already checked the traffic conditions (sending a message to the user’s phone regarding traffic issues and providing a suggested alternative route). The user will have set personal music preferences and adjusted climate and seat position before starting his day.