Elections are over, unemployment rates continue to drop and we are at the beginning of a new year. Those are enough reasons given by more than 1/3 of all employees to look for more exciting career opportunities this year, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal reports.
The nationwide survey of 2,249 people by career site Glassdoor found that one in three employees plan to look for a new job in the coming year. In terms of what employees may be looking for in a potential new employer, 73 percent ranked salary as priority No. 1, followed by 55 percent who said location and 30 percent most concerned about career growth.
In related news, here are the Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2013. If you want to be considered a candidate in today’s workplace, be prepared for questions like these:
- If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which one would it be and why? (asked at Forrester Research)
- How many cows are in Canada? (asked at Google)
- What song best describes your work ethic? (asked at Dell)
- Jeff Bezos walks in your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it? (asked at Amazon)
- What do you think about when you are alone in your car? (asked at Gallup)
- How would people communicate in a perfect world? (asked at Novell Software)
- What’s your favorite song? Perform it for us now. (asked at Living Social)
- Pick two celebrities to be your parents. (asked at Urban Outfitters)
Don’t complain about the seeming irrelevance of these questions. Just be aware that companies want to know how you think and how creative you are. What you know is of diminishing importance since we can get any static information instantly. The fact that you are 45, have a $2500 monthly mortgage and two kids in college and a car that needs to be replaced are not factors in a company deciding how much to pay you. Their only concern is what value you bring to the table, and that can be provided by a single 25-yr-old gal or a 53-yr-old father of eight.
Enjoy the process of finding work you love – just be prepared for the changing world of work.
For the complete list check here – Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2013