How to Get the Best Perks

In today’s post, Lewis Daidone reviews how to discuss benefits and perks with prospective employers. Lewis Daidone is a Certified Public Accountant and consultant to financial firms and tech companies.

Have you thought about which incentives you’d want from the firm you ultimately work for? Do you know what is commonly offered to candidates with your skills, educational background, and experience? Here are a few tips that might help you to successfully negotiate the benefits you want.

Know what is being offered at competing firms.

Unless you know what is commonly offered to professionals with your job title in your industry, you won’t be in an effective position to negotiate. Make sure you also research the effect offering the benefits or perks has had on other organizations. Was employee morale improved? Was there an increase in productivity? Having these answers could make the perks more attractive to your employer, while sending him or her the message that you’re a conscientious team member.

Have a strategy.

Make sure your requests are well-thought out and precise, and give reasons you require your specific benefits. For example, rather than asking to work remotely or periodic time off throughout the day, present a trial schedule where your employer can monitor your off-site performance and evaluate your productivity after the trial period ends.

Know what is a deal breaker and what you can live without in advance.

The possibility exists that you won’t get all of the benefits you want, but that doesn’t mean you should necessarily refuse the job. Think carefully about which incentives you don’t consider absolutely essential before you even walk into the room.

Certain workplace incentives are becoming increasingly generous and diverse across industries. Don’t be timid when requesting your benefits. You may be surprised!

Lewis Daidone works alongside boards of directors, venture capitalists, senior executives and partners toward improving infrastructure, growth projections, and fiscal results of financial services and technology companies.  Follow him on Facebook to know more.

How to Prepare for a Successful Video Interview

In the following article, CPA and consultant Lewis Daidone offers tips for conducting a smooth and professional video interview.

Now that we have easy access to an abundance of communications devices, we have the option of engaging in conversations across a wide variety of digital channels. The video interview is becoming more and more common as hiring managers seek to streamline the interview process. Video communications platforms are cost-effective and efficient resources for interviewing long lists of candidates. Nevertheless, it is a mistake to treat a video interview more casually than you would an in-person meeting. Here are a few tips for making sure you leave the hiring manager with best possible impression of your skills, intelligence, and personality.

Make sure your camera is stationary.

While smartphones are convenient and easy to maneuver, you should definitely keep yours perfectly still while you are conducting your interview. Mount it securely on a smartphone stand so that your interviewers don’t get motion sickness from your Cinéma vérité-style camera work. Better yet—use your desk/laptop

Check and double check your background.

If you’re going to be at home during the interview, make sure the space is professional and clean. It is very easy to forget that your funny-yet-undignified posters, laundry, dishes, pets, etc. might be visible to the interviewer.

Check and double check the video technology.

Make sure your camera and microphone are working properly, and that you’re familiar enough with the platform the interviewers have selected. If you haven’t already, download it well in advance so that you won’t be in danger of logging on late, or wasting time fussing with the sound and the composition.

There is no reason why a video interview should be any different from a live interview. Prepare well, dress well, and don’t forget to smile!

Lewis Daidone works alongside boards of directors, venture capitalists, senior executives and partners toward improving infrastructure, growth projections, and fiscal results of financial services and technology companies.  Follow him on Facebook to know more.