Job Interview Tips with Questions to Ask the Interviewer!

by Robert John Stevens, July 14, 2017

Here are HireStrategy’s tips for interviewing for a job. Emily Glezen emailed these to me. I particularly like the questions to ask that are listed at the end:

· Connect your experience to the job.

· We recommend providing detail and depth in all or your responses.

Thing to be prepared to speak to:
· The company and why you’re interested in working there.

· Your strengths.

· How you’ve overcame challenges in the future and examples.

· Why they should hire you (Speak directly to the job qualifications)

· Why you left past jobs

Tips:
· Be honest about what you don’t know, but what you would do to find out the answer.

· Be conversational and do not give short answers! If you do not have experience with something, tell them something you do have experience with that is similar and explain your familiarity what that technology. We never recommend just saying ‘no’.

· Do you research on the company – Be able to speak to why you want to work there.

· If you worked with a Technology, make sure you can explain where you worked with it and how you used it.

· Remember to have a copy of your resume on hand for the interview as the manager will be referring to it and it will be easy for you to point out your experience as it pertains to the job description.

· Highlight key points in your resume that pertain to the job description.

· Be prepared to speak to every bullet point on the job description and your resume.

· Allow up to 30 minutes in the interview, it may go longer so please plan accordingly.

· Answer the questions clearly and concisely and stay professional and on topic at all times.

· Do not bring up any negativity about previous employers or positions and stay positive and focused.

· Close strong! Express to the Manager that you are very interested in the position and learning more about next steps.

Advice about when they ask ‘do you have any questions for me’:
Companies love to talk about themselves! The hallmark of a good interview is a 50/50 conversation. You want the interviewer to spend as much time speaking about themselves, the company and position as you should be speaking of your own background. The best way to engage an interviewer is to ask great questions, here are some examples:
1. What do you like about working here?

2. What do you think is the most challenging aspect of this role?

3. What type of profile do you think would be an ideal fit in this position?

4. How would you describe the team culture?

Trump: Since Signing the Declaration of Independence, ‘America Always Affirmed that Liberty Comes from Our Creator’

by Robert John Stevens, July 2, 2017

“Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that liberty comes from our creator,” Trump declared. “Our rights are given to us by God and no earthly force can ever take those rights away. That is why my administration is returning that power back to where it belongs — to the people.” — President Donald Trump

Most Americans do not understand the concept although once they do they know it is true. The concept is the American Creed—it is what sets us apart from previous governments in history.

May President Trump say this repeatedly at every opportunity he can.

Escrow.com Scam Explained

by Robert John Stevens, June 14, 2017

Feedback to escrow.com on my last transaction:

The experience was fast and great but you really need to tell the world that your non-concierge service is flawed — that if immediately after the buyer receives the domain he changes his contact information, then the seller has no way to prove the domain was transferred to the buyer and may lose the domain and not get paid.

I was lucky that my buyer was honest and notified escrow.com that he received the domain I sold him.

I have not discovered any problem with the escrow.com concierge service and pay the extra fee. Both services work but the low-cost one is sort of a scam since they know of the problem above that I’ve notified them about three times.

Homestead Land for $10k Down?

by Robert John Stevens June 11, 2017

This ad appeared in KSL.com Classifieds on June 9, 2017. I emailed Sarah, told her I forwarded it to Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee, sent her two articles I wrote, and asked if she would let me know if she gets a response from her ad.

Family with $10K to put down on Agricultural Acreage to start a homestead. The problem is work is in Provo so the land has to be within 30 miles of Provo. We’d really appreciate any consideration. Thank you. Contact Sarah 801-494-9189

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Rediscovering the Proper Role of Government

by Robert John Stevens, May 8, 2017

Friday afternoon I hand-delivered to Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee and his assistant Brian Voeks new copies of Ezra Taft Benson’s immortal, “The Proper Role of Government” in hopes Bill will give up central planning and endorse the founding principles of liberty that made America great.

Every American should read and rediscover its concepts at least once a year. I read it again on Friday.

Regulations are Destroying the United States and Utah County Where I Live

by Robert John Stevens, May 2, 2017

Noxious weed regulations aren’t important to most people but can be used as an example of why regulations are destroying the USA and our counties.

To develop a 5.25-acre parcel in Utah County, Utah, a developer must buy a noxious weed certificate declaring the land is free of noxious weeds. I got mine from Buffo’s Pest Control in Provo for $500.

Who benefits? Pest control businesses.

Utah County, where I live, is 2,144 square miles in which 2,003 square miles is land and not water; 96% of land in Utah County is outside of the incorporated towns. In such a vast, undeveloped area, temporarily clearing a single lot of noxious weeds is of little to no value. Statistically, it is of no consequence.

This morning, at the public Utah County Commission Meeting, changes to new subdivision regulations for noxious weeds were presented to the Utah County Commissioners1 for approval.

During the public comments period I asked the commissioners, “Who makes regulations? Help me understand the process. I see staff recommendations and your approvals but have any developers been consulted? Is there a meeting where developers and farmers are brought into a room for discussion?” Commissioner Bill Lee responded, “Sure, lots of them.”

I doubt any farmers and developers were consulted.

“Has anyone inquired about how long it takes for weeds to return? I mean, wind blows seeds around.” They just stared at me.

I then asked, “Suppose I laser level my 5.25 acres. That pushes the dirt around and destroys noxious weeds at least to the point where living plants aren’t visible. Should I still be made to pay for a noxious weed certification?” Commissioner Lee responded, “This meeting is not a question and answer session.”

Immediately after the meeting, government employee Bryce Armstrong2 told me that the changes to the noxious weed regulations were for out-of-season bonding. A developer cannot get a noxious weed certificate after September so during the fall and winter months Utah County requires a bond $1,000 per acre for noxious weeds. That’s $5,250 for a 5.25-acre parcel.

Bryce also said there is a Planning Commission Hearing where public questions are allowed.

Regulations are destroying America. Unelected central planners think it is their job to create regulations to control every aspect of our lives. This is not the America that the Founding Fathers devised. In fact, before 1913 there were almost no regulations in the United States because the founders and subsequent lawmakers knew it was essential to protect liberty which is “the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.3

Since God is the creator of noxious weeds and nobody knows the extent of how many there are in 96% of 2,003 square miles, and the wind blows seeds all around, does it really matter if 5.25-acres are cleared from noxious weeds? It does to our county central planners.

School children are still taught to recite the pledge allegiance which concludes with these words, “with liberty and justice for all.” There is no liberty when central planners regulate every aspect of our lives.

Wouldn’t it be better if whenever a regulation is proposed that the government actively invites stakeholders to a meeting? Posting a meeting agenda on a government website isn’t enough to gather farmers, land developers and pest control owners who have a stake in noxious weeds.

If no stakeholders come to a planning meeting then no regulation changes should be made other than their elimination.


1The commissioners in attendence were Bill Lee, Greg Graves and Nathan Ivie.

2 Bryce Armstrong is the Associate Director of Utah County Community Development

3 Google’s dictionary also defines liberty as freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control and freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.

President Trump is Right about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War

by Robert John Stevens, May 2, 2017

President Donald Trump is right about Andrew Jackson and that the civil war could have been avoided. Discussions on how to solve the slavery problem were well underway in Jackson’s day. For example, Mormon Church Founder Joseph Smith, who died a year before Andrew Jackson, proposed an ingenious solution in his 1844 campaign for the President of the United States that could have not only freed the slaves but avoided the American Civil War’s 620,000 deaths:

Eliminating slavery was another important part of his platform. He wrote in General Smith’s Views: “The Declaration of Independence ‘holds these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;’ but at the same time some two or three millions of people are held as slaves for life, because the spirit in them is covered with a darker skin.” Instead of simply calling for the abolition of slavery, Joseph Smith’s platform would have Congress “pay every man a reasonable price for his slaves out of the surplus revenue arising from the sale of public lands, and from the deduction of pay from members of Congress.” — Joseph Smith: Campaign for President of the United States

Former Congressman Ron Paul has repeatedly argued that all other civilized nations ended slavery without fighting a civil war.


Fact Check: Could Andrew Jackson Have Stopped The Civil War, As Trump Said?

How Much Longer Will Politicians Ignore Liberty?

Politicians’ odds of being re-elected may greatly depend on what they do for the cause of liberty. Some may yet do us all a great service while in office. Others can be educated if they’d just read an article a day at mises.org and watch the Ron Paul Liberty Report. Most though will not be re-elected after a major crisis.