Great Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

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We have all been there, the dreaded moment in a interview where the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” and you sit there stumped, having no idea what to say, and in the end you are more than likely not offered the job. Well I am sure that you now know that this question is one of the many tests they give you during a interview and the more questions you have the better.Below are my top five questions I ask during every interview even if it is a position in a company I already work for…

#1. What made you come to work here and why do you stay?

So this is two questions is one, but it really gets the interviewer talking about      themselves and gives you a idea of how the company attracts and attains employees. I also finds that it can give you a good amount of insight as to how happy your interviewer is in their position

#2. How would you define the company culture here?

Such a interview question right?! Well, as with anything in life everything is not for everyone and sometimes it is better to know if your potential employers style does not fit yours. For example, if there is a very strict office setting with little employee socialization and you are a social butterfly wanting to know all your co-workers on a personal level – Probably not the right fit for you!

#3. What traits do you think are most important for a person to posses in this role?

Not only will this question help you to further sell yourself for the position based on the interviewers response, but it will also give you insight into what a ideal employee might look like for the role.

#4. Can you explain to me what the standard career path would look like for someone starting out in this position?

Since I am a A type personality I want to have as much information upfront as possible, this includes wither or not there is a set career path for my next role once hired. Many a times if the interviewer cannot explain what the next steps would be that raises a red flag for me – especially in a larger company. After all, no one wants to feel stuck in a role with no direction for finding a new one!

#5. What does the company do to continue learning and development in my role once hired and throughout my career?

Although training can sometimes be repetitive and, can we be honest, boring, I really like to know upfront what kind of support I will be receiving from my leadership once hired. Is education a growth a consistent concern within the company or do they only offer training until you know how to do your job then you are thrown to the wolves?

 

I would love to hear some of your go-to interview questions, or if you are the one that interviews people what is a question that impresses you?

Happy Friday!

-Allison

Dill Pickle Dip

Sometimes you find a recipe that is unmatched and you literally never get tired of. This pickle dip is that for me. So simple to make and everyone loves it, and I mean everyone. So, that being said I thought I would spread the love with all of you to enjoy 😊

What you will need

4 ounces Cream Cheese [one package]

16 ounces Full Fat Sour Cream

A little less than 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Fresh Dill –

or to your preference

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder

Pinch Salt/Pepper to taste

1 & 1/2 Cup Chopped Pickles – make sure they are

dill, any brand will do

Tablespoon of pickle juice – totally optional but I love it

How to make it

First take the cream cheese and sour cream and still until combined and not lumpy

Add in all spices until combined

Add in chopped pickles

Place in a serving dish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour

Enjoy with Lays classic chips

So simple! If you make this at home please let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts

Happy Wednesday!

Allison

Beauty : 5 Products I Use Daily

I am a firm believer that not all great things or products have to be expensive, and often times the unexpected can surprise you. Even though Fall is approaching and a change in season usually means a change in products I thought I would share 5 of my favorite products that I use daily.

1. Ciate Eyeliner and Stamp This eyeliner is hands down my favorite and that is a huge statement to make because I have tried a lot of eyeliners! It is so pigmented, dried matte and does not crack it flack at all. The application is really smooth and what’s better is it comes with a star stamp on one end. I do however this this is a limited release as I could not find it on the Ciate website, but Fierce Flicks liner is great as well

2. Tarte Shape Tape If you watch and beauty vloggers or influencers you already know that everyone is obsessed with this stuff! I was skeptical at first, but I too love it. The coverage is great, it is super easy to blend and it has a citrus sent that I love. Although it is on the more expensive side it is the best concealer I have found thus far

3. Essence Rock & Doll Mascara this is just so good! I would compare it to Benefit, There real mascara but better because it is around 6$!

4. Profusion Contour Kit I bought this as one of those end cap gift ideas around Christmas and have used it almost everyday since! It is so affordable and it really does have perfect contour colors, and the included highlighter is not bad either as well as the matte base color I use as a eyeshadow base before colors.

5. Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder I prefer a loose powder over pressed when setting my face and this one is awesome! Really does last all day and also works well to bake oily areas. A really great option is you need a more affordable setting powder

What are some of the beauty products you use on a daily basis?

Happy day to you!

-Allison

Currently Loving : Fall Fashion Finds from Zara

Colorado is getting its first Zara and I am thrilled! Jerrod and I have only ever been able to shop at Zara when we visit other cities and I really love all of their stuff so I am so excited! Another thing that I am super excited for is Fall; so while perusing online I thought I would share some of my favorite prices right now from Zara for the upcoming colder months.

I am all about the fact that the plaid pant trend is back and can I also mention the PVC shoes and purses. I love! They are such a blast from my past because I totally remember things like that when I was in middle school, but as they say all fashion comes back in at some point. 😝

What is your favorite fashion trend?

Happy Tuesday!

-Allison

MamaHood Monday : Favorite Apps for Pregnancy and Motherhood

If you are anything like me the moment you decide you want to start trying for a baby you start to download all sort of apps. From ovulation trackers to breastfeeding schedules it can get intense, so I thought I would put together my favorite past and present applications to make your current or future life a bit more simple.

1. Ovia – This was the very first app I downloaded to help me figure out when I was ovulating. In my experience the app was very easy to use and gave me all the information I needed to know – what was happening with my body and my chances of getting pregnant throughout the month. (Free)

2. The Bump – when I did eventually get a positive pregnancy test I downloaded The Bump ASAP because I wanted to know every little thing that was happening for me and baby. I love this app because it stays up to date with you as you progress in your pregnancy and it also has brief articles on all things MamaHood! (Free)

3. MammaBaby – we downloaded this app while still in the hospital to keep track of feedings and continued to use it once we got home. Super simple set up, and also gives you the option to track diaper changes, growth and sleeping. (Free)

4. Sleepy Pillow – All new parents want their baby to fall asleep and stay asleep and getting that to happen successfully usually takes a routine. As a newborn each night we would have our routine and then I would choose music from the app to play for and hour (it had a timer you can set to turn off automatically!) this really helped Rosalie to know that it was night time sleeping and not daytime naps and she started to be able to comfortably fall asleep on her own. I also really love this app when I am having issues falling asleep. (Free)

5. Baby Stimulation – I only let Rosalie play on this rarely but as a distraction for a few minutes if I need to go into another room or complete a task it is great. Also is good for hand eye coordination. (This app is free for one “game” and is 1.99$ to unlock all features)

What are some awesome apps that you enjoy? Parent related or not? I love to hear suggestions – have a great Monday!

-Allison

Unexpected Skincare : Oil of Oregano

I know that you are thinking the exact same thing that I was when I first heard about oil of oregano for skincare; sounds completely weird! Well, I do still agree that it sounds odd, but I am all about weird power! 😜

I heard about oil of oregano working wonders on rashes and skin issues and sadly Jerrod has suffered from a reoccurring rash that pops up randomly so I thought what the heck!? He was previously prescribed a steroid cream to use, and it would make the rash go away, then it would just return somewhere else once he stopped using it! Super frustrating for Jerrod, not to mention expensive – a small tube was around 65.00$ – Yikes!

So while at Sprouts grocery shopping I suddenly remembered that I should pick some up. I was able to find it easily and even though it was more expensive than I anticipated (10-12$ a bottle) it will last so much longer then the prescription cream, and better yet we know what’s in it!

So Jerrod has been using it for over a week now and even taking 2 days off when we were out of town the rash is gone and has not come back anywhere else! A little goes along way – 2 or 3 drops a day! I also occasionally suffer from eczema so this is a awesome solution for our skin woes.

I really wanted to share this awesome discovery of ours with all of you, but as you know, I am no doctor, so be sure to talk to your health care provider for more information and if it is a good fit for you.

If you do end up trying it please let me know if it works for you! I would love to hear your experience

Happy Wednesday,

Allison

Our First Couples Trip Since Baby

Jerrod and I were lucky enough to be gifted a trip to Las Vegas and it was our first time being away from our little one. I totally expected to cry a lot being without Rosie, but I surprisingly did not! It was honestly very refreshing to have time just for us as a couple even though we did talk about her ALL THE TIME.

I am really looking forward to all the family trips we will take together, but couple time is needed too! What are some some things that you do with your SO for quality time together whether you have kids or not.

Happy Tuesday!

-Allison

My Love / Hate Relationship with Acrylic Nails

I am a true freak about my nails – it is the one part of my appearance that I always want to be “done” I have no issue going without makeup, or my hair being a mess, but girl, my nails need to be on point. That being said I have had such a love / hate relationship with acrylics over the past 5 years or so. I will taken them off and immediately regret it, then I will get them done and think they are a pain – first world problems!

I know that acrylics are very on trend right now so Before you take the plunge here are my pros and cons

Pros

• your nails rarely break / the polish hardly ever chips

• they always look great

• your nails are all the same length – this is a big one for me ( and probably all A type personalities)

• they are relatively low maintenance as you only get them done ever 2-3 weeks, rather than doing your own which is weekly

• give you more delicate manners. This sounds totally crazy but when I have longer acrylics on I totally have softer hand movements, and am more delicate in general

Cons

• you have to pay to have them done

• it can be time consuming

• sometimes they can be painful – especially when they break!

• if you like them long, like I did, the. Everyday tasks, such as typing, can become more difficult.

• by the time you need a rebase they look pretty rough

What are your thoughts? Natural or acrylic? I can’t seem to pick a team! 😂 Happy Tuesday

-Allison

DIY : pallets into baby gates

I will be the first to admit that before I had my own little one I dreaded baby gates. Once I opened them it seemed impossible to put them back the way they were; and most of them (in my opinion) were an eye sore. So once I knew our days were numbered of having a stationary baby I started thinking about what I wanted to make, and I landed on baby gates made out of pallets!

The pictures I included below are a few steps I took along the way and I ended up making two gates, one for the top of the stairs and one for the bottom.

This project was almost free as I scored the pallets at no cost from my brother in law and have most of the hardware, stains and tools needed except the latches, which are very affordable.

^ don’t mind my work shoes 😝

My biggest advice when making things is to always measure twice cute once!

When brain storming I just drew up the idea for my space and measured it to fit. I was able to make two gates out of one and a half pallets and I sanded everything extremely well in addition to staining and sealing it. I would definitely also suggest pre-drilling any holes as thinner wood has the tendency to crack and split

All and all I am happy with how they turned out, but they are still in need of some touch ups (whenever I have the time) One things I am excited for is to hang a wreath on the gate at the bottom of the stairs for Christmas – cheesy, I know 😅

What are your thoughts on this DIY? Hope you have a great Wednesday!

-Allison

Gender Neutral Nursery

When we found out we were expecting a little girl everyone jumped on the pink bandwagon, everyone except Jerrod and I! I had so many people give their opinions that the room should be pink, all the clothes should be pink, everything pink and it began to drive me nuts! So that being said, I went on the hunt for some nursery inspiration.

These photos of general neutral nurseries are amazing and for me was a refreshing reminder that the color wheel for babies is much larger than blue and pink! When Rosalie’s nursery was finally complete it turned out to be pretty neutral, but the curtains added the perfect amount of girly (hoping to have the nursery pics up this week) what is your opinion on nursery decor? Do you prefer classic pink or blue or love the neutral options that can be used for more than one child?

All images were sourced via my Pinterest

Happy Tuesday!

-Allison