“What’s Your Biggest Weakness?” – How to Answer

January 31st, 2014

The interviewing process can be nerve wracking for candidates. No matter how long you’ve been on the job market or how much practice you’ve had, answering some of the same questions over and over again can be difficult. There is one particular question that has been plaguing job seekers for time and memorial: what is your biggest weakness? How do you answer such a loaded question without casting doubt on your abilities to perform the job or fit in with the company? Here are some tips for your next interview.

  • Be specific and genuine. For example, rather than saying you aren’t organized, which can lead to believing you’re not detailed oriented and won’t be able to keep up with the work, say that your desk sometimes gets overrun as you concentrate on projects. They key here is to then offer how you overcome this challenge. Let the interviewer know you have developed a system where you create folders for each project and file them once you switch focus. That way you always know where the information for each project is even if you’re not currently working on it. Let them know that you like to take some time at the end of the day to evaluate each project and reorganize as much as possible so your desk isn’t messy when you arrive to work the next morning.
  • Avoid anything that will risk your chance at the job. When you prepare for your interview make sure to learn all the aspects of the job description. When you’re asked about your weakness don’t offer something that is essential for this role. If you’re applying for an executive assistant role where your job is to keep the executive organized, lacking in this skill can be disastrous for your chance at receiving an offer. However, if your role is primarily in customer service on the phone, your personal organizational system shouldn’t impact the customer’s experience. Again, make sure you let them know how you solve this challenge on a daily basis.
  • A weakness isn’t always a bad thing. A weakness is simply something that isn’t a strength. You aren’t incapable of staying organized on the job but aren’t naturally organized and need to put some extra effort into the process each day. When you’re answering the question make sure you don’t fall into the trap of rephrasing a strength as a weakness. This can come off as disingenuous and accomplish exactly the opposite reaction. For instance, don’t tell them that you just work too hard and someone needs to tell you to go home at the end of the day. If you are hired after declaring this they may become frustrated when you zip out of the office when the clock strikes 5pm every day.

Are you prepared to answer this question in an interview? If you are looking for employment in Deer Park TX, contact our team today.

Hot Jobs at Meador Staffing: Compensation & Benefits Analyst and Data Entry Processors

January 24th, 2014

Compensation & Benefits Analyst Jobs for Project in Austin

Our client in Austin, TX, is looking for someone on a temporary basis to provide compensation and benefits analysis. This is a special project expected to last 4 months or longer. They are looking for candidates with at least 5 to 10 years’ experience and advanced skills in compensation and benefits. This role will be responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of the company’s compensation program and related policies and practices. The responsibilities will include analyzing salary data, participating in salary surveys, compensation analysis for new hires and employees, and building job families and career paths. Our client needs someone who will manage the company wide effort to standardize and document all job descriptions for their business units located in multiple areas. The Compensation & Benefits Analyst will conduct this process for a company of over 1000 employees both on and off site.

We are looking for someone who has advanced project management skills and can work under specific project timelines and requirements. The right candidate for this role will have proven, advanced project management skills, experience in compensation administration, experience including analyzing salary data, participating in salary surveys, and recommending pay grades. Experience in job description development is required. Ideal candidates will have an HR or Accounting background along with the required experience.

Contact Meador Staffing for more information on this opportunity including the rate of pay.

Direct Hire Data Entry Processor Jobs in Austin, Texas.

Our client has an immediate need for a data entry process at their Austin facility. This position will be a direct hire and start at $31,000 annually. This is above average for the role in the area and the company also offers excellent benefits. The right candidate will have extensive experience in heavy data entry. Candidates must have excellent customer service experience, strong data entry skills including alpha-numeric and 10-key entry. They must also be proficient in MS Excel and Word. Candidates will be tested in these skills prior to submitting their resume to the company. Our client is looking for a team player interested in a long term career with a stable company.

Contact us today to learn more about the data entry position.

Meador Staffing is always hiring for qualified individuals in the Austin and Houston areas. If you are looking for employment opportunities in Austin TX, contact our team today.

12 Habits of Highly Collaborative Companies

January 17th, 2014

Collaboration is becoming a hot button issue for many new employees. Generation Y has been raised in a culture of collaboration and they expect this kind of interaction in the workplace. Recently, several industry experts have shared what they believe to be the 12 habits of high collaborative organizations. Let’s take a look at these traits now.

  1. Value the individual. Everyone on your team brings a different perspective along with different skills. While you are looking for a collaborative result don’t forget to reward individuals for their hard work or good ideas.
  2. Have a strategy before technology. Many companies want to implement the latest technology but unless you have a strategy that can show you how it will benefit your company you may want to take a step back.
  3. Listen to your employees. In order to encourage collaboration in your office you need to have a policy that values what your employees are saying.
  4. Get out of the way. Don’t let your need for control stand in the way of innovation among your team.
  5. Lead by Example. The best way to demonstrate your desire for collaborative projects is to lead your team by example. Roll up your sleeves and get to work innovating new ideas along with everyone else.
  6. Go with the flow. Innovation is often an organic process followed by a “eureka” moment. You can’t force creativity and you can’t demand innovation.
  7. Create a supportive environment. You want to establish an office environment that is not only open to collaborative working arrangements but encourages them. Create spaces in the office that bring people together rather than separating them into cubicles.
  8. Measure the right things. So many organizations get caught up in metrics and reporting. Rather than looking at the dollars and cents evaluate the potential, the incremental goals, and the long term feasibility of the project.
  9. Be persistent. Motivation is very important when it comes to creative innovation. Be persistent with the project but don’t micromanage it.
  10. Adapt and evolve with the changes. Some managers have a hard time with change. Don’t get stuck in an idea of the way things used to be. Embrace this new order and evolve your management style to fit within it.
  11. View the customer benefits. A collaborative workplace will produce products and services that will be of value to your customer base. Look at the end result and your customer satisfaction to measure the success.
  12. View the corporate benefits. Your team will also benefit from a collaborative workplace. You will see less competition between staff members and more satisfaction with their jobs.

Do you want to encourage collaborative thinking and innovation in your organization? If you are looking for recruiters in Pearland TX, contact our team today.

5 Ways to Find Your Passion in Work

January 10th, 2014

The first of the year is a great time to evaluate your career goals and make plans for the future. Many individuals are looking for a major shift in their lives by transforming their job into their passion. Are you ready to find that spark in the work you do? Here are five ways you can shift your thoughts to find passion in your work.

  1. Your work is not just the paycheck. If you have the mindset that your job is just a means to an end you will find yourself burned. You may just go through the motions to get that money at the end of each pay period. Instead, rethink the entire motivation for your work. The paycheck is icing on the cake of being able to do something you love.
  2. Don’t expect to find passion from outside sources. So many people keep busy to avoid feeling numb. Often we expect that an opportunity will present itself to us so we finally know our true purpose in life. The truth is the only thing standing in your way is you. Stop looking for fulfillment from outside sources. Take a long look within yourself to determine your true passion.
  3. Find a way to make your work exciting for you. People get into the mindset that they need to leave their job or make a drastic change to in order to pursue their passions. In reality, we can all make a difference exactly where we are today. Find small ways you can use your skills and talents to enhance your current job and make you feel more excited about what you are already doing.
  4. Do what you love and the money will follow. We get stuck in a cycle of feeling the need to stay in our jobs because we need money but not feeling fulfilled by the job we are doing. You don’t have to compromise your financial security just because you want to do the thing that brings you the most joy. Determine how you can do both in your life.
  5. Don’t wait until retirement. Putting off your passion can be one of the most risky tradeoffs you make in your life. You might think you can wait until you’ve retired to pursue your dreams but what happens if you don’t make it that far? Don’t put your own self-worth and happiness off for a later date – start now.

Are you looking for an opportunity to follow your dreams? If you are looking for employment agencies in Pearland TX, contact us today.