Standout Tactics to Help You Talk About Your Strengths in a Job Interview

August 24th, 2017

Some of the most common interview questions are also some of the most terrifying. You’re likely to be asked about your weaknesses and, of course, your strengths. And while it might seem obvious how to discuss your strengths, there are some things you can do to really sell yourself in an interview. What are some of the tactics that can help you stand out from the crowd.

Brainstorm about your strengths.

Before you go to your next interview, spend some time on this exercise. Get out a blank sheet of paper and start writing down all the things you feel are your biggest strengths. Don’t leave anything out. The goal of this is to have a huge list to choose from. Write down everything you can think of such as how you manage your time, how reliable you are, what you love to do most. Don’t leave any stone unturned.

Narrow your focus.

Now, narrow your focus. Look through your list and see how many of your strengths are just a variety of ways to say the same thing. For example, if you list time management skills, ability to hit deadlines and reliability, they all point to the same personality trait. Choose just one or two of these overarching strengths and work from those.

Prepare your examples.

Next, you need to have concrete examples to help sell your skills to an employer. Let’s stick with the example of time management. How have your time management skills positively affected your career in the past. Be specific. For instance, if you had a very time sensitive project for a demanding client who had bad experiences in the past, did you work out your plan of attack to give yourself plenty of time to complete the project with days to spare? How did this impress the customer?

Be accurate.

Of course, when describing your strengths to a potential employer you also need to accurate about the details of your account, especially when it comes to something verifiable through a reference check. But you also want to be authentic and accurate to give yourself the best shot at the job. For example, if you say your biggest strength is time management but you’re not actually that great with it, it won’t take long for the new employer to realize they’ve made a mistake in hiring you.

Don’t be too humble.

When you do settle on a specific strength to focus on as your answer to this inevitable question, don’t be too shy about sharing it. We are programmed to avoid bragging, but that is exactly what you need to do to sell your strengths in an interview. You need to find that fine line between confidence and arrogance and step right up to it without falling over. Confidence will win you points in an interview every time, so don’t be afraid to tell them about your accomplishments.

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Are Your Talent Screening Technique’s Out of Date? Here’s What to Do

August 17th, 2017

There is so much changing about the job market today. And many companies simply aren’t prepared for the new trends or technologies available for hire. You may be using outdated techniques for screening or vetting the talent before making a job offer. It’s important that you make the right decisions for pre-screening candidates across the board, so we’re here to help. Let’s take a look at some of the current trends.

Ban the box.

Employment laws referred to as “Ban the Box” encourage employers to hold off on asking an applicant about a potential criminal background. This is spreading and will become normal in employment over the next few years. The idea is that basing hiring criteria on a check box prevents valuable contributors from re-entering the workforce. This doesn’t mean that background checks aren’t run, but they may be run much later in the process.

Contingent employees.

Since the economic recovery began, more and more people are working on a project-basis rather than pursuing full time, permanent jobs. This gig economy means that companies are working more with short term or freelance workers than ever before. But what does that mean for your employment screening process? The important part is to keep your process consistent for all employees, traditional and contingent alike.

Continuous screening.

Another trend that is picking up steam is the idea of continuous screening. Make sure the consent form you use when hiring new employees is explicit about the company’s policies on continuous screening. You also need to make sure that you’re continuous screening process is in compliance with the EEOC.

Social media.

Many employers are curious about the role of social media when it comes to screening. It can be so easy to plug someone’s name into Google and read the corresponding social sites that return. But it is important to keep some things in mind if you do this, you may run into illegal or uncertain situations. If you’re not an expert in employment law, you may want to hire a third party company to include social media searches.

Unconscious bias.

You also need to ensure that you’re not allowing your unconscious bias to influence how you hire or what actions you take in the workplace. Unconscious bias can inform your decisions even when you are actively trying to avoid discriminatory behaviors. You may prefer to hire someone who has a similar background to yourself, but this may leave out perfectly qualified candidates.

Work with a recruiter.

There is a lot to be concerned with when it comes to screening potential employees. There are many moving pieces that are governed by different laws and employment regulations. By working with a recruiter, you can allow them to use their expertise to ensure the proper checks are run and the information isn’t being used incorrectly to inform your hiring decision.

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Don’t Despair! How to Rock a Panel Job Interview

August 10th, 2017

You’re never quite expecting a panel interview, much in the way no one expects the Spanish Inquisition. Even with advanced notice, you may find yourself wondering how exactly you can pull off a conversation with three, four, five, or more people at a time. But you don’t have to panic. You can rock the panel job interview even if you’re nervous and anxious. Here are our tips for acing this interview and standing out among the crowd.

Acknowledge everyone on the panel.

When a one-on-one interview, you probably make sure you pay some attention to your eye contact. It’s equally as important that you do so with a panel of people. Be sure to acknowledge everyone on the panel throughout your conversation. Make it natural, though, not systematic. If you look at each person for a few seconds before starting the rotation over again, it will start to become noticeable.

Be prepared to repeat yourself.

Everyone you’re speaking with will have a different attention level, and that means some may listen attentively to every word you say while others will be thinking about their next question. For this reason, you may be asked similar questions more than once. Don’t act frustrated because you’ve already answered. Be gracious and give them the information they’re looking for.

Figure out who needs more convincing.

You will quickly start to notice the people on the panel who are on your side and those who are not. You don’t need to convince your biggest fan, your real job is to convince the people who are on the fence. Spend time addressing their concerns, react to their body language positively, and showcase why you’re a good fit.

Prepare for an off-the-wall question.

Especially in a panel interview, there is always someone who wants to see how you react when you’re flustered. Prepare for a question that might seem off the wall. Answer it to the best of your ability. Just don’t react in a way that will give them the satisfaction that they “gotcha” with the question. If the question is inappropriate, let them know that but give them relevant related information.

Thank everyone on the panel.

Of course, after you leave the interview your job isn’t over. Make sure you get cards for everyone you met with. Then, send an individual thank you note to each one. It doesn’t matter if you decide to do emails or send a handwritten note through the mail, just make sure you are thanking each person individually.

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5 Signs You Need Outside Staffing Help

August 3rd, 2017

You know you need to focus your time and talent on running your business. So if you find yourself spending a lot of time searching for and interviewing new employees, there may be a much more efficient way to handle that process. Have you considered working with a staffing agency? Consider these 5 signs and how they may point in the direction of working with a firm to help you with your hiring and onboarding processes.

1. High turnover rates.

Is your company struggling to keep good workers on the job? Do people sometimes leave within their first 90 days? Have you been tracking their reason for leaving and been noticing specific patterns? A staffing partner can help you determine the cause and effect, such as an onboarding experience that isn’t matching the expectations of the job. Or the hiring process not drilling deep enough into employee skill levels.

2. Slow hiring process.

You have a lot on your mind. And even with the importance of hiring, sometimes it gets put on the back burner. That leads to a very slow hiring time, which can impact your business even if you don’t realize it. The time it takes to hire someone for an important position is costing your company money. Other employees are taking up the slack. You can’t afford to wait too long to fill a necessary role.

3. Low-quality candidates.

You may have several tried and true resources for hiring employees, but what happens when the well starts to run dry? You don’t have the time to try to access every avenue to hire your next great employee, so you may start to notice that the quality of candidates you’re bringing in isn’t the caliber that you’re looking for. A staffing partner can solve this problem.

4. Inability to test skills.

And how do you prove that a candidate is who they say they are? Not necessarily on an identity fraud basis, but on the basis of what they say they can do. If you bring in someone who claims to be an Excel wizard only to learn they can barely skate by, how does that affect the job at hand and the entire office? A staffing partner can test for skills before presenting candidates.

5. Too many resumes.

Another problem you’ve probably faced is simply too many resumes to effectively narrow your choices down for any given job. When you post online for a position, you probably get hundreds of resumes. That is too many to review and most of them won’t meet the qualifications. But a recruiter is dedicated to this process which can free up your time so you can focus on what you do best.

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