Tough Interview Questions and How to Ace Them!

August 16th, 2013

Interview questions are intended to get to the very root of each individual’s background and determine if you are a viable candidate for the job. Every hiring manager has their own process when it comes to devising questions to ask potential employees. Here are six tough questions you could be asked and the best ways to answer them to be prepared for your next interview.

  1. What accomplishment are you most proud of? This isn’t a time for bragging, but it is a time to share your most impressive professional accomplishment to knock the socks off the hiring managers. You want to make them sit up and take notice and wonder how they could continue to run their department without you. Tailor your answer to the job for which you are applying. Prepare for this answer prior to your interview. Also be sure to give credit to anyone who helped you in the process which will keep you from entering bragging territory.
  2. Why do you want to work for our company? This may be the most important question that an interviewer can ask and the most important one you can answer. Hiring managers aren’t looking for generic answers and they don’t want to hire someone who is looking for just any job. They want to know that you are interested in and dedicated to their specific business. You want to show that you researched their company, share your long term career goals, and demonstrate your commitment.
  3. Can you justify your salary requirements? Before you go into the interview determine your salary range. Your first number should be the bare minimum. If their offering is below this number you would not accept the job. The second number should be what you think you are worth. Be prepared to provide good and positive reasons for your salary range. They don’t want to hear that you are experiencing financial trouble, even if it is true. Tell them about your results and your successes.
  4. What is your biggest weakness? For so many years candidates have been advised to turn this question around and answer with a strength in the form of a weakness. For example, “I’m organized to a fault.” Because this technique is so overdone it can come across as disingenuous. Instead, you should be honest but remain positive. Tell them about the time you got easily frustrated with a customer but also how you solved the problem.

Are you ready for your next interview? If you are looking for jobs in Pearland TX, contact the employment experts at Meador today.

Be Prepared with an Interview Toolkit

July 12th, 2013

Being prepared for an interview should involve more than printing out your resume and wearing your best navy blue suit. Before scheduling your next meeting, ask yourself, “What can I offer an employer?” It is important to consider the extras that you can provide which will set you apart from the rest of the candidates who interview for the same job. Think of all the ways you can market your specific skills. Consider these tools to add to your interviewing took kit and impress your future employer.

  1. What does the interviewer want? An important shift in your interviewing mindset is to treat the hiring manager like a customer to whom you’re selling a product. Assess your skills and abilities and determine how your “product” can solve immediate problems and improve processes for this company? You need to think creatively about what you have to offer and be able to present it in a way that is above and beyond your competition.
  2. Research the company. Lots of experts give the advice to research the company before an interview, but very few tell you what to do with the information. It isn’t enough just to know who the company is, what they do, and their yearly earnings. A good exercise is to view your role as a consultant. Look at the job description, the company profile, and determine what you can do to help solve their most pressing needs.
  3. Add an extra touch. To make yourself more memorable, think of one thing you can bring with you to the interview to set yourself apart from the competition. Don’t be unprofessional; it is best to leave your pets or knitting projects at home. However, based on your research you can determine something that will prove your value to the company. For example, if their website features humorous bios of each staff member, craft something that fits the overall feel and bring it with you. If you see that their website invites people to “Like!” them on Facebook but they don’t actively post on the site, bring examples of competitors Facebook page or show them how you use Facebook to build an audience.

Are you looking for ways to impress on your next interview? Contact Meador Staffing to see how we can help with the interviewing process.

What the Employer Needs to Hear From You

June 14th, 2013

There is a lot of interviewing advice on the Internet so how exactly do you know who to listen to and what will help you get a job? Many experts will tell you what to say and how to say it but these sometimes turn out to be disingenuous conversations. We want to share with you some real advice that can help you say the right things to your next interviewer.

  1. You can get the job done. Employees often say they don’t like to work for micro-managers. Most employers say they don’t like being micro-managers. They want to know that they can tell you what needs to get done and you can do it without having someone stand over your shoulder. Let them know you don’t need to be asked more than once to complete a project.
  2. Not only will it get done, but it will be excellent. On top of understanding your employer’s deadlines and being able to complete projects on time, it is important for them to know that you will do your very best work each and every time. No one wants to hire a candidate who only pays half the attention to detail necessary for each project.
  3. You’re a team player. Don’t specifically say the words “team player” because everyone says that, but show your interviewer that you are going to work well within the organization. Tell them you can get along with a lot of personalities and that you’re willing to work through situations to get the job done to the best of your ability.
  4. You can accept criticism. It is sometimes hard to hear that you’re doing something wrong but employers need candidates who are teachable. They need to know that if they have to talk to you about a problem that you won’t get defensive and upset.
  5. You are loyal. An employer wants someone who is going to be on their side. Talking behind their backs about their flaws will eventually get back around to you. Be an advocate for the business even after hours and promote the organization every chance you get.

Are you looking for your next interview opportunity? Talk with Meador Staffing today to find out what positions we currently have available.