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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3 Ways to Improve Culture and Attract Candidates

November 15th, 2013

Your company culture is the glue that ties your business and your employees together. It is the very thing that can motivate your team to perform at the top of their game. How can you leverage your corporate culture to attract the best candidates to your door step when you’re hiring? Here are three ways you can improve your company culture now and hire the best and the brightest.

  1. Flexible schedules. Employees crave a better work/life balance. Companies that don’t offer flexible schedule options are losing candidates to organizations who do. Some management teams believe that employees need more structure and can’t handle this type of flexibility, but that is not proving to be true. There are a few ways that flexible hours can be implemented. Flexible start and end times can help employees skip rush hour or be home when school lets out. Work from home options are also popular and can either be entirely remote or just a few days a week depending on your in office needs. A results oriented workplace is another option. In this workplace you expect your team to complete their work by a deadline but the time they spend on it is not tracked. They can work at their own pace as long as they provide results.
  2. Community involvement. Many professionals, especially those who are part of generation Y, are interested in working for organizations who take on some social and community responsibility. They want to know that their employer cares about the world and the place where they live and conduct business. You can work with local charities or organizations to raise donations or volunteer for special events. Allow your employees to share the causes that are important for them. At the holidays, rather than giving gifts to your clients, make a charitable donation to a local group instead. Give your clients certificates that indicate a donation has been made in their name.
  3. Collaborative opportunities. Innovation in the workplace is a product of collaborative efforts. Generation Y is already experienced with working on these types of projects as they were raised with apps and tools that facilitate teamwork in this way. Harness this momentum to improve your company’s effectiveness and innovation. Establish an environment conducive to collaboration. Organize communal spaces and make the office easy to navigate. Use collaborative tools such SalesForce or Google Apps to encourage departments to work together.

Are you looking to hire candidates who fit in with your company culture? If you are looking for staffing agencies in Clear Lake contact us today.

Everything You Need to Know About Presenting Yourself at the Interview

December 28th, 2012

You’ve already made a great first impression. By the time a company calls you for an interview they have already reviewed your qualifications and they feel you might be a fit for their organization. The face to face meeting is to demonstrate your interpersonal skills and determine if you are right for their team. Here is the place where you need to shine. Consider these 5 tips to be the best candidate you can be at the interview.

  1. Research. Before you ever set foot through the door be sure to research everything you can about the company, their industry, and even some of the key players in the organization. All of this information is readily available on the internet and will help you sound prepared and knowledgeable.
  2. Show them how you meet their needs. Now that you know what they do, apply that information to your skills and experience. You want to provide specific examples that relate to their industry. Refer to the job description and explain how your skills can help them take this position, and their company, to the next level.
  3. Practice. Before the interview, take some time to practice your pitch. Have your friends or family members help you. Also, speak in front of mirror so you can get a feeling for your own body language and curb anything that may be inappropriate for the final interview. The more comfortable you are speaking in front of the interviewer the more confident you will sound.
  4. Common interview questions. You’re certainly aware of the common interview questions such as “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” or simply, “Tell me about yourself.” You need to be prepared with answers to these questions. You want to answer simply and truthfully but you also want to sound creative and inventive.
  5. Ask your own questions. Interviews shouldn’t be an interrogation; they should be a conversation. You should prepare some questions of your own, based on your research of the company, to ask the interviewer.

Are you looking for advice to help you prepare for your next interview? Contact Meador Staffing to find out how we can help you.