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Workplace Red Flags: What to Watch Out For

May 8th, 2018

Watch out for these red flags when interviewing for a new job.

Congratulations on landing an interview or getting hired at a new job! While your new employer is figuring out if you’re right for their business, it’s important for you to determine if your new job is right for you, too. In all the excitement, it’s crucial to keep your eye out for red flags in your new workplace.

Here are three red flags to watch out for from Monster that can help you make the right decision about whether to take a job or not. Read the rest of this entry »

Staffing Agency Interview Tips: 4 Things They’re Looking For

May 6th, 2014

If you’re preparing for an interview at a staffing agency, it’s important that you treat it as a real interview that could put you in the position of your dreams. Why, you may ask? The staffing agency that you interview with is going to become your advocate and put you exactly where you need to be to reach your goals; so it’s important that you dress the part.

Every staffing agency wants to help and, like any other prospective employer, they are going to ask many questions to find out about character, experience and work ethic. But there are a couple of different things that recruiters will look for as well. staffing agency interview

4 Interview Tips from a Staffing Agency 

1. Do you know what you want? 

Staffing agencies deal with so many different opportunities, ranging from full-time to holiday gigs. If you can define exactly what kind of work you are looking for, it makes the recruiter’s job a lot easier. Are you looking for something to pay the bills or venturing into a new field? Be clear about your goals and recruiters will do their best to put you on the right path.  Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Interview Mistakes To Avoid

February 8th, 2013
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To err is human, but did you know there are certain mistakes an interviewee can make that can hurt their chances of getting the job? We have searched far and wide for the most common interview blunders an interviewee can make. Here are the top five mistakes and how they can be avoided.

Arriving late. We have all heard about this one over and over again, but arriving late is one of the most common interview mistakes interviewees make. The problem is obvious; arriving late to the interview gives the impression of disregard for the interviewer’s time and Read the rest of this entry »

How to Do Well In a Group Interview

May 31st, 2011

Chances are, at some time in your life when you are job hunting, you will be invited to participate in a group interview. There are two types of group interview.

The first, more correctly called a panel interview, involves a team of employees interviewing one applicant at the same time. The second is an interview that includes multiple applicants for the same position being interviewed together.

Setting yourself apart in a group interview requires a slightly different skill set than those you would need in a traditional one-on-one interview.

Panel Interview

Here are five tips for panel interview success:

  1. Arrive Early Turn up at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Make yourself comfortable with the environment, and even talk with other candidates if there are any.
  2. Come Equipped Bring copies of your resume and other relevant paperwork, but keep them in a folder until you’re asked for them.
  3. Be Polite At the appropriate time, knock at the door of the interview room before you enter. Wait a few seconds before taking the chair, giving the interviewers the opportunity to ask you to sit. If they don’t ask you in a few seconds, go ahead and sit down.If one interviewer asks you a question while you are answering another question, don’t stop your current response to answer the new question. Politely tell the second interviewer that you will come back to their question, then continue where you left off.

    Look at the interviewers instead of letting your gaze wander around the room. When one asks you a question, look them in the eyes while you reply and keep a light smile on your face.

  4. Be Brief Remember that time is valuable. When asked to talk about yourself, talk about your professional, not personal qualifications. Make answers brief and to the point, and only elaborate when asked to do so.
  5. Make a Confident Exit When the interview is over, remember to collect everything you brought with you. Thank the interviewers and leave. After walking out the door, don’t look back unless they call you.

Group Interview

In this type of interview, managers are evaluating your leadership qualities, your team player abilities, and your communication skills.

Often, the session will start with a formal presentation about the company and the position. Usually each candidate is asked to introduce himself to the group. Then, there may be an open discussion or directed questions, or you may be asked to participate in group exercises. Group interviews are not meant to be adversarial, but they are competitive, and your hiring chances may depend on your performance.

During the initial presentation about the company and the position, listen actively. Look interested in what is being said and give the presenter non-verbal feedback by nodding your head, establishing eye contact, and sitting up straight. Don’t sit back and fold your arms across your chest as if you are evaluating them.

When you introduce yourself to the interviewers and the group, be prepared to present a 2-3 minute introduction summarizing your education or experience, your career goals and how this position will fit into your future plan. Speak clearly and slowly. Look at each person in the group as you speak, and don’t forget to smile.

When other candidates are talking, act interested and supportive. One goal of the group interview is to see how well you work with others. Don’t dominate the group by talking too much, interrupting others, or acting disrespectful toward the other candidates.

During discussion time or question and answer periods, someone who answers a question before you may respond in the same way that you planned to. Don’t change your answer simply to throw out an original response. Think of a statement or point that adds to the first person’s answer. This shows management that you have good listening skills and that you can remain calm under pressure.

If the group is given a task to work on together, demonstrate your ability to listen to instructions, work well with others, provide leadership, support the team, and communicate your ideas effectively. This is also a chance to show how you deal with stress and time pressure.