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How to Ace Your Next Interview and Open Job Listings

October 24th, 2017

Are you on the job hunt? Whether you’re looking to land your first position or make your next big career move, the interview is a crucial step in the process. Once you’re ready to meet with the hiring manager, it’s time to nail the job interview and wow them with your experience. During this time, these are three great questions to ask.

Ace Your Interview: 3 Questions to Ask

  1. How would you describe your company’s culture?

Beyond the job’s essential duties, company culture can make a big difference in whether or not you’ll enjoy your job. Filling a job opening requires finding a candidate who will be not only a good fit for the company, but thinks the company is a good fit for them. Employment is a two-way street, so be sure to know as much about the company’s culture, values, day-to-day activities and work environment as you can; the HR rep is a great person to ask. If possible, try and speak with a current employee or two in the hallways or break room as well. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Follow Up After a Job Interview

September 6th, 2016

Job seekers spend lots of time perfecting their resume, drafting a compelling cover letter, scouring the web for open job listings and sending applications. Once they attend the in-person interview, they often breathe a sigh of relief, as they are nearing the end of the hiring process. However, many job applicants fail to complete an important piece of the process: following up after the job interview. Read on for four tips to do so.

Have you just had an interview? Learn how to follow up here!

Have you just had an interview? Learn how to follow up here!

4 Tips for Following Up After a Job Interview

  1. Ask About Next Steps

One of the best ways to get a good handle on the follow up process and timeline after a job interview is to ask the interviewer what the next steps are before you leave the room. They’ll be able to tell you a timetable about when you can expect to hear from them, helping you time your follow up communication.

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Job Interview: 5 Steps to Hire the Best Candidate

July 15th, 2014

Nothing is more discouraging in a job interview than to be judged and deemed “unfit” for the job minutes into the discussion. When it comes to interviewing strangers, the “incompetent until proven worthy” system leaves little wiggle room for top talent that isn’t getting the chance to show their skills. Instead, mediocre employees with namedrop-worthy networks land the job simply because they know people.

So how do you level the playing fielddvsd

Instead of a, “Tell me what your weaknesses are,” approach, try your next job interview using performance as a base and a detailed job description as your guide to hire true talent.

5 Steps to Hire Top Talent 

1. Make a proper introduction. 

The purpose of this introduction is to take control of the job interview and find out what the candidate’s true motivation is for finding a different job. The “why” is more important than the “what” here because you have to be able to see the potential as well as the demonstrated ability to live up to that concept. Give a quick overview of the job, and then ask the candidate to respond with a quick overview of their skills that are relevant to specific requirements of the job.  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 »

Job Interview: 5 Questions to Ask the Interviewer

April 22nd, 2014

Preparing for a job interview can be scary.

Every question that an interviewer could ask goes through your head as you try to come up with a clever answer that will surely make you stand out from the rest. While the correct preparation is extremely important and incredibly helpful, many interviewees fail to snag the job due to their lack of questioning of the interviewer. A job interview doesn’t have to be a one-sided Q&A from a coffee-addicted executive team. Instead, make the interview a conversation between an employer and potential employee, with the job candidate finding out what they need to succeed.

Are you asking the right questions?

Are you asking the right questions?

To prepare for your next job interview, be prepared to ask these five questions. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Interviews – Four Tips for Improving Assertiveness

November 19th, 2013
How will you assert yourself in an interview?

How will you assert yourself in an interview?

In a job interview, leaving a strong and assertive impression on an employer could make all the difference. A candidate with confidence and clearly defined skill sets is ideal in the workplace, and displaying assertiveness is a sure fire way to convey both traits to a new company. In this blog post, we  share four basic tips for increasing your assertiveness during a job interview.

Tip #1: Have a strong presence: Did you know that a first impression is typically made within the first 6 seconds of interaction?  Your presence is made up of everything you wear, say or do from head to toe. To ensure a strong first impression be sure to dress to the nines, stand extra tall with confident posture, use strong and effective body language, eye contact and walk, stand or sit with purpose.

Tip #2: Interview the interviewer: This is especially important in showing your strength as a candidate. Do not fear taking a bit of control over the direction of the interview. Prior to the interview, consider making a list of questions you have regarding the company, the position and various projects you may become a part of if hired. Asking questions of this nature will convey a true interest in the company and will demonstrate innovative thinking and commitment to being the best you that you can be.  

Tip #3: Contribute to the company: There is no rule that says that you cannot share your valuable ideas before being given a job. Give the hiring manager or interviewer a clear depiction of how you would contribute to the company’s standards of practice. Furthermore, mention specific scenarios or hypothetical situations in which your specific talents and skills could contribute. Share ideas and problem solving skills prior to being hired; it will surely impress.

Tip #4: Know what you want and don’t be afraid to ask for it: Let the interviewer know that you want the positionif you think it will be a good fit. Be sincere in sharing your desire to come on board and reassure the interviewer of the traits and skills that make you a strong and ideal candidate for the job at hand. 

Whether you are aiming to make a more assertive first impression or are hoping to convey a generally heightened sense of confidence, these tips will surely set you on the path for success. Don’t forget that if you are looking for quality job placements or temporary staffing solutions, JPS Inc. can help you find everything you are looking for! Contact us, today!

About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE). We can be reached at or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131

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