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When you secure an interview the employer generally sees potential in you; whether it’s because of a skill set you hold, your educational background or prior work experiences. You still have to prove you are the best candidate for the position when you interview with hiring managers though. They are looking for someone who also fits with the corporate culture of the company.
There are 4 general characteristic traits that stand out to hiring managers.
- Hard Work Ethic
- Playing Well With Others
- Showing Initiative
- Strong Communication Skills
It is important to show you are willing to make sacrifices to complete a job/task. Tell about a time you made a personal sacrifice for work. Employers want a team player and someone they can count on when they are up against a pressing deadline. They want someone who can work well with others and communicate effectively. Providing the hiring manager with a time when you and a team worked together on a successful project is always a great way to show your teamwork skills.
The best way to show initiative is to research the company prior to your interview. Don’t just stop there – research the hiring managers that you will be meeting. If you can find commonality between you and the interviewer you will have a leg up against other potential candidates. This ties back in with fitting with the culture and having great communication skills. At the end of the day, if you have excellent technical skills, but poor communication skills you are at risk of losing the job to a candidate which has both skill sets.
If you are positive, energetic and follow up without being asked to then you are setting yourself up to rise above the competition. For examples of how you can be resourceful, click here.
Remember – always stay alert, responsive and proactive.
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One of our loyal readers called in yesterday asking what a behavioral interview is and how to prepare for one. Pyramid Consulting Group is currently staffing the following positions which will involve a behavioral interview.
- Banquet Steward
- Pub Server Assistant
- Lobby Attendant/Overnight Cleaners
- Front Desk
- Conference Services Aides
*These positions are located in Westchester County – just in case you or a friend are interested…
This mode of interviewing is popular because it provides foresight into future performance by looking back and assessing past performance.
The familiar questions asked in your typical interview like, “Tell me about yourself,” and “What are some of your strengths and weaknesses,” are only “surface questions.”
The questions you experience in a behavioral interview are more along the lines of:
“Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills.”
“Tell me about a time when you had to use your presentation skills to influence someone’s opinion.”
As you can tell from the difference in the questions above, the two interviews vary in preparation and honesty. Vague answers won’t suffice for these probing questions.
Preparing for this type of interview is similar to a traditional interview aside from the following bullet points that you should practice and script before your interview:
- List “circumstances” and “situations” that are relatable to probing interview questions. For example practice questions involving a time when you demonstrated or experienced struggle, leadership, overcoming challenges, ect.
- Be familiar with the SAR Technique. When interviewing apply this strategy to describing your professional experiences.
S – Situation – describe the problem you experienced at the start of your story
A – Action – explain the action you took to overcome this challenge
R – Results – list the beneficial results of your actions
*spend more time on the A & R – This is where the depth of your personality will shine through to the interviewer.
We hope these steps and tips help in your next interview.
Have you ever experienced a behavioral interview? How did it go? What are your thoughts and advice for candidates interviewing today?
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As recruiters, some of our busiest months are during the holidays. This is when most of our clients need additional support. The holiday season has come to an end and so have our candidates holiday season assigments.
If you are a temp or a seasonal employee there are ways you can turn your temp work into a permanent position in just five easy steps.
1. Make New Friends
• Befriend all managers and co-workers and always be positive and friendly. You never know when a full time spot will open up. You want to be the first on their mind!
2. Own It
• Be confident, dress the part, and act like it’s already yours.
3. Service With A Smile
• Patience is a virtue. Show that you can handle all the stresses, responsibility, and demands of your temp job. Be the best you can be.
4. Be Available
• If there is an emergency be the first person your manger thinks of to call for back up. Drop what you’re doing and run to the rescue!
5. Want It
• Make sure you’re temping at a place where, if offered a full time spot, you would excitedly accept.
These are only a few suggestions on how to make your favorite temp position a full time gig! Good luck and have a great weekend.
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