A staffing service has many roles to fill, both for the hiring company and the applicants looking to interview. One of the important roles we have for applicants is to prepare them for interviews. You can have years of experience, advanced skills, and knowledge in your field, but if you don’t know how to convey that information, it can severely hinder your chances of being called back for a second or third interview. When you work with The Hire Group, you will not only receive attention and guidance in finding a job, but you will get the support in preparing for interviews. Here are some tips from the recruiters at a professional employment agency.
Have an answer before the question is asked
There will always be questions that are unexpected during an interview, but there are also questions that are staples for interviewers. Having answers ready ahead of time and ones that can work for multiple questions will give you an advantage.
- What is your greatest strength? This will give you an opportunity to show off a little. Think of a story that highlights a positive experience in a difficult situation. Be able to show that you can be positive working in the position that you are applying for and what you have learned from that experience.
- What is your greatest weakness? Trying to morph a weakness into a positive attribute can be challenging. When you have an example, take your time planning on how you will explain the situation. Explain what you learned from the situation, what you could have done better, and how it taught you to see and react differently when faced with a challenging situation. You can offer self-criticism but end with positivity.
- Why should we hire you? You want to show the interviewers that you have researched their company, what the position requires, and how you will be successful in that position noting specific requirements. Express what skills and characteristics you have that will prove you can be a success. Tell them why you are different from other applicants.
Research the company
Ideally, research should be done well in advance of an interview to ensure that the company and the position are a match for what you are looking for. Get to know specifics about the company, their mission statement or the dress code. Helpful information can be gathered from employee reviews. Information can be gathered, but it will be useless if you don’t plan on a way to incorporate what you have learned. Take everything you know merge this information with what you can offer the company while working in this position.
Have a few questions
Prepare a few questions you have about the position, the work culture, the benefits, or even the history of the company. Having questions not only shows them that you are committed to this position but also gives you an opportunity to interview them. A question such as “are there opportunities for advanced?” will show that you are not only interested in the position, but are also looking for a future with the company.
If you’re looking for a direct hire or temp to hire position, contact our staffing service today. Our professional employment agency and the recruiters themselves are as passionate about finding you a job as you are.