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Show Your Value: Nailing the Tough Questions in a Job Interview 

This Post was written by Scott Deutsch
Date posted: January 18, 2019

There’s no doubt that a job interview can be stressful. You want to show a hiring manager the best version of yourself, but under pressure, you might forget to mention the skills and experiences that truly show your worth as an employee. Luckily, there are some things you can do to make sure that your best qualities come through in your response to questions.

Prepare 

First, you should always research the company you are interviewing with in-depth. You should know their mission, values, industries, and past projects. Understand their business model and how the role you’re interviewing for would fit into that bigger picture. Find out about the culture and work environment. Think about how you can align your skills with the objective the company wants to achieve. Brainstorm some past experiences that you think prepared you for helping the company meet their goal.

In addition to understanding the company, you should also find out who your interviewer will be. This will allow you to understand their experiences and values in a professional sense while finding commonalities in your personality. Remember that interviewers are human beings, so finding mutually interests and learning about your interviewer can help build a relationship.

Finally, you should be prepared for certain questions moving into a job interview. Your interviewer will likely lead with the classic, “Tell me about yourself,” so make sure to put together a short marketing pitch about your skills, qualifications, and interests. Knowing what you will highlight in this first question will help you make a strong first impression.

In addition, here are some other questions you should expect to hear in some variation:

  • What interests you about this position?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • How will you make a contribution to our company?
  • What are your weaknesses?

When asked about your weaknesses, frame them as a work in progress and explain how you are working to improve those weaknesses. This will show that while you might not be perfect, you are willing to work to be the best you can be for the position.

Use the STAR method 

You’ve made it to the interview, and the hiring manager hits you with the first complex, open-ended question. Don’t panic. Use the STAR method to reveal your strengths:

  • S- Situation: Describe a specific situation that you were in or an objective you needed to accomplish. Be as precise as possible.
  • T- Task: What was the goal that you were working towards? Why was it important?
  • A- Action: Describe the specific steps you took to address the situation or solve the problem.
  • R- Results: Describe the outcome of your actions using measurable results. If the results were not measurable, describe your work’s impact.

By using the STAR method, you can reveal your value as an employee while showcasing the influence you had on an organization. Following this pattern can also help you include all of the elements that make you a successful and valuable asset.

In addition to nailing your own responses, you should also have questions prepared for the interviewer. These questions provide insight about what the expectations are for the position, and can also help you see if the company is a good fit for you personally. As a guide, you could ask:

  • What types of professional development opportunities does this position offer?
  • Can you describe the day-to-day responsibilities of this job in more detail?
  • What do you like best about working for this company?
  • What are the company’s goals for the next 5-10 years?

Follow Up

After your conversation with a hiring manager, it is important that you reconnect with both gratitude and interest. In a follow up email, thank the interviewer for their time and remind them of some of the conversation points that highlight your value as a candidate. You should be enthusiastic and specific about what you gained from the interview.  In addition, you should follow up about what to expect moving forward. You can use these questions as a guide:

  • What is the next step in the interview process?
  • What is your time frame for this role?

By keeping these tips in mind, you can show how you will be a valuable asset to the company. While it is impossible to predict exactly how an interview will unfold, preparation and the STAR method will help you bring out your best qualities and abilities as a candidate.

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Brightening the Holiday Season with Toys for Tots

This Post was written by Darcy Uustal
Date posted: December 28, 2018

To celebrate this holiday season, Bridge Technical Talent decided to come together and donate to Toys for Tots. Traditionally, Bridge participates in a company Yankee Swap as part of holiday festivities around the office. This year, instead of gifting to each other, employees at Bridge wanted to give back to the community. Bridge donated gifts to Toys for Tots in hopes of bringing joy and cheer to less fortunate children.

The Toys for Tots program started over 70 years ago with 5,000 toys distributed in its first year. Today, the program provides an average of 18 million toys to millions of less fortunate children in America. A small donation from an individual goes a long way.

Bridge Technical Talent employees donate to Toys for Tots during the holiday season. Left to right: Joe Devine, CTO and Partner; Stacey Elliot, Office Manager; Darcy Uustal, Technical Recruiter; James Wright, CEO and Partner.

“Each year, as a company, we come together to celebrate the holiday season and the year to come,” said Stacey Elliot, Office Manager at Bridge Technical Talent.  “We try to change things up each year. This year we decided that while the Yankee Swap brings each of us joy with unique and fun gifts, we wanted to give back to someone who needs it. Toys for Tots came to mind immediately, as it is a well-known, available program in many communities. Every child deserves something special this time of the year. We were excited to contribute any way we could.”

This year Bridge collected over 15 toys for less fortunate children. In addition to the toys collected by staff, Bridge’s Partners, Joe Devine and James Wright, matched the contributions with two bikes to donate to Toys for Tots.  Michael Engels, Technical Recruiter at Bridge, mentions, “We are thrilled to be a small part of this program that continues to make a huge impact on less fortunate children this holiday season. Knowing the joy and hope it will bring to children makes this holiday season even brighter.”

Click here for more information about Toys for Tots.

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Taking the Hunger Out of Summer with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank

This Post was written by Scott Deutsch
Date posted: July 25, 2018

Summer in Rhode Island is a time of fun in the sun, beach trips and food insecurity. In Rhode Island, over 57 thousand people face food insecurity every year. One-third of those individuals are under the age of 18. This stressor is especially prevalent when the school year ends, and thousands of children who usually rely on free or reduced-price school meals return home to find their family battling food insecurity. Many community members are unaware that food insecurity in Rhode Island spikes during the summer because of the abrupt loss of school meals. Additionally, with the holiday season of giving months away, the need for donating is often out of sight. Consequently, food donations plummet during the summer. This challenges the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to gather more nutritious nonperishable donations to fuel families. Continue reading

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Summer Tech Conferences to Attend

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: June 13, 2018

Ahh, the sweet smell of summer is in the air. As the weather feels warmer and the days get longer, we’re ready to sit back and relax. But wait, not so fast. While the summer months are indeed ideal for catching up on some R&R, don’t forget to keep your skills sharp. Attending spring and summer tech conferences is a great way to break up the monotony of the office and stay current on industry trends.

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Here’s what tech conferences we’re looking out for in the coming months:

May

DevOpsCon

When: May 28-31

Where: Berlin, Germany

Follow: @devops_con

Agile processes, microservices, continuous delivery, container and cloud technologies are essential to the current high performance IT transformation. The DevOps Conference offers you a glimpse at popular topics such as innovative infrastructure and modern lean business culture through hands-on workshops, sessions and keynotes. Join us as we enable shorter delivery cycles, faster changes of functionality and a higher software quality.

June

Apple WWDC

When: June 4-8

Where: San Jose, CA

Follow: #WWDC18

When technology connects with creativity, incredible ideas come to life. This summer, we invite thousands of talented minds from around the world to join us and turn their ideas into reality.

Fluent

When: Training June 11-12; Tutorials + Conference June 12-14

Where: San Jose, CA

Follow: @FluentConf #FluentConf

The O’Reilly Fluent Conference was first launched in 2012 as a new event for developers working with JavaScript, HTML5, and other web technologies. Since its initial launch, Fluent has expanded to include all areas of the web, from frontend technologies/frameworks and backend systems to web design, web performance, security, and more.

DockerCon

When: June 11-12

Where: San Francisco, CA

Follow: @DockerCon #DockerCon

DockerCon passes include access to 3 Keynotes, over 120 Sessions, Ecosystem Expo Hall, After Party, Breakfast and Lunch meals, all interactive attendee experiences including Hands-on Labs and Hallway Track.

QCon New York

When: Conference June 27-29; Workshops June 25-26

Where: New York

Follow: @qconnewyork #QConNYC

QCon New York is a conference for senior software engineers and architects on the patterns, practices, and use cases leveraged by the world’s most innovative software shops.  

July

OSCON (Open Source Convention)

When: July 18-19

Where: Portland, OR

Follow: @oscon #OSCON

At OSCON, you’ll find everything open source: languages, communities, best practices, products and services. Rather than focus on a single language or aspect, such as cloud computing, OSCON allows you to learn about and practice the entire range of open source technologies.

August

GopherCon

When: August 27-30

Where: Denver, CO

Follow: @Bizzabo ‏#gophercon

GopherCon, by Gopher Academy, debuted in 2014 and was an instant success! It drew a sellout crowd of 700 attendees and has more than doubled in size since then. With exceptional pre-conference workshops taught by a few of the smartest people we know, some of the very best programming driven by our conference attendees’ feedback, and hours and hours of networking, we can’t think of a single reason to miss celebrating GopherCon’s five-year anniversary with us! So don’t wait until the last minute to buy your tickets; we’d hate for you to be sad.

Open Source Summit

When: August 29-31

Where: Vancouver, Canada

Follow: @linuxfoundation  #ossummit

Open Source Summit North America is the leading conference for developers, architects and other technologists – as well as open source community and industry leaders – to collaborate, share information, learn about the the latest technologies and gain a competitive advantage by using innovative open solutions. Over 2,000 will gather for OSSNA in 2018.

September

Microsoft Ignite
When: September 24-28

Where: Orlando, FL

Follow: @MS_Ignite #MSIgnite

Get the latest insights and skills from technology leaders and practitioners shaping the future of cloud, data, business intelligence, teamwork and productivity. Immerse yourself with the latest tools, tech, and experiences that matter, and hear the latest updates and ideas directly from the experts. You’ll leave more equipped than ever to make an impact.

Strange Loop

When: September 26-28

Where: St. Louis, MO

Follow: @strangeloop_stl #strangeloop

Strange Loop is a multi-disciplinary conference that brings together the developers and thinkers building tomorrow’s technology in fields such as emerging languages, alternative databases, concurrency, distributed systems, security, and the web.

 

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