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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.

Don’t forget to follow Bridge Technical Talent on LinkedIn and Twitter for job postings and industry insights.

 

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Chris Hughes to Present About Effective Negotiating at Ocean State PMI Special Chapter Meeting

This Post was written by Scott Deutsch
Date posted: January 9, 2019

Negotiation is a powerful tool used in a variety of professional settings. From internal conversations with hiring managers to establishing expectations in client relationships, negotiation is a critical skill to ensure individual and business success. Nevertheless, successful negotiation requires strategy and skill.

Bridge Technical Talent’s Chris Hughes will speak about the power of effective negotiation strategies at the Ocean State PMI Special Chapter Meeting on Thursday, January 17 at 6 p.m. The event will take place at the CVS Health Finance Building at 200 Highland Corporate Drive in Cumberland, RI. 

Negotiation is complex. In his presentation, Chris will outline the critical role that negotiation has from a variety of business perspectives. Chris will also provide insight into how to prepare to negotiate, execute the conversation, and reach a win-win outcome.

“Many people think they are good negotiators. However, what many people don’t know is that 90% of the real negotiation happens before you sit down,” explains Chris Hughes, Account Executive at Bridge Technical Talent. “The goal of negotiating is not to win, but rather to create mutually beneficial agreements for both parties.” 

The Ocean State PMI Special Chapter Meeting will feature presentations spanning various professional topics. The speakers will help project managers benefit from their positions, advance their companies, and navigate the ever-changing industry.

Along with invigorating insights from speakers, guests will have the opportunity to network with other project management professionals and enjoy refreshments. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted at the event to benefit Crossroads Rhode Island.  

Click here to register for the Ocean State PMI Special Chapter Meeting.  

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Email Etiquette for Job Seekers

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

 

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Emails are one of the most common types of communication in many workplaces, beginning with the job search. However, many people may not know exactly how they can portray themselves professionally through an email. Emails are often the first point of communication during a job search, so it is important that they are written thoughtfully and purposefully. To make the right first impression when sending an email, it is important that you keep these tips in mind.  Continue reading

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When to Hire a Consultant

This Post was written by Christopher Hughes
Date posted: May 7, 2018

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Businesses bring on consultants for a variety of reasons. Whether they’re looking to save time or they need a third party’s opinion, consultants offer a range of services. But, how do you know when to hire them? If any of the below paragraphs resonate with you, it may be time to add a consultant to your team.

  • You’re doing something new and need expertise
    • A new software, technical experts, no one in-house and you’re missing the core tech
  • Need more capacity
    • Understand how/when it will be done, but you just need extra help
    • Keep reputation for being fast and on-schedule, making deadlines

What’s ahead overwhelms you
Is your project running smoothly, but you know your team could still use an extra set of hands? Is the project about to require more manpower than what you have available? That’s where consultants come in. Remember, consultants, are highly skilled, temporary employees who are there to focus on your business’ request. You won’t have to call upon any of your permanent employees. They can concentrate on their work and stay productive while the consultant focuses on the task at hand.  

You need an outsider’s perspective
It’s not uncommon for businesses to bring on consultants simply because they need an unbiased opinion. Whether you need a solution to the problem you’re trying to solve or you need some innovative ideas to revamp your project, adding an outsider’s perspective can make a world of difference.

You’re ready to hear the truth about your business/project
Consultants have to be honest with you about the business strategy you’re working on or the direction of the project, and you have to be ready to listen. Occasionally, people in leadership positions become defensive when a consultant delivers his/her opinions. Remember, you hired a third party to objectively review the situation and offer their expertise. Now it’s time to hand them the reins and learn about what needs to be done.

To reach Chris Hughes email chris@bridge-talent.com or call 401-203-7867.
Reach out to us if you’ve decided it’s time to hire a consultant! Don’t forget to follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter for job postings and industry insights.

 

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