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Common Questions To Expect in your Next Interview

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: August 4, 2017

Yes, job interviews can be nerve racking, especially when you’re anticipating the difficult questions. But, you can prepare several ways. You can research the company, review your skills, refresh your knowledge of technical programs and you can also anticipate some of the questions they’ll be asking. Here are three common interview questions and because we have your back …. a few tips on how to approach answering them:

Why are you seeking to leave your current position?
Avoid sounding too negative whenever your job history comes up. Now is not the time to vent all your frustrations about your previous employer. Instead, use this as an opportunity to outline what goals you have for your career path. Maybe you want to leave your current role because you feel that you have not been able to grow professionally as much as you would like. Take this negative and turn it into a chance to talk about the types of projects you want to be involved in. Let them know you are looking for a job that gives you room to advance.

What is your greatest weakness?
Do not answer with something that sounds more like a strength, such as “I’m a perfectionist.” This is overused and the interviewees will appreciate a more thoughtful, honest answer. Whatever you do choose to share, put a positive spin on it. Elaborate on what you are doing to break a bad habit or explain how you have taken the time to recognize your weaknesses.

Do you prefer working alone or on a team?
While this question seems simple enough, it can be tricky. If you answer that you prefer teams, you don’t want to send the message that you aren’t confident in your skills when functioning independently. If you prefer solo work, your interviewers may translate that into you not being able to work well with others. Let them know that you are open to both styles, if that’s true for you. Otherwise, be honest with your preference. Doing so will help you better determine if you are the right fit for the job.

Feel like you could use a little more interview prep? Here are some guides to help you ace the interview and make a positive impression during the job hunt process.

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What to do when you don’t get the job

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: April 8, 2016


Rejection from a potential employer can be hard to handle. Sometimes, it’s easy to shrug off the loss and move on. And for the times where you feel absolutely crushed, it’s important to see it as an opportunity instead of a failure.

Accept and Reflect

The first step is to gracefully accept the bad news and remember to be grateful for the opportunity. Try to do some self-reflection on the entire situation. Did you pick a job that might not have been best suited for you? Was there something you could have done differently in the interview? Some people have a harder time reflecting on their weaknesses than others, but it is a vital skill to practice.

Show Gratitude

If you receive the news in written form, make it a practice to reply. From the start let them know you are disappointed, but understand the difficult decision and thank them for their time and consideration. Keep it short in length and simple while maintaining a respectful tone.

Request Feedback

It is not appropriate to follow up after any rejection. However, if you were particularly invested in and passionate about the company then don’t be afraid to reach out to them. Ask if they would be willing to give you feedback without putting them on the spot. This can only help you to improve yourself, your skills, and your interviewing methods.

Stay in Touch

Sometimes it comes down to the simple fact that timing can be everything. Keep in touch periodically. If you are working with a recruiter check in with them frequently to get a sense of any changes or new positions and use your recruiter to help you become even more familiar with the company and its culture, they will be more apt to reach out to you if you keep positive relations. Once more, only do this for positions that really sparked excitement in you.

Don’t go at it Alone!

Consider using a Professional Recruiter. A Professional Recruiter can help you better fine tune your search, provide meaningful information that you would not otherwise have access to, and help you smooth out rough spots in your resume and interview skills. Professional Recruiters also help you expand your network, number of opportunities you can consider and overall visibility to what is happening broadly in your particular job market.  

Let’s face it, it’s a competitive out there and it is wise to have an advocate who can help you navigate the complexities in today’s market. If you’d like to learn more about how a Professional Recruiter can help you up your resume & interview game and give you targeted information about the market all on a complementary basis reach out to our team today!  

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How to Best Prepare for a Job Interview: Advice from the Recruiter’s Desk

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: January 20, 2016

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It can be daunting if you’re heading into the interview process. There is a lot of prep required and a lot to remember day of, but there are a few key things to make sure you don’t overlook. As a staffing agency, our team has witnessed and conducted countless interviews. Below we’ve compiled four tips on how to best prepare for a job interview that are essential to make sure you put your best foot forward:

  1. Make the most of your time in front of a hiring manager. Practice! Prepare talking points for yourself that highlight your experience. Hone on your relevant experience relative to the role you are interviewing for. It’s also helpful to be succinct and direct in your answers to questions.
  2. Make sure you understand the company that you are interviewing with. Know their product or service and educate yourself as much as possible. Try visiting their website or reading their press releases and blogs. These sources may help give you a good feel for the company culture and if it’s the type of company you want to pursue. How do they represent themselves in their career pages? What are the perks and what population of people does it speak to? During the interview, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the position, your peers, technology and the overall environment so you have a clear understanding of the role and expectations.
  3. Take time to find out about the person who will be interviewing you. Doing so will help you feel more prepared beforehand which will also help you be confident. Use Linkedin so you can understand the person’s role in the company, how long they’ve been there, as well as where they were previously.  
  4. During the interview don’t stray from your main points. The biggest no-no during an interview is speaking negatively regarding current or former employers. Even if you are incredibly unhappy with your current situation, it’s unprofessional to discuss this to your potential future employers. Make sure to show interest and enthusiasm for the job. Dress appropriately and arrive a few minutes early.

As a staffing agency we see a lot of interviews and therefore have a lot of advice to offer. Feel free to reach out to one of our recruiters for support making your next career move.

Looking for more tips and tricks? Check out How to Make a Good Impression during an Interview or 5 Phone Interview Tips.

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Advice from the Recruiter’s Desk: Checking References

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: September 25, 2015

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How to complete an effective reference check.

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times “no one gives a perspective employer the name of someone who is going to give them a bad reference.” This is really not the case. What is the case is that many HR people, Recruiters, Managers and the countless other types of people/titles don’t know how to complete an effective reference check.

Does this sound familiar: “Hello my name is ____ from ____ and ___ has given your name as a reference, do you have ten minutes to talk to me? Good. On a scale from one to ten how would you rate ____ technical ability? Were they on time for work regularly? Did they work well with others? ETC.”

It’s difficult to gather any real, substantive information about anyone in a 10 minute conversation riddled with closed ended questions. We all know that checking references is a critical piece of the hiring process. But all too often the individual checking the reference doesn’t take the steps to maximize the effectiveness of the check. That said, we thought we would provide some guidance on making the most of your reference check process.

So what do you do?

The first thing you should do is be prepared to have a real conversation with the reference.  Find out about them, what they do, what their team looks like, how they operate, manage etc. Is it similar to your org, group, and culture? In other words, put yourself in a position to understand the context of the reference. Otherwise, you are in serious danger of not estimating whether or not the individual is appropriate for your organization, only if they were successful in someone else’s.

Ask the right questions in the right way. Let’s take a simple question, to see how rephrasing can get you much more valuable insight on the candidate.

Instead of:  “Tell me about the person’s ability to be at work on time.”  

Ask: “How they approach their work day and how do they maximize their time during the day. How does that relate to the peers in their group/org as a whole?”

Results matter more than simply showing up at the office, so your question should reflect this.

Also, ask follow up questions. Dig in. Don’t take anything on face value and be prepared with follow up questions. If a reference tells you that the candidate works well with others find out what that means and ask a follow up question, ideally behavioral based. “Tell me about a time when X had to collaborate on a project with his/her co-workers? What was the outcome? Were there challenges with the collaboration? What were they, how did he/she overcome them.

Be prepared. Make sure you know who you’re calling (I know that sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised). Check out the reference’s Linkedin Profile, understand how they fit into the organization. Develop your list of questions ahead of time. Make sure your questions are in line with your organization’s cultural values, positions core competencies and role attributes.

If you’d like more guidance on how to prepare and conduct an effective reference check don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact Bridge for help with your hiring process.

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