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How to Prepare for an Entry-Level Interview

How to Prepare for an Entry-Level Interview

Entry- level Interviews can be tough. Here is some great advice courtesy of Careerealism! 

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Quick Interview Tips #1-5

Welcome to the beginning of our segment on quick interview tips. These tips are good to have and can help you in any kind of interview situation !!
 
  1.  Identify your accomplishments before you go on an interview
  2. Understand the job’s description and be prepared to recall specific actions and behaviors that address the required skills.
  3. Don’t make vague proclamations of your skills.  Small but telling actions and behaviors are more important than grandiose but unsubstantiated claims of job success.
  4. Determine which of your skills, traits or experiences the employer needs.
  5. If faced with negative questions, look for a positive spin.
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How can Beckertek help you?

At Becker Staffing, we evaluate the history, capabilities, needs and objectives of each individual through extensive interviews. This helps to assure good results for both our candidates and our clients. Our ability to identify the best candidates and to follow up effectively also contributes to our high rate of success. Most of all, our relationships are based on mutual respect, complete confidentiality and the utmost in professionalism.

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Final tips for the live interview!

 

7.     ASK FOR BUSINESS CARDS FROM THE PEOPLE YOU MEET

  • You will need these cards for follow-up thank you notes.

8.     IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK FOR THIS CLIENT THEN ASK FOR THE JOB AT THE INTERVIEW. 

  • “I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen here today.  I have enjoyed learning about your company and its products or services.  I’m confident I could do an excellent job in the position”.
  • “I am very interested in the opportunity that you have outlined in this interview.  What are the next steps in the interviewing/hiring process for me”?
  • “I would really enjoy working with you and your company.  How soon would you want me to start working on your team?”

If you are not interested in the position or don’t think the interview went well then don’t let your feelings show.  Often other positions become available that might be of interest to you and by leaving a positive impression you may be considered by them in the future.

Occasionally an interviewer, who is genuinely interested in you, may seem to discourage you as a way of testing your reaction.  If you reach for the job it shows your true desire.  If you don’t chase after the position, it may indicate a lower level of interest.

Thank the interviewer for his/her time and consideration

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Tips for the Live Interview #5-6

5.     DRESS FOR SUCCESS

  • Men should wear a dark business suit, white shirt, conservative tie and polished black shoes.
  • Women should wear a dress with jacket or professional pantsuit.

 

6.     SHOW ENTHUSIASM

  • Make good eye contact with your interviewer
  • Maintain a consistent positive attitude through your interview
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Contract Staffing

Contract Staffing Needs

Few management initiatives yield the gain associated with hiring the right people. These are the employees who turn opportunities into increased profits. Consistently hire the right people and you build a foundation for future growth.

Our firm’s approach to finding top notch talent:

  • After planning sessions we match your strategic and tactical needs with candidates that meet your desired profiles
  • Our process includes extensive research and analysis to identify the best talent available to fit your needs

Justification for Utilizing Becker Contract Staffing Services:

  • Staffing a special project
  • Need to ramp up staff quickly
  • Have employees out on vacation or sick leave
  • Minimize Over-Time
  • Hiring talent across a broad geography
  • Have seasonal projects or fluctuating production needs
  • Try the candidate out first before hiring full time—Contract/Temp to Perm

Some benefits to you include:

  • Increased productivity & no down time during busy times
  • Full time staff is maintained at an optimum and peaks are met with contract/temporary personnel
  • Drive down overtime costs
  • No additional workers’ compensation or unemployment costs
  • Reduced layoffs & liabilities during down times
  • We guarantee your satisfaction

Becker takes great pride in providing continuous value to our clients & our experienced recruiters will service you across all aspects of delivering the right Contract employee the first time.

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Tips for the live interview #3-4

Have any interviews coming up? Here are a few more tips on how to prepare for the live interview.

3.     PLAN ON ARRIVING 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED INTERVIEW TIME

 4.    BRING EXTRA COPIES OF YOUR RESUME (Confer with your Becker Recruiter as we may have fixed spelling or grammar)

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Phone interview tips #16-20!

This week’s questions focus on questions you should always be prepared to answer in an interview… Best of luck!

16. Be prepared for the question, “tell me a little about yourself”. Try to keep answer related to what the client is trying to accomplish. Don’t go too far back, last job if longer than five years or five years back.  Give a few specific references to previous successes or achievements. For example; highly successful projects, ways you increased productivity, processes developed, systems installed, etc.

17. A question you should be prepared to answer: Tell me about your background and accomplishments

18. A question you should be prepared to answer: How would you describe your most recent job performance?

19. A question you should be prepared to answer: What interests you about our company?

20. A question you should be prepared to answer: What are you strengths?  Weaknesses?

Are you enjoying these helpful hints? Would you like more tips for the live interview? Let us know !

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Phone Interview Tips #11-15!

Phone interviews can be challenging. Here is more advice on how to conquer them!

11. Answer questions by relating to the position you seek. Present your attributes in a manner that demonstrates the benefits of your abilities. In other words show your interviewer what you can do for them.Mention specific accomplishments that show your abilities and determination to succeed in this job.

12.  Always ask them if you have answered their question. You can’t see their face in a phone interview.

13. Keep personal information to a minimum.

14. If you don’t understand a question, ask for it to be repeated.  Better to ask, than to answer the question incorrectly.

15. If you can’t answer a question, don’t just say “no”. Say “no, however I have done something similar at…”

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