5 Things Employers Look at When Choosing a Candidate

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Before you find yourself in a situation where you will receive a job offer from an employer, there are many things that have to fall into place. You’d be surprised how many applicants stumble right out of the gate and immediately end up on the no pile, or, the delete folder without any further consideration. Here are 5 things that recruiters and hiring manager will be looking for when deciding whether to move your application to the ...

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7 Salary Negotiation Mistakes to Avoid

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There are many moving parts in the job interview and salary negotiation process. When it comes to salary negotiation, making one or several mistakes could cost you thousands. To help you avoid some of the pitfalls during salary negotiation, here are 7 mistakes you should avoid:

  1. Not doing enough research
    Before you can negotiate, you need to come armed with as much information as possible. You can use sites such as glassdoor.com and salary.com to find out what ...
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6 Recruiting and Hiring Mistakes

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Finding the right candidate for your open position is not an easy process. From getting the word out about the job, going through all the incoming resumes to select the best ones, and then finally going through the interview process. There are many moving parts, and it’s easy to make mistakes that will lead to letting great resumes slip through your fingers, and the wrong candidates making their way through the interviewing process. Here are 6 mistakes ...

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Interview Mistakes: 3 Knows [VIDEO]

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In this short video, one of our Sr. Recruiters, Jeff Kobza, discusses 3 of the most common mistakes made by job seekers in the job search and interview process.

  1. Know yourself: What meaningful and relevant experience do you bring?
  2. Know the company you’re applying to: Go beyond the basic information when doing research. Why do you want to work there?
  3. Why?: Why are you looking? Why have you made some of the decisions you have that have brought you to ...
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Body Language Mistakes to Avoid in an Interview

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Studies have shown that your body language communicates more to another person than what you say. In an interview, it’s important to display your skills and why you’re the right candidate for the job. It’s also important to make the interviewer feel comfortable. This includes the time spent waiting in the lobby before the interview. Even though you haven’t met the interviewer yet, the receptionist may be observing, and might be asked about their thoughts by the ...

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Avoid Asking Leading Behavioral Interview Questions

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One of the biggest mistakes interviewers make when using behavioral questions is to give away the answer in the question. There are a few things to avoid, such as using loaded, and presumptuous language (adapt, successfully, balance, persuade etc) and instead using less presumptuous language. Here are a few questions to ask that will help identify job candidates that will solve instead of cause problems. To do this, stay away from leading questions, and ask more open ended questions ...

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STAR Technique

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The last couple blog posts discussed different interviewing tips for behavioral interviews, and interview misconceptions. In each of these, the S-T-A-R technique was introduced. Discussing what the STAR technique is and why it is important, will not only assist you in amplifying your interviewing skills, but will allow you to answer tough work related questions in a compelling and powerful manner.

The STAR technique:
S – Situation – Give the interviewer a background, set ...

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Mastering the Dreaded “Behavioral Interview Questions”

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In our last blog post, “What is Behavioral Interviewing” we discussed what behavioral interviewing is and provided some example questions. In this post, we are going to discuss some ways of mastering answers to behavioral interview questions:

Know the Job Description – To better prepare yourself for an interview, you will need to know which soft skills and behaviors the employer is looking for in the job. So, your first step is to always review the job description ...

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