Category: Interviewing

  • 7 “don’ts” when recruiting employees

    In several previous blog posts, we have provided guidance on effective steps to take when recruiting employees. In this post, we’ll focus on what not to do—mistakes to avoid—while referencing some of our past blog posts.

    In order to get the most out of your recruitment efforts and find the candidates you need, plan ahead. Consider each of these “don’ts” when developing your recruitment strategies:

    1. Don’t rely on old-fashioned recruitment tools – If you’re just posting ads in the newspaper and on job sites, you’re short-changing yourself and missing promising candidates. Use your social media pages, professional online forums, and specialized search tools, too. If you don’t have access to these, get in touch with a professional recruiter with this experience. See our blog post on technology used by professional recruiters.
    2. Don’t overlook current employees – Could a great candidate already be working for your company, maybe within another department? Don’t be so focused on getting the best candidate “out there” that you miss a great candidate “in here.” Someone who excels in a position within the company may be ready for increased responsibility. And a promotion is a great way to hang on to talented staff. See our blog post ... Read More
  • How To Answer: Tell Me About Yourself

    It may seem like a simple ice-breaker-type question, little more than an excuse to recite your resume, or maybe just a lead-in to more meaningful inquiries. However, the query “tell me about yourself” can represent a trap. In fact, it can become as much a trap for unprepared job seekers as more obvious head-scratchers like “what’s your biggest weakness?”.

    However, it doesn’t have to be. Instead of becoming an awkward point in the interview, the question offers you a significant opportunity. You can use it to set the tone for the rest of the meeting and outline your baseline case for getting hired.

    Here are some things to include as you respond to the all-but-inevitable “tell me about your yourself” prompt.

    Briefly Rundown Your History

    The bulk of your answer should involve your biography. At this point, you should mostly stick to your education and work history, as this is most pertinent to a job situation.

    However, look to include more personal elements, as well. These can help make a connection with your interviewers. Mention details like where you were born, where you grew up, how many brothers and sisters you have, etc.

    One warning, though: Make sure not to dip into things like politics or ... Read More

  • How to Answer “What Is Your Biggest Weakness?”

    It’s the moment you dreaded. The interview started pleasantly enough. You went through some small talk, a list of your qualifications, some banter about where you went to school, and a long recitation of your best qualities.

    But now the discussion has taken a turn toward an interrogation. The trick question of all trick questions has been asked: “What is your biggest weakness?”

    It’s a difficult query that requires self-reflection and a higher degree of openness than most people usually allow themselves in front of strangers. However, it’s also a common question you’ll face at most interviews. You should have an answer prepared.

    With that in mind, here are some tips in crafting your response to the dreaded “what’s your biggest weakness?”

    Be Honest …

    You want to be honest in your interview. Part of the purpose of the “biggest weakness” question is to test a candidate’s ability to handle a seemingly unwinnable situation. They want to see how you’ll handle the pressure.

    Try to evade the question and you’ve effectively failed the test. They know you have weaknesses, so presenting yourself as perfect will only hurt your cause. So, don’t attempt the cutesy tactic of listing an obvious strength as a weakness (“if anything, I’m ... Read More

  • 3 pros and 3 cons to video interviewing by job recruitment companies (and maybe by you, too)

    Recruitment strategies in 2019 aren’t what they were 10 or more years ago. Today, job recruitment companies stay competitive by offering alternative forms of interviewing to reach the best candidates in the marketplace. There are numerous means of interviewing candidates that close the gap in distance and time constraints, getting you that much closer to the best candidate for your company.

    A common interview approach, when an in-person interview isn’t possible, is video interviewing. Modern technology allows you to remotely interview candidates – either in real time or in pre-recorded sessions. Offering this form of interviewing could be the tipping point in snagging that industry all-star who isn’t actively searching for new work.

    Before you start interviewing all potential candidates exclusively over video interviewing platforms, we suggest that you consider the following benefits and drawbacks. Figure out for yourself if video interviewing, utilized by job recruitment companies like TriStarr Staffing, is right for your department.

    3 benefits to video interviewing potential candidates

    1. Save time and money: Scheduling a video interview with a candidate can ultimately help your bottom line. It allows you to cut out extraneous small talk and additional administrative time. It can also save travel time and money for a candidate, which ... Read More