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Preparing For A Job Interview

Posted on: August 27th, 2018

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The interview process is by far the most critical step in finding employment. Not only is it the appropriate time to expand on your application, skills, and resume, but also showcase why you’ll be a good fit within the company you’re interviewing with. It’s impossible to make every interviewer like you personally, and it’s important to remember that’s not the point. Performing well during an interview means demonstrating the value you’ll add to the company, reliability, and the ability to work with others.

Abide by these 6 simple interview preparation rules and increase the chances of landing your next job.

1. Researching before the interview

Familiarize yourself with the company you’re interviewing at. All reputable businesses have a website, social media accounts, and/or resources that show you who they are, what their guiding philosophy is, and their aspirations. By researching and learning this information, you’ll be able to weave it into the responses you give during the interview process. Your ability to do this demonstrates your dedication to earning the position, and an ability to pay attention to detail which is valuable in many jobs.

Look for key details when conducting pre-interview research, like:

  • Major players: It’s always good to know who’s in charge and a strategy for opening a dialogue once you’re introduced to them. Do a little digging to see if you have any common contacts, hobbies, organizational affiliations, etc., that can be used as small-talk.
  • What’s the latest: Press releases and other news updates are a great source of information! Reading through this type of information may provide a clearer picture of what’s going to be happening within the company down the road.
  • The clientele: Scan the businesses site and glean any clients they have on the books. There are a few directions you can take this information. You may be able to leverage any connection you have with the client or casually showcase your knowledge about the business.
  • The competition: Know who the company is competing against and take a look at others in the industry. Conducting preliminary competitor and industry research will ensure you’re well versed in all industry lingo and able to speak intelligently.

2. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have

It’s common for an HR representative to inform candidates of the expected dress code prior to an interview. If this is not the case, take another look at the company’s social media accounts and photos on their website. You’ll likely find a sufficient sampling of images that illustrate appropriate attire, which you can utilize in choosing an interview outfit. If you’re unable to ascertain that information from the company’s site, try and discern what’s appropriate for similar positions within other closely related companies (ideally a competitor). One of the most important tips you can abide by, regarding dress, is to err on the side of overdressing. Underdressing or coming across as sloppy has a greater negative perception than overdressing. If you take the time to look polished, it is likely to make a good impression.

3. Be yourself; the right person for the job

While it’s good to be yourself during an interview there are communication strategies can help you explain why you’re the best person for the job. These strategies aren’t all verbal in nature. Being relatable and easy to communicate with makes you seem more pleasant to interviewers.

Practice the following tips and use them during your next interview:

  • Begin with a handshake
  • Speak at a medium pace and with clarity
  • Maintain eye-contact
  • Sit up straight
  • Avoid fidgeting and swaying in your seat
  • DO NOT incessantly use the words um, uh, and like
  • Smile

In essence, mirror the posture of the interviewer and imitate a person to whom you genuinely enjoy speaking.

4. Prepare your answers

Anyone who has had a handful of interviews is likely aware of their repetitive nature. This is especially true when it comes to actual interview questions. Practice responding to the following categories and examples of commonly asked interview questions.

  • Situational questions – “Tell me about a time when you…” or “Tell me about a situation when you.”
  • Problem-solving questions – “Explain a time when “X” happened, what did you do to complete the project/ task/ job?”
  • Behavioral questions – “What do you enjoy outside of work,” “what type of supervisor do you enjoy working with,” or questions not necessarily relating to the job.
  • What is your biggest weakness?
  1. Fill in the blanks

The interview process isn’t only about the company getting to know you; it’s also a great time to ask any lingering questions you may have about the company. Asking questions about the potential employer is not an opportunity you want to gloss over. Feeling a business out and making sure it’s a good fit for you is just as important as landing a job in the first place. It may feel intrusive to question the interviewer, but it’s the only way to ensure you get the answers you’re looking for.

Here are common questions asked by candidates throughout the interview process:

  • What’s the culture of the business?
  • What’s the interviewer’s favorite part of working for the company?
  • What are the 5 to10-year projections for your business? Expansion, contraction, stagnant?
  • Are there any specific challenges the company is facing right now or will be facing in the near future?
  • Are there any professional development opportunities?
  • What are the next steps in the interview process?

5. Come prepared

What a candidate takes with them to an interview primarily depends on the position they’re applying for. Entry level positions rarely require anything to be brought to the interview, while corner-office positions may require an ID, multiple copies of a resume, a portfolio, notepad, etc. If the interview requires specific materials to be brought, they’re likely to let you know. If you’re unsure, ask ahead of time. Otherwise, it’s good practice to bring a copy of your resume and a smile.


For any additional questions on interview preparation please contact us to ensure you get the job!

Applying For A Position in 2019

Posted on: August 1st, 2018

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You’ve created or updated your resume, found positions you’re interested in, tailored cover letters to fit the positions you’ve discovered, and now you’re ready to apply. Applying for a position in 2019 is easier than ever with online job boards and easily accessible templates. The problem is, most people still make small mistakes that can cost them big down the line. Give yourself the best chance at landing a job interview by following the 4 tips below.

1. Re-Read the Job Description

Make sure you’re clear about the duties and responsibilities of the position you’re applying. Re-read the job posting before applying to refresh yourself and confirm that it’s close to what you are looking for. Some employers post intentionally ambiguous job vacancies to draw in a larger applicant pool. If any parts of the job description are unclear, take time to research it a bit more.

2. Be Thorough

How do you feel about submitting a resume to a company, then being forced to complete their internal application? Annoyed? Too bad! You need to put just as much effort into that annoying application as you did when crafting your impressive resume. Employers WILL compare your resume and the application looking for any inaccuracies. If you hurry through the application, leave questions unanswered, use poor punctuation or grammar, or leave spaces blank, it will reflect poorly on you and make the company question your commitment to the process.

3. Expand Upon Your Resume

Sometimes it’s a tough call when deciding what to add to your resume and what to leave off. This is where an application comes into play! Items you think are relevant to the job you’re applying for or highlight your skill-set are suitable to add to an application. This allows you to expand on skills you’ve listed on your resume or bring up a list of others you didn’t have room for. Have any gaps in your job history? Do a thorough job of explaining the gap, so there’s no question as to what the circumstances were.

4. Follow Up

Following up on a resume or application submission can be tricky, especially when it involves a large company. The first issue is timing. How long should you wait? You certainly don’t want to come across as pushy or desperate. Waiting for 5 – 10 business days is considered the appropriate amount of time before following up with a potential employer. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell which department or employee to seek out when contacting the business. When calling or emailing the business, it’s usually best to start with Human Resources. A simple introduction and explanation of why you’re reaching out is a sufficient strategy when calling or emailing. Keep it short, sweet, and to the point! Simply point out that you applied for an open position and you want to follow up to make sure it has been received. This will help you confirm nothing went wrong with the process and demonstrates your continued interest in their position and company.

These tips may slightly change depending on where you’re applying and other job search variables, but the core ideas will remain consistent. Don’t get discouraged if you’re rejected from a job you’re applying to; request feedback whenever possible and learn from any mistakes you make. We hope when you’re applying for a position this year, you consider these 4 simple tips and land the job of your dreams.

Applying For A Position Using Premier Staffing

Premier Staffing offers jobs online in the Cedar Rapids, IA, and Waterloo, IA areas. We invite you to check out our job board to try and find a position that fits what you’re looking for.