Remember your first interview for a professional job? Like me, I am sure someone told you to have questions prepared to ask. It can be difficult to come up with questions to ask that will help you vet the company and that the hiring manager thinks are good questions. The tips below may help you if this is your first interview or if you are a seasoned veteran.
Hiring Manager / Team tips:
Dos: Most of us like to understand the team, culture, and what the manager would be like to work for. Here are some sample questions that will help you understand these areas and what hiring managers might like to hear.
Sample questions to ask:
1. What makes someone successful in this role?
2. What does a typical day look like?
3. What recent successes has the team had and what recent challenges?
4. Have you implemented any new technologies and/or processes in the past 6 months?
5. What is your favorite thing about working for this company? What is the biggest challenge?
Don’ts: Typically you don’t want to ask the hiring manager or team about pay or benefits. If you are interviewing for a contract role then don’t ask about pay or benefits since that is likely handled by your recruiter. Pay, benefits or policies are best to ask your recruiter.
Dos: HR usually is the first or last interview you have with a company. If first, then it is all about them getting to know you. It is best to keep this conversation positive across the board. If this is a direct hire role, then it can be useful to ask about benefits or policies but in a positive way.
Sample questions to ask:
1. This is what I learned about your company online (provide info), what else you would like to add?
2. What makes someone successful at your company?
3. What is your favorite thing about working for this company?
4. I am open to working any schedule needed, does your company have flex time or a specific schedule?
5. Do you mind providing some information on your benefits?
Don’ts: Typically HR won’t have a lot of specific info to provide on technology, so it may be best to avoid those questions until you speak with someone who has an IT background. You typically don’t want to ask about pay since your TNE recruiter will help you negotiate the salary and if you are interviewing for a contract role then don’t ask about pay or benefits since that is likely handled by your recruiter.
Always feel free to contact your TNE recruiter before an interview if you would like any advice on what questions to ask in your interview. Hopefully, these tips will help you in your next interview and take away some of the nervousness when it comes to good questions to ask.
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At TNE, we create custom marketing packages for our candidates for each opportunity. One of the most important parts of the marketing package is a targeted resume. A targeted resume means you adjust it for each opportunity you pursue in three main areas.
1. Professional Profile / Summary- write a description of why you are a great fit for the specific opportunity you are applying for on the top of your resume. You may be thinking, I put a lot of work into my summary and don’t want that time and effort to be wasted. Good news, you can use most of the content you already wrote but make additions and subtractions based on the job description.
2. Technical Skills / Skills- if you are an IT professional then having a Technical Skills / Skills section is a great idea. Make sure all the technologies in the job description that you have experience with are also in your skills section. Note, hiring managers may ask technical questions based on your skills section so be prepared to talk about your experience with each technology. You can add in the soft skills that the job description is looking for as well.
3. Professional Experience- add bullet points including responsibilities and skills the job description is looking for that you have experience with. Note, be sure you are comfortable explaining what you are adding with a hiring manager, don’t oversell, and put everything in your own words, no copying and pasting from the job description itself. It is impactful to write bullet points as accomplishments and that won’t be in the job description anyways.
You may feel your resume is too long after adding information in all three areas listed above. No problem, just take out some of the experience and/or skills you have that the job description isn’t looking for. Keep all the variations of your resume you create so it will be easier each time to make changes.
Your TNE Recruiter is always more than happy to help you with your resume, especially when we are putting together your marketing package for a specific opportunity. Give us a call if you have any questions and we will be here to help you.
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We are so excited and proud to announce that TNE was voted Best Place to Work by Denver Business Journal. Here is what Ryan and Bridget had to say about running an amazing company.
“Tell Me About Yourself” is one of the most common interview questions to date, yet so many job seekers hesitate and stumble over their responses. Although this seems like an easy question, your answer will set the tone for the rest of the interview. This question transitions the initial hellos into the actual interview, and it is essentially their first impression of you. Keep these tips in mind when preparing for this question:
- Be positive, confident, and professional. Regardless of how comfortable you feel throughout your interview, be sure to keep it professional. This is not the time to talk about why you are leaving a company or speak negatively about old colleagues. Instead, let this “intro” be the highlight reel of your career path.
- Keep it concise, and do not recite your resume. Rather than going through your resume step-by-step, share details about yourself or experiences that they have not read about prior. Definitely touch on experiences that relate to the current position you’re applying for, but don’t feel the need to go through every bullet point, anecdote, etc.
- Leave them interested in learning more about you. What can you say that would spark their interest to get to know you better? Share something that they will remember you by.
This is the opportunity to share a snippet about you, your story, and why you would be a great addition to their team. So, how can you best answer this question? Our team at Talent Navigation Experts suggests that one of the best ways to respond is by highlighting key experiences from prior and current jobs and ultimately tying them to the role in which you are applying. Keep our tips in mind, and practice your response out loud, so you can nail this answer in real-time.
If you’re looking for additional interview preps, check out our Interview Tips here. Best of luck in your next interview!
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Talent Navigation Experts has been recognized as a 2021 Best Places to Work recipient by the Denver Business Journal! This is an incredible honor that highlights companies who value and intentionally engage their employees. Throughout an intense 2020, our leadership made a huge push to keep our team engaged and promote a company culture that could be sustainable both virtually and in person. Because this award is voted on by employees, it is rewarding that our efforts have been well-received by our team!
As a boutique, Denver-based staffing firm, we value the working relationships amongst our teammates. We strive to promote a positive, communicative, and supportive environment despite the competitiveness of the industry that we are in. These traits of our colleagues are the foundation of our successful culture.
Although we have worked to implement engaging teambuilding activities, happy hours, breakfast meetings, etc., the biggest change we made as a company was going 100% remote. Once the stay-at-home order was lifted, we attempted a hybrid model only to realize that our employees not only preferred but were more productive and happier working 100% remote.
We are always looking for new, innovative ways to improve upon our culture to ensure that our team always believes that we are one of the best places to work! Thank you to our employees for your dedication and commitment to helping TNE become the best it can be.
Check out the full list here.