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Which Job Interview Questions Reveal Top Performers?

September 20th, 2017

Finding the right candidate for a job position is no small task. It can be time consuming, but one way to make the process faster and less confusing is to be sure to ask the right interview questions. With just a few of the right interview questions, you can reveal a top performer.

When you’re interviewing candidates, you want to find the best of the group. You want the top performer. These five questions will help you determine which candidates are top performers.

How do you stay passionate on a project over a long period of time?

Some projects may be quick and exciting. Others might take more time, and it’s important to find candidates with ambition. How a candidate answers this question will help you pinpoint who has the ability to have lasting enthusiasm, no matter the subject or duration of a project.

How do you work on your own in an independent capacity and still produce results?

It’s important to hire an employee who can be motivated and who can get work done on their own. When a candidate answers this question, they may even give an example of a time when they’ve tackled a project on their own and this would be a sure indicator that they can be a top performer at your company.

Where do you want to improve your professional skills?

Rather than asking for a candidate to talk about their weaknesses, asking this question will prompt the interviewee to talk about their aspirations for professional growth. It will be easy to tell if the candidate is interested in improving their skill set and offerings, or whether they have grown stagnant.

How do you stay focused with distractions?

A busy office is full of distractions, including noise from phones, people, printers, visitors, etc. The important thing about asking this question is making sure that your candidate has a way to block out distractions and focus on their tasks. Different people will have different strategies, but a top performer knows what will work for them. Whether they make lists to stay on task or wear noise-blocking headphones, asking this question during the interview will help you identify if you’re talking to an experienced top performer.

How do you unplug/recharge?

A top performer knows that they need to balance work with life to avoid burnout. If you have a candidate who seems more like a perfectionist who always wants to work, that could mean a greater risk for burnout and employee turnover which is expensive. Look for a candidate who can answer with their hobbies or extracurricular activities and interests. Chances are, they know how to recharge and will be able to perform their best, with positivity, for a longer stretch of time.

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If you need help finding the right candidates to interview for an open position, contact Concorde Personnel.

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Best Practices for Applying to a Job on Facebook

September 6th, 2017

Back in the day, job hunters would pick up a newspaper to find a job. Today, there are many different websites and search engines that you can use to find openings in your field. One of those ways is by using the social media giant Facebook. Just this year, Facebook rolled out a new offering, Facebook Jobs. With so many companies having an active presence on the platform, you should consider using their new feature when searching for your next job.

What is Facebook Jobs?

This new feature allows businesses to post jobs directly on their Facebook page while keeping those postings collected in a convenient area for job hunters. Instead of just writing a post and including an external link, hiring managers and business owners can easily post a job and keep it separated from other daily posts.

As an applicant, you can easily find open positions and apply to them directly from Facebook. Your information is pulled directly from your Facebook profile but you (thankfully) have the ability to edit all those fields.

Tidy Up Your Profile

If you’ve been delaying cleaning up your Facebook content, do it before using Facebook Jobs. Since many people who are in the workforce have had their accounts for several years, it’s likely you should invest some time in cleaning up your photos, posts, tags, etc. When you use the convenient Facebook Jobs feature, you need to also increase your responsibility when using social media. You don’t have to make your Facebook profile read like LinkedIn, but it also shouldn’t be a scrapbook of questionable decisions.

Nothing is Truly Private

Yes, you probably increased your privacy settings over the course of having a Facebook account. No, nothing is truly private on the internet. Everyone from government leaders to high-level business executives have felt the pain of assuming what they post is private to the masses. In reality, most of what you post on the internet, including Facebook, can be seen by people you don’t even know. Assume that hiring managers can see your rants, dirty laundry, or sentimental memories and use proper judgment.

Polish Your Resume & Other Job Search Coaching

Whether you need help writing your resume, finding a job, or are interested in interview coaching, contact Concorde Personnel. We can help you make the most of the changing job market and help you strategize your job search.

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