Job Seekers

September 2017

5 (More) Annoying Interview questions and how to answer them.

5 (More) Annoying Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Our candidates have shared quite a few of their least favorite interview questions with us over the course of more than 4 decades in business. We published a previous article about this topic and realized that there were still several more questions that we should include. Here are 5 more common interview questions that job seekers have a tough time answering well. Have you ever been fired from a job? If you have been terminated, it is likely that you have [...]

How to Answer Five of the Most Annoying Interview Questions

How to Answer Five of the Most Annoying Interview Questions

As a trusted staffing firm working with candidates for more than 40 years, our recruiters have heard a lot about the kinds of questions that make candidates cringe in an interview. Here are a few of the most dreaded and our recommended approach to answering them like a pro. Where do you see yourself in five years? Don’t look at this as a trick question, or a strategy to trap you into something. The interviewer’s motivation is to discover your level [...]

August 2017

Interview Etiquette 101: 10 Simple Rules You Need to Succeed

Interview Etiquette 101: 10 Simple Rules You Need to Succeed

Use the 10 Minute Rule The anxiety that comes with being down to the wire for interviews and appointments can detract from your performance. Rushing in at the last minute can unintentionally create the impression that you are disorganized, and unable to plan and prioritize accordingly. Being too early can be awkward in a smaller office environment. You may run into the candidate who interviewed before you, which may throw you off your game. We recommend to our candidates [...]

Use these 6 Steps to Increase your Impact after an Interview

Use these 6 Steps to Increase your Impact after an Interview

Your behavior and response following an interview can be as influential to a hiring manager as the interview itself. The communication and interaction you have with your interviewer further illustrates what kind of employee you will be. Here are some recommendations from Bradley recruiters to help you make a lasting impression even after the interview is over. Send a thank you note…ASAP! We have had candidates ask if a thank you note is really necessary. The short answer is YES. Time [...]

Candidate on phone to demonstrate our five favorite interview tips

Our Five Favorite Phone Interview Tips

Choose the Right Environment A phone interview is probably your first verbal interaction with a potential employer. Things like background noise or a bad phone connection detract from your ability to make a good impression. Your well-thought out and well-expressed responses should take center stage. Plan to be in a quiet place where you will not be interrupted by small children, pets or unexpected noises. You shouldn’t be in the car, or in a crowd. Retreating to a tranquil [...]

July 2017

Tips for Asking for a Raise

5 Tips for Asking for a Raise (Hint: The Time is NOW!)

Conversations about money are awkward with your closest friends and relatives. Having those discussions with your supervisor is even more stress-inducing. Some companies are proactive when it comes to providing reviews once or twice per year, and pay increases in conjunction with the results of those reviews. Even if your employer does conduct periodic reviews or salary audits, you will still need to become comfortable asking for additional compensation. You’ll also have to be able to demonstrate that you’re deserving of [...]

Negotiating Your Job Offer

5 Tips for Negotiating Your Job Offer

In our experience, most job offers are virtually predetermined because both the employer and the candidate have communicated their needs beforehand. Not every job offer is cut and dry. Sometimes a little back and forth is necessary so that both parties feel satisfied by the outcome. When you initially applied to the position, you were most likely asked to provide your current salary. Some applications will even ask candidates to provide a salary expectation as a means of screening [...]

June 2017

Artificial Intelligence in Hiring and the Candidate Experience

Artificial Intelligence in Hiring and the Candidate Experience

We use the term Artificial Intelligence quite liberally these days, maybe without fully having an understanding of what it means, and how we are already affected by it in 2017. In his book The Quest for Artificial Intelligence: A History of Ideas and Achievements, Nils J Nilsson describes Artificial Intelligence as “that activity devoted to making machines intelligent, and intelligence is that quality that enables an entity to function appropriately and with foresight in its environment.” We have seen [...]

When your resume portrays you as a specialist rather than a jack of all trades, hiring managers will find you easier. You can land an interview and quite possibly a job.

5 Ways to go from Jack of All Trades to Specialist using your Resume

You’ve probably heard the phrase “jack of all trades” to describe a person who has a vast quantity of skills. While this can often be viewed as a high compliment, unfortunately the second part of that phrase, “master of none,” is the element that keeps many candidates from getting an interview. As recruiters, we have yet to receive a request from an employer for someone who has dabbled in a little bit of everything. Employers want specialists who will [...]

May 2017

How to explain your termination in an interview

From Fired to Hired: How to Explain Your Termination in an Interview

Being fired from a job is among the top ten most stressful life events an adult can experience. Besides the obvious financial concerns that come with being dismissed from a positon, it’s a huge blow to your ego and self confidence. No one wants to be told that they are not good enough, but it happens to the best of us. According to Business Insider, some very successful people were let go from their jobs before they went on [...]