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  • Interview Questions Managers Ask to Assess Your Personality

    01/28/19 7:41 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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    You’ve checked off all the hiring manager’s boxes: job skills, work experience, salary requirements and more.

    There’s just one big question left in their mind:

    Do you have the right personality type to thrive in the job?

    Savvy employers know that creating a successful match between a candidate and an opportunity takes more than the right technical skills and experience; it also takes the right soft skills. In fact, if an interviewer sees you as a better cultural fit, or someone with stronger growth potential than other applicants, it could tip the scales in your favor.

    Use this as an opportunity for you to separate yourself from the crowd!

    In your next interview, don’t be another me-too candidate who describes themselves as a “team player with excellent communication skills.” Skip the clichés, and prepare unique, memorable answers to these personality interview questions:

    1. Tell me about the accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career. This conversation starter gives you an opportunity to describe your work habits and how you interact effectively with others.
    2. Tell me about a time when things didn’t go the way you wanted – like a promotion you didn’t get, or a project that didn’t turn out how you had hoped. A potential employer will want to know how you handle adversity on the job. Do you blame others, deride yourself, or view it as an opportunity for growth? If you’re asked this question, be careful not to point fingers. Focus your response on what you learned from a personal or professional setback.
    3. What’s the best way to manage you? This question reveals how well you understand the keys to your own success. Additionally, it helps the interviewer grasp the communication styles, rewards, amount of supervision, and leadership styles that appeal most to you (thereby gauging your potential fit within the company’s existing team). Give some thought to these factors before you head into an interview, so you can distinguish yourself as a great cultural match.
    4. What was the last new task or skill you learned? How did you go about that? Employers ask this question to see how you view your own professional development. Craft a response that emphasizes your curiosity and commitment to continual learning.
    5. What would your best friend say is the best part about being your friend? This personality question invites candor, and it gives the interview a glimpse of how you might mesh with current employees. Be honest and describe the qualities that make you a good person and friend.
    6. If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be and why? This question may sound trite, but your response reveals a great deal about your personality, values and interests. Choose a public figure whom you admire and describe the qualities that you’d like to emulate.

    Need help refining your interview skills?

    Contact an Exact Staff Career Agent. We can help you polish your conversational skills, plan responses to common questions, and prepare to knock your next interview out of the park.

    And if you’re ready for a new opportunity to build your skills and advance your career, register with your local Exact Staff office today.

What’s the Best Way to Train Gen Z?

01/25/19 10:59 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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They’re young. Tech savvy. Socially conscious. Competitive.

And they’re driving sweeping changes in the workplace.

Now flooding into the workforce, post-millennials are prompting savvy business leaders to rethink every aspect of management, from job satisfaction to training. Unlike prior generations, Generation Z (also known as iGen or homelanders) doesn’t remember life without social media, ubiquitous connectivity and YouTube.

In light of their fundamental differences, what’s the best way to get roughly 67 million workers trained to do the jobs of the future? Our national recruiters share tips for effectively training Gen Z:

Understand – and Leverage – Their Core Values

Having grown up during a time of multiple environmental, social and financial crises, Gen Z is socially aware, fiscally conservative and committed to sustainability. When designing training initiatives for this younger cohort, emphasize your business’ mission, vision, values and purpose, and how employee training will help you achieve that purpose. Beyond explaining the purpose of the training itself, detail how each employee’s development helps the organization to achieve a mission that serves society.

Go High Tech

In this Kahoot! study, majority of trainers (62%) say homelanders prefer mobile apps for learning, and nearly half (48%) say online learning tools are favored. Not surprisingly, training with videos and social media is a great way to connect with Gen Z; 39% and 34% of trainers use these options respectively.

Be Authentic

More than prior generations, Generation Z is willing to integrate their work and personal lives. Since work is a big part of their identity, they want authentic employers – and authenticity in their training, too. So, when creating training scenarios, team-building activities and characters for eLearning content, make sure they’re as genuine as your organization is. Otherwise, you risk alienating this marketing-savvy and brand-wary generation.

Consider Gamification and Interactive Training Tools

Results from the Kahoot! study also showed that nearly half(48%) of Gen Z workers prefer gamification or game-based learning, and 1 in 4(25%) prefers training via virtual and/or augmented reality. When designing eLearning scenarios and assessments, consider the value of these emerging technologies for feedback, engagement and encouragement.

Break it Up

Sometimes characterized as impatient, iGen learns information best in shorter, smaller “bites.” To make training interesting and effective for this generation, replace long-winded lectures or classes with chopped up, bite-size info sessions; break down longer training documents into digestible clumps of facts, tips and tools.

Recruiting Generation Z?

Exact Staff can help. Whether your needs are local or national, temporary or direct, the Exact Family of Companies provides solutions to make recruiting the right talent quicker and more cost-effective.

Off-Hours: Hobbies of Highly Successful People

01/18/19 6:59 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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All work and no play?

It makes Jack a dull boy. And it zaps creativity, focus and performance on the job.

The most successful people in the world knows there’s more to life than eat-sleep-work:

  • Oprah Winfrey enjoys photography.
  • Elon Musk plays video games.
  • Richard Branson is passionate about yachting and hot-air ballooning.

While each of these high performers puts in long hours on the job, they also enjoy downtime pursuing hobbies and interests outside work. They realize that the way they spend their free time – during evenings, weekends and vacations – has a huge impact on their personal fulfillment as well as their career trajectory.

So…how are you spending your free time?

If you want to be more successful at work, be intentional about what you do when you’re not there. Put down the remote and take up one of these hobbies of incredibly successful people:

Work out. Exercising regularly is one of the best things you can do to improve your attitude, confidence, resilience and stamina – all of which prime you to perform at your peak.

Who’s want to sweat? Barack and Michelle Obama are proud gym enthusiasts, and these leading CEOs even do yoga with their employees.

Paint or color. Painting and other artistic pursuits have real work-related benefits that extend far beyond pure enjoyment and creation. Research suggests coloring has the potential to reduce anxiety, promote mindfulness and even help you organize your thoughts. Another study found that creating visual art can improve connections in the brain known as the “default mode network,” which is involved in focusing on internal thoughts and planning.

Who’s want to pencils and brushes? According to her husband, Kate Middleton, Duchess not there, enjoys coloring as a hobby; former US President George W. Bush is a prolific painter of landscapes and puppies.

Spend Time in Nature

Want to do better work? Stop breathing air-conditioned air and idling in a chair. Ambitious people connect with nature and the outdoors; they understand how activities like hiking, skiing and climbing restore their energy, creativity, focus and more.

Who’s an avid outdoorsman? Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reports dedicating his Saturdays to hiking.

Take Classes

Whether you take a workshop, class or pursue a certification, continual learning builds your skills, enhances your promotability and makes you a more interesting person.

Who’s hitting the books? After achieving childhood fame, actress Emma Watson chose to pursue higher education at Brown University.

Need Highly Successful Professionals to Grow Your Team?

Serving organizations across the nation, Exact Staff can quickly connect you to a wide range of talented people with the right skills, experience and personality to thrive in your organization. Just give us a call!

Crush It in 2019: Mindset Shifts That Drive Personal Growth

01/12/19 8:59 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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Ready to overhaul your career, health, finances, relationships or any other aspect of your personal or professional life?

Start with Overhauling Your Mindset

The way you think about your life – your successes or failures, your powers or limitations –has a profound impact on what you ultimately achieve. Logically, you must picture what you want to do in your mind’s eye before you accomplish it.  

The really cool part? You control how you see the world (and yourself in it). With a ittle mental discipline, you can quickly change your frame of mind to drive tremendous personal and professional growth this year.

Here’s how:

Shift from “Going Through” Tough Times to “Growing Through” Them

Nobody’s life is a never-ending bed of roses; everyone must endure discouraging times,disappointments and failures. High achievers, however, realize that these experiencesaren’t merely to be endured; they’re sources of experience and growth.

If you’ve experienced setbacks in the past, consider what you can learn from them – and move on.

Shift from a “Lack” Mindset to a”Wealth” Mindset

Do you find yourself chasing a bigger paycheck, focusing on the big house you don’t have yet, or convinced that you’ll never be rich? If you want to change your circumstances, change your thinking.

An abundance mindset shifts from “I could never afford that” to “how can I afford that,” and spurs you to tap your creativity and imagination to create wealth. If you truly believe you earn more, you’ll find a way to do it.

Shift from “Seeking Entertainment” to “Creating and Learning”

Most of us go through life distracted: at work, at the gym, even when we’re spending time with loved ones. Instead of prioritizing deep focus and learning, we numb our minds with content from social feeds, TV shows and alcohol.

If you want to improve any aspect of your life, stop anesthetizing yourself with meaningless, passive entertainment. Prioritize learning and creating. Spend more time thinking, doing and furthering your personal development.

Achieve More with Exact Staff

Serving organizations across the nation for more than 20 years, the Exact Family of Companies provides a full complement of staffing and placement solutions to fast-track projects, delegate non-core tasks, and keep you focused on high-priority work.

What do you want to achieve in 2019? We can provide the exact talent to get you there!

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