“Tell Me About Yourself.” Here’s How to Ace the First Interview Question

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One of the most common interview questions is “tell me about yourself.” In fact, the vast majority of interviews start with the exact same question.

Starting off the interview with a very open-ended question is popular with many interviewers. It can’t be answered with a yes or no, so it yields more information and helps the interviewee open up. More importantly, though, what a person chooses to answer with can be very revealing of their personality and how they think. It’s therefore more likely to give interviewers multiple layers of information.

How can you prepare a great answer and start your interview on a high note? Here’s are some tips to make you shine in the interview.

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What Can You Be Doing to Attract Higher Quality Candidates?

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What can you do if you’re not getting candidates who are highly qualified for the positions you need? With unemployment continuing to reach historic lows, it can be tough to find the right people for the right jobs, so you face stiff competitive for high-level candidates.

If you’re struggling to find qualified applicants in Reno and across northern Nevada, The Applied Companies’ staffing team can help you build a comprehensive solution. What strategic steps can you take to attract quality candidates to your job openings?

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Check Out These Holiday Activities for the Whole Family in Nevada!

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The winter holidays are a great time to check out activities for the whole family. Nevada is full of special wintertime fun for all ages and all interests. Here are seven of our team’s top holiday activities around the Reno area and across northern Nevada!

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How Low Pay Rates Can Cost Your Business in the Long Run

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How do the rates of pay you offer employees stack up with those paid by competing businesses? If you aren’t aware of what the going pay rates are, and the pay is low, it can hurt your business.

In addition, many businesses, especially small and midsize ones, may decide to offer somewhat low pay rates, feeling they want to achieve greater cash flow and profits before raising salaries. That’s not a good idea in the long run, either.

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Not a Perfect Match for Your Dream Job? Here Are Five Ways to Get in the Door

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Have you ever been looking at job postings and find yourself looking at your dream job? It’s the kind of work you want, or the company has a mission you totally want to contribute to, or you’ve heard it’s one of the best in town to work for — or all three. But then, you realize the skills and qualifications listed don’t seem like a perfect match with your skills and qualifications.

Do you give up and wave your dream job goodbye? No! One of the most important facts to know about the hiring process is the long lists of skills and qualifications found in many job postings are wish lists. Companies are aware they may not find candidates that entirely fulfill all of them. As long you meet important criteria in the posting, you can apply and make the case for your dream job becoming yours.

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Ten Activities for Enjoying Winter in Reno and Lake Tahoe

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Whether you’re a native of the Battle Born state or have just moved here, Reno and Lake Tahoe are full of exciting activities of all types. Here are 10 activities our employees identified as some of their favorites.

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Five Steps to Get the Promotion You’ve Been Chasing

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Promotions are good things. You’ll have more authority, a greater chance for even more authority down the line, and increased compensation. If you want a promotion, though, you need to take specific steps to obtain one. Promotions are given more often to those who’ve planned for them than those who’ve passively waited.

Here are five steps you can use to earn your next promotion.

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Five Questions to Close Your Interview and Impress Potential Employers

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It’s common for interviewers to ask if interviewees have any questions before winding up the interview. Why should you come prepared with questions to ask at the end of your interview? Asking questions that show your concern with not just getting hired but being successful in the position go a long way to showing employers you really want to join their team.

It’s also a chance to improve your understanding of the position and doing a great job if you are hired. Here are five questions that will impress prospective employers.

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How Can You Find Great Millennial Candidates?

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The Millennial generation, which covers many young employees today, currently accounts for about one-third of the U.S. workforce. Chances are any position you’re looking to fill is going to include Millennials as part of the applicant pool, especially in a low unemployment economy.

Can you find top Millennial workers to fill your open positions? Sure, but you need to know that Millennials bring different behaviors and mindsets to the table than their generational predecessors like the Baby Boomers and Generation X. Many common Millennial traits make them a good fit for your organization, offering a different perspective and work style.

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Six Steps to Building Your Personal Brand on Social Media

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One of the chief ways to maximize your chances of getting noticed on the job hunt and landing a new opportunity is building a personal brand. Company brands, for example, highlight the best qualities that a consumer can know to expect from an organization. The same principle applies to your own personal brand, but in this case you are highlighting your qualities, skills and background so that a company will hire you.

Social media sites — like LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more — are ideal places on which to develop and showcase your personal brand. Here are six steps to building a personal brand on social media.

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