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Phone Interviews

Phone Interviews

How do you handle the phone interview without freaking out? In this economy a lot of companies and recruiters do not want to waste your time coming in for an interview yet. Companies time management is key for them. So preliminary discovery is very important, and proves to be productive for both the candidate and company. The concept of a phone interview can be as stressful as an interview in person for some people.  Here are some basic theories that work!
  • Your phone picks up all sounds around you – Most updated phones can pick up all the noises around you.  For example, babies crying, kids playing, loud vehicles, TV’s, wind and many others.  Make sure you are in a quite area that you can concentrate on your answers and questions you may have for the interviewers.
  • Preparation – Make sure you have your resume handy – Have your reference information, as well as your educational information.  I know you think you know everything about your own life!  But when nerves come in to play mistakes can be made.  Your looking to make your best first impression.
  • Don’t wear your PJ’s – We all like to be comfortable while home – but not for a phone interview.  Be showered and dressed – I would also be at a home workstation with your laptop.
  • Speaking – This is the opportunity to be articulate, knowledgeable and show your presentation of grammar skills.  It is a full reflection of the picture they will create in their own mind.  You know sometimes when speaking to someone you’ve never seen, based on their voice you create an image of what they will look like.
  • Following up – The follow up is the most important!  Don’t forget to ask for the email, correct spelling of their name or look them up on “LinkedIn”.  Send emails to whom ever you spoke with thanking them for their time and the interview.  This amplifies your interest in the position, and reminds them of you.
In today’s market many companies are trying many different methods to interviewing.  Including heavy usage of employment recruiter’s and staffing agencies.  The phone interview is just one of them, but has been very time management sensitive.          




We at BIRK Staffing are excited to introduce our blog page!  It will cover updated information about the job market and mention hot jobs hat BIRK Staffing has available.  Also give you a better idea of the type of jobs as well as some of the hot suburbs we do staffing for.  For example Elk Grove Village, Itasca, Des Plaines, Wheeling and the Northside of Chicago are some of the hot beds of activity for BIRK.  We have plans in the works of opening a new BIRK Staffing in the Buffalo Grove or Arlington Heights area.  That location may change as we get closer to the opening.   This is done because we have several large corporations in the Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg and even Libertyville areas, we would be able to better assist them if one of our offices were farther north.   BIRK Staffing does do hiring of high level management positions,  administrative/office and skilled and unskilled labor.  The skilled labor positions include maintenance mechanics, manufacturing supervisors, certified forklift drivers, and department leads.  Stay tuned for more information.

4 Tips to Ace Interviews in a New Field

Changing careers is a daunting process. While you may feel ready for a big change, the practical challenges of actually accomplishing this change are many and varied. If you’ve decided to strike out on a career shift, don’t let the interview process for your new position make you stumble. Here are a few tips to help you ace it.
  1. Tailor Your Resume
Your resume is the first look that future employers have at your skill set and history. But your resume probably fits your old job more than your new one. Remake the resume with an eye to your new position instead. Start with your education, highlighting elements that can relate to the new career and downplaying those that don’t connect. Rather than simply listing prior positions and duties, put them in a more generic context that shows off your skills. Were you a shift manager at your previous job? Then list how you managed a team of diverse individuals, worked directly with customers, handled service issues, or ran the office alone. Every job has aspects that can relate to a broader set of work skills, so talk up these parts.
  1. Focus on the Future
Don’t dwell too much on your past work history, except those parts that show a clear relation to the job for which you’re applying. Instead, focus on how your experience shows that you can change and grow. While detailing your work history with the interviewer, make a clear path from earlier jobs to newer ones that required you to take initiative, grow your skills, build confidence, and take on additional responsibility. Relate specific anecdotes in this way as well.
  1. Prepare for Gaps
Midlife career changers invariably have some gaps in their resume. Realistically recognize these before meeting with potential employers so you can prepare to handle them. Are you missing a degree that many other applicants will have? Have a concrete plan to make up for that gap in the near future. Don’t have work history in your field? Substitute volunteer work in that field or prepare a few samples pieces to show your potential. Be specific about ways that your experience or existing education will help you be prepared for new challenges. Are you changing from a corporate career to teaching, for instance? Perhaps you want to discuss how your real-world experience will benefit students and ways that you’ve enjoyed inspiring or mentoring others. The idea is to show that you have enough building blocks to hit the ground running.
  1. Learn About the Culture
New fields usually equal a new culture. Enthusiasm and initiative can make up for a lack in other areas — particularly in a job market with fewer applicants. Research the new company and consider how you can add value to it. In addition to each specific company’s culture, think about the field in a broader sense. Why are you getting into this field? Does it tend toward creativity or independence? Then think of some anecdotes for the interview that show your creative thinking in past situations. Is the field more group-oriented? Then prepare an example of how you work in diverse or challenging groups. Interviews in a new career field require a little creative planning. But it’s a jumping-off point for a whole new world of fulfilling and exciting work. Start your journey today by meeting with the employment experts at BIRK Staffing & Technical Services. For more than 20 years, we have helped people in all fields and positions to find a great new chapter in their work life. We can help you too. Call us today to get started.


BIRK Staffing Turkey Raffle


Please do not forget – starting November 1st, 2018

November is our Turkey Raffle for all temp employees! All you need to do is “LIKE” BIRK Staffing’s Facebook page. Then we enter your name in the drawing. We had several winners last year and we deliver the Turkey to your job site on November 16th. Packed appropriately and frozen for you – until you can get it home. Winners will be announced on Facebook the week of the 12th! Good luck!

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