Resource Center

Providing superior services for both clients and candidates is Aspire’s main objective! With our strong understanding of what businesses need most to succeed, we will work quickly and effectively to present candidates who are highly qualified for the opportunities that arise at the Philadelphia region’s leading business organizations.

Below are some links that we think you will find helpful, from effective interviewing tips to writing a job description.


Standard Interview Questions

In today’s business world, it is important to understand what it is appropriate behavior during the interview process. Having the right questions prepared can help you better uncover the qualities and skills you are seeking in your next hire.

Here are some questions to keep in mind during an interview.

• What made you apply for this position?
• In a brief statement, summarize your work history and education for me?
• Why are you leaving your present (or last) job?
• What kinds of co-workers do you like best? Why?
• How does this job fit in with your overall career plan?
• Can you describe for me your most important accomplishments or biggest disappointments in your career?
• What might make you leave this job?
• How do your strong points relate to this job?
• How would you describe your relationship with your last (present) supervisor?


Questions to Avoid During an Interview:

• How old are you?
• When did you graduate?
• Are you married?
• Do you plan to have children?
• What is your child care situation?
• What does your spouse or parents do for a living?
• Where do you go to church?


Conducting Effective Interviews

Potential employees will quickly form an impression of you, both as a representative of your company and as a potential supervisor. By taking the follow steps to structure your interviews, you can greatly improve their effectiveness:

Be prepared
• Be courteous
• Set an agenda/Develop rapport
• Review technical background
• Gauge personality/culture fit
• Sell the Opportunity!
• Do not discuss compensation
• Allot 5 minutes for questions at the end
• Be clear about the next step


Writing effective Job Descriptions

A job description includes a careful analysis of the major functions of an employee’s position. A job description should include the following:

• Job title, organization and location of position.

• Job objective or overall purpose statement – the summary should describe the broad function and scope of the position and be no longer than three to four sentences.

• List of Duties or Tasks Performed – the list should contain each and every essential job duty or responsibility that is critical to the successful performance of the job. The list should begin with the most important functional and relational responsibilities and continue down in order of significance.

• Job Specifications, Standards and Requirements – the minimum amount of qualifications needed to perform the essential functions of the job, such as education, experience, knowledge, and skills. Any critical skills and expertise needed for the job should be included.

• Description of the Relationships and Roles the occupant of the position holds within the company, including any supervisory positions, subordinating roles, and/or other working relationships.

• Date of position opening.

• Salary range.

• A description of recent activity within the organization.


Information on how to apply, including contact email.

Realistically speaking, many jobs are subject to change due either to personal growth, organizational development, and/or the evolution of new technologies. Flexible job descriptions will encourage your employees to grow within their positions and learn how to make larger contributions to your company. When writing a job description, keep in mind that the job description will serve as a major basis for outlining job training or conducting future job evaluations.


TIPS FOR THE INTERVIEWEE:


• Prepare answers to commonly asked questions.
• Research the company and gain as much insight as possible prior to the interview.
• Prepare a number of questions to ask the interviewer.
• Use your interviewer’s name as much as possible in order to establish a personal connection with them during your interview.
• If you do not know the answer to a question be honest with the interviewer.