Ready to stand out from the crowd

From great examples, to even better tips, this section has all the helpful hints to make sure you look your best as a candidate.

Tips and Recommendations

How do you advise answering questions about strengths and weaknesses in an interview?

It is important to have readily available examples of how you have demonstrated your strengths. Candidates need to be honest about their potential weaknesses and provide details about where they are improving them specifically. A candidate that shows professional maturity in being self-aware is highly desired in the team dynamics.

Jimmy Prencipe, Director – Talent Acquisition

What advice do you offer to professionals who are switching fields?

Before you make a career change, you should make sure it's the right decision for you and your immediate support system. You will often sacrifice years of experience, which can make you underqualified and forced to begin your new career at an entry-level position when you are looking for an established, career-level compensation package. If you decide to switch fields, follow your heart and find a career path in which you have a passion to grow.

Chris Elmore, Sr. Manager of Recruiting Initiatives for Sam's Club and International Support

What should I include in my cover letter?

Beyond your contact information and the salutation to the person to whom you are addressing the letter, the body of a cover letter is most important. It should include short paragraphs as to why you are interested in and qualified for the job you are applying to. Paragraphs should be persuasive to convince the person reading the letter that you are a good fit for the position. Be sure to make strong connections between your qualifications and the position requirements.

Kim Nguyen, Sr. Manager – Corporate Recruiting

Can you offer any advice on how to best network?

My idea of networking is to seek individuals who have skills and competencies that you need to develop. These skills and competencies could either be to further your career or get better in your current job. Consider this as an opportunity to learn from each other and you will make a strong connection with the person and grow your network.

Mandar Thakur, Sr. Recruiter – ISD

What type of questions should your candidates ask in an interview to make them stand out?

  • What have you enjoyed most working here?
  • What skill sets are you currently missing on your team that you would like to have?
  • I'm very interested in this area of the company – what advice can you give to help me succeed?

Hourly Recruiting Team