Getting ready for the big interview? Do you know the answers?

February 25th, 2016 by Staff

50 Most Common Interview Questions

When it comes to the interview process, research and preparation for the interview can often times determine your chances of making it to the next step. One of the best ways to get ready for a job interview is to practice your responses to any and all interview questions – even the downright weird.

To help you get started, Glassdoor sifted through tens of thousands of interview reviews to find out some of the most common interview questions candidates get asked during recent interviews. So, if you have a job interview lined up, practice in front of a mirror or ask a friend or family member to listen to your answers to the following questions so you’ll be ready to put your best foot forward.

Most Common Interview Questions

  1. What are your strengths?
  2. What are your weaknesses?
  3. Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]?
  4. Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
  5. Why do you want to leave your current company?
  6. Why was there a gap in your employment between [insert date] and [insert date]?
  7. What can you offer us that someone else can not?
  8. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
  9. Are you willing to relocate?
  10. Are you willing to travel?


Happy Holidays!

December 21st, 2015 by Staff
Wishing you peace and joy during the holiday season and throughout the New Year!

Genie Matthews & Associates

How to Construct a LinkedIn Profile That Sells

December 7th, 2015 by Staff
Your entire social media presence impacts your ability to attract both clients as well as candidates, says Barb Bruno. Your LinkedIn profile should not just regurgitate your resume; it should be a mini sales letter showing why clients should use you vs. your competition. She explains in detail how to rework your LinkedIn profile to make it a powerful sales tool for you.

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Hiring NOW! Are you an outstanding Electrical Engineer?

September 23rd, 2015 by Staff

We’re looking for you! We need experienced instrumentation, process control and electrical reliability standouts for our world leading clients .   Great companies, great opportunities!   Don’t wait…contact us today or visit us online at and step up your career ladder.

Top 10 Reasons to Call a Professional Recruiter

August 27th, 2015 by Staff

By Dave Nerz

I am a pretty independent and resourceful person. I like a good challenge. I am willing to try almost anything once. Maybe you are the same?

So when something breaks in my house, I will give it go and try to fix it myself. The air conditioner went out last week and I gave it a try. Flipping breakers, replacing filters, oiling fans, etc. No success. The feedback was pretty immediate, no cold air meant sleeping in a house that was near 85 degrees Fahrenheit, so fairly hot and uncomfortable for Michigan. Time to call a professional. Next day, the HVAC professional got us back on the path to cool air and comfortable sleeping.

When tax time comes around, I could do it myself for home, but the business is too important to mess with the do-it-yourself models. We are in business for reasons other than doing the taxes…that is something a professional needs to do. If I get a letter that requires legal review and attention, a professional is called in to help. Professionals serve a purpose and frequently do things better, more effectively and with less negative consequence than going it alone.

So what does this have to do with recruitment? These are tough times to find and attract qualified talent. So why are so many using employers using homegrown, do-it-yourself, and internal methods? Maybe independent recruiters need to better explain the value they deliver. Or perhaps being a professional recruiter is so easy anyone can do it?

Here are some reasons I think using a professional recruiter makes more sense than homegrown methods of recruiting.:

Top 10 Reasons to Call a Professional Recruiter

10. Hiring a recruiter keeps you focused on your core business.

9. Recruiters know employment law. One false move on your own could cost you way more than what you might save on a fee.

8. Recruiters can engage candidates that you cannot. For example, the best talent at a competitive business.

7. Your time is worth money. Your time and your staff time is not free.

6. Missing opportunities to get the right candidate can be very costly.

5. Recruiters will make you define the job requirements in a clear and accurate way. This gives you a higher likelihood of retaining top talent. People leave because the job was not what they were told it was.

4. Recruiters will find talent for you for years into the future once you have them on your radar. They may locate a talented candidate that is a super fit in your organization two years after a targeted search is completed.

3. Recruiters will help reduce the time to hire. Open positions are costing you money. Filling openings quicker saves you money.

2. Recruiters can negotiate salary, benefits and details less emotionally and with greater likelihood of success than you can directly.

And the number one reason you should hire a professional recruiter is:

1. A recruiter can make you money – if a professional recruiter finds even one significant candidate you might have missed on your own, or better yet, brings you a talented candidate long after a specific search is done, that candidate can drive thousands of dollars of profit to your bottom line over a 10-, 20- or 30-year career.

When it comes to attracting and retaining key talent, can you afford the homegrown, in-house method versus the use of a professional recruiter?

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How to Get Great Job References

August 19th, 2015 by Staff

You’re this close to landing a new gig, and your potential boss has asked for references. You jot down a few names, assuming it’s a formality. Mistake. Those references can make or break you: Approximately two out of three employers said they have changed their mind about a candidate after speaking with a reference, according to a 2012 survey by the job-search site Next time, remember these guidelines.

Don’t Blindside Your References by Listing Their Names Without Telling Them

Be sure to tell anyone you might list as a reference what job you’re applying for in advance, says Mary Ellen Slayter, a career expert at the job-search site Then make sure she wants to vouch for you. Ask, “Do you feel you can provide a strong reference for me in that role?” You want to make sure your reference is willing to say good things about you and can visualize you in this specific job. If she is unenthusiastic or voices concern about whether you’re right for the position, go to someone else.

Do Coach Your References

People are busy, so don’t assume they can recall that killer sales presentation that you did three years ago or that time you brought in two new clients in a week. Offer to help prep your reference by e-mailing details of your recent career achievements. “Make it easy by mentioning a few key skills and projects,” says Jaime Klein, the president of Inspire Human Resources, a consulting firm in New York City. The better you prepare your references, she says, the more willing they will be to help.

Don’t Assume the Employer Will Limit Its Check to the Names You Provided

Companies can call anyone you’ve ever worked with to ask about you. You have no control over what these people say, but that’s all the more reason to make sure that your own references sing your praises, says Abby Kohut, a career consultant who runs {{, a career-advice site. When choosing your references, think executives and direct supervisors, not cubicle mates. But don’t list bigwigs so high up the ladder that they barely remember you. You don’t want a potential boss to think that you’re forgettable


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What are you waiting for? Push the EASY button.

July 29th, 2015 by Staff

The chemical industry is HOT!  If you have thought about a new position lately, now is the time to look.   We have great companies in need of qualified chemical engineers, electrical and maintenance engineers and a variety of related positions in the chemical and food processing industries.  Great opportunities are available from coast to coast.     Easy online application system or connect with us today and get started on your new career.  Genie Matthews & Associates brings decades of experience and a worldwide network of affiliated sources to your next job search.

GMA welcomes Dave Payleitner, engineering and technical recruiter!

June 22nd, 2015 by Staff

Dave brings a combined 25 years of successful engineering and technical recruitment experience within the refining, petrochemical, specialty chemical, telecommunications, manufacturing and EH&S markets.  He was previously an on-site RPO Sr. Recruiter for Honeywell’s UOP subsidiary, an international supplier of process technology, products and engineering services to the refining, petrochemical, gas processing and bio-renewable energy industries located in Des Plaines, IL.  Dave has also worked as a Sr. Recruiter with Motorola supporting the corporation’s Mobile Devices, Cellular Infrastructure and Enterprise Communications business units and also as a Sr. Recruitment Consultant in the retained search and research recruitment arenas. Put Dave’s expertise to work for you today. Contact him at or 847-736-2661.

Genie Matthews & Associates Honored by Global Recruiting Network

April 29th, 2015 by Staff

NPAworldwide, a member-owned, global recruiting network, has announced its 2014 award winners. Awards are based on placement revenue earned during the calendar year. Genie Matthews & Associates is honored to place at #12 in the Top 25 Firms in NPA Revenue. In individual production, Genie Matthews was also recognized for overall recruiter production by placing #8 in Recruiter Awards for NPA Production.

“Congratulations to Genie Matthews & Associates for their excellent results in 2014,” said president Dave Nerz. He added, “To be recognized among the top five percent of NPAworldwide members globally is a phenomenal achievement, especially since NPAworldwide split placement activity is only a portion of overall recruitment activity.”

About NPAworldwide. NPAworldwide is a recruitment network facilitating placements between its members. The network has nearly 500 member offices with 1,300 recruiters across 6 continents. For more information, please visit or

Welcome to Sara Freeman-Smith

April 23rd, 2015 by Staff

Genie Matthews & Associates welcomes Sara Freeman Smith – Senior Recruiter. Sara joins GMA with over 25 years of professional recruiting and staffing experience gained in the oil and gas, petrochemicals, agricultural chemicals, financial services and staffing industries. Sara started her career as a staffing account manager and has worked in corporate recruiting and as a contract corporate consultant . Most recently, she provides full cycle recruiting support for specialty chemical manufacturing plants in all areas from plant management to technicians . She enjoys working EHS, HR, Supply Chain & Project Management/Engineering roles.  Put Sara’s expertise to work for you today. Contact her at or 281-886-7781.