Ever wonder why the candidate and interview process can be so stressful? It’s all the unknowns. But don’t worry. We want you to succeed—and to help you make that important good first impression. So we’re telling you all about our recruitment process. You’ll know what to expect every step of the way. And our interviewing tips might give you that special edge everyone is looking for. Including us.
A Step-By-Step Guide
After you have completed your online job submission
We may reach out for more info
You are contacted for an interview
Interview by phone, video or in-person
Job offer presented
Background check/drug screen
When you start your career at U.S. Cellular®, you’ll be guided by your manager through on-the-job training and introductory courses and tools.
During your first months here, you’ll take part in a formal U.S. Cellular introduction program. It includes web-based and classroom training. Our online onboarding portal will be useful as you settle in, providing insights about your job and the social scene. It covers topics you may be wondering about and includes training tools, guidelines and tips.
About “Behavioral Interviewing”
Maybe you’ve heard that recruiters are moving away from traditional “tell-me-about-yourself” interviews. Now, some are using what’s called “behavioral interviewing.” But it’s just another way to try and predict your future performance based on the past. The questions in a behavioral interview are set up with a format known as STAR: Situation, Task, Action, Result.
Identify and Practice Your S.T.A.R. Stories
Share specific details about how you used your skills and experience to deliver business results.
Show your ability to deal with conflict and change management while accomplishing goals.
Tell how your leadership capabilities contributed to team development and delivered results.
Explain how your values align with our culture.
Reinforce how and why your skills are a good fit for our business objectives.
Keep It Professional
Use words and take actions that are appropriate to a business setting.
It’s not necessary to address the interviewer as "Sir" or "Madam.”
Gradually move from a formal to first-name basis to build rapport.
Express yourself in a positive way.
Position past challenges as opportunities that resulted in success.
Use positive body language: Good posture, eye contact and a firm handshake.
Don’t use too much business terminology (less is more).
Ask questions to decide if the role is right for you (How is success measured? What challenges lie ahead?)
Ask about the next steps in the hiring process.
Thank the interviewer for her or his time.
Your resume should grab attention.
Quantifying your accomplishments and results
Reinforcing experience and performance related to the position
Emphasizing keywords related to the job description
Tailoring your resume to your audience
Notifying your professional references and keeping them up to date
Being concise: Keep your resume to two pages
Using business jargon and too many acronyms
Using a general resume not tailored to a specific role
Including information unrelated to employment (like marital status or hobbies)
Typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors
Qualifications summary: An overview of key experiences and results
Work experience in chronological order (most recent at top)
Certifications and affiliations
Awards and recognitions
Education and relevant training or workshops
Testimonials from clients, leaders, instructors, and mentors