Blaine and Associates

Blaine and Associates

Friday, June 2, 2017

New Listing - Assistant to Client Relations Manager

Assistant Client Relations Manager - El Segundo $55,000-$65,000 + bonus, benefits, and lots of upward mobility

We are seeking an Assistant Client Relations Manager to join our expanding and exciting team! This is an excellent opportunity for a recent college grad with an interest in regenerative medicine, biology, and cutting edge science.

  • Interface with Sales Reps, Medical and Hospital Purchasing, and Executive Teams
  • Handle high level of client servicing, including follow-up calls, emails, memos, and in-person meetings
  • Track inventory and sales trends using various data management systems
  • Track monthly results and trends for business forecasting
  • Resolve customer complaints, product issues, and offer incentives


  • 2 + years previous experience in sales or a high-end customer service environment
  • 4 year college degree from an reputable college
  • Knowledge of MS Office (Word & Excel) and data base programs (Access preferred)
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and a true multitasker
  • Strong phone etiquette with poised and sophisticated grammar and vocabulary skills
  • Outgoing personality with problem solving skills, able to answer customer questions and come up with solutions
  • Anticipate inventory trends
  • Work well with executives and sales teams

Thursday, June 1, 2017

New Job Listing - Executive Assistant

Executive Assistant - $70,000-$75,000

We are seeking an Executive Assistant in our downtown location to work for the new CEO of a large non-profit legal organization.  You will serve as his "right-hand" front person dealing with every legal firm in the country. This is a high-energy, proactive, special project, client interfacing position.  You have to be the EA who loves to get involved and has the sophistication, education and experience to handle this fantastic opportunity

  • Handle extensive scheduling, both professional and personal
  • Arrange conference calls and meetings
  • Arrange complex travel with multiple stops and long detailed itineraries 
  • Be the first "go to" person for clients, lawyers, executives, and internal staff
  • Compose and type correspondence, emails, memos, and presentations
  • Handle special events, including securing locations, catering, invitations, etc.
  • Maintain and order supplies
  • 5+ years previous experience as an executive assistant in a similar role,  legal experience a plus
  • 4-year college degree from a reputable firm
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent client servicing skills
  • MS Office advanced skills
  • Professional office attire required

Thursday, March 23, 2017

22 Behavioral Interview Questions Big 4 Firms Ask

Gone are the days of having to field 101 technical questions in accounting interviews with the Big 4 (Deloitte, EY, KPMG, and PwC). Today, it's all about behavioral questions. And in the past couple of years, these questions have become a lot more complex. It used to be that you just had to know how to talk about your strengths, weaknesses, a time you failed, and a time you showed your leadership abilities. But now, in interviews, you need to talk about your regrets, communication style, and how you deal with difficult managers and difficult clients, among other topics.

And so, in order to help you prepare for a Big 4 interview, we've compiled some of the new behavioral questions that the Big 4 are now asking in entry-level interviews. All of these interview questions come straight from Big 4 insiders who took our latest Accounting Survey (the results of which we'll be using to compile our new Accounting Rankings, which we'll be releasing on Tax Day, April 17).

Remember, the most important part of answering a behavioral question is not to memorize an answer you find by Googling it, but rather by taking the time to think hard and long about what your honest, unique answer is, and then working on how to best communicate that answer to an interviewer. In any case, we hope these help!

1. Criticism Q: Please provide an example of constructive criticism that you've received and what you changed going forward as a result.

2. Communicating Q: Communicating is an important part of our business, so tell us about a time that you had to communicate with a person who was difficult to communicate with.

3. Conflicting Personality Q: Working in teams is a critical part of our job—you have to learn to interact well with a variety of personalities—so give me an example of when you were in a group project and had to interact with group member that had a conflicting personality.

4. Time Management Q: In your personal life and during your work experience and education, what time management skills have you developed that have allowed you to find an even balance?

5. Research Q: The ability to research is critical to our job, so give me an example when you had to research something, including the process you went through and the ultimate outcome.

6. Bad Grade Q: Tell me about a time that you received a bad grade on a school assignment and how you dealt with the situation.

7. Hostile Environment Q: Please describe situations where you had a difficult conversation or hostile environment—how did you deal with the situation and what did you learn from it?

8. Regret Q: Describe a significant regret and what you learned from it.

9. What You Do for Fun Q: What do you enjoy doing? Not enjoy doing?

10. Last Job Dislikes Q: What about your last job didn't you like?

11. Commitment Q: What does overall commitment look like to you?

12. Convictions Q: What convictions do you live by?

13. You in Three Words Q: How would you describe yourself in three words?

14. Difficult News Q: Tell me about a time that you had to communicate difficult news.

15. Disappointed in You Q: Tell me about a time you've been disappointed in your performance? What did you do in response?

16. College Major Q: Tell me about your process of considering different majors/career paths.

17. Communication Style Q: Describe a time at work or school when you had to modify your communication style or approach based on your audience.

18. What You're All About Q: Tell me something about yourself that is not on your resume that you believe defines you and what you are all about.

19. Disagreement Q: Have you ever had a disagreement with a co-worker and how did you resolve it?

20. Stood Up to Boss Q: Tell us about a time in which you stood up to/corrected a superior.

21. Coaching Q: Discuss ways you have coached or mentored others, or helped others to accomplish their goals.

22. Natural Role Q: What is your natural role in a group setting? When have you had to step out of that natural role?