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Interview Questions that Reveal Everything

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You have thirty minutes to gather all the information you need to make the perfect hire. You’re aware of the negative impact that a bad hire has on a company and you want to leave confident knowing you made the right decision. Where do you start? Our own John Younger offers up his top three interview questions that reveal everything about the candidate.

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  • Finding the Perfect Balance Between Work and Everything Else

    June 12, 2014
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    The pace of modern life can be staggering. Though the development of mobile technology has opened the way for a new level of connectivity and convenience, this increased connectivity means that work can follow you wherever you are in the world. Where, in the past, you might have been able to clock out and try to forget about your long day, being leashed to work through your mobile device means that your personal life may be in jeopardy of being invaded by your work. If you’re unable to get away from the stress that your job causes you, and 83% of the workers in America, or separate your home and working lives, you could very well be on the path to some serious burnout. In order to have long term success in your career, you need to balance work with activities that allow you to relax, blow off steam or just focus on something  that isn’t work for a change. If you find yourself without the time or energy to do things outside of work, there are a few things that you can do to get a more stable work/life balance.  Read More…

  • A New Hire Can Help Your Overworked Employees

    June 10, 2014
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    Being on the same page as your team is an essential skill for any good manager. When you communicate with your employees, you expect that the advice that you’ve given and the goals that you’ve set have been understood by your reporting staff. You explain to them the realities of the company that have been explained to you by someone higher up the ladder and explain how these realities relate to the work that they’ll be doing. The thing about communication is that, when it’s good, there is a two way flow of information. Sure, you can set all the objectives you like, but if you don’t understand what causes your people to meet these objectives one quarter and miss them the next, there’s hardly a point to the whole exercise. You need to understand the real conditions that your reporting staff is working under, not in terms of quotas and abstracts, but in terms of your colleagues trying to get the most that they can out of their work day. By listening to your employees about their levels of stress or the pressure they’ve been under at work, you can make adjustments to keep those employees from burning out and looking for a new employer. Read More…

  • How to Talk to Your Boss About Stress

    June 9, 2014
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    Some people thrive on stressful situations. To them, an encroaching deadline or the bottom falling out of a project is just the challenge they’ve been looking for, becoming super charged by the stress of the situation and harnessing this energy to ride parallel to the brink of failure and come out on top. Yeah, some people. For most of us, stressful situations, especially stressful situations at work, are just plain stressful. The way things usually go, you’ll often asked to complete tasks at work without the proper amount of time, money or manpower to make the process anything less than a nightmare. The deadlines are too short, the programs that you’re using are too old and you need a vacation like a fish needs a fish tank. When the stresses of your working life add up, it can mean burning out and disengaging, an attitudinal misstep that can effectively smother any chance of enjoying your work. Because of how important maintaining a good work/life balance is for long term success at your job, it’s up to you to talk with your supervisor when the tension starts to take its toll. Read More…

  • Tips for Fighting Stress at Work

    June 9, 2014
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    Stress is a part of working life. Unlike the stress you experienced in school, the stress that results from the pressures of the work environment can feel a whole lot more real. Unlike turning in an essay late or flunking a mid-term, the mistakes that you make at your job have a real dollar impact on your company and have the potential to jeopardize your livelihood. Sure, most of the mistakes that you’ve made come nowhere near putting your job at risk, but try telling that to your brain! When we experience stress, the same neural pathways that activate when faced with an actual life or death situation are firing at full steam. Those nagging worries that keep you from sleeping or enjoying your afternoon coffee break have your mental wheels spinning at full speed, keeping you from re-cooperating your energy off the clock. In order to be successful in the long term, it’s important to release your stress whenever possible. Accepting stress as something that you “deal with” without actually dealing with it can lead to burn out, which makes it even harder to get your work done.  Read More…

  • Mistakes to Avoid for Job Seekers

    June 6, 2014
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    When at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. One of the biggest factors that separate unsuccessful job seekers from those who end up achieving their goals is persistence. If you can continue with the same levels of determination despite facing the uncertainty and stress of a prolonged job search, you’re infinitely more likely to succeed than someone who loses a little hope in the wake of each rejection. That being said, too much confidence can be just as much of a hindrance in your job search as it can be helpful. In order to make sure that your enduring job seeking efforts are going to pay off in the end, it’s important to evaluate your methods thus far and correct for some of the common pitfalls that keep people on the hunt for longer than they have to be. Read More…

  • A Great Job Interview Starts With Great Research

    June 3, 2014
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    When it comes to pulling off a great job interview, knowledge is power. The 30-60 minutes that you spend with a hiring manager in an initial interview is your one chance to make a great impression and get your foot in the door. Every second that the interviewer spends briefing you on the position, its responsibilities and the company is time that you could be using to form a bond with this person. If you’re adequately prepared for the interview with research on the role, the company, the industry and even the interviewer, you can use these precious minutes far more effectively than if you were just nodding along to their usual spiel on the position. In order to stand out as memorable against the dozens of other people that are being interviewed, you need to spend as little+ time on the basics as possible and that means doing your homework. Read More…

  • Be Memorable In Interviews, Not Pushy

    June 2, 2014
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    As a job seeker, the interview can be a nerve wracking experience. You want to make a good impression on your interviewer, but have little to no idea of what this person is like beyond this formal 30 minute interaction. You want to form a connection with them, but you don’t want to be so familiar that it comes across as unprofessional. It’s a tough line to walk and the pressure causes many candidates to become a bit more reserved or awkward than they usually are. Well, my friends, the only thing worse than making a bad impression during the interview is making no impression at all. In order to have the best chance possible of landing the job, you need to be assertive and lively enough to make an impression, but not so pushy that you come across as cocky or a bad listener.  Read More…

  • How to Show Your Employees That You Care

    May 30, 2014
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    We’ve talked a lot this week about the policies and practices that lead to higher employee engagement such as selecting managers for their emotional intelligence and creating a strong, welcoming company culture for your employees to be a part of. While these practices are great for building your employees’ fondness for their employer, there are still plenty of things that you can do to show your employees that you appreciate them. Even small gestures of appreciation like gift cards for Starbucks or Amazon can be quite an effective motivation tool. If you want to see more engagement in your employees, recognizing and rewarding your top performers can be a great way to see that happen.  Read More…

  • Higher Engagement Starts With Hiring

    May 29, 2014
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    This week, we’ve been talking a lot about how employers can improve the engagement of their staff. So far, we’ve been looking at this problem in it’s later stages, when employees have already begun to withdraw from their jobs and become discontent with your company. While it’s important to coach employees who have reached this unfortunate, disengaged state, it’s just as important to try and hire as many employees as possible who won’t require this sort of intervention. But, as you probably know, it’s not easy to predict how well someone will do in a job a year from now, based on a 30 minute interview. I’m sure that every disengaged employee that you have ever had to motivate or fire started out just as bright eyed and bushy tailed as your most driven, enthusiastic employees. Though hiring for higher engagement can be a challenge, there are several signs that can tell you if a candidate is the real deal. Read More…

  • How Referrals Enhance Employee Engagement

    May 29, 2014
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    When you’re trying to make a hire, you’re not only looking for somebody to complete the skill requirements of the position but also somebody who will be able to work well with your existing staff. As you’ve probably experienced, just because a candidate has an excellent educational/professional background and an advanced skill set doesn’t mean that they’ll be a valuable addition to your team. Besides being highly qualified, this candidate could also have the exact wrong sort of personality or attitude to mesh well with your existing team. If, however you can find candidates that fit in with your team like they’ve always been there, you’re not only making a good hire, you’re creating a harmonious work environment for your employees. With the vast majority of the employees in the United States reporting that they’re either “disengaged” or “actively disengaged” from their jobs, there has never been a better time to start creating a tight knit work environment for your employees. As you’ve probably guessed from the title of this blog, the best way to make hires that will work well with your staff is through leveraging your employee referral program. Read More…