Could Phone Interviews Be the Best Way to Cut Out Bad Applicants?

The hiring process can be arduous. From identifying candidates, to interviewing, screening and finally extending offers—you want to take steps to be as swift as possible. Phone interviews are one way to easily weed through candidates without the time sacrifice of an in-person interview. Your interview process As a first layer to the interview process, a phone interview can help you determine if you’ll need to meet further with a candidate in person, or if they just won’t be a good fit. Some companies conduct multiple interviews depending on the position for which they’re hiring. Your interview process could include… Read more »

The Proper Way to Alert Management of Unsafe Work Conditions

It’s in everyone’s best interest to maintain high safety standards. First off, a good company will care enough about its employees to strive for safe working conditions, no matter the cost. But even a cynical firm, only motivated by profit, should realize that safety makes the most long-term sense. It saves on costly shutdowns and accidents, as well as avoids potential legal troubles down the road. So, if you see an unsafe condition at your work, you can usually assume the higher-ups will thank you for bringing it to their attention. You shouldn’t have to be shy about safety. In… Read more »

Interview Questions to Ask That Can Determine Reliability

The job search process is often long on data but short on personality. This is especially true for qualities such as reliability, which only really become clear after working with someone for a period of time. The resume provides information on education and work history, but a sense of the person is often lacking. That’s because much of the work of getting to know a candidate happens in the interview and, generally, these don’t provide a lot of time to get to know a prospect as a person. You only get a few minutes to boil down a candidate’s entire… Read more »

Mental Health: The Newest Workplace Safety Topic

As an employer, the push for better mental health management has taken a front seat in today’s workplace. Sometimes, mental health issues can go undetected until it’s too late, and serious consequences occur—placing the person and others in danger. Beyond extreme situations, simply helping to boost the mental well-being of your workers will help improve job satisfaction, productivity and the mood of your work environment. Five Guidelines to Improve Workers’ Mental Health You can help to make yours an inclusive and supportive work environment with the following: Keep an open door. Let your workers know they can always talk to… Read more »

Five Body Language Tips to Help You Nail Your Next Interview

You’ve perfected your interview skills and chosen a killer outfit—and the body language you use when meeting with an interviewer is like the cherry on the top of your interview sundae. It helps you make a good impression on a hiring manager and showcase yourself as the professional you are, plus it helps you stick in the mind of your interviewer—all good things when you’re hoping to win a new job. Five tips for positive body language Body language helps you project confidence and positive energy. And during an interview, this helps give you an edge over your competition. To… Read more »

How to Know if You Need a Resume for Your Career

Apply for a banker position at Goldman Sachs or a coding job at Google, and you know you need a resume. For other positions, the process might seem less obvious. Light industrial jobs often fall in the grey area. Some companies require a formal resume as part of the application process. Other places might not. Instead, firms might rely on an application you fill out, either with old-fashioned paper and pen or on a computer. Often, these are available to complete online. Whether you’ll need a resume for a particular job should be clear from the position. The job posting… Read more »

How to Keep Your Young and Talented Employee

Imagine draft night. Your favorite team has the first pick. They select the teenage hot shot tearing up the college ranks. The air suddenly fills with hope and anticipation. Fast forward to three years later. Your budding superstar has turned around the team’s prospects. But it’s getting to the end of his rookie contract. Now, tension and doubt pervade every report. His every statement is scrutinized. Will he re-sign? Is he moving to greener pastures? When these kinds of stories happen in the sports world, they drive endless conversations and garner top-ranked positions on news sites. But a smaller version… Read more »