How to Influence Others

September 27th, 2016

Influence is an important skill to have, especially if you are working in a job that requires constant communication or heavy interpersonal skills. Knowing how to influence others in a respectful way is a useful skill to have to be able to achieve your goals. Here are some tips to help you grow as an influencer.

Start with a Compliment.

Anytime you’re trying to influence another person; you need to start your interaction with a compliment. Doing this serves two purposes: it will help you to bond with the other individual; it will also help them to get out of a defensive mode and into a receptive mode. Of course, your complement must be genuine – false flattery is a quick way to lose influence.

Make Your Goals Clear.

Be transparent about your goals, make it easy to follow what you’re trying to say or do. For example, if you’re trying to influence your colleague to listen to your business proposal, then state that you’d like them to listen to the business proposal. This will ensure that your colleague doesn’t have any misunderstanding before you start talking about the reasons why they’ll benefit.

Explain How They Will Benefit.

To effectively close the conversation and influence someone else, you need to explain how they will benefit from the situation or idea you are proposing. At the end of the day, people need to know that they’re being heard, appreciated, and understood, so if you can fit a benefit or two into those needs, you will be in a great position.

If you found you have mastered the art of influence and would like to put it into practice for your job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job in which you will be able to use the art of persuasion and influence to help you succeed with your goals and grow professionally.

How to Gracefully Turn Down a Job Offer

September 20th, 2016

If you’ve been interviewing for jobs, there will come the time when you need to commit to one even if you’ve been interviewing for many. Saying no to an offer with grace leaves your bridges in place, your doors open, and your professional image intact.  Here’s how to gracefully turn down a job offer:

Show Appreciation.

If you want to remain on good terms with your interviewer, you need to begin by expressing genuine appreciation that they took the time to offer you the job. By showing appreciation first, you’re also ensuring that the interviewer will be in a good mood and more receptive to whatever you’re going to tell them.

Give a Solid Reason for Turning the Offer Down.

Don’t be vague or abstract, but don’t lie. If you can give your interviewer one solid reason why you are turning the job down, that should be good enough. For example, you could say something along the lines of “This job doesn’t match the skill set I was hoping to develop in the next year” or “I need my next job to have a little more flexibility so I can get my Master’s Degree at the same time.” Whatever you do, make sure you don’t undercut this current job offer or compare it to others.

Keep the Line of Communication Open.

You never know when you’ll be interviewing for jobs again, so it’s in your best interest to keep the line of communication open. Make sure the interviewer has all of your contact information and vice versa so you can stay in touch. Every three to six months, try sending them a quick e-mail update so you can start to establish a rapport in case you need each other again in the future.

If you would like to be in the position in which you have to turn down multiple job offers, contact Olympic Staffing. We will match you up with companies where your skill sets and talents will be put to good use, so you have your choice at the end of the day.

 

Landing the Candidate in the Final Stages

September 13th, 2016

No matter how excellent your HR skills, the real test of your abilities rests with the final stages of the interview process. If you are not able to get top talent to commit to your company or firm at the end of the game, you need to adjust your approach to how you’re obtaining talent. Here’s how you can ensure you land the candidate in the final stages:

Anticipate Their Hesitations.

If you don’t want your candidate to say no, it’s your job to anticipate their hesitations and address them before they become an issue. Pay attention to what your candidate is saying or doing in their first few interviews, and you’ll be surprised about what you can pick up. For example, if they are concerned about the long commute to the office, you can mention the flexible work-from-home policy if you have one.

Paint a Picture of Their Future.

If you want to woo a candidate, paint a picture of their future at the company. Many people have a hard time seeing themselves committing to one particular place if they can’t visualize what their life will be like as an employee. Help your candidate out by painting a picture of what they can expect from the company in one year or five years and what kinds of tasks they will be performing. Knowing this information will make it that much harder for them to turn down your company.

Highlight Unique Benefits of Your Company.

It’s likely that your candidate is interviewing at multiple places, so you need to make sure they understand the unique benefits of your company. Remember, in this phase of the interview process; you want them to know beyond a doubt that they want to work for your company and no others. If your company’s benefits are similar to those of other companies, create a benefit that’s unique to just your company so they can differentiate and make the right decision.

Need help landing a particular candidate? Contact Olympic Staffing. We are experienced with working toward hiring top talent and know how to close the deal to get them to commit.

 

 

 

 

How to Improve Your Company’s Brand

September 6th, 2016

Having a good company image is crucial if you want to attract new business, hire the best candidates, and be held in high regards in your community. There are specific ways you can improve your company’s brand, depending on where you presently stand. Consider these tips.

Be in the Public Eye.

One of the easiest and best ways to improve your company’s brand is to be in the public eye. If people can see you and what your company is doing, they will be that much more likely to trust you and remember your name when they are in need of your services.

Have a Designated Spokesperson.

It’s important to have a designated spokesperson who can act as the face of your company in case there are any concerns, suggestions, or crises. People respond well to other people taking in their concerns as opposed to a blanket statement or solution from the company. When people contact “customer service,” be sure this spokesperson, or another qualified individual answers – rather than a recording. If you invest the time in hiring this spokesperson, you will find that your community perception will be enhanced.

Be Involved in the Community.

A quick way to improve your company’s brand is to be involved in the community in which your business is physically located. This shows your customers that you care about other people and communities beyond your scope and that you have a vested interest in the well-being of others. Some ways you can be involved in your community include hosting a blood drive, buying Girl Scout cookies, or participating in a community garage sale.

Bring your brand to Olympic Staffing. We will assist you in finding employees who hold up your brand. We can use our expertise and your positive company brand as a way to attract the top talent you are seeking. Contact us today.