The End of the Interview Questions

December 26th, 2017

You made it – the interview is closing, and you’re feeling pretty comfortable with how you did. But, there’s one last hurdle – “do you have any questions for us?”

Frankly, you need to have four or five questions ready and let the direction the interview went help you decide which one to ask. Better yet, ask two.

Here’s a list of questions that will help express your interest in the company and the job, reveal that you did your research, and give you insight into the opportunity that will hopefully be yours.

Questions that show your interest:

  • Who do you think would be the ideal candidate for this position, and how do I compare?
  • Beyond the hard skills required to perform this job successfully, what soft skills would serve the company and position best?
  • What are the challenges of this position?
  • What qualities are the most important for doing well and advancing at the firm.
  • Is there anyone else you would like me to meet?
  • Can you tell me what steps need to be completed before your company can generate an offer?

Questions that reveal you did your research:

  • I saw that your company recently announced _______ What does this latest major development mean for the future of the company?
  • I saw on LinkedIn that you have been with the company for a while. What do you like about working here?
  • I see that ______ and _______ are your major competitors. What do consider the top three things that makes your company the best choice?
  • I read _____ (something positive) about your CEO in Business Insider. Can you tell me more about this?

Questions that give insight into the job opportunity:

  • If you were to hire me, what might I expect in a typical day?
  • Can you give me an example of how I would collaborate with my manager?
  • What type of employee tends to succeed here? What qualities are the most important for doing well and advancing at the firm?
  • Where do you see the company in three years, and how would the person in this role contribute to this vision?

If you’re looking for a new job, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find a new job that is a good fit for your skills, education level, and current job goals. Our network is deep and wide – let us help you.

Revitalizing your Resume in 3 Steps

December 19th, 2017

If you want to keep growing professionally, keeping your resume cleaned up, on target, and ready to go at a moment’s notice is oh-so-crucial. Here are tips from Olympic Staffing to pull your resume together and be noticed. It’s a simple as 1 – 2 – 3.

  1. Know your career goals and ensure that your resume objective shouts it.
  2. Compose a tight, descriptive summary that covers the education, training, skills, and experience that supports your ability to reach that career goal. This is your chance to grab HR’s attention and keep them reading.
  • Cover the essentials – the information that rocks – and slash out all the fluff that everyone can do. Focus on what makes you the #1 choice for the type of position you’re seeking.
  • Give specifics – rather than say you can do such and such, give an example of how that talent made an impact in a past position.
  • Tailor your skills to align both with your goals and with the job description of the position you’re seeking. (All within the realm of honesty, of course)
  • Use power words and be unique. A little buzz is good, but too much sends your resume to the slush pile.
  1. Share your vision. It’s not just about education, skills, and experience. Share your life philosophy.
  • What’s your global view?
  • Where do you volunteer?
  • Share your thoughts in a way that expresses your personality and ideal work culture.

When you have that resume ready to go – contact Olympic Staffing.   We can help you find a new job that is a good fit for your skills, education level, and current job goals. Our network is deep and wide – let us help you.

Mistakes on the Job

December 12th, 2017

Yes, it happens. We all make mistakes on the job – sometimes small and sometimes mammoth, costly, they-will-never-forgive-me mistakes. It’s not about making the mistake; it’s about how we handle it. And what is the proper response?

Stay calm and evaluate the situation.

  • Is the mistake easily corrected?
  • Will it involve others or can you handle it alone?
  • Are there long-term consequences?
  • Does it require an immediate stop-the-presses response to prevent more damage?

So – if it’s easily fixed and will leave little or no debris in the wake; fix it and go on.

Next level – it can be fixed, may leave some debris, and probably will require help. Determine who needs to know and who needs to be involved in the correction. Be upfront and honest. It sounds something like this:

“I made a mistake. I ____________________. Possible repercussions include _______________. After evaluating the situation, I believe it will take this to fix the problem, but I will need help from so and so. Do you agree or am I missing something? Will you be willing to help me? I realize your time is valuable and I apologize for the trouble I’m causing.”

The essentials include an admission of guilt, presentation of your solution, request for help, and an apology for the trouble you’ve caused and the loss of their time. If your supervisor should know, choose an opportune moment, quietly inform them what happened and what you did to correct it.  If the mistake requires help from several sources, and cost the company some money; make an offer of restitution.

The biggie – the top dogs need to know now. Processes have to be shut down. Extensive action has to be taken immediately. You get the picture. Pull the fire alarm, but remember, a calm response is much more effective than panic. Get busy and don’t stop until the problem is contained. Be prepared for a showdown and take it like a professional. Never say “mistakes were made.” Lay it on the line, “I totally screwed up, and I don’t have words to express my regrets, but I will do all I can to make this right.”

In every instance, the keys are simple: Admit it. Take responsibility. Be sincerely sorry. Have a plan and follow through. Accept the consequences.

If you’re looking for a new job, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find a new job that is a good fit for your skills, education level, and current job goals. Our network is deep and wide – let us help you.

Be a Pro-Community Company

December 5th, 2017

Every company is part of their community and can play a crucial role in promoting the greater good of that community. Investing in your community is an excellent way to give back to those who have helped support your business.  The holidays are a great time for giving, of course, but be a consistent giver: Community needs exist year-round. 

Ways to Give:

  • Share Financially: Set aside a specific percent of profits to go to charities. People respond positively when they know that patronizing their business of choice also means they are helping others.
  • Share your Time: Even when the economy is down, and finances are tight, company owners, management, and staff can be actively involved in their community by giving of their time.
  • Share your Expertise: Business owners and management can often offer a wealth of knowledge and experience to local organizations and individuals who cannot afford to pay for it.
  • Involve Employees: Encourage your employees, clients, and suppliers to participate through matched giving or personal involvement. Many of your employees may already be active in local charities. Find out where they are or would like to be, donating time and expertise. Organize company involvement in those charities.
  • Partner with Community Leaders and local organizations: When specific events are occurring in your community, partner with community leaders and local organizations to promote and conduct the event.
  • Support Local Economy: Although there are many ways a company can support their community, perhaps one of the best ways is by doing local business.

Olympic Staffing, a pro-community company, is committed to our clients and our community. If you’re looking for a new employee, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find an employee in sales or any department, who is perfect for your company culture and who will be a good fit for your fellow employees.

Hire The Best Seasonal Workforce Ever

November 28th, 2017

Hiring a seasonal workforce can be stressful because the holidays are enough of a stressful time already. Luckily, there are several ways in which you can circumvent these stresses to be able to hire the best seasonal workforce possible for your company.

Start Early.

The most crucial factor in hiring a phenomenal seasonal workforce is that you need to start early. If you haven’t already, get your help now because people do need time to prepare their plans for the holidays. Plus, a lot of companies need to hire seasonal support at the same time, so if you don’t start early, you very likely could run out of options for engaging reputable employees.

Be Clear About the Expectations.

Sometimes, seasonal workers come in expecting full-time hours and benefits. You do need to be perfectly upfront about the hours, time commitment, length of the seasonal employment, and anything else that could be relevant for anyone who might be applying to work for your company. When you’re clear and upfront, you won’t run the risk that people will leave because they’re confused or upset.

Have a Comprehensive Training.

It can be confusing when you’re introducing in new employees to your company, especially when you’re in a time crunch. Even though it could be tempting to rush training for the sake of onboarding everyone on time, you need to take the time to train everyone correctly and to make sure that they don’t have any more questions.

If you’re in need of a new employee to work for your company, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find an employee who is a good fit for your business and will perform the job optimally while still being an excellent fit for your company culture.

Why You Should Have Two or Three Resumes

November 21st, 2017

If you’re looking for a new job and are like most employees, you have one resume that you update as you need to. This is fine, but you should take into consideration having two or three resumes if you don’t already. Why? Well, the reasons to have more than one resume are numerous:

You Will Be More Versatile.

No matter what type of job is on the docket, you will always be prepared. It helps to have multiple resumes go for this very reason, and so that you can showcase certain parts of your career path or education depending on the type of job or position that is being offered.

You Will Always Be Prepared.

Don’t get caught off-guard by not having a resume ready to go when a new job/position comes to fruition. When you have two or three resumes and keep each one current and updated, you can always be ready to go – increasing your chances of having a resumes directly correlated to finding and obtaining the position you want.

You Can Highlight Different Aspects About Yourself.

No person can fit into a box, and for this reason, you should have different resumes to help you highlight the various aspects about yourself. For example, you may have one resume that plays up the managerial side of your career, another one that plays up the administrative angle of your career, and finally, one that builds on your technical skills. It can be advantageous to highlight specific aspects if you’re applying for a particular job.

If you’re looking for a new job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that is a good fit for you both professionally and personally that is a good match for your current career skill set and future career goals.

Using Tech or Talent to Recruit

November 14th, 2017

Hiring new employees can be stressful, and it’s likely that you’ve considered using both tech and talent to help you narrow down your search for a new employee. Both have their positive aspects and negative aspects, but you ultimately will need to choose one to help you make the right decision. Here are some considerations about whether you should use tech or talent to recruit your next hire.

What Does Your Business Need?

The ultimate answer to this question is going to rest with what your business needs. Do you need a new hire with an outgoing personality or a series of traits that can only be gauged with in-person interviews? Or, is the candidate’s technical skill set enough, regardless of their personality type? Take some time to assess what you need, and that will help shape your recruiting style.

What Are Your Time Constraints?

Undoubtedly, using talent to will take longer than using tech. So, if you need someone on board shortly (one month or less), you may be better off using tech to achieve your results. However, if you are looking for more of a long-term solution, using talent could be a great fit because you could work on fostering a relationship with multiple individuals who could be a good fit.

Do You Prioritize Quality or Quantity?

If you need a variety of candidates from which you can choose, technology is probably your best bet for hiring new employees just based off the fact that you can reach a much more extensive breadth of people from places all over the country. If you prioritize having quality employees from which you can choose, connect with a reputable recruiting company or staffing agency. They maintain ongoing relationships with individuals who are close to your company location.

If you’re in need of a new employee to work for your company, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find an employee who is a good fit for your business and will perform the job optimally while still being an excellent fit for your company culture.

The Etiquette of Following Up

November 7th, 2017

When you’re applying for jobs, you will need to have a good sense of following up to make sure that your application doesn’t fall through the cracks. It’s essential to abide by simple rules of etiquette, so you don’t annoy your hiring manager. Here are some tips from Olympic Staffing.

There’s a Fine Line Between Persistence and Annoyance.

It’s okay to be persistent; it’s not okay to be annoying. There is a fine line, and you will quickly learn what that line entails when you cross over it. It’s always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to follow-up, though, so you should aim to follow up no more than once – maybe twice/per week, depending on the circumstances.

Keep Diligent Notes.

You don’t want to accidentally follow up with someone with whom you’ve already corresponded with more than once this week. This is why it’s imperative for you to keep notes diligently on your end about who you talk to, when, and what they say. This will help you from getting confused and will ensure your interactions are positive as opposed to a negative, no matter what the outcome is.

Be Courteous about Times.

If you are going to follow up via phone or e-mail, you need to be courteous about the times in which you do so. As a general rule of thumb, don’t send any e-mails or make any calls before 9 A.M. or after 7 P.M.  If you do so, you run the risk of annoying whomever you want to follow up with, which will not bode well for you at all.

If you’re looking for a new job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that is a good fit for you both professionally and personally; a job that matches your current career skill set and future career goals.

10 Ways to Boost Your Career

October 31st, 2017

Everybody says they want to succeed in their job but are you willing to “do the work” Do you know what “the work” is to ensure success? Here are 10 tips that will help you boost your career to a new level.

Stimulate your mind: Learn something new and then learn something new again. In other words, be a perennial learner and do it with a broad brush. Don’t limit yourself to a narrow range of skills.

Be risky: Step out of your comfort zone and take a new challenge.

Stay on top of industry news and trends: Know what’s happening in your arena, and you won’t get hit by a surprise punch.

Follow your passion: If you know what you believe in, what excites you, what gives you more energy than it takes; that’s where you should focus your career.

Stay connected: Connect with people at work – don’t skip the team lunches. Connect with people in the industry. Connect with family and friends. Connections pay off in the immediate – you will be happier and in the long run – they may lead to your dream job.

Accept criticism: Whether it was meant well or was an intended jab, take time to consider the criticism. Even if there’s only a small element of truth, you can always learn something.

Let go of what isn’t yours: So you don’t like what your coworker is doing? If it doesn’t directly affect you, let it go – it’s not yours to worry about or fix. Put your mental and emotional energy on what counts – your career.

Adjust your attitude: Having a positive, appreciative, bend-with-the-wind attitude will add power to your career. Don’t forget the little details that make for a happier person – courtesy, punctuality, professionalism, etc.

Take care of yourself: If you don’t eat right, sleep well, and get exercise, your mental and physical self will lead your career to a very stagnate place – on the couch.

Take a vacation: If you learn the art of relaxing and take time for fun, you will build your energy and zest for life – which makes you a more attractive choice for employers.

Sometimes boosting your career means looking for a new job. Contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find a new job that is a good fit for your skills, education level, and current job goals.

5 Ways You Can Brand Your Company Online

October 24th, 2017

Branding your company is extremely important because it tells people who you are and what your goals are. Not only can you brand your company by word-of-mouth, but you can also brand yourself digitally. Here are some “How to” tips to get you started.

Facebook.

Facebook is one of the most preeminent ways to brand yourself. Most businesses use it, both as a way of letting people know who they are and what’s happening. Facebook is also a great platform on which to create events, let people review your business, and to network with other businesses.

Instagram.

Instagram is a great way to present a “behind-the-scenes” brand your company. Take some time to post photos that show what your employees do while they’re not at work and to showcase the different hobbies and interests they have. This is a great way to “humanize” your business.

Twitter.

Twitter is a great way to brand your company as being extremely communicative and quick to respond. A lot of customers will take to Twitter to give complaints or bring up other issues. If you respond quickly with a solution, your company will be known as a caring and responsive.

Website.

Your website is a great place to brand your company as being professional. It’s surprising how many professional businesses don’t have websites, but that’s usually the first place a potential prospect or client will look to make sure that you’re well-qualified to be conducting business in your field.

YouTube.

YouTube is a great place to showcase that you’re savvy with technology and are current with the times. Many companies use YouTube as a place to begin branding their companies as being helpful. You could try releasing a series of tutorial videos, or even doing some Q&A videos.

If you’re looking for a new employee – perhaps one who is social media-savvy, contact Olympic Staffing. We make an art of matching top quality employees with our clients. We find employees who not only are skilled but also fit your culture.