How to Make a Great First Impression in Your Interview

June 24th, 2014

When you step in the door for an interview, your assessment as a potential fit for the position begins immediately. Ultimately, you want to make a great first impression in your interview to increase your chances for being hired. Certain actions you take and words you say can help you have a positive first impression in an interview: 

Show Up On Time 

This is the first impression your interviewer will have of you. If you show up to your interview on time, you are letting your interviewer know that you are responsible and excited about the job. If you show up to your interview late, you are letting the interviewer know that you are not necessarily reliable or motivated to  work. 

Dress the Part 

When you are interviewing for a particular job, you need to dress nicer than you would on a daily basis for that job. When you walk into your interview, your interviewer will notice that you are dressing the part and will appreciate your effort. 

Be Aware of Your Body Language 

Body language is one of the biggest factors interviewers use when assessing whether or not you would be a good fit for their company. Make sure you are not crossing your arms or slouching. If you’re genuinely excited about the position, your body language should reflect that. 

Connect With Your Interviewer 

Find one way to connect with your interviewer before you leave the interview. Whether you point out that you have the same alma mater or you have a shared interest, make sure to connect with your interviewer in some way to make yourself stand out and to personalize your time. 

Ask Questions 

If you ask questions in your interview, you will seem engaged and intelligent. It’s a good idea to ask follow-up questions regarding any job specifics on which you are not clear. It’s also a good idea to ask questions that are important to you, such as whether or not there is room for growth in the position. The interviewer will appreciate that you have a vested interest in the position and will be more likely to remember you and your engagement after the interviews have finished. 

Think Before You Speak

It’s perfectly fine to take a few moments to think before you answer a tricky question. When you do this, you will seem calculated and responsible. You will be able to answer the question eloquently with a clear head. It is much better to take a few seconds to think of the perfect answer than to jump immediately into an answer that is not completely true or planned.

As a potential employee, it is your responsibility is to present yourself at your best. If you want help finding interviews that are perfectly suited to your needs and skillsets, contact Olympic Staffing. We will help match you up with companies that are best suited for your needs so you can interview for jobs that are aligned with your career goals.


“Tell Me about Yourself”

June 17th, 2014

“Tell me about yourself.” When asked this question in an interview, there multiple different correct answers, but there are also wrong ones. The key is understanding what the interviewer is really asking. When interviewers ask this question, they are trying to grasp your background so they can assess whether or not you would be a good fit for the company. You can answer this question in a job interview to provide information about yourself as a person and highlight your career aspirations. Here are some recommended topics to cover as part of your answer:

Past Job Experience 

The interviewer has already seen your listed job experience; this is your opportunity to elaborate further and highlight some of your biggest career accomplishments. Make sure to emphasize any impressive career accomplishments that would directly benefit the position for which you are interviewing. It’s also a good idea to mention several of your proudest moments in your past – but not too far past – jobs and what you learned from each specific experience. 

Future Goals 

When answering this question, make your professional goals perfectly clear. Providing your future goals to the interviewer shows them you are motivated and organized. You will also give the interviewer a clear idea of your potential, and how your goals align with their opportunities. These goals should be framed within the context of job descriptions and company opportunities. 

Brief Insight into Your Personal Life 

While interviewers primarily want to know about your professional life, they also want to know about your personality, and character. Use this question to throw in a few statements about your passions and hobbies. Make sure these hobbies are self-enriching, use the type of skills that will benefit the position, reveal your character, and present the qualities you embody. Keep any forays into your personal life brief, because you are ultimately interviewing for a career. 

It is an interviewer’s job to develop a tangible idea of who you are as a person and how you would do working for a specific company. If you answer correctly, you could potentially be unforgettable in the mind of the interviewer and therefore increase your chances of receiving a job offer. If you feel confident you could answer this question but need help finding interviews, contact Olympic Staffing for job placement help and services.



Salary Negotiations

June 10th, 2014

What Factors Determine How Much I Can Negotiate My Salary?

One of the most important factors surrounding a new job is salary. Many people wonder if they can negotiate the salary. Salary negotiation is different for everyone depending on several various factors surrounding timing and comparison. Factors that determine whether you can negotiate your salary include:

Has The Company Been Searching For a Few Months? 

Your salary-negotiating options increase if a company has been searching for a candidate for several months. They may be desperate to fill it as quickly as possible, and therefore, more open to salary negotiations than they would be if the position had just been listed. 

Have You Held Several Jobs in the Last Few Years? 

If you have held several jobs in the last few years, you have a slim chance at negotiating your salary. The reason for this is that employers will see you as a short-term investment for the company as opposed to a long-term hire. If you can convince the employers that there was a motivating factor contributing to the job changes, you might have some leeway with your salary negotiations. 

What Stage of Your Life Are You In? 

If you have just graduated from college or left your first full-time job, your chances of negotiating your salary are minimal. Though you may have several years of experience, you have not had time to develop a niche, which employers view as a premium. If you are in a more established stage of life, however, your salary-negotiating options improve. The reason for this is that employers associate age with wisdom and life experience. 

What Are You Paid at Your Current Job? 

If you are applying for a job that has the same or a slightly higher salary than your current job, you can negotiate a higher salary. The reason for this is that with each job, you gain more experience and increase your value as an employee. You can back up this claim with facts in your interview to ensure you have a more successful negotiation.

What Are Others Paid To Do a Similar Job at a Different Company? 

Do your research before you negotiate your salary. If other jobs in the same industry are offering the same amount, you should not try to negotiate. If other jobs in the same industry are offering a noticeably higher amount, you should try to negotiate. Note: do not make comparisons in your negotiation conversation, because this can often have a negative effect. 

Do You Have Less or More Experience Than Others in The Industry? 

If you have significant experience in the industry for which you’re applying, you should be able to bring up the topic of salary negotiation comfortably. If you have recently switched to that specific industry, however, avoid salary negotiation conversations. 

Salary is an important factor surrounding whether or not a specific job is right for you. Many people struggle over the issue of salary negotiation when an offer comes in that is too low for their personal comfort. If you have a certain salary range in mind, contact Olympic Staffing. They will match you up with a job that has an appropriate salary range for your skillset and help you make steps forward in that industry.



Reduce Employee Turnover

June 3rd, 2014

Whether you’re hiring new employees or maintaining relationships with existing employees, employee turnover is often a prevalent problem for businesses. Many employers use reactive measures instead of proactive measures, which ultimately do not help the situation.

Prevent employee turnover by taking proactive measures:

Use Behavior Based Interviewing. 

As an employer, it is your job to do a thorough screening of your potential hires before you invite them to be a part of your company. You can do this through the use of behavior based interviewing. Listen to the potential candidate’s responses as to how he or she would handle certain problems or tasks. If these responses seem to lack enthusiasm or creativity, you may be interviewing someone who is disinterested in the job. You will reduce employee turnover if you only hire candidates who genuinely seem interested in and excited about the job. 

Take All Aspects of a Potential Hire’s Life into Account. 

When you are screening your potential candidates, you need to look at all aspects of a potential hire’s life in order to reduce the risk that they will leave the company sooner rather than later. If your company values do not seem to align with the potential candidate’s values, there is a risk that the candidate would leave if hired. For example, if the potential hire prefers to work alone but the position requires a lot of teamwork, there is an obvious risk that the potential hire would leave to find a better-suited company. When you match up your company’s needs with the potential hire’s personality and situational aspects, you greatly reduce your risk of employee turnover.

Implementing Management Changes may also Reduce Employee Turnover:

Invest in Your Employees. 

Investing in your employees doesn’t solely refer to increased compensation and benefits. Investing in your employees means that you take the time to mentor your employees and give them growth opportunities within the company. When you create an environment where growth and personal advancement are encouraged, your employees will have more of an incentive to stay with your company on a long-term basis. 

Collect Regular Input and Feedback From Staff. 

If your employees feel stifled or micromanaged in a job, they will likely seek out other job prospects where they are given more freedom and expression. When you collect regular input and feedback from your employees, regarding how the company is being run or how they feel, they will feel much more included and a part of a team. This feeling of camaraderie and importance will carry over into employee happiness, which helps reduce employee turnover.

Preventing employee turnover starts with the hiring process and is achieved through making small management changes. Contact Olympic Staffing if you need help with the hiring process when looking for long-term and reliable employees. Our team will do a multi-step screening to ensure that you end up with low-risk, high-quality applicants for your company.