Second Level Interviews: Important Process or Necessary Evil?

Companies involved in hiring often narrow down their candidates to a “short list” and ask finalists to return for another interview before deciding who to choose. Some clients even request a third interview – spending valuable time and annoying job seekers in the process. Are multiple interviews the result of management indecision or do they serve a purpose? Candidates/position applicants sometimes feel they are pieces on a chess board, and they ask why they should be required to re-qualify for a position following their first successful interview. It is possible to conclude the hiring company (or the recruiting firm!) is Read More

The look of being Pulled Together at Work is important and does not have to cost a lot of money.

Our output at work is important, our work ethics, commitment, adaptability, and we take a lot of care to make sure our presentations look great but what about how you present yourself? It is  amazing people take the time to look nice for dinners, weddings, dates, etc. but do not take into account that the workplace is also an occasion to put your best foot forward. True, work environments are different and some require a more business professional look, while others a more business casual approach. However, whether business professional or business casual, it is important to make sure you Read More

Cultural Fit: The Best Predictor of Job Performance

By Helen Hopkins, President, Hire Standard  & Blue Zebra What makes some employees succeed beautifully and others fail miserably in their new jobs? Especially when skills have been measured and meet or exceed the employer’s requirements, employment verifications are consistent, and – in some cases — the new hire may even have been referred by a current employee. It may be surprising to learn that only 11% of new hires fail due to skill deficiencies. Recent studies by management consulting firms and human resource specialists confirm that 89% of unsuccessful new hires were unable to fit into the “company culture”. Read More

Minimizing Hiring Costs for Businesses

by Helen Hopkins, President, Hire Standard  & Blue Zebra Now that the economic engine is sputtering back to life, companies tell us they need to hire but are hamstrung by budget concerns. Many companies have squeezed as much as they can out of existing staff and must add new talent – but executives are still approaching spending with a conservative eye. How can your company bridge the gap? Try these cost-conscious solutions that you can implement quickly. Set Realistic Goals for the Time and Money: Finding a great Staff Accountant will take more than one day, but should not take Read More

The Importance of a “Thank You” Letter

Did you know that most candidates don’t send a post-interview “Thank-You” letter? Even if you think the interview was a slam-dunk, you can always improve your chances of getting the job if you send a “Thank You” letter. In a recent survey of employers by CareerBuilder, 20% of hiring managers said they are more likely to hire a candidate whose interview is followed up by a “Thank You’ letter. And, 22% of hiring managers said they are less likely to hire a candidate who does not follow up with a “Thank You” letter or note. In this electronic age, writing a Read More

The Role of the Client in the Recruiting Process

Employers are all looking for candidates that are the right “fit”, knowing that making the right hiring choices will save them money and time in the long run. But with so many things to handle, how can companies get the help they need to fill their available positions? Carefully choosing a staffing partner can alleviate some of the frustrations you are feeling of not being able to find the qualified candidates. However, there are a few things to consider when working with external recruiters. Careful preparation will enable your company to get the best value for the money you spend.

Cover Letter Success

The cover letter you submit along with your resume is your chance to make that all-important first impression on a potential employer. According to Forbes Magazine, employers DO read the cover letters that accompany resumes they receive, and they DO attach importance to these letters. Hiring officials and HR professionals know how easy it is to put together a resume, and that many people use a template, so resumes have become sort of a necessary evil—critical but somewhat repetitious. Top career coaches, recruiters, and executives all agree that the letter must be personal,

Staffing agencies cannot guarantee a job BUT they can be another source in your search for employment.

There are many avenues that can help broaden your chances for landing a new opportunity, sending out resumes, networking and of course, registering with a staffing agency. There is a popular misconception that staffing agencies “find” people work. Well, staffing agencies can be another possible avenue to find a job but recruiters do not typically “create” jobs for people. As with most professional service providers, their business is dependent upon client need. When the client has an available position, they reach out to staffing agencies to help fill the vacancies. The client contacts the staffing agency, places a request to Read More