The Cost of a Bad Hire in Austin

May 30th, 2014

Do you know the long term effects of making the wrong hiring decision? Are you prepared to take a risk on someone? The actual cost of a bad hire right here in Austin is greater than just their salary. One bad hiring decision can cost your company money and business and cause irreversible damage to the morale of your current team. Here is a breakdown of what a bad hire can cost your company.

  • Low quality work. A bad hire can affect the quality of your business just by missing steps or cutting corners. These mistakes are often not caught until it is too late to repair any of the damage.
  • Bad attitude. A negative attitude can affect other people in the office right from the start. It can become a burden or cause a dark cloud to hover over your entire team. A bad attitude also affects your customers.
  • Poor attendance. Tardiness for an interview or missing days in the first week or two of work are serious red flags. A pattern of attendance issues will affect the employee’s performance. Other employees will be resentful if you do not take action to solve this problem.
  • Dissatisfied customers. When your new employee begins to affect the satisfaction of your customers the damage may cause long term issues. Even if you correct the issues your client has a new negative impression of your business.
  • Missed deadlines. A missed deadline is the snowball that starts the avalanche. If something isn’t done on time someone else will have to pick up the slack or work may be delayed across the board.
  • Bad teamwork skills. A bad hire may have the biggest impact on your current team. One bad decision can turn otherwise good and productive employees into problems that affect your entire chain of business.

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3 Questions to Ask When You Don’t Get Offered the Job

May 23rd, 2014

There will always be times in the lives of job seekers when they do not get the offered a job for which they felt perfectly qualified. There are simply too many good candidates currently available for everyone to be offered the job of their dreams. However, if this happens to you it may be a perfect learning experience. When you aren’t offer a job take an opportunity to check with the hiring manager and get some feedback.

  1. Is there anything I could improve for my next interview? You never know what someone might prefer or what small things can set them on a path to make a decision. Ask them how you conducted yourself in the interview and if there is anything you can do to improve your chances with the next company. You may be surprised by the helpful feedback they are able to provide.
  2. How did you select the individual that you hired? It is good to know not only why you weren’t selected but also how they made the decision to select someone else. Was it a personality fit? Did this person possess more skills that could help them in the job? The rejection for a job is almost never personal so it will feel good to hear some of the reasons that are beyond your control.
  3. Can you keep me in mind for other opportunities or refer me to someone else? Most importantly, you should never burn a professional bridge even if you don’t get the job or may never work for the company. The hiring manager knows other professionals and they may feel like you would be a good fit for a different opportunity in the future. However, if you don’t ask you probably won’t be considered.

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How to Make Sure Candidates Accept Your Offer

May 16th, 2014

So much advice exists online for job seekers about how and when and why to accept job offers. However there seems to be little information for employers. Business owners and managers want to know that they’ve made the right hiring decision and rejection is just as troubling for them. So how do you make sure a qualified superstar candidate accepts your job? Here are a few tops that can help you.

  • Put your financial information on the table. An intelligent candidate will search for public information about your company before accepting a job offer. They want to know that you’re financially viable or if they may be in danger of being laid off unexpectedly. Be as open as you can about your financial records and the projected growth of your organization. An employee who understands the numbers is in a better position to help the company grow.
  • Manage online branding and social media. A potential employee will search the internet to find out more details about your organization. In today’s hyper-connected world it is extremely important that you manage your online presence. Address negative issues and information online. Write a blog on your website to provide consistent and quality content that will increase your company’s SEO. Spend time interacting with your fans on Facebook in a positive way.
  • Facilitate introductions in the office. Personality matches are one of the most important aspects of the right fit into your company. Introduce your candidates to your team and evaluate the interactions. Look for things in common which could bring them together. It is okay if they aren’t close friends, but they should respect and trust one another.
  • Be transparent about your need. Open communication is valued among job seekers. Don’t try to cover up negative information about the job. Tell why the opportunity is open, good or bad. If a good employee knows your challenges they may be in a better position to improve the role for the company. Your new employee will want to feel they are valued and contribute to the success of the organization.
  • Be fair with salary negotiations. This is sometimes the step where job offers fall apart. You should know the budget for this job before you start searching for candidates. Research average salary ranges in your area for these duties. Really listen to what the candidate brings to the table and don’t allow pennies to get in the way of hiring a good employee. An benefits package that includes bonuses, good vacation policies, and other incentives can also provide incentive to take the job.

Do you want to ensure that your top candidates accept your offer? Meador Staffing, Austin TX, can help you today!

4 Steps for First Day on the Job Success

May 9th, 2014

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the nerve-wracking interview process and you’ve secured a position with a great company. Your next challenge is getting through the first day. This experience can be traumatic, but just remember that everyone’s had a first day at least once. Small mistakes won’t impact your long-term career. However, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind to alleviate any unnecessary tension.

  1. Plan your commute. Hopefully you already know your way to the location of the job because of the interviews. Keep in mind that the commute may be significantly different during morning rush hour. Determine how long you need to give yourself to get ready in the morning and make the commute so you’re not late on your first day. Pay special attention to traffic patterns and construction.
  2. Dress for success. In generations past the recommendation might have been to wear a power suit or a shirt and tie. In today’s workplace dress codes can be all over the map. Consider what everyone was wearing while you were visiting during the interview and put together an outfit that is appropriate for the specific environment. If the office is casual don’t allow that to translate into sloppy. Always look put-together even if you’re in jeans and a t-shirt.
  3. Bring a notebook. Training can be difficult and there will be a lot of information thrown at you on the first day. You won’t be expected to remember everything, but a manager also doesn’t want to answer the same questions over and over again. Take notes as you learn so you can refer to them when you have questions. Write notes in the style that works best for your learning style.
  4. Meet everyone you can. On your first day it may seem more comfortable to keep to yourself but that isn’t how you will make an impression. Be sociable and friendly but not distracting. Introduce yourself to everyone you’ll be working with and to any management you might come across. You never know who will be able to help you along as your work with this company.

Are you ready to face the first day on a new job? Contact Meador Staffing, offering jobs in Pasadena TX and throughout the Austin area.