Interview Questions to Determine Culture Fit

April 11th, 2019

When hiring a new member for your team, it’s important that you select someone who will be a good fit with your current employees. But how can you tell this information in an interview? A few well-positioned questions can help you see the complete picture of each candidate before making a decision. Be sure to add these interview questions to help you determine if the potential employee is a good fit for your corporate culture.

How Do You Work Independently or As a Team?

You need to have self-starters, so you want to know how they work with limited supervision or direction. But you also want to know how they interact as part of a team. Do they thrive in it? Would they rather be left alone?

Asking them pointed questions about how they work with others will be critical, but this should also be supplemented by contacting their references to verify what they’ve said.

How Do You Handle a Difficult Co-worker?

Sometimes, people work with others who don’t click. The issue isn’t that there’s a personality conflict but how your candidate handled that in the past. How do they work with someone they don’t like? What do they do to ensure a successful working relationship?

You will be able to tell a lot from the stories they share. If they pass the blame off on others or are negative about the situation, they may carry that behavior to your workplace.

What Must You Have in the Workplace?

You want to know what sort of expectations the candidate has when working with your company. Do they expect a lot of extracurricular activities? Do they prefer a conservative or casual environment? Do they expect advancement quickly?

You should also share with them what you do offer to get a feel about their interest in your corporate culture. Talk to them about your values to see if you have a match for long term goals.

How Are You Successful when Being Managed?

Asking what kind of manager they like to work with will give you a lot of information. Maybe you have an environment where the managers are really hands on. If your candidate would rather not interact with management, they may not be a good fit.

The truth is, there are no right or wrong answers to any of these questions, but they can give you insight into the individual and whether or not they’ll be a fit for your environment.

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What’s Leading to Employee Burnout? One Surprising Factor

March 21st, 2019

Employee burnout can be a devastating thing. When a member of your team no longer sees the value in what they’re doing, they may begin to slack off or do poor quality work even without realizing it themselves. Other team members may start to notice and this can breed discontent throughout the organization. There are a lot of things that can contribute to burnout, including dissatisfaction with the job or with people in the office, but one often overlooked factor is starting to come to light. Unfair treatment is one of the causes of employee burnout. But how can that manifest? Let’s take a closer look.

Bias and Favoritism

If your employees feel that they are being overlooked for favorites or that management harbors a bias against them, they will under-perform. Often, the problem for management is that these things can be subjective and difficult to determine. The best way to find out if your employee is feeling this way is to talk to them and allow them to talk with you.

Mistreatment by Co-workers or Managers

Another big challenge for a lot of employees is the feeling of mistreatment. This can be simple discourteousness that the other party doesn’t even realize is happening. In its most toxic form, this becomes bullying. If your employees are experiencing abusive behavior from others, it’s important to address it right away.

Unfair Corporate Policies

There also may be some concerns about unfair corporate policies. For example, the ACLU often challenges workplace rules that unfairly single out employees with different cultural backgrounds. It’s important to note whether or not your rule is legitimate or intended to make others feel inadequate or unimportant.

Unequal Compensation

Another major issue in the American workplace is unfair compensation. The most common example is the wage gap between men and women doing the same job. As a manager, it’s important that you assess your salary packages and make sure that decisions aren’t based on arbitrary or unfair factors.

Lack of Trust

Lastly, burnout can be caused by an overall lack of trust in the workplace, management, or co-workers. If your employees can’t trust one another or the systems in place, they aren’t likely to give the job their undivided attention. This can easily lead to burnout. Make sure you’re revisiting this issue regularly.

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What to Test in Job Descriptions This Year

March 7th, 2019

Do you reevaluate what you include in job descriptions from time to time? Experts suggest that taking the time to test out new things to see what results you might get is important to developing successful job postings that attract top candidates. If you want to improve the quality of candidates you’re getting, here are a few things you can add to your job description and application process to bring in the best.

Desktop vs. Mobile Experience

Have you taken a look at your website on both desktop and mobile platforms? The mobile experience is essential as many adults only access the internet through their phones or tablets. Your application process should be easy enough to handle through these hand-held devices or you may miss out on top candidates who feel that the process isn’t worth their time.

Review what you currently offer and talk with your website designer to understand user experience, also referred to as UX. This can improve the process for applicants.

Change the Titles

Sometimes what you think is a perfect title for your position isn’t in line with what job seekers are looking for. This means fewer of them will see your job opening. Begin by searching LinkedIn for individuals who do what you need and see how they describe themselves in their current position.

You can change the title of your job to better reflect the keywords that top talent is searching to find jobs like yours.

Add information on Salary, Benefits, and Location

You also have to know what top candidates are looking for in a new job and an employer when they’re searching for new jobs. Think of it as a selling tool for your company and position.

Include information in the salary range, the benefits your company offers, and the location of the job. If there are benefits that don’t conform to the traditional model, include those to attract more views. If you offer remote working options, include that.

Vary Your Application Length

You also want to take a look at how long your application process is. Does it have pages and pages of information to get to the end of the process? Do you notice if people abandon the process midway through? If so, adjust your options.

You can play around with lengths of applications and offer options for both mobile and desktop sites to encourage more top-quality candidates to apply.

We are the people, who know the people, that you need to know!

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Better Presentations Come from These Changes to Your Meetings

February 21st, 2019

Meetings have a long and sordid history in the workplace. They can be a motivating factor to encourage your team to go out and give it 110 percent. Or they can be a drag and universally hated among your workforce. But there are ways to improve meetings and presentations to achieve more engagement. Before you prepare for your next meeting, consider these changes you can make to improve the process.

What Is Your Message?

To make a more effective meeting you need to make sure you’re staying on message. And that your message is clear. So often meetings are called when the topic is still just a concept. Instead, prepare ahead of your meeting to make sure your message is concise and communicated effectively. Be sure to consider your meaning with every slide.

Prepare an Outline

To stay on task and message, prepare ahead of time with an outline so you know what you need to talk about and how long you should spend on each subtopic. An outline is the most effective way to stay on track in your next presentation. Winging it leads to meandering and can quickly derail an actually effective meeting.

Get Their Attention

For your meeting to be effective, you need to make sure you get their attention right away. Start out by being enthusiastic. If you’re bored by what you’re saying, everyone else will be as well. Use humor. For example, add a slide into your presentation discussing the game of whirly-ball. Then move on to the rest of your presentation as if nothing had happened.

Use Multimedia

We live in an era of short attention spans and constant access to information. You can actually tap into this for your meetings in a positive way. Use multimedia tools in your presentation to encourage everyone to participate. For example, don’t force your group to turn off their cell phones. Instead, create polls so people can interact and see the results in real time.

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Being Nice – Why It Helps Companies Land and Keep Top Talent

February 14th, 2019

The focus on kindness is sweeping the nation. There are national campaigns to encourage everyone to simply be nicer to the people around them. And kindness is never a bad thing. Can you be nicer in your company to attract and retain top-quality employees? There is ample evidence that shows kindness in the workplace breeds employee loyalty. Here are a few ways kindness can positivity impact your hiring process and employee retention.

Show Kindness in Your Company Values

Right from the start, candidates will be looking at your website to determine if they want to work with your company. Your company values and mission statement should include information about kindness. There are a variety of ways you can communicate this within your web copy and with the overall corporate culture, you’re wanting to project. For example, some people are sure to include their charitable works within the community to draw the attention of those who want to give back.

Treat Them Well in the Process

Once they apply with your company, treat them well at every step along the way. Keep them updated with the process of the position. Treat them kindly over email and over the phone. Never act like they are a burden on your time or seem like you’re distracted by something else that you might consider more important.

Enforce a Policy of Kindness Through the Interview

Being nice should continue throughout the interview process as well. Be welcoming, kind, and show your candidates what your company stands for. Share with them some insight on what it’s like to work with your organization, how you put a priority on being nice to employees which, in turn, creates benefits for your end customers.

Continue to Be Nice after They’ve Been Hired

Once you make a selection and bring on an employee who fits what you’re looking for and has all the skills, don’t stop being nice. Start with your onboarding program. Pair them with a mentor who can help them learn the ropes not just of their job but also the environment and culture. Continue with recognition programs throughout the year to show appreciation for everyone who works with you.

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New Technology in 2019 – Can That Help You Find Better Talent?

February 7th, 2019

Technology is rapidly changing, and that evolution affects every industry. There are plenty of new things to consider when it comes to staffing for your business. But how is technology impacting the way you find talent for your open positions? Before you begin your next candidate search, consider how new technology is changing the very landscape of how job seekers find their new positions. Here are just a few examples.

Analytics for Job Postings

When you write a job posting, you probably make a list of the things the individual is expected to know and what they will do day to day. But data is showing us a different picture when it comes to what really works and what doesn’t to attract top candidates.

For example, a job posting that doesn’t include any description about your company culture may not provide any insight for a job seeker to decide if they want to work with you. You can use data to review what has worked in the past and apply it to new jobs.

Chatbots

You’ve probably interacted with them yourself. Maybe you’ve opened a chat on your cell phone carrier to ask a question. Or maybe you’ve used the chatbots on Amazon when a package didn’t arrive on time. Chatbots are a new way for people to interact with businesses for a variety of customer service needs.

It may not occur to you right away, but there are applications for chatbots with your hiring process. Job seekers may have questions about the process, the job, or the next steps. You may miss out on great candidates because they are initiated to call your office to get clarification. A chatbot can give them the answers they need in real time.

Skills Assessments

How do you really know that your new employee has the skills they say they have? Sure, you will check their references, but that doesn’t necessarily prove they have proficiency. But there are other ways to determine the skill levels of your candidates.

Staffing agencies have been using skills assessments for a long time to verify the skills of their candidates. You can tap into that by working with a staffing service to help you source top talent so you know that the skills they have are what you’re expecting.

Communication Channels

So, chatbots aren’t the only way we’ve changed our behavior when it comes to communication. Email, texting, and social media have already become a huge aspect of our culture. And many companies are leveraging these things when it comes to hiring.

Start with your social media. Are you posting jobs on your sites like Facebook and Twitter when you have an opening? Are you engaging with your audience? Everyone who follows your page can be a potential candidates if you reach out the right way.

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Houston Employment Growth As Good As It’s Ever Been!

January 17th, 2019

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New jobs are being created at a breakneck pace in the Houston area. And this is a great thing for the city’s economic growth. There is great talent out there, so it’s just a matter of finding the top candidates to fill your open positions. According to economic reports from the third quarter, the region added close to 130,000 jobs over 2018. Houston has emerged as an employment leader in Texas and across the country with growth at 4.3 percent. In the state of Texas as a whole, the number was 3.3 percent. So how to Houston companies find top talent in a job-seeker driven market? Here are some ideas to help.

Make Faster Decisions

In a candidate-driven market, it’s important to make quick decisions. This doesn’t mean to make snap decisions without enough information, but you can’t take weeks or even months to choose a candidate. You risk losing your top candidates to other opportunities willing to make offers in a shorter time frame. At the very least, be sure to communicate where you are in the process frequently.

Create a Positive Candidate Experience

Another place you should focus your energy when it comes to hiring is an improved candidate experience. Candidates talk, and their recommendation about how your company treated them through the interviewing process will quickly become the narrative. Make sure that’s positive. Create standard procedures to make it positive and engaging.

Do Market Research for Salaries

One of the biggest complaints candidates have about their job search is the approach to salary. Some feel positions don’t pay what they should and others become frustrated that the salary is dependent on past jobs. Instead, research the market and determine what these roles are paying in your area and make your salary competitive to attract top talent.

Partner with a Staffing Agency

Another great way to find top talent and ensure they have a positive experience is to partner with a local Houston staffing agency. Recruiters can help you source hard to find candidates with the specific skills you need for future success. They can also handle all of the interviewing and hiring processes so you can concentrate on what you do best by running your business.

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Our Top Five Tips for Employers from 2018

January 3rd, 2019

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What did 2018 look like for you as a business in the Dallas area? Did you accomplish your goals? Did you grow throughout the year? And what are you establishing as your goals for 2019? Before we kick off the new year completely, we thought we would take a closer look at our top posts from 2018. What were people reading about or asking about throughout the year that we could help with? Here are the top five tips we provided to employers last year.

1. How to avoid employee burnout.

Employee burnout can be a huge issue and affect not only the individual employees but your entire team. How can you spot it before it becomes a major issue in the workplace? In this post, we take a closer look at the issue and the steps you can take to address it. We include information about how it affects your company and how making it a priority will go a long way to solving the problem.

2. Addressing employee retention.

In June, we asked the question whether or not the biggest problem affecting companies is hiring or retention. We took a closer look at how retention plays a vital role in the health of a company and what happens when it isn’t addressed. We also encourage our clients to work with an agency to help maintain good hiring practices that turn into good retention

3. Asking what their last boss would say.

Interviews are always a challenge, and how do you know if the person you’re talking to would be a good fit for your company? In this post, we take a look at the question, “would your last boss hire you again.” It will give them an opportunity to talk about their success and accomplishments. It may also allow for you to see any potential red flags before making a hiring decision

4. Why do employees look for a new job?

If your employees are leaving your company, it’s important to look at what is causing their exodus. Why do employees leave? In November, we examined 5 possible reasons that your employees are dissatisfied and may begin looking for a new position, including low pay, underappreciation, and lack of advancement

5. Big growth in Texas.

Throughout the year, we took a closer look at the employment trends affecting businesses in Texas as a whole, and especially the Dallas area. In this popular post in October, we broke down some of the reasons the area is booming. Low unemployment rates and multiple growing industries help keep Dallas at the top of the nation’s list of thriving economies.

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Google for Jobs – Why Your Candidates Are Here

December 20th, 2018

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Google for Jobs is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a tool created by the popular search engine that uses their already established algorithms to help connect job seekers to employers. Google for Jobs pulls jobs from a number of different sources to allow for candidates to search for jobs right from the Google home page and even apply directly online. So how can hiring managers ensure that their job will be seen by the right audience and attract top talent? Here are some suggestions.

Why do candidates use Google for Jobs?

The beauty of Google for Jobs is that candidates often don’t realize they’re accessing it directly. They’ll simply type their job search into the Google search engine and they’ll seamlessly see a list of available jobs in the area. It makes the process easy to use, which means more job seekers will use it.

How did Google for Jobs get Started?

As with many of the technology concepts rolled out by Google, it’s designed to make searching easier. They wanted to see if they could use machine learning to match job titles and descriptions to the jobs people are searching for online.

How can you get your job listed?

As of right now, you can’t directly post a job to Google for Jobs. It is picked up by posting them on other specific job search sites such as LinkedIn, Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster, CareerBuilder, and all the others. Your technical team can set up the right schema and markup language to have Google recognize your jobs. But to make sure they are indexed by Google for Jobs, it’s important to have a clear job description and include information like the location and salary levels.

How do candidates apply?

From the applicant’s viewpoint, not much has changed. They will see the jobs pop up in their regular Google search, but as they click on the ones that interest them, they’ll be taken directly to the job site where the post was originally published. The job seeker then completes the online application process as normal.

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A Service Process to Calm Your Nerves about a New Employee

December 6th, 2018

 

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Hiring a new employee can be a difficult thing. You never know if someone is going to be the right fit or if they’ll be qualified for the opportunity, no matter what you do to vet them ahead of time. There is some comforting news. If you partner with a staffing agency to bring on your new team member, you will have the satisfaction of their service process to help ease the experience. Here are the things you can expect from our team when you hire a new employee though Meador Staffing.

Provide details to each qualified candidate.

Know that prior to starting their assignment, your new employee will be provided with all of the most important details regarding your company and the specific position. We want to ensure that your new team member, whether short or long term, is prepared to make an immediate and positive impact on your organization.

Follow up with candidate ahead of start time.

We also provide a quick follow up at least one hour before their scheduled start time to make sure they are prepared. We can verify any directions to ensure an on-time arrival and answer any questions that will help them before they show up on their first day. This process is intended to provide peace of mind for our clients as well as our employees.

Check in with the client regarding candidate arrival.

You will also receive a follow up after the start time to ensure that your new team member arrived safety to your workplace. If you have a large group project scheduled to start, we can send a team member to check each employee in on-site so your company does not need to accommodate the influx on your own.

Consistent monitoring through the duration of the assignment.

For every employee assigned to your company, our team will follow up with you on a regular basis to ensure they are meeting your requirements and expectations. This way we can address performance issues in a timely manner and make any adjustments along the way.

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