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Don’t Be Scared! 6 Ways To Conduct Yourself in a Job Interview

October 30th, 2014

Very few things produce more anxiety than a job interview. There is a lot riding on your performance, a lot of unknowns going in, and a lot of scrutiny being focused directly at you. But if you know how to conduct yourself, and you make some preparations in advance, you can walk through the door with a level of confidence that really helps cut through the nerves. Follow these tips for any job interview you go on.

Arrive Early

Make sure you know the location of the job interview, have directions to get there, and plan on arriving about 10 minutes early. This helps you calm down a little before you meet with your interviewer, and also helps you avoid being late.

Turn Your Cell Phone Off

Do this before you even enter the building. And don’t just set it to vibrate, turn it off entirely. You need focus in a job interview, and nothing is more embarrassing than a ringing phone, or more distracting than a buzz in your pocket.

Dress Professionally but Appropriately

You should go to any job interview dressed in professional attire, but don’t overdue it. It is just as bad to wear too much perfume or to come dressed in an outlandish suit as it is to show up looking disheveled. Be sure to look yourself over head to toe in a mirror to be sure you aren’t missing any details.

Bring the Essentials but Nothing More

It is appropriate to bring an extra copy of your resume and possibly some supporting documents if you need to prove you have certifications or training. Bring these in a folder or briefcase, and don’t bring anything else. Walking in with an oversized bag, a cup of coffee, a tablet computer, and a mouth full of gum makes you appear disorganized and unprepared.

Speak Confidently, Clearly, and Succinctly

If you are nervous, this can be a challenge, so try practicing before hand. There are a number of common interview questions that you can prepare answers for in advance, just make sure you don’t sound scripted. In all of your responses, deliver the information directly, act like you believe in what you are saying, and avoid being rambling or long winded.

Make Eye Contact and Smile

A job interview is designed to evaluate your personality as much as your credentials. Frame yourself as a person that is good to be around by making eye contact – but not constant eye contact – and smiling when appropriate.

Exit Gracefully

At the end of the interview, express your interest in the position, thank the interviewer for his time, shake hands if offered, and make a quick exit. There is nothing to be gained from trying to linger or engage the interviewer in chit chat.

If you take these steps, you can make the focus on the interview about your skills, experience, education, and potential – exactly what a job interview is supposed to be about. Find more tips and tricks to help job seekers by consulting with The Concorde Group.

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6 Ways to Integrate New Hires Into Your Team

October 20th, 2014

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In the past, it might have been enough to show a new hire to his desk, hand him an orientation package, and wish him luck. But as the field of human resources has evolved, it has become clear that this kind of hands-off approach does a disservice to both the new hire, because it takes them longer to get up to speed and feel comfortable, and the employer, because they have to wait longer for new hires to contribute and may face higher turnover rates. Luckily, effective strategies have been devised to help you onboard new team members faster.

Give Them the Big Picture Perspective

Your new hire has a specific responsibility meant to serve a much larger goal. Make sure they know what that larger goal is and you frame their position in a much more accessible way. This is also a great way to help introduce new hires to your company culture.

Make Your Expectations Clear – And Give Feedback

One of the largest sources of anxiety in a new workplace is that you are not working as hard, or as effectively as you are expected to. Make sure your new hires know exactly what is expected of them using clear metrics, and offer constructive, supportive, and ongoing feedback.

Affirm Their Value

You hired this person for a reason. Make sure they know what it is, and find ways to remind them from time to time. If a new hire feel like they are in a unique position to make a contribution starting from day one, they will feel much more confident about joining a new team.

Assign an Employee Mentor

There is nothing like having a coworker to show you the ropes. Pair up all your new hires with someone that you think they will connect with, and make sure both parties unederstand how important the relationship is. Then, if the new hire has questions, concerns, or simply needs to vent, they always have someone to turn to.

Don’t Withhold Information

You told your new hire about their day to day responsibilities, but did you also let them know about casual Fridays, the company softball league, or the great deli around the corner? Lay all this information out upfront, and your new hire will feel like a part of the office sooner.

Keep Your Orientation Brief

The orientation process tends to be overly long and packed with lots of non-essential information. When a new hire is stuck in a conference room watching videos and working through packets, it keeps them from diving into their responsibilities and meeting their coworkers. Keep the orientation process short and efficient to that new hires can settle into their real workplace sooner.

Finally, remember that you can’t make judgments about an employee’s future based on their performance over the first few weeks, so be supportive when mistakes and issues inevitably arise. For more tips on strategic staffing, work with the team at The Concorde Group.

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Why it’s Important to Offer Educational Assistance to Employees

October 7th, 2014

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Want to encourage an attitude of life-long learning and advancement in your corporate environment? There are many benefits of offering educational assistance to your employees. From on-the-job training initiatives to tuition assistance programs, your organization can help to elevate both the knowledge and skills of employees in very little time. This can enable your company to launch new ideas, products and services, which translates to more revenues.

If you are looking for reasons to present a plan to offer educational assistance to employees at your next corporate meeting, here are the benefits of this effort.

Shortens Learning Curve with Faster Results

The most obvious benefit of providing educational support to employees is that it reduces the costs associated with learning curves with less experienced workers. In some jobs, this can be a significant savings from the traditional learn as you go approach typically seen with less progressive companies. Instead of taking months to learn a new job responsibility, a corporate sponsored educational program can reduce this by weeks, giving employees the ability to be more productive a lot sooner.

Improves Employee Retention and Encourages Loyalty

When a company offers educational assistance to employees, it can create an atmosphere where employees want to stay on board for a longer period of time to take advantage of this benefit. Having a tuition assistance program in place makes employees more accountable to the organization, and they can use their newfound skills immediately on the job. This improves employee retention and can encourage loyalty by employees who feel they owe their employer something.

Provides Up-To-Date Skills to Compete in a Changing Market

An unseen, but valuable benefit of employee educational assistance programs, is that it gives companies a better chance of competing in a changing industry. Keeping employees educated and providing them an opportunity to become credentialed in their chosen field creates an advantage over stagnant companies. Your employees will be more skilled and able to creatively think their way through any challenge in the market.

Want more tips on how to implement an educational assistance program for your employees?

Check with the career experts at Concorde Personnel today! We also welcome you to follow us on Facebook too! 

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