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Shut Down the Negative Job Hopper Perception in Your Next Interview

November 21st, 2016

Since your first job in high school, you’ve been told that it’s best to spend some time at the same company for a while because it looks good on your resume. While we may still be hearing that advice, and even thinking it ourselves, the career path is different for everyone and so-called “job hopping” is becoming more regular.

A Negative Perception

There is a negative perception connected to job hopping. Among other reasons, three main concerns are:

  • Commitment Issues
  • Impatience
  • Doesn’t Play Well with Others

While it’s easy to see why these could be concerns of your hiring managers and interviewers, you can help them see that there can be other, respectable, reasons why job hopping occurs.

Shut Down Negative Perceptions

When you interview for a job, the hiring manager may not bring up these concerns specifically, but you can still shut down the unspoken perceptions by communicating the strengths that you’ve gained along the way as a job hopper.

  • Adaptable

Each time you start a new job, you are starting over. These transitions aren’t a piece of cake and it’s important to communicate your adaptability in the workplace. New systems, procedures, new people – you’re good at adapting to the new environment and finding your place at the company.

  • Thrives with Challenges

Job hopping really isn’t a bad thing when in fact you’re doing it to stay challenged and to meet each challenge head-on. You absolutely want to dispel thoughts that the reason you’re job hopping is because you felt challenged at previous jobs and you weren’t comfortable rolling with change at the office – whether it be new systems, new bosses, or new team members to work with. Instead, gently assure your interviewer that you want to stay challenged in the workplace, continuing to grow as a professional.

  • Passion for Fulfilling Work

Some hiring managers may see a job hopper as someone who doesn’t easily get along with others, someone who isn’t a team player. In your interview, be sure to speak to examples of your ability to work as a member of the team. If your motivation at work lies beyond your coworkers, explain that as well. Your career is about doing fulfilling work to the best of your abilities, and making friends along the way is an added bonus, but not a reason to stay in a particular position, just to log hours there.

Interviewing and Job Hunting Advice

For more interviewing insights and job hunting advice, or to find amazing job opportunities, contact Concorde Group, a leading staffing agency in Westchester, NY.

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How to Avoid Hiring Mediocre Talent in a Candidate Market

November 8th, 2016

Avoid hiring mediocre talent Westchester NY - Concorde Personnel

Nothing is worse than going through the interviewing and hiring process, even the onboarding process, only to realize that you hired a mediocre employee. Not terrible, but not the man or woman you thought you hired, not the one you need to help your company reach their goals and succeed.

To avoid making this costly and time-consuming mistake, follow these five pointers.

1. Don’t Give In

When you decide the qualifications you need for the position you are hiring for, you need to stand firm. Don’t give in or be lenient with those qualifications. You might have to look longer or ask more questions in interviews, but it’s worth the time to find the qualified candidate who can do the job the way you need it to be done.

2. Find the Right Characteristics that Match Your Company

Before you begin the interviewing or hiring process, you should first take a step back and determine the characteristics of your company culture. When you determine the characteristics and qualities of your company culture, you will then make those qualities must-haves with your new hires. Don’t compromise on these characteristics either – they will impact your company’s environment, the morale of employees, and ultimately the degree of your company’s success.

3. Recruit Passive Candidates

Passive candidates are already employed at another company and not even looking for a job. You won’t be recruiting passive candidates when you have an urgent need to fill a position. This is an exercise that you will practice consistently. It allows you to comb through the professionals in your industry who have the qualifications and characteristics that you need.

4. Use a Staffing Agency

Partnering with a professional staffing agency takes the recruitment process to the next level. The staffing agency has a large network of potential hires who they know have created relationships with. They will also begin a relationship with you and will let you know when they have someone who meets the criteria you have and who they think will help your company succeed.

5. If You Can, Hire More than One

If it at all possible, hire more than one candidate for the position. In this situation, you will be able to see which candidate is better suited for your company and the position in the true element. It might sound odd, but it’s a practice that several companies use. You may see that one candidate truly shines for the position you need to fill, and you also might notice that the other candidate will fit in a different department.

Hire Stellar Candidates for Your Company

For more guidance on how to hire the best employees for your company, contact Concorde Group. As a leader in Westchester staffing, we have been matching employees to companies for years.

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