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Positive Employee Relationships Start with Great Interviews

November 19th, 2011

For many companies the hiring process can be a function that is necessary, but not a very pleasant aspect of being in business. Resources and man hours have to be put into advertising, recruiting and interviewing candidates. Even as the best candidate for the job is chosen, assets are put in to training employees. However, the next person to be interviewed could be a great employee.

With all the energy and time put into the hiring process, it is in the best interest of both parties to establish a good relationship in the workplace. This starts with providing effective professional interviews with candidates.

Avoid Turnover

One goal in the job interview is to provide information on what the company needs and expects from its employees. It is the first step in establishing a relationship between an employer and potential employee. A good interview experience can make a good impression on a candidate from day one. It can also help set a good reputation for the company helping to attract quality candidates. A good interview process is the first step in bringing in qualified and productive employees.

Preview Job Qualifications

When preparing to interview people for a new job opening, review the actual job duties of the position. Check to see if there have been any changes in the requirements of the job since the previous employee was in this slot. Many job descriptions and duties are updated due to market changes, technology and additional responsibilities. Preparing interview questions while taking these updates into account gives job candidates a better idea of what the position entails.

Job Related Questions

In order to be in compliance with anti-discrimination laws, questions should only be based on the candidate’s ability to do the job, not anything of a personal nature.  Questions regarding the applicant’s private life, age, relationships, sexual and religious orientation are inappropriate and in violation of state and federal laws. Questions can be asked about interests such as hobbies, but only as they relate to professional skills and achievements.

Attracting Employees

Bringing in good employees with potential for long term careers with your organization is an effective recruitment process. One thing to consider with this is where you want to attract employees from. Many companies have a vested interest in the local community and try to make an effort to recruit from their area. Industries like the high tech industries have relationships in research and development with local colleges. These companies may bring employees from these institutions. Taking advantage of established relationships can help the interview process by enhancing the company’s identity.

To improve your corporate image and interviewing processes, consider the advantages of partnering with Concorde Personnel today.

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When is the Right Time to Start Looking for Candidates?

July 8th, 2011

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There’s a right time and a wrong time to start seeking candidates to fill key positions within your organization. While each business has different needs and roles to be filled, there are ways to be prepared for peak growth initiatives. Knowing when to start looking for new people can ensure you have access to a quality pool of candidates when you need them the most.

The issue with many companies is that they start looking for applicants only when a current employee gives their resignation notice. This generally does not give enough time for the human resource department to find a good replacement. Being in this position can cause a whole range of problems, which can lead to failure. The worst case scenario is making a bad hire out of desperation.

To avoid this type of situation, it’s always better to collect applications from career seekers throughout the year. Carefully screen all resumes for skill-sets that your company needs to fill positions, should they become available. Conduct telephone interviews with the best candidates and keep their information in organized files for times when you need to fill a critical assignment.

Searching for quality candidates should be an ongoing process, particularly for jobs that have a typically high turnover rate. These are usually entry level positions such as customer service, general labor and administrative roles within your organization. Keep a rolling file of fresh candidates who meet the requirements of each job type, so you have a pool of eligible folks handy at all times.

A great way to keep your candidate queue full is by hosting a seasonal career fair for your company. This can be accomplished by participating with local recruitment agencies or nearby colleges and universities. Quality candidates, who are searching for new career opportunities will be readily available through these sources, making it easier for you to find highly qualified individuals.

The right time to search for job candidates is all the time. This should be a continual process, so that your company can maintain its workforce with skilled candidates. By being proactive in your company hiring activities, your company will be able to meet the demands of the industry and maintain high standards as the company grows.

 

Be sure to contact The Concorde Group for support when seeking quality job candidates for your company this year!  Visit our employers’ resource center and find out how Concorde Personnel can help you achieve your business objectives.  http://www.concordepersonnel.com/employers

 

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