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Paper is one thing, but if the job candidate walks in and fails miserably at the interview, no harm, no foul; you can move onto the next applicant. But what if the job candidate does well on paper, passes the interviews, goes to work, and bombs miserably? The cost of one bad hire, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, is 30% of their annual salary. Even worse, perhaps, is the damage to morale that comes with having the wrong person in the office.

How can employers spot the subtle signs an employee will ultimately be a bad hire? What can they do to make sure their next employee is really the best fit?

Watch Out For These Signs

It’s not just about answering the questions properly during the interview process. Beware of the candidates that don’t know when to stop talking about themselves. While we know we want the candidate to discuss their skills and experiences, if they’re talking exclusively about me, me, me, then there might be a problem.

For example, if you ask a behavioral question about a problem the candidate solved, and they don’t talk about collaborating with a team, the candidate may be overly self-serving and not a team player. It that’s the case they may be a miserable addition to an office team. These self-centered candidates may be the ones that just don’t play well with others. That will disrupt the office and make it miserable for everyone else involved.

Along the same lines, if the candidate takes credit for every positive thing that happened at their last job, not only is this likely inaccurate, it certainly is self-centered. Even a solo entrepreneur gets a little help from a friend sometimes, so watch for the candidate that fails to give credit where credit is probably due.

Also, avoid the candidate that doesn’t have a project their working on. Find job applicants that are actively trying to better themselves.

Or, occasionally you will run across a candidate or applicant that is simply too unprofessional to hire. We’ve seen candidates swear during first interviews, show up late (and have an excuse, of course), and even fail to complete the job application or follow-through after the interview is over. We’ve all met people who over-share; do not hire these individuals if you’re at all worried they will disrupt the office with their stories.

Interviews are stressful and we know sometimes that can bring out the worst in people. While we try to understand, in fact, sometimes work can also be stressful. If that happens, will the candidate also behave inappropriately on the job?

Let’s face it; if a candidate appears too good to be true, it’s highly likely they are. While the interview is designed to have everyone put their best self forward, if the candidate can’t share their flaws or mistakes they’ve made in the past, comes across as abrasive or overbearing, or fails to listen more than they talk, the chances are high that they will struggle on the job.

Start the conversation with a recruiter today at IES Custom Staffing.

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The world has changed. A decade ago a job candidate would apply for a job, go to the interview, and get hired. Today, networking your way into your next role is the best way to get noticed by your target companies. A recent Fast Company article said the three top ways to find a job today are on online job boards, networking, and recruiters. In fact, recruiters are the best way to network your way into a new job. If you haven’t worked with a staffing agency, now is the time to start. Here are some of the facts about staffing agencies you may not know.

Fact #1: Working with Staffing Agencies is Free

The majority of the time the hiring company pays the recruiters fees. That means you can speak freely with a recruiter and get their feedback on your resume, share what your idea of a dream job looks like, and find out more about the company the staffing agency is working for. All this and it doesn’t cost you a dime.

Fact #2: Companies Depend Heavily on Staffing Agencies

The best staffing agencies become an extension of the companies they work for. Companies are moving more toward the on-demand workforce, and staffing companies have proven they can work well under these high-pressure engagements. If you’re targeting a particular company to work for, chances are you’ll work with a staffing company sooner rather than later.

Fact #3: Recruiters are the Best Networkers on the Job Scene

Recruiters usually know about openings at their client’s companies well before the job is advertised. They can also connect you with new opportunities that are the perfect fit for your particular mix of skills. That’s why it’s considered a best practice to always take a call from a recruiter; they know people.

Fact #4: Recruiters are Your Advocate with an Employer

If the recruiter believes your skillset is a fit for a job, they will go to bat for you with the hiring manager at the company you’re applying to. It’s in this way that recruiters are part career coach and part career agent.

Fact #5 Staffing Agencies Aren’t Just for Temp Workers

These firms typically have a variety of role types available, including full-time, part-time contract, temporary, or freelance. Many people still think staffing agencies are the old “temp agencies.” It’s true that some still operate under the old temp labor models, but today, job seekers have more choices than ever before. Today, the question is what type of job are you looking for?

Talk to a Recruiter, Find a Job

These are all good reasons why it’s a good idea to always speak with a recruiter when they call. It’s good practice and it doesn’t cost you a dime. Today’s staffing agencies have some of the best opportunities available for candidates of all types in all kinds of jobs. So start the conversation with a recruiter today at IES Custom Staffing. We are standing by to go to bat for you and your particular mix of skills. Contact us now to get started.

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When was the last time you received feedback on your job? If you’ve gone long stretches without knowing where you stand it can be nerve-wracking. If you just started a new job there is a natural sense of unsettledness that comes with the first 90-days. So, it’s an important time to ask for feedback, especially if your employers don’t seem inclined to provide it own their own.

Here’s how to ask for feedback in your first few months on the job.

First 90-Day Evaluation

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) says that employers are ditching formal evaluations in favor of more frequent informal check-ins with employees. They say 95% of managers are unhappy with traditional evaluations, saying they don’t come frequently enough to correct poor performers or reward the top-producing employees.

But it’s in that first crucial 90-days where many employers fail to evaluate employees, and in some cases, don’t give them any feedback. Those first three months are where you prove yourself after the interview, so it’s very important to know if you’re on the right track. Psychology Today says just over one-third of all employees leave after their first 90-days. They say it is because the job wasn’t what was advertised during the interview or the corporate culture wasn’t as good as they thought.

In any case, heading off that first 90-day temptation to quit. It gives employers and employees a chance to course-correct early in the worker’s career. Asking your boss for feedback during the first 90-days is a good thing; it shows your commitment to the company for the long haul and your engagement in the work you’re doing. Asking for feedback at 90-days is a proactive way to build a better relationship with your boss.

Asking for the feedback shouldn’t be a casual thing. Don’t do it standing by the water cooler. Send an email or reach out in person and tell them you’d like a short meeting to find out how the first 90-days went, including what you can improve on going forward. Make the meeting about 15- to 30-minutes unless the manager wants more time. Here are some good questions to ask:

• How are things going with my work?
• Have you gotten any feedback from my coworkers you can share?
• Are you satisfied with the work I’m producing?
• Is there anything I could be doing differently?
• What would you like me to work on in the next few months?

This is a good time to suggest that additional training might help. Would you benefit from mentoring or shadowing another employee? Does your manager need additional reporting to keep them in the loop? Would more regular one-on-one meetings improve your relationship with your boss? Keep in mind you can also ask your co-workers for this same kind of feedback.

However, here’s a tip to remember; not all of the feedback will be positive. Prepare yourself mentally before asking your team for feedback. Make sure you are open to all of their comments and don’t use these meetings as a chance to defend yourself. Use them humbly as a way to improve and stay non-judgmental and open during the process.

Contact the team at IES Custom Staffing for more ways you can improve your on-the-job experience.

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Have you ever been in an interview where your nervousness tripped you up? We all have, and what usually happens is you draw a blank when trying to answer a question. It’s a terrible feeling that can lead to you assuming you blew the interview and won’t get the offer. Fortunately, we have some tricks to help you recover your equilibrium quickly and keep the interview moving forward.

Tricks to Avoid Saying “I don’t know”

Prepping for interview questions is an important part of landing the job. You should always review your resume and practice answering questions about why you left your last job, what you learned, and some of the other most common questions you think you’ll be asked.  But even when you feel fully prepared it’s possible you’ll get a curveball question that you simply don’t know the answer to. What should you do in this situation?

Slow down and take a deep breath. You can fill the silence by acknowledging you’re thinking. Say something like, “That’s a great question. Let me think about it.” Gather your thoughts and do your best. You should also feel free to ask questions before attempting to answer the question, which may jog or memory a little more. Above all, don’t panic and don’t make up an answer.

Thinking out loud isn’t necessarily a bad idea either, because the hiring team is likely interested in how you problem solve. If you don’t know the answer right away, just talk it out in a few concrete sentences.

Redirect the interviewer by moving the discussion into an area you’re more comfortable with. While you may not be able to speak to one particular skill, what are some similar skills that you can discuss that still add value for the interviewer? This technique is certainly better than just admitting you don’t have an answer to the question. So, share what you do know with the interviewer.

Tell them how you would find the answer. That will show them your resourcefulness. Admit what you don’t know but then share with the interviewer the steps you would take to figure out the problem. For example, if the question is math-related, say, “I can’t do the math in my head,” but I would complete a calculation (describe it) to get the answer.

Have a fallback strategy in case none of these other techniques work. If you get a question that won’t work with a redirect, by thinking out loud, or by slowing the interview down so you can think, then recognize that you’ll simply have to work through the question with some educated guesswork about the position and the company you’re applying for.

You can also say you’ll provide the interviewer with the data after the interview is over. That shows good follow through and commitment. You can send the answer in a follow-up email thanking them for their time but also providing solutions to the problem or answers to the question that tripped you up during the interview.

To prepare for your next interview, call IES Custom Staffing. We can help you find the best jobs and prepare to land them. Contact our staffing professionals us today.

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Companies need to make sure they are fully staffed in order to meet or exceed customer expectations and in order to grow. But, as your company changes, your staffing needs will also change with it – and sometimes it is hard to know when it is time to add new team members.

If you aren’t sure if it is time for your business to bring in some new blood, look for these red flags that indicate it’s definitely time to start hiring:

  • Your customer service is slipping: The last thing you want is to disappoint your customers or to provide service below the levels that your clients have come to expect. As soon as you notice that calls are taking longer to return or that customers aren’t getting the attention they deserve, it’s time to expand your staff before you hurt your business reputation.
  • Your employees are overwhelmed: When you have too few employees, the workers you do have may end up feeling overworked. Unfortunately, this can lead to mistakes. It can also frustrate your staff members and cause an increase in turnover. The last thing you want is your skilled staff to leave so you end up even more shorthanded – so make sure you bring on new staff members before your current staff gets frustrated with the levels of work they’re expected to do. After all, it’s not fair to ask them to pick up the slack.
  • High value employees are doing low value work: When you have productive employees who make money for your business, it’s a big waste of time to have them doing work below their level. This can also hurt your bottom line as they have less time to do what they excel at.

If you find that it is definitely time for your company to hire some new people to fill out your staff, it’s imperative that you find the right workers to complete your team. IES Custom Staffing can help you to find qualified candidates who will be the perfect fit for your organization. Contact our staffing professionals today to find out more about how we can help you with your hiring process.

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Confidence at work is a major advantage because employers like to promote people who seem to have a good handle on their job. If you come across as a competent, confident person, you’re much more likely to be handed your choice of plum assignments and to move up the career ladder. Unfortunately, projecting confidence can be easier said than done.

The good news is, there are a few behaviors that you can adopt that will help to ensure you come across as one of the most confident workers in your office. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Exceed your prior successes: Nothing builds natural confidence better than doing a job really well. If you’ve already been successful at a particular task in the past, see if you can do just a little bit better next time. The more you improve, the more your confidence will grow and the more skilled you’ll appear to your boss.
  • Tell people you’ll finish tasks: Taking ownership of projects shows that you’re confident in your ability to get things done. It also allows others to view you as a competent person who they can place their trust in.
  • Increase your knowledge: The more you know about your job and about the industry you’re working in, the more confident you’ll be in volunteering to take on challenging tasks and the more comfortable you’ll be in sharing your knowledge with others. When you know a lot and aren’t afraid to show off your skills, that can help you to make a strong positive impression.
  • Speak your mind: Speaking up to share suggestions and ideas is a great way to show you’re confident in what you do. Don’t be afraid to talk in meetings, to ask questions, and to show your stuff to your boss.

It’s easier to be confident at work if you have a job that you’re great at. IES Custom Staffing can help you to find just such a position. Our skilled legal team will work closely with you to connect with companies hiring people who have your skills and abilities. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you to find a job where you’ll excel, contact us today.

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Companies typically want to hire people who will stick around for a while and who tend to leave their organizations on good terms. So, chances are good, any potential employer will ask you in an interview about why you left your last job. Employers may also ask you this question because your answer can shed light on your career goals and show whether you are a good fit for the current position.

The reply you give when you’re asked why you left your last job could make a big impact on whether or not you get hired for your next one. So, it’s important to be smart about how you answer. Here are a few tips:

  • Never be negative: One of the worst answers you could give involves an answer that criticizes your past employer in any way. Even if you left because the company was horrible, you don’t want to share that. Your new potential employer will have no way of knowing if the company actually was bad news or if you’re just a complainer who will find problems with their organization as well.
  • Don’t be defensive or evasive: If you act as though you are afraid to answer the question, the company may begin to believe that you had something to hide or that you left because you did something wrong. So, don’t act as though you’re uncomfortable providing a reason for leaving your past position.
  • Try to rehearse a simple, straight-forward answer. One possibility, for example, could be to simply say “I had been with the organization for a number of years and wanted to experience a new environment t continue growing.” But, you can also try other stock answers that work for you – as long as they aren’t negative, defensive, or evasive.

Leaving your job means big changes in your life, and you want to make sure that you find a great new position where you’ll be an awesome fit. IES Custom Staffing can help you to find your next opportunity after you have left your current job so contact us today to find out what we can do for you.

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When you go in for an interview, the hiring manager asking you questions is looking for a number of different things. They want to see you have the skills to do the job well. But, the interviewer also wants to know that you’ll be a good fit for the company culture and that you are someone your peers would actually want to work with on a long-term basis.

To ensure you maximize your chances of getting hired, it’s helpful to make a personal connection with the interviewer so they’ll feel you can not only do the job, but also that you’re a likable person. Fortunately, there are a number of techniques you can try to increase the chances you and the hiring manager will connect. Some steps you can take include the following:

  • Be friendly and personable: People like to be around others who are cheerful, who have good manners, and who have something to say. Show that you know how to carry on a conversation and that you can greet people warmly in order to make a good first impression.
  • Show interest in the job: Obviously, the primary reason you’re interviewing is to land a job – so show you are excited about the opportunity and passionate about the work. Your interviewer will appreciate your enthusiasm and share your excitement.
  • Make it personal: You want to avoid sharing too many details about your hobbies or family and focus on being professional – but it’s OK to provide a little insight into your personality and who you are so the interviewer can get a sense of what kind of person you’d be as an employee.
  • Remember the importance of eye contact: Looking someone in the eye is a powerful way to make a personal connection. Avoid looking down and make sure to make appropriate eye contact when you greet the interviewer and when you’re speaking during the interview.

IES Custom Staffing can help you to land interviews with great companies where you can make positive connections with the hiring manager. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you find work, contact us today.

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No one ever wants to be let go from work, but unfortunately people are fired or downsized all the time. Sometimes, events beyond your control, such as company restructuring, can lead to the loss of your job. But, in many cases, if you take certain actions and develop the right kind of reputation at work, you can make sure you’re able to stay employed for a good long time.

So, how can you maximize the chances you’ll be able to keep your current position for as long as you want it? Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Become an indispensable employee: You want your boss to feel as though they can’t live without you so they’ll never be tempted to let you go. You can make your boss feel that way by always getting your work done on time, being someone your boss can trust, and going the extra mile to make your boss’ job easier.
  • Make money for the company: Companies hire employees to help them make a profit. The more your contributions contribute to the company’s bottom line, the less likely they are to ever want to let you go. You should identify the things you do that add the most concrete value to your organization and spend as much time as possible doing those things.
  • Make contributions that are measurable: It’s important for you – and the company – to be able to point to specific contributions you have made that justify your position. Don’t let yourself drift in the background or spend your days only supporting others. Take the lead and make some contributions you can point to as evidence of your success.
  • Be a low-maintenance employee: You don’t want your boss to feel you need intense supervision and micromanagement to be a success. The less problems you cause, the more likely it is the company will want to keep you on staff.

It also helps to be in a job you’re good at and are passionate about. IES Custom Staffing can help you find such a job. Contact our staffing service today to learn how we can assist you in finding work that you’d be a great fit for.

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A job interview can make or break your chances of being hired for a position.  You only get one chance to impress the hiring manager at a first interview, and your performance at this interview can determine if you move forward in the hiring process or if the company goes with another candidate instead.

You want to do everything in your power to come across as a person the hiring manager would be delighted to have join the team. Fortunately, there are a few key things you can do to make sure you make a positive impression that maximizes your chances of being hired. Here are some of the steps you should take:

  • Dress for the job you want: It’s important you don’t show up to an interview dressed in casual, unprofessional attire. Instead, put together an appropriate business-like look. Make sure your clothing is clean, ironed, not offensive, and fits well in an office setting.
  • Arrive on time, but not too early: You never want to be late for an interview as this makes you look as though you don’t care very much about the job. However, you also don’t want to show up hours early and make everyone feel uncomfortable. Coming a few minutes before your scheduled start time is always the best approach.
  • Enter the interview room confidently: You want the hiring manager to feel you have the skills for the job, so project that in your aura as you enter the room. If you’re too nervous, the hiring manager may get a bad first impression because your nerves imply you don’t feel like you belong.
  • Offer a firm handshake: A firm handshake shows you are confident and you have good business manners.
  • Be polite to everyone you encounter: You aren’t just judged on your behavior in the interview, but on interactions with everyone you meet at the office.

You can show off your interviewing skills only if you actually get called in for an interview. IES Custom Staffing can help you get your resume in front of companies hiring people with your skill set right now. Contact us today to learn how we can help you land your dream job.

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