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How to Gain Valuable Information in the Job Interview

January 19th, 2017

Gain InfoAs a job seeker, your most important task is to gain as much information as possible while selling yourself to the hiring manager. This can be a delicate balancing act between gaining and giving information. But there are a few things you should ask or look out for that can give you valuable insight into the company culture and what it would be like to work there. Here are four questions that will be critical to gaining the most important information from an interview.

1. Is this a new position or is it a replacement?

Knowing why a position is open is a key to finding out how you should sell yourself. If this is a new position, it means they are growing or adding important new roles to their company. This is your opportunity to make your mark in something they’ve never experienced before. On the other hand, if they are replacing an employee, it is helpful to know if this was a problem situation that resulted in a firing or another cause to create the open position.

2. How long do employees typically stay with the company?

You want to know how long a typical employee stays with the organization because if there is high turnover and constant rehiring, there may be a reason for that. It will be important for you to understand whether or not this is something that will work with your career.

3. Do people go out for lunch or happy hour?

Knowing how social a company is will help inform you about the overall corporate culture. Do people go out for lunch? Do they go on their own or as a group? Do people bring lunch in and eat at their desks? Some companies even encourage a weekly happy hour to help their staff socialize and build better bonds. Look at how they handle social interaction and whether or not they fit your values.

4. What are the company growth and client breakdown?

Lastly, you want to know the data that supports the company’s success. How has the company grown in the last year, the last 5 years, and since it was founded? What is their target client and how is that broken down. How many clients do they add each year? What clients have been lost in the past and why?

Are you ready to interview for your next new career move? Contact CornerStone Staffing today to work with the top staffing agency in Dallas!

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Recruiters are a Part of Your Brand

September 13th, 2013

Your local staffing provider can help you with your placement needs. However, it is important to know the best ways to work with a staffing company to deliver the best possible service for your company. If you change the way you think of your provider, as an extension of your human resources department, you begin to look at their services in a new way. Third party recruiters are as much a part of your brand as they are your vendor. Here are some tips for working well with recruiters to help hire the very best talent for your open positions.

  • First point of contact. Recruiters are the professionals who have the first communication with potential candidates. In order to provide the best possible information to the candidate and, in return, recommend them for the job it is important the recruiters have thorough information about the company as well as a good job description. Schedule a time to meet with your provider to give them a tour of your facility, talk with your current staff, and sit down with you about your current needs. This way they can accurately represent you.
  • Be clear about the role. There are many ways companies can partner with recruiters to help them hire. If your company has a human resources department the agency recruiter may simply augment the efforts of your HR manager. If your company does not then a recruiter can handle every aspect of the hiring process up to on boarding. It is important to manage your own expectations and communicate that effectively to the staffing service.
  • Respect their time. It is also valuable to remember that you are not your recruiter’s only client and it is important to respect their time. As long as they are responsive to your needs you can develop a mutual beneficial relationship. Establish deadlines with them to help the process move smoothly. Ask them if they can have resumes to you within three days and give them dates and times to schedule interviews. This will be helpful for managing your time and theirs.

Do you want to work with recruiters who understand your business needs? If you are looking for recruiters in Dallas, contact Cornerstone today.

Quick Fix for Success: Company Culture

July 12th, 2013

Studies have shown that workplace pressure is the leading stress factor for American adults. Sometimes this is because employees feel a lack of control and a large amount of anxiety. Individuals need to take responsibility for their stress levels by eating healthy, exercising, and taking personal time. It is equally as important for managers to understand that stress is a big problem and help reduce it within their office. Here are several ways you can alter your company culture today to reduce stress and encourage success.

  1. A balance between work and life. Employees spend 9 hours a day at work. If you add commute time, they are spending less time with their families than they are at work. Work/Life balance is a popular industry buzz word but it is also an important aspect to take into consideration. Create a flexible schedule that can allow your employees to spend more time with their families. When an employee is stressed about a situation at home it can affect their performance on the job.
  2. Pets reduce stress. Consider a “Bring Your Dog to Work Day” to reduce employee stress. You can create rules to introduce a dog friendly workplace to your staff and allow individuals to bring their furry friends to the office from time to time. Establish rules to make the process smooth and safe for each employee and their dogs. Don’t forget your cat-loving employees. Some felines do just fine on leashes.
  3. Mentorships. Generation Y is a growing population in the workforce. They are looking toward more mature members of the team to provide guidance and mentoring. Encourage more experienced staff to share their knowledge with younger employees by providing mentor programs. Working for you should be a path to career development.
  4. Meditate for lower stress levels. Sitting quietly and managing your breathing for just a few minutes can provide hours of stress relief. Create a meditation space in your office for employees to sit, relax, and let the stress of the day dissipate before returning to their work. You may also consider bringing a yoga instructor in once a week to provide the same benefit.
  5. Recognize and reward achievements. One thing that is often overlooked when it comes to stress management is employee recognition. It is important for your team to know they are valued. Recognizing and rewarding employees for a job well done will reduce stress levels and boost confidence which will encourage the team to continue to succeed.

Do you want to find ways to reduce stress in your office? Contact the professional team at CornerStone Staffing to find out more.