The Best Way to Answer “Why Should We Hire You?”

December 4th, 2018

Why should we hire you? This is a common question that you can expect to be asked at job interviews.  Of course, you want to make sure that the answer you provide is compelling – but how can you do that? Just follow these tips and you’re sure to impress the hiring manager and maximize your chances of getting an offer:

  • Tailor the answer to the job description: The company is looking for a candidate to accomplish specific tasks and bring certain desired skills to the table. When you’re asked why they should hire you, you want to focus on the particular traits they are looking for. Before you go to the interview, you should review the job ad to remind yourself who the company has described as their ideal candidate.  When you’re asked about why they should hire you, you can provide an answer that mirrors the language from the job ad and shows the employer you have the exact skills they’re seeking.
  • Show how you’ll provide value to the company: The company is looking for someone who will perform well for them. You don’t want to focus on what the job could do for you or why it’s the perfect position to advance your career. You want to demonstrate clearly that the work you perform will make the company more productive and more successful.
  • Provide specific anecdotes, not vague platitudes: It’s easy to talk about how you’re the ideal candidate, but it can be harder to show it. That’s why you want to be prepared in advance with stories of your past successes to show that you’re the person the company is seeking. If the company is looking to hire an administrative professional who can multi-task, come prepared with specific details about how you’ve done well before in juggling your time and getting everything done.

SmartTalent can help you to land an interview in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett, and surrounding areas so you’ll get a chance to excel at the interview and land the job of your dreams. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you in your job search.

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Help Your Employees Avoid the Risks of Fatigue

February 15th, 2018

As many as a third of adults are not getting enough sleep in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If your staff is too tired, this hurts employee productivity and can even create a serious safety risk on the job.

While you cannot make employees go to bed on time, there are things your company can do to help fight fatigue on the job to make your workplace safer and more productive. Some of the key steps include:

  • Implementing a fatigue-management program. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine recommends companies have a Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) which includes a fatigue policy, fatigue reporting, fatigue training and investigation, and a fatigue accident investigation system.
  • Make sure you have enough staff. Asking employees to work overtime or long shifts significantly increases the risk of workers becoming overtired, unproductive and making potentially dangerous mistakes.
  • Limit the number of night shift workers. Employees who work overnights are more tired than those who work days, even when they sleep during the day, because the body’s natural clock never fully adjusts to switching days and nights.
  • Provide training and education to staff members. Training can focus on how to get a good night’s sleep as well as the importance of getting sufficient rest.
  • Establish a workstation aimed at reducing fatigue. Temperature, lighting and noise levels at work can all impact whether a worksite is more likely to make employees tired.
  • Schedule strategically. If there are critical or high-intensity tasks that require a lot of focus, schedule these tasks at a time when staff members are most likely to be awake and alert.

If your staff members are overworked and have too much overtime, it may be time to hire some new employees, so your current staff can get sufficient rest. SmartTalent can help. Let us work with you to find qualified candidates in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas who will be an asset to your organization and make life easier for current staff members. Call our professional staffing service today to find out how we can help.

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Should You Decline a Job Offer?

January 23rd, 2018

When a company wants to hire you, that can feel pretty good. However, just because a company is interested in having you work for them does not mean the job is necessarily a good fit for you. You don’t want to end up saying yes to a job that won’t work out, so before you accept an offer, it’s vital to consider whether taking the offer is the right career move.

If you aren’t sure whether to decline a job offer, consider these key red flags that suggest you should say no to the position:

  • You aren’t interested in the job: If you know the job is not one you would be happy doing, say no. Otherwise, you could end up quitting  – which look bad on your resume – or you could end up working at a job you hate, which is bad for your mental health and could lead to missed opportunities at companies where you would have been happier.
  • You know the company isn’t a good fit: If you are excited about the job but the company culture seems all wrong, it’s a good idea to pass on an offer. Your happiness and success at work aren’t just about job tasks – you need to work well with co-workers. The last thing you want is to get stuck in a toxic work environment or at a job where you constantly feel like the odd person out.
  • You’d have to leave the company right away: Companies invest time and money into training workers. If you know you won’t stick around to make their investment worthwhile, don’t take the job. By accepting and leaving right away, you burn your bridges with the company – and the quick departure looks bad on your resume as well.

If you find the job doesn’t seem like the right one, don’t be afraid to say no. You can work with a staffing service to help you find a job you are excited about. If you’re looking for work in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas, SmartTalent can help you to find a job you will be excited to say yes to. Just give us a call to find out how our staffing service can help you.

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How Can You Identify High-Potential Candidates

January 9th, 2018

When your company is hiring, you may get hit with a deluge of applications – many of which may be from unqualified candidates who aren’t really a great fit for the position. Navigating through the vast pool of potential candidates can be challenging, especially when you’re looking for the cream of the crop to move forward in your hiring process.

So, how can your company separate out the high-potential candidates from the mediocre ones? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Look for applicants who have customized their information: Candidates who are passionate about the job will take time to research your company and write a cover letter and resume that speak directly to what you are looking for. If a potential candidate sends a generic resume, either they’re not that excited about the position or they don’t have the wherewithal to customize their application material in the most effective manner. Either way, you’re better off with someone who has gone the extra mile to produce personalized application material.
  • Check for quantifiable proof of accomplishments: A high-potential candidate will have specific accomplishments they can point to, rather than vague generalities. Look through resumes you receive to see which candidates can showcase objective proof of success like awards, sales numbers, a history of promotions and other professional accomplishments.
  • Work with a recruiter: This could be the best way to find high-potential candidates because recruiters have a vast talent pool to draw from and they get to know the candidates they are helping to place. A good recruiter will understand exactly what your company is looking for and be able to find a candidate with the key skills who can thrive.

When you want to make sure you’re not missing out on high-potential candidates who would be a great fit for your organization, SmartTalent is here to help. Our staffing service has a vast network of skilled workers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas who would be the perfect fit for the open positions at your company. To find out how our staffing service can help you find candidates you’ll be thrilled to hire, give us a call today.

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Customer Service is Key to Your Company’s Success

October 10th, 2017

Every business, whether it provides a product or a service, needs to also provide one key thing: good customer service. Customers won’t come back to a company that treats them poorly or does not appreciate their business. Every person your clients deal with at your company will shape the experience the client has, so it is important that customer service isn’t just a job: it needs to be way of life at your organization.

To make sure you’re providing the very best customer service in all client interactions with staff members:

  • Know how to hire customer service staff: Your customer service staff are on the front lines when it comes to dealing with current and potential customers. You need to hire staff members who can express empathy, solve problems and be great brand ambassadors. Conduct your interviews carefully by asking about the candidate’s customer service philosophies, past successes and problem-solving skills. Consider working with a staffing service to make sure you’re hiring the very best customer service representatives.
  • Develop a corporate culture focused on customer service: Every department at your business needs to remember their jobs only exist because you have customers. This means when they’re doing their jobs – whether they’re in IT, on the executive level or in marketing – they need to think about how they can best serve the end user of your products or services.
  • Provide training on customer relations to staff members: All staff members who work for your organization should know your company policies on customer interaction and should be trained on how you want your brand to come across to the public. Staff should be reminded they are acting for the company in all interactions and should maintain a professional demeanor whenever they are acting in their official capacity.

SmartTalent can help you to hire customer service professionals and other staff members in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas who understand the importance of providing customers with an awesome experience. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you to make sure every member of your team is committed to positive customer relations, give us a call today.

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What Happens When You Have More Than One Qualified Candidate?

July 25th, 2017

When your company is hiring, you want to bring the most qualified candidate on board. Sometimes, however, you may be inundated with resumes and applications from candidates who seem to be qualified for the job. You’ll need to develop a smart strategy for working through the list of qualified applicants to find the best person for the position. These tips can help:

  • Work with a staffing service. A staffing service knows how to streamline the hiring process and what it takes to make a successful match between a candidate and a company. Staffing services may be able to help you better understand what you need in a candidate and can narrow down the candidates you’re considering only to those who will provide exactly what you are looking for.
  • Identify soft skills and hard skills. If you are lucky enough to get lots of qualified candidates, you can expand the criteria that you use to narrow down the pool of candidates. For example, instead of just making sure the employee has the industry-specific knowledge you need, look for a team player who will bring new talents to the table and help you to build a strong, positive company culture.
  • Differentiate based on innovative thinking. Candidates who are creative and good problem solvers may be able to help your company succeed in ways you never expected. Look for a self-motivated candidate who brings a spirit of innovation to your team.
  • Focus on who fits well with your corporate culture. You want staff members to fit in well with the culture your business is trying to foster. When you have your choice of candidates, you can choose the person most likely to work well with your existing team.

Narrowing down the pool of candidates to those who are most qualified can be a major challenge. You should strongly consider getting help from a staffing service who knows how to match companies to candidates who will be a perfect fit for any position.

SmartTalent helps companies to get the hiring process right in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. Give us a call to find out how our staffing service can make your hiring process easier by helping you to find the perfect candidate.

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Building Employee Trust – Stop Micromanaging

January 17th, 2017

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According to the Society for Human Resource Management, trust between workers and managers is one of six key criteria impacting job satisfaction. A full 64 percent of surveyed workers said trust was very important in impacting their feelings about their job.

Since trust matters so much, you must make certain that you build a corporate culture promoting trust. Ensuring that your employees feel you are confident in their abilities will help to boost employee motivation and productivity and can help you to reduce turnover.

The key question, though, is how can you build trust? One of the best ways to do so is to stop micromanaging. When you swear off of an overly hands-on approach, you can boost employee trust and enjoy the following benefits:

  • Employees will be more empowered and more invested in the company’s success. An employee who is constantly being micromanaged is usually going to do the minimum that is asked of him out of frustration or worry about drawing the ire of the meddling manager. If you step back and give workers the chance to excel on their own, they’re much more likely to want to do a good job and show off their skills. 
  • Employees may find more creative and innovative solutions. A micromanager who is constantly telling employees what to do at every step is going to miss out on the chance to benefit from the brain power an employee brings to the table. Employees who are given freedom and flexibility are likely to find new ways to do their job better. You want someone who can think outside of the box and bring his unique perspective to a position… you don’t want an automaton that does everything a micromanaging manager says.
  • Employees will be happier and less likely to look for other work. A micromanaged employee is an unhappy employee. Unhappy employees tend to look for other positions where they won’t have to deal with a supervisor looking over their shoulder and watching every move.

SmartTalent can help you to build a great team so you can trust your staff and won’t feel the need to micromanage. With the right people working for you, you can take a more hands-off approach and build a job environment where your staff feels trusted and respected. To find out more about how we can help your company in hiring great staff members in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas, give our staffing service a call today.builiding-employee-trust-stop-micromanaging

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What Do You Need to Know About Background Checks?

November 10th, 2016

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When you are thinking about hiring staff for your company, it is natural for you to want to ensure that potential staff members will be trustworthy and reliable if you bring them on board. You likely do not want to hire someone with a lengthy criminal history, especially someone who has repeatedly committed fraud or violent acts. Depending upon your industry, you may also be concerned about hiring someone who has bad credit or a history of mishandling money.

To get insight into your potential new staff member and avoid hiring someone who would not be a good fit for your organization, many employers are interested in doing background checks and are also interested in asking their employees about their criminal history. However, if you are going to conduct background checks or make inquiries about an employee’s criminal past, you have to comply with the law. You should be aware:

  • Employers may need to get consent. While employers can do some of their own investigating without disclosing the background check to employees, employees do have the right to know if information is being obtained from a consumer reporting agency. If an employer takes adverse action against an employee (or potential employee) based on a background check, the employee must also be notified.
  • Pre-employment background checks are discouraged, but allowed. Employers can ask about arrests, pending charges, dismissed cases and even sealed cases of crimes committed as a juvenile. However, employers should investigate whether a potential employee actually committed the crime. Employers should ask about whether charges have been dismissed or led to a conviction.
  • There are restrictions on how employers can use information. Employers should focus only on crimes that involve behavior that would affect job performance. Employers should also restrict inquiries into criminal convictions that occurred within the past 10 years.

SmartTalent helps employers to find qualified workers with the right backgrounds and temperament who will be good additions to the team. If you are looking for workers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas, give us a call to find out how we can help you find great job seekers to work for your organization.

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The Differences Between Phone and In-Person Interviews

November 3rd, 2016

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Phone interviews and in-person interviews are both very common during the job search process. Often, you are asked to undergo a phone interview first before coming in for an in-person interview. This means your phone interview may be your best and only chance to make a great impression and move on to the next phase in the hiring process.

While you want to come across as competent, capable and professional on phone and in-person interviews, the process of preparing for these interviews can be very different. Some tips to help you get ready include the following:

  • Phone interviews make it harder to read body language. You will be forced to focus more on tone to get an idea of whether a phone interview is going well or not. During an in-person interview, watch your interviewer for signs of interest or boredom. For a phone interview, you can listen for clues, but this is more challenging. If you aren’t sure if you’ve given a satisfactory answer to a question over the phone, don’t be afraid to ask if you’ve completely answered the query.
  • During phone interviews, you can have your resume and job application in front of you. You can’t do this in an in-person interview. Being able to quickly reference these documents can help you to stay focused on the points you want to make and can assist you with formulating answers to questions.       In an in-person interview, you’ll need to be ready to draw from this information off the top of your head, so you may want to do more practice questions.
  • Smiling is key for both. While you want to come across as engaged and upbeat in an in-person interview, it is also important to smile when you are doing a phone interview. The interviewer cannot see you, but your emotion can come across in your voice.

These are just a few key tips to remember when preparing for a phone or in-person job interview. SmartTalent can help job seekers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas to land interviews with employers at top companies where you can show off your interview skills. Contact us today to learn more.

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Ready to Make a Career Change? You Don’t Have to Do it Alone!

May 10th, 2016

SmartTalent - Ready to Make a Career ChangeIf you are thinking about changing jobs, or even changing career fields, the transition can be intimidating. You’ll need to build a new professional network, prepare your resume, find out about the industry, and get your name in front of the people who do the hiring in your desired position. All of this can be stressful and a big challenge… but it’s a rewarding challenge which will be worth it in the end if you can find your dream job.

The good news is, transitioning to a new job or even a new industry is a lot easier of you have a partner to help. Staffing professionals with insight into the industry can help you to identify what you need to know and make it possible for you to get your foot in the door in your chosen profession. You benefit by getting help with your career transition from a staffing service because:

  • A staffing service can help you build your resume. When you want a better job or to work in a different field, you’ll need to get some experience and develop the skills that hiring managers are looking for. Often, working temp jobs is the best way to do that. Employers may be more willing to hire you on a temporary basis; you can make connections and put the temp positions you’ve held on your resume. Not only that, but a good temp job can sometimes turn into a full-time job if you impress your boss.
  • A staffing service knows the industry. When you want to break into an entirely new industry or get a better job with a top company in your field, you may not know exactly where to start. A staffing service understands what hiring managers in your chosen profession are looking for and can help you to mold yourself into the ideal candidate for your desired position. 
  • A staffing service can help you to make connections. Staffing services know who is hiring, who is willing to take a chance on someone new to the industry, and what companies are good places to work. You can tap into the network of the professional staffing firm to find great opportunities.

SmartTalent has helped many clients with their job search as they transition to a new position or a new field altogether. If you’re looking for rewarding and engaging work in Kirkland, Lynwood, Renton, or surrounding areas, our staffing professionals are here to help you. Give us a call today to find out how we can help make getting a new job easier than you imagined.

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