Does Your Company Culture Attract Great Candidates?

December 6th, 2018

You want to hire the very best people to come and work at your organization. To do that, you need a company culture that’s attractive to the most talented people in your field. Company culture matters a lot when people are deciding where they want to work, and you need to make sure your company culture increases the chance that good people will apply and accept your offers.

So, how can you tell if your company culture is going to help you in your hiring process?  You should:

  • Conduct stay and exit interviews with current and departing employees: The best way to find out how employees view your culture is to ask them. Many companies wait until employees leave to find out how their experience with the organization has been. These exit interviews can provide invaluable insight. But, you also want to talk with people who are currently at your organization to find out what they like and what can be improved. By asking specific questions about company culture, you can find out how your employees view your organization and what changes you may need to make.
  • Read online reviews of your organization on career websites: There are a number of websites online where employees rate the organizations they work for. You can find out the unbiased opinions of people who you employ by visiting these sites where workers leave anonymous reviews. If you spot trends, you can make changes to the things many people complain about when it comes to your culture.
  • Observe interactions between your employees: You can also get an idea of your company culture by observing the way employees work and interact. Do coworkers step in to help each other out? Do managers recognize when an employee has a win? These are important indicators of whether you’ve created a collaborative environment where employees are motivated and are rewarded for their efforts.

SmartTalent can help you to find talented people in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett, and surrounding areas who will help your business to succeed – and who will help you to build a strong, positive company culture. Reach out to our staffing service today to learn more about the assistance we can offer.

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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 to Make an Impression in a Phone Interview

December 12th, 2017

Many companies opt to do phone interviews as a first step before bringing you in, or even do phone interviews instead of in-person interviews. If you are asked to do a phone interview, make sure the hiring manager is impressed by your conversation. There are a few key tips you should keep in mind to make that happen:

  • Set the stage for a successful interview. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and you will get good reception. Set up the interview at a time when you will be in a good frame of mind and when there will be absolutely no interruptions. Make sure you set up in a quiet place so you can hear interview questions and the person who is interviewing you will be able to hear you without a lot of background noise.
  • Practice interviewing over the phone. A phone interview can make you nervous, so it’s best if you do a few “practice” interviews before you make the important call. Arrange to talk with a friend or family member for a test interview and get feedback on your tone and on the speed of your speech to make sure you’re coming across as professional.
  • Research the company. You want to know about the company and what they are looking for so you’ll be ready to ask questions and be able to anticipate the kinds of questions you will be asked to reply to. You can also prepare answers to common questions you can expect to be asked so you’ll be prepared.
  • Have your resume in front of you. Be able to easily refer to your resume when you are on the call.
  • Dress for success and keep a smile on your face. If you are in your pajamas and frowning when you make the call, this can make you sound less confident and less eager for the position. Dress in professional clothing and put a smile on your face to get in the right mindset.

If you are hoping to land an interview – either by phone or in person – with a company you’d be eager to work for in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas, SmartTalent can help you. To find out more about how our staffing professionals can assist you in landing an interview, 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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Strategies to Help Employees Work Together Better

December 20th, 2016

dec-strategies-to-help-employees-work-together-betterThe ability to work well on a team is one of the most prized characteristics people look for when hiring staff. While you may have great people on your payroll who are good at teamwork, this doesn’t mean your job is done. Motivate your workers and make sure they are working together so you can maximize productivity and keep employee motivation high.

So, how can you foster teamwork among the members of your staff?

  • Set clear and concise goals for your team. Everyone should know exactly what they are working towards because it will be easier for them to come together when they are all on the same page about the final goal.
  • Communicate your expectations. Not only is goal setting important, so is setting clear expectations for things like timelines and how the team should work together. While you need to provide room for flexibility and creativity, there is nothing wrong with taking the lead a little at the beginning to get everyone on the right path as far as what they are expected to accomplish. 
  • Create a creative atmosphere. You need to leave opportunity for brainstorming and for every member of the team to bring their valuable input to the table. Be sure there is the chance to share ideas and for all voices to be heard throughout the project. Don’t micromanage or stifle new ideas.
  • Make sure every member of the team has the chance to contribute. If some team members feel their ideas aren’t being listened to, they might tune out. On the other side of the spectrum, team members who feel they are pulling more than their weight may get angry. Monitor developments to make sure everyone is participating and contributing.
  • Leverage the strength of team members. While people should be working together on the team, you want each team member to be able to take charge of the specific areas where they excel.

The ability to get your staff to work well as a team starts with hiring great people. SmartTalent can help you find employees who are going to be great members of your workforce and excel at teamwork. If you need help with hiring in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas, give us a call today.

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Entry-Level Salaries – What You Need to Know

October 6th, 2016

best-entry-level-smarttalentIf you are just getting started in your career, one of your first questions may center on what you can expect to earn. Entry-level salaries can differ dramatically in different professions; some people with advanced degrees make six figures right out of professional school while people who have graduated from high school and jumped right into the workforce often starting at minimum wage.

You need to know what to expect when it comes to starting salaries in your field so you can be prepared to budget appropriately and know if a salary offer is fair or not. A staffing service can help you to make informed choices and find positions that have reasonable entry level salaries, so working with staffing professionals can be helpful. Regardless of what approach to take, it is helpful to know how entry level salaries are determined. For example, entry level salaries could be set by:

  • Minimum wage: Minimum wage is the minimum amount an employer is allowed to pay – no exceptions. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, according to the Department of Labor. However, there are many different states and even local municipalities which have passed higher minimum wage amounts. For example, the minimum wage in Washington State is $9.47 per hour – which means employers throughout Washington State must pay at least that amount. There is also a concerted nationwide effort to increase the minimum wage nationwide to $15, but it remains unclear whether this effort will be met with success.
  • Union contracts: Some jobs are union jobs, where unions have contracts with employers setting standards for wages. If you take a job with a union contract in place, the contract may specify a higher entry-level wage than the minimum.
  • Industry custom: In many skilled professions, the entry-level wage is far higher than the minimum wage. You should carefully research the particular jobs you are searching for to find entry-level and median wages for that particular field.

SmartTalent helps many job seekers find positions with reasonable entry-level salaries in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. If you want to start your career in a position that pays you fairly for your time and effort, give us a call so we can help.

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What Makes an Employee Successful?

May 12th, 2016

SmartTalent - Successful EmployeeYour business wants to hire employees who will be successful and help your company thrive. This is easier said than done. In order to hire qualified staff members who will be assets to your organization, you need to define the skills and abilities which will ensure success. To do this, know what your goals are for the position, identify what type of person you want to fill it, and craft a great job description that attracts the kind of job candidates you are looking for.

To help you identify the right skills and write great job descriptions your company should:

  • Consider both soft and hard skills. Open jobs with your company may require hard skills, including technical knowledge. Include a list of these skills in any job description, along with details about necessary certifications or experience. However, you’ll also want soft skills – like teamwork, leadership and communication skills ­– that are also necessary. Think about what a typical day and week will be like for the person holding a particular position and make a list of both soft and hard skills which will be necessary for each job task. 
  • Think about the corporate culture. Knowledge and technical ability are necessary, but not sufficient for an employee to succeed. You also need to find a job candidate who will be a good fit with your existing employees and within the corporate culture you’ve created. Consider your current and past staff. Who has worked out well and what traits did they have? What traits don’t you want your job candidates to have? 
  • Turn to staffing professionals. Staffing professionals are skilled at writing job descriptions that attract the right types of candidates. Provide the essential information on desired skills and let the staffing service craft a job description that will be effective at attracting qualified workers.

A staffing service has extensive experience with placing qualified candidates with companies where they excel. Professionals with staffing experience can help companies to identify skills that are necessary for success and can write detailed job descriptions highlighting the essential skills.

SmartTalent has provided this service to clients in Kirkland, Lynwood, Renton, and surrounding areas, and we can help your business with job descriptions and all other aspects of the hiring process. Contact us today to learn more.

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How Do You Handle Criticism?

May 5th, 2016

Handling Criticism - SmartTalentAs part of your job search, you’ll likely go on multiple interviews until you find the perfect position. Preparing answers to common interview questions is one of the best ways you can ensure that you make a favorable impression. One question you should be prepared to answer is: How do you handle criticism?

Thinking about this question is not only going to make it easier for you to provide a good answer, it is also going to help you succeed in your next career endeavor. Being able to respond positively to criticism allows you to grow professionally and makes you a more valuable team member.

So, how should you answer this question?

  • Think about what the interviewer is trying to learn. The goal of the hiring process is to make you seem like an attractive candidate. As you prepare answers to interview question, think about the questions from the employer’s perspective so you can give truthful answers that paint you in the best light. When a potential employer asks how you handle criticism, the goal is to see if you’re open to learning new things and eager for self-improvement. Your answer should demonstrate you’re ready and eager to improve.
  • Answer positively. Never give negative answers about yourself during an interview. While honesty is paramount and you cannot lie, try to put a positive twist on every answer you give. As a result, when asked how you handle criticism, think of an answer that shows the ways in which you are able to incorporate criticism to help you grow.
  • Be specific. Hiring managers don’t want vague platitudes or stock answers. Provide concrete and detailed examples of criticism you’ve received in your past and explain how you responded in a way that was positive and enriching.

When you think about common interview questions and come up with good answers, you’re much more likely to get hired for your dream job. Of course, you need to get the interview in the first place. SmartTalent can help with your job search in Kirkland, Lynwood, Renton, or surrounding areas. Get in touch today to learn how our staffing service can help you land interviews with top companies in your area.

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Interview Questions You Should (Almost) Always Ask

March 8th, 2016

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The interview process is your best chance to determine if a candidate is going to be a good fit for your organization. As you conduct candidate interviews, make sure you are asking the right questions so you get answers that are illuminating and that give you the insight you need to make an informed hiring choice. Working with a staffing agency is usually best to find qualified candidates, but even when you have staffing professionals helping out, the quality of your interviewing process can make a big difference in whether you build a great workforce.

To get some important insight into your potential job applicant, there are a few key interview questions to put on your list. Some of the things you should almost always ask candidates include:

  • What did you like (and dislike) about your past employment? Look for someone who doesn’t have a lot of negative complaints about a past employer, but who is also perceptive enough to know what worked in the job environment and what didn’t. Finding out about what an employee liked in the past also helps you see if a job candidate will be a good fit for your corporate culture.
  • Why do you want this job? The employee should be focused on how he can make a valuable contribution to your organization, rather than solely concerned about what the job can do for him professionally. Look for candidates who provide specifics about why the job would be a good fit, as this shows they have done their research.
  • Where do you see your career in five years?  This question can give you insight into whether the employee will grow with your business and whether the candidate is serious about being on a leadership track.

The interview process can be complicated, but asking these key questions can help you narrow down which candidates are right for your organization. Working with an experienced staffing agency can also help make sure only the most qualified candidates are considered for positions in your organization. SmartTalent is a trusted staffing agency helping employers to find top talent in Fife, Kirkland, Renton, Lynnwood, and surrounding areas.  Contact us now to learn more about how we can help your business.

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Common Myths About Hiring Temporary Employees

October 20th, 2015

SmartTalent - Myth BustedTemporary employees can fill an important need for organizations, and hiring temp workers can provide the opportunity for your business to take advantage of labor provided by skilled and experienced professionals.

Many organizations, however, are uncertain about what is involved in hiring temp employees or are not confident that using temporary workers is the right decision for them. There are lots of pervasive myths about temp workers that could make your company reluctant to hire.  The reality, however, is that there are few downsides – and lots of upsides – to hiring temporary staff members.

As a top Lynwood, WA temporary staffing agency, SmartTalent knows the facts and the realities of making temp employees part of your workforce, and we can debunk three common myths for you that could be holding your business back when it comes to hiring temporary workers:

Myth: Temp workers can be hired only for entry-level jobs.

The reality is, staffing firms can help companies find temp employees with a wide variety of different skill levels. You could hire managers, skilled professionals in the banking, accounting, and legal industry, and workers with advanced technical knowledge for temporary positions. Even high level professionals often have reasons to look for temporary work, and your company can take advantage of their eagerness to take on short-term positions.

Myth: Temp workers often lack experience or other important job skills.

Most people who choose temporary work have many career options, but are looking for short-term positions for personal or professional reasons.  For example, highly skilled workers interested in working around family commitments or highly qualified spouses of military members who move around a lot may be drawn to temporary work. By opening the door to employees who will be with your business for only a short time, you can widen the pool of qualified talent who you can hire, and you can benefit from fresh perspectives from some of the best minds in the business.

Myth: Temp workers cannot be hired for permanent positions.

Temp workers can sometimes turn into full-time workers. In fact, hiring temporary employees can be one of the best ways to find out if a worker is going to be right for your business, without the need to make a long-term commitment.  SmartTalent can work with your business if you want temporary workers who could one day become permanent staff.

Your business can benefit from employing temporary staff in many different ways. Contact SmartTalent so our Lynnwood staffing agency can help you to find top employees to fill temporary or permanent positions in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lynnwood, and throughout Western Washington.

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