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5 Tips to Help Boost Interview Success

Crafting a good job posting, sorting through the sheer volume of applications, hiring the best fit, completing their onboarding and training; these steps should produce results, but how much effort are we putting into the actual interview process? Properly preparing and conducting (or improperly) can have a drastic effect on your hiring outcomes.

  1. Preparation

Just like a candidate preparing for an interview, the company needs to prepare just as much. This includes knowing what you are evaluating each candidate on. Review their application and highlight parts that you want to zero in on or delve into.

  1. Have some pre-written questions

Recruiters report often facing the dilemma of not getting the candidate to tell enough about themselves and/or their skills. If so, it wasn’t the applicant’s fault, but the lack of good probing questions that failed to garner the necessary information.

  1. Don’t watch the clock

What would you think if applicant sped through the interview because they had another job interview to be at or another appointment to attend to? The same etiquette applies to the interviewer, make sure you’ve allotted enough time to properly screen them for the aptitude and skills you require.

  1. Two heads are better than one

Having at least one other person in on the interview can be invaluable. Have another person you’re your office and/or an HR professional to sit in on the interview. You will benefit from the different perceptions and interpretations each person has of the same candidate.

  1. Listen up

The most successful way to assess a candidate for a job is to allow them to do the talking.  Be ok with silence, let them fill the gaps. That’s often when they will volunteer information that is gold.

An interview can only be as successful as the ability of the hiring manager conducting the interview to glean the information necessary to make an informed decision. Hopefully these tips will help keep on the right track to bringing on next successful team member!

If recruiting, reviewing,  and interviewing is getting out of control these days at you office; give Tiger Labor & Staffing a call and we’ll put together a tailored game plan for your individual staffing needs!

Foods to stay healthy in the Louisiana heat!

People from all walks of life can experience heat exhaustion—from athletes, to joggers, to those just working their garden! Hot humid Louisiana days can cause your body to overheat and break down. These foods will help you stay cool!

  • Cucumber

Cucumbers are 95% water, so you’ll have the added hydration benefit. Cucumbers are low in calories too, so if you’re sweating it out to stay fit they’re perfect.

  • Watermelon

Not only delicious and full of H20, USDA researchers have found that watermelon even stimulates the release of excess perspiration!

  • Pomegranate

Loaded with water, and also rich in antioxidants (more than red wine or green tea). Adding pomegranates to your routine will hydrate as well as detoxify!

  • Kiwi

Kiwi is a juicy fruit that not only aids in fluid levels, it also contains 237 mg of a very important electrolyte that is necessary for muscle function: potassium.

  • Celery

96% of this vegetable is purely water. What’s cooler is it can replenish a realm of vital minerals including sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, and zinc.

  • Fresh Fish

Fish’s essential omega-3 fatty acids assist the part of the brain that controls body temperature, hunger, and thirst.

As summer heats up and plans and projects get back under way, give Tiger Labor & Staffing a call or click for a temporary helper or a temp-to-hire team member!

Healthy and Productive Employees

We spend most of our week at work, focused on projects and deadlines and interacting with our coworkers. It’s imperative to make sure your employees are not only thriving in the work setting, but also in other areas that impact their lives.

Here are a few tips on how to promote overall wellbeing in the workplace:

Spread awareness and get the conversation started
Incorporating work-life balance awareness into the work culture is important. Employees properly scheduling and taking time off and taking proper breaks within the work day is vital to your workers’ well being and productivity.

Provide helpful tips for staying healthy
Providing your organization with helpful tips such as easy lunch recipes or fitness challenges for employees to take part in will encourage healthy habits during busy workdays. While it’s easier to order takeout, encourage employees to maybe cook something healthy at home to bring in.

Encourage employees to take walking breaks
Encourage your employees to take little breaks during the day for a breath of fresh air and to add a little movement to their day. Just 10 – 15 minutes of walking can lead to improved moods, alleviated stress, and improved cardiovascular fitness. Not to mention the added benefits of boosting your immune system and energy as well as burning calories!

Advocating for the importance of overall health and wellbeing in the workplace will not only encourage employees to take the initiative to lead healthier lives but will also motivate them to continue to do their best at work.
If an employee needs a vacation and you temporarily need help to tend to their workload, or maybe just some extra help to ease stress during the busy season, contact Tiger Labor & Staffing today!

When is the Right Time to Give a Raise?

Of course, in your employees’ eyes, anytime is the right time for a pay raise! However, the timeliness of the raise has repercussions that should always be thought through. Some questions to consider are:

  • Is the pay of my good employees keeping up with inflation?
    • The pay of a certain employee may have been competitive years ago when they were hired, they don’t complain, and they don’t do anything so exceptional as to deserve a big raise. Are they worth retaining? If so, look into a cost of living increase
  • Does my annual scheduled raise incidentally reward for bad behavior?
    • Don’t let mandated annual pay raises cloud good management. This is the perfect time to consider, is this person worth retaining?
  • Does the positive benefit of the raise justify the cost of the raise?
    • When it’s truly time to award a raise; don’t think of it as an expense, but as an investment. For example; by rewarding the profitable work efforts of your employee, you will reap further profitable behavior.
  • If profits are up, do your employees feel it?
    • As most employees are not part of a profit sharing program, the executives may experience a windfall but your lower level employees don’t even feel a breeze. Look into finding a creative way to let your employees benefit from your gains by granting a bonus, a party, or even a pay raise.

However you go about it, keep in mind that your employees are your most important resource. If you need assistance with your staffing needs, please give us a call or send us a message via our website. We’ll handle all the recruiting, interviewing, and payroll so you can focus on what you do best!

 

The Repercussions of a Bad Hire

The damage resulting from a bad hire include: wasted time, decreased staff morale and productivity, and increased stress on that person’s manager.

To help avoid making a bad hire, keep the following advice in mind:

Ground yourself to the hiring criteria.
Think of your original criteria and your framework. Basically, that’s what should keep you in-bounds through your resume review process. Anchoring yourself to the hiring criteria helps prevent two of the most common pitfalls during the selection process for hiring:

Imbalanced: Becoming so enraptured by one particular aspect of a candidate — such as a particular credential or technical skill — that you allow that aspect to influence all your other judgments

Pure instinct: Hiring someone that reminds you of yourself, even if that candidate’s particular group of skills and abilities might not suit your open position.

​Of course, you have the option to adjust the hiring criteria at any point. But make sure you aren’t doing so simply to accommodate a specific candidate.

Save time, money, and be more efficient by call Tiger Labor & Staffing to fill your next position! We’ll do all the leg work; and with our no-conversion fee hiring process, you’ll be able to make sure it’s a good hire!

4 Techniques to Find the Right Candidate

If you’re tired of searching for that next hire or feel like you’ve exhausted all your options, you may not have considered these 4 creative ways to find top talent – see below!

  1. Network with Past Employees

Past employees are usually in new workplaces related to your industry. Reach out to see if they know of anyone right for the job. Try to think of your former great employees, they’ll be able to spot equally talented candidates and send them your way.

  1. Staffing Agencies

A staffing agency like Tiger Labor & Staffing is one of the best ways to find the perfect fit. They specialize in job placement and will save you a great deal of time and resources by doing most of the legwork for you.

  1. Talk to Customers

Your customers are often your best advocates, and if one of them knows a candidate with the right qualifications, they may be able to refer them!

  1. Use Social Media

Social media isn’t just for selling your product. Use Instagram, Facebook, and any other platforms where you have a presence to sell your company to your customers. Advertise your job opening and do some initial vetting by checking out the profiles of those expressing interest.

Each of these tips may help you find the perfect fit for your opening, and if you’re reading this you’ve most likely spent lots of time trying to find the right candidate to no avail. With Tiger Labor & Staffing, selecting candidates for a job will be easier than ever. Save yourself time and find the right employee by contacting Tiger Labor & Staffing today!