What You Should Know About a Candidate in the Final Interview

Hiring a new candidate for your company is no easy feat. You need to make sure the candidate fits in with the company and that you’re helping advance the candidate’s career goals. Initially, you were determining whether the candidate is well qualified and capable of the job, but in the final interview, you are assessing if this particular candidate is a smart hire for your company. There are several key factors you should know about a candidate to ensure you are making the best hire for your company:

If He/She Has Interviewed Other Places

If the candidate has been interviewing at other places and still seems very interested in your job, you can rest assured that your candidate is a serious contender. If your candidate hasn’t interviewed at too many other places, however, this might indicate that your candidate still has some work and exploration to do in terms of company size, goals, and culture.

Minimum Salary/Wage Expectations

If your maximum salary cap isn’t in line with the candidate’s minimum salary expectations, there isn’t a successful match. If the candidate feels like you aren’t offering a solid base pay, he/she is always going to be looking elsewhere for a higher-paying job. Be honest and upfront about what you are willing to pay, and hopefully you will meet at a number that is comfortable for both you and the candidate.

Commute Issue

If you’re looking to make a long-term hire, commuting is definitely an issue that needs to be addressed. Some candidates might assure you that a long commute is no problem. That might be true initially, but a long commute can drain a good employee’s energy really quickly. Your employee will either have reduced productivity at work or will always be searching for a job that is closer to home.

Know The Candidate’s Goals

As an employer, it’s your job to know the candidate’s professional goals and be honest regarding whether or not you can help those goals to be achieved. If your candidate’s goals can realistically be fulfilled within the position, discuss the ways and means of making it happen if they are hired. Smooth communication on these types of issues is a strong indicator of an excellent potential hire.

If you want to hire a high-quality candidate but need some extra help, contact Award Staffing. We will conduct interviews and match you up with an employee that will further your company goals and be a smart long-term investment.


How to Dress For an Interview

If you dress well for an interview (no matter what type of job it is), you are more likely to be hired. Here are some of our tips on how to dress for an interview.

Dress For Success.

When you go in for an interview, you want to make the best first impression possible.  In other words, what you wear really matters!  Choose professional clothing that doesn’t show too much skin.

Men can’t go wrong with some nice slacks and a button-down shirt. Women can’t go wrong with a nice business skirt or slacks and blouse combination. Before you go into your interview, iron your clothes or have them dry-cleaned to make sure they’re not wrinkled.

Be Mindful of Tattoos and Piercings.

If you have a lot of visible tattoos and piercings, it’s a good idea to remove them before the interview. Regardless of whether or not it is fair, some companies will make judgments and associate tattoos and piercings with being irresponsible or reckless. Even if this is not the case, you want to make sure you remove them so the interviewer can get to know the real you and not fixate on your tattoos and piercings. Furthermore, in light industrial jobs, excessive piercings can sometime create a safety hazard.

Keep Hygiene in Mind.

When you’re trying to make a good first impression, you always want to keep hygiene in mind. Part of good hygiene includes brushing your hair, showering, washing your face, and brushing your teeth. You wouldn’t want your interviewer to have a bad impression of you simply based on how you look or smell. Spend a few minutes before you have to leave for your interview focusing on hygiene, and your interviewer will be able to focus on what you’re saying.

Add Tasteful Accessories.

Wearing tasteful accessories to an interview can accentuate your overall appearance and presentation. An example of a tasteful accessory for a man would be a nice watch. An example of a tasteful accessory for a woman would be a necklace or some earrings. Adding a tasteful accessory, without overdoing, tells your interviewer that you care enough to take that additional step and are responsible enough to find a balance.

If you have an interview, you are seriously being considered for a job. You can increase your chances of being hired if you dress well and present yourself positively for your first interview. If you need help finding job interviews, contact Award Staffing.  Award Staffing can match you up with potential employers and jobs that will fit your needs.


High Quality Screening Can Reduce Employee Risk and Turnover

When you’re looking for new candidates for your company, you’ll always want to pick candidates that will reduce employee risk and turnover in the workplace. Conducting proper screening of your candidates is essential. Consider these suggestions

Verify Skills.

One of the biggest contributors to employee risk is when the employee doesn’t possess the correct skillset for the job. Using simple challenge tests can ensure that the employee has the specific skillset the job requires, not just the general skills. This will reduce the risk of incompetent or bored employees

Perform a Background Check.

Performing a background check on job candidates is a great way to reduce employee risk. Potential candidates aren’t always going to tell you everything about them, especially if they are desperate for employment. If you conduct a background check, you can verify that nothing incredibly serious or dangerous has happened regarding that particular employee. You will be able to rest assured that your other employees will feel safe when working in conjunction with this employee.

Hire Candidates with Realistic Expectations.

One of the biggest factors surrounding employee turnover is when the candidate has unrealistic expectations about the job. For example, if a candidate thinks he or she will be handling the administrative desk but is really handling the storage and packaging of boxes, disillusionment will follow. Make sure your candidate knows the expectations and limitations of the job in the interview.

Hire Candidates Who Have Needs Met By The Job.

If your candidate doesn’t have needs that are met through your job, he or she will be a higher risk of contributing to employee turnover. This means that your candidate’s skillset needs to match up with the skillset that the job is offering. You should not seek a candidate who is overqualified, but rather you should seek a candidate who is perfectly qualified for the job.

When you’re hiring new employees, you absolutely want to make sure you minimize employee turnover and risk. If you do a high quality screening for your potential candidates and ask certain questions, you will be able to greatly minimize the risk of acquiring these candidates. If you want help performing a high quality screening for your potential candidates, contact Award Staffing. We use screening to present to you the best candidates for your needs and requirements.

How to Protect Your Eyes at Work

As an employee of a light industrial company, your eyes are one of your most important assets. However, many light industrial jobs require skillsets and tasks that can put your eyes in danger. Protect your eyes while working by following specific safety measures. The two best ways to protect your eyes at work are to avoid harmful situations and enable best safety practices. Here are some harmful situations you should avoid:

Direct Sunlight.

If you’re working in the direct sunlight, you are potentially exposing your eyes to harmful UV rays. Over time, direct sunlight can have detrimental effects on your eyes such as blindness and blurred vision.


Contaminants are usually chemicals, whether liquid or gas, that can cause serious harm to your eyes. Some contaminants are so strong that they could blind you or seriously impair your vision instantly.


If you’re working in a job that requires construction or deconstruction, chances are that you have particles flying around you most of the day. Particles can irritate your eye and potentially cause serious harm if they are not removed quickly.

Protect your eyes is to adopt certain safety practices in response to these harmful situations. Here are some safety practices you should enable:

Wear Sunglasses if You’re Working Outside and Goggles if You’re Working Inside.

One of the most important ways you can protect your eyes is to literally shield them from harm. If you’re working outside, you should wear sunglasses on a regular basis. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, but they will also protect you from air-born particles. If you’re working inside, wear protective goggles. The goggles will protect you from air-born particles.

Wash Your Hands Before Touching Your Eyes.

The best way to protect yourself from contaminants, in addition to protective goggles,  is to wash your hands before touching your eyes. When you do this, you are erasing the contaminants from your hand so that you won’t accidentally touch your eye. Develop a regular habit of washing your hands as soon as you finish working with a harmful substance to reduce the risk of irritation and contamination.

Your eyes are particularly susceptible to harm. Make the effort to keep them protected when you are at work. Award Staffing believes in safety on the job. If you are looking for a job in the light industrial field where safety matters, contact Award Staffing to be matched up with a company that fits your needs perfectly.

How to Train Temporary Employees Correctly to Prevent Accidents

Award Staffing - Safety FirstWhen you hire a new temp employee, there’s always a risk that he or she will cause an accident in the workplace due to lack of experience. Correctly training your temp employees, by educating them and exposing them to the work environment, will help prevent accidents. Here are some ways you can facilitate this training:

Educate Your Employees on Company Policies.

As an employer, you have a responsibility to inform your employees of the company policies. Many times, accidents can be avoided if employees strictly adhere to the company policies. Company policies such as safety guidelines, time regulations, and skill set requirements should be discussed in order to minimize risk.

Assign Responsibility to Your Employees.

When you assign more responsibility to your temp employees, you are making them feel like they are part of the team. The temp employee will most likely display more care, precision, and accuracy because he/she will feel more responsible for certain actions. On the other hand,  be careful not to assign more than they can accomplish while maintaining adequate

Do a Walk-Through and Provide Examples of Safety Hazards.

Before your temp employees start working, conduct a walk-through of the work environment. When you’re doing the walk-through with the new employees, you should be pointing out and providing examples of safety hazards. When your new temp employees are out in the workforce, they will have a visual reminder of what to look out for and be aware of on a daily basis.

Assert Your Behavior Expectations.

One of the most effective ways to train temp employees in accident prevention is to assert your behavior expectations. Clearly state rules – like no horseplay and practical jokes – and then actively enforce compliance. Accidents are much less likely to happen than if you don’t address your company’s behavior expectations.

Accidents in the workplace can easily be avoided with careful planning and risk management. It can be trickier to enforce the same safety policies with temp employees, but it can be done through education and risk avoidance. If you have a good plan for training temp employees regarding workplace accidents, give Award Staffing a call.