5 Crucial Interview Mistakes

5 Crucial Interview Mistakes | Award StaffingSo, you have a job interview – congratulations! Hopefully, you’re prepared and have your resume ready to go. But, what are some interview mistakes that could end up costing you the job? Here are five common errors.

You Were Late to Your Interview

First impressions matter, and one of the biggest impressions you can give someone is whether or not you can be punctual. It’s important to account for any and all factors that could make you late (traffic, construction, phone dying). Your interviewer doesn’t want to hear excuses; your interviewer wants to meet you!

You Brought a Friend

Bringing a friend to your interview makes you look unprofessional and immature. If the friend needs to be with you for some reason, ask him or her to wait in the car or outside. It’s important that your interviewer’s first impression of you is of you alone.

You Were Underdressed

Don’t show up to your interview in jeans. Even if the job you’re interviewing for is casual, showing up in nice clothes symbolizes respect and a commitment to the job. If you don’t have nice clothes, see if you can borrow some from a friend for the interview.

You Got a Phone Call During the Interview

If you must bring your cell phone into the interview, don’t forget to turn it on silent. Even vibrate isn’t good enough because that can still be heard. If your phone starts ringing or loudly vibrating while you’re talking, it’s likely that your interviewer will lose his or her train of thought and not be able to focus on what you’re saying.

You Didn’t Shake Hands

Always shake hands with your interviewer when you first meet them, and when you’re about to walk out the door. This shows your interviewer that you respect them. It also shows that you’re mature and aren’t afraid of eye contact.

If you’re aware of these common interview pitfalls, hopefully, you can avoid them so you can increase your chances of being hired. Need some help?  Contact Award Staffing. We will be able to match you up with interviews in your area so you can get the job you want.

Should I Work with Friends?

When you’re searching for jobs, it may be tempting to work at an establishment at which you have one or more friends employed. However, working with friends can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you handle yourself. Here are the situations you need to should be aware of when working with friends:

Only one of you receives a promotiom

If you are working with friends, it could be that either you or your friend gets a promotion even if the other doesn’t. While this seems like it would be easy to be happy for the other person and just move on, that’s usually not how it works. Make sure you’re aware that this is a possibility; it wouldn’t hurt to discuss what you and your friend would do if you were in that situation.

You distract each other

Because you are friends, it would be natural to want to talk to your friend like you normally do. You need to be aware that you can both distract each other and should try to make a concerted effort not to do so. If you think it would be too much of a problem, you might need work in different areas or even companies.

Both friends are promoted

High-achieving people typically associate themselves with other high-achieving people. If this is the case, you and your friend could help each other out so much that you would eventually both be promoted. If you have a good synergy with a friend who works for a company that is hiring, this is an option worth exploring.

One or both of you gets demoted/fired

It is a possibility that both friends could be fired due to reduced productivity, illegal activities, or a decline in customer service. Make sure you and your friend discuss the possibility of one or both being fired if something goes wrong. Make the choice in advance to refrain from holding the other person accountable for your errors or misfortune.

With all this information, you should be able to make a good decision whether or not you should work with friends. Though this will vary from person to person, you know yourself and your professional goals best, so keep these in mind. If you’re looking for a job, contact Award Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job or temporary gig that is right for your unique circumstances.

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Hire Someone

In business, there are times when you’re going to need to hire new employees or add to your temporary staff. If this is done right, it can lead to improved productivity and increased workplace morale. If it isn’t, the opposite effects can ensue. Here are some of the reasons that indicate a potentially bad hire.

Desperation

Any time you’re desperate; you’re going to be in a bad situation. If you are hiring someone simply because you need to fill the spot, you might find yourself compromising on traits, values, or experience that previously would have been a necessity for you.

Social Obligation

If you’re hiring someone because you feel socially obligated, you may end up with someone who doesn’t take the job very seriously. If a relative or friend is pressuring you into hiring a certain individual, ask him or her to send your resume before the interview. If s/he doesn’t possess the skills you need, tell your relative or friend that you need someone who is a little more in line with your company’s needs.

They Look Good on Paper

If someone looks good on paper but doesn’t interview well, you may want to consider whether or not you should hire them. First of all, the resume could have been fabricated. Second, you should always go with your gut feeling when you meet someone in person. You could risk the safety of both your business and employees if you hire the wrong person after a bad in-person feeling.

They Live Close

It’s tempting to hire people who live close because they’re theoretically always ready to jump in for work. However, just because someone lives close does not mean they’re the best fit for your company. If they live close and meet your expectations, consider that a plus, but do not base your entire hiring decision on their proximity alone.

Your CV Needs Action Verbs

If you’re applying for a new job, it’s time to revamp your CV. One of the things that’s frequently overlooked in the resume editing process is the use of particular words or verbiage. Using action verbs whenever possible will make your resume sing. Here’s why.

They’re Tangible

Action verbs are great at tangibly showing what your skills and experiences are. Not only are they descriptive, but they can effectively communicate to whomever the “gatekeeper” is what you are good at and what you have previously enjoyed.

Show You’re Passionate

Using an action verb on your resume shows that you’re passionate about that particular skill or experience. It will be a lot easier for people to identify with your experiences and skills when your words reveal that those skills have been driven by passion, rather than obligation. There is a way to utilize that passion during your interview to help you secure the job.

Tell a Story

You can tell a story with the different action verbs you use on your resume. This will get interviewers excited about you, and it will be an easy segue when you do go in for an interview. By telling an action verb-packed story about your skills and experiences, you are conveying that you take pride in your work and are ready for that particular job.

If you spruce up your resume with action verbs, you will find it easier to secure job interviews. If you are having a hard time securing job interviews, contact Award Staffing. We have a database of available jobs in your area that would be a good fit for you and your needs, whatever they may be.

 

Healthy Eating Habits

Source: USDA, 2015

Source: USDA, 2015

This month Award Staffing’s Safety and Health Awareness program will focus on healthy eating habits, and we will have activities throughout the month to support this topic. Please note that this information is only offered as a suggestion, and is not intended as medical advice. You should always seek medical advice from a doctor before making any significant lifestyle changes.

Together – healthy eating and active living – combined with a positive outlook can lead to:

  • Reduced risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer.
  • Elevated mood, energy and self-esteem.
  • Reduced anxiety and stress.
  • Opportunities to spend enjoyable time with family and friends.

According to the USDA (2015), adults should:

  • Eat the recommended types and amounts of food each day.
  • Eat at least one dark green and one orange vegetable each day.
  • Have vegetables and fruit more often than juice.
  • Make at least half of your grain products whole grain each day.
  • Drink skim, 1% or 2% milk each day.
  • Have meat alternatives such as beans, lentils, and tofu often.
  • Eat at least two Food Guide servings of fish each week.
  • Include a small amount of unsaturated fat each day.
  • Be active every day.
  • Satisfy your thirst with water.

When selecting any item (vegetables, fruit, grain, milk, meat/alternatives, or beverages), select those prepared with little or no added fat, sugar or salt.

Tips for Healthy Eating at Work:

Store in your desk or locker Store in the lunchroom fridge       On the Road
  • Crackers
  • Dried fruit / Canned fruit
  • Juice box
  • Rice cakes
  • Cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fish
  • Bagels / Bread
  • Bran muffins
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Fresh fruit
  • Raw vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Salad greens
  • Baby carrots
  • Celery sticks
  • Bagel bits
  • Rice cakes
  • Apples
  • Crackers
  • Pretzels

Please let us know your tips for maintaining a healthy diet by emailing us at info@awardstaffing.com.