what to expect during a second interview

A second interview means that you must have rocked your first one! While a second interview is one step closer to your dream job, you’re not off the hook yet! Feeling confident as you roll into interview number 2 is a great feeling, but that doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared than you were the first time. Here are some tips on what to expect during a second interview so that you can give it everything you’ve got!

new faces

This could seem like a benefit or a disadvantage, depending on who you spoke with during your first round of interviews and how confident you felt when you left the room. Either way, consider it a clean slate. It is common for different team members, executives, or hiring managers, to interview you, instead of the familiar face that you saw last week. Don’t expect a new person to have received all of the information that you told the previous person during your first interview. Treat the experience like your first interview, and don’t worry about repeating yourself; they’ve never heard it! Even if they’ve been briefed on how great you are, they are making their own opinion about you, so make the most of your time!

big picture

If you were asked to come back, they probably aren’t worried about your college degrees or hard skills. Don’t recite your résumé, unless they ask for information directly related to the year you graduated or your responsibilities at your last job. Expect big picture questions about your future plans for your potential role and in-depth questions about your greatest weakness or biggest failure, as they dive in to get to know the real you. No matter how broad the line of questions may seem, always relate it back to your strengths and how you can positively impact the company. They want to relate to you and get a glimpse of who you are as a person, so be honest and transparent, and show them how you would fit into the company.

logistics

It’s time for numbers, dates, and all things logistically-speaking! Come prepared so that there isn’t a question that you’re forced to answer with “I don’t know” or “Let me get back to you on that.” Be prepared with start dates, current job logistics, desired salary, and work schedule, so that you look prepared and ready to start this new journey with the company. Being fully equipped with necessary details will make you look confident and ready for the next step, and it could set you apart from another top contender. It’s ok if you need to write some things down to remember the facts correctly. It’s better to have the information on hand than leave a question unanswered. 

be curious

Just because you asked questions at the end of your first interview, doesn’t mean that you should stay quiet this time! Asking questions of your own will show that you are still engaged. Come prepared with a list of different questions so that you seem equally as interested in and curious about the available position. Do as your potential employer is doing and get to know them on a deeper level with questions that have an in-depth scope. Ask open-ended questions such as, “What do you like most about working here?” or “What is the greatest challenge of this position?” This is your chance to continue to learn more about the company and employees to see if it’s a right fit for you. 

culture fit

Today, especially, everyone is consumed by a company’s culture and how the team thrives within that culture. Anticipate conversations surrounding how you form relationships, how you work with others, and how you might lead a team of employees. If they seem to be asking “pointless” questions about work environment, family life, or hobbies, they are probably trying to see if you’d be a good culture fit for their company. Don’t tell them what you think they want to hear as that could lead to a poor fit for the company and for you. Besides, you never know what they are looking for.

Be prepared for a deeper dive during round 2! Be ready to clear up any confusions, fill any gaps, or go into more detail about your perspective. Stay consistent, be yourself, and gear up to give it your all. Just because you have a second interview, doesn’t mean that you’ve got the job. Iron your clothes, make eye contact, and treat this interview like it’s your first.


5 tips on what to wear to a job interview

Job interviews can be exciting and stressful all at the same time. From the answers to your interview questions to the clothes that you wear, an interview is all about presenting yourself in the best possible light in order to highlight how you would be a great fit for the open job. Here are 5 tips on what to wear to a job interview so that you feel confident during the process, leaving your potential employer impressed.

Plan ahead

Don’t wait until the morning of your interview to skim your closet to realize that the shirt and pants you want to wear are dirty. Picking out your outfit the day before (or even earlier) will eliminate part of the morning’s stress and let you get in the right frame of mind. Go one step further and try on your entire interview outfit before the big day. This way you can be assured that everything fits, nothing is ripped, and that it’s ready to go when you need it. Oh, and go ahead and have a seat in your outfit to make sure that it isn’t too tight or too short for seated positions. 

Dress for the job you want

It doesn’t matter what your current job is like; dress the part for your potential position in the future! The interview culture doesn’t demand a suit and tie for every job interview, anymore. Consider the position and the company, and dress for their culture. If it’s a casual, laid-back, creative environment, a suit and tie might come off as ill-fitting. If you are applying at a bank, law firm, or accounting company, a suit might be expected. Do your research and figure out what the standard dress code would be, and remember, it’s better to be a little overdressed, than come off too casual. 

Pay attention to details

We aren’t talking about your résumé and cover letter- that should be polished already! Leave time for more than a 1-second look in the mirror. Ensure that your clothes look pressed, your hair is polished, and that you look put together from head to toe. Looks aren’t everything, but employers only get one first impression, and they will assume that the care and time you take with your appearance is telling of how you will show up at the workplace and represent their company. Don’t forget about your bag and shoes; it’s all part of your interview look!

Keep it simple

If you’re considering what color to wear to an interview or if patterns are appropriate, always lean on the side of simplicity. Don’t go overboard with accessories, makeup, jewelry, perfume, or cologne. Interviewers are more interested in you and your qualifications, rather than any extras from your apparel. These extras might even become distracting so that they remember your bracelets that were constantly jingling instead of your killer answer about company culture. Strive to be remembered for your interview answers or your skillset, instead of your strong perfume or oversized necklace. 

Be comfortable

The last thing that you want to wear to an interview is a dress that you can’t breathe in or pants that are too big. Wear something that makes you feel confident in a 1-on-1 interview or a panel review. Choose something that you’ll feel comfortable in and not a shirt that you’ll be tugging at or pants that you have to readjust. Don’t wear a bracelet that makes loud noises every time you write or shoes that are hard to walk in. Your outfit should let you move easily and not cause any distractions throughout your interview. 

Dress for success when you show up to the interview for your dream job. If you have compelling answers to interview questions and a high skillset to back it up, ensure that your presentation doesn’t hold you back from landing that next role. If you’re unsure about what to wear, ask a mentor or friend in the industry for advice so that you can feel better prepared when picking out your outfit. Dressing the part will only show that you are just as good in person as you look on paper.

10 reasons you should work with a recruiting agency

Whether you are an employer looking to fill a role or a job hunter searching for employment, working with a recruiting agency is a worthwhile partnership that is advantageous to the hiring process. Here are 10 reasons working with a staffing agency is beneficial to both employers and job searchers.

A staffing agency saves time

Finding the perfect role within an organization takes time. Between sifting through job search engines and filling out lengthy applications, finding a job can become a part-time gig! If you are in the C-suite and looking to fill a gap in your team, your schedule leaves little space for reading cover letters and interviewing candidates that aren’t the right fit for your company. You can remain focused on your quarterly goals while the recruiting agency devotes their time to matching your company with potential employees.

Utilizes connections

Recruiters have a database full of connections, which helps to streamline the process. Whether you’re looking for a qualified candidate or are hunting for your next job, your network grows exponentially when paired with a local staffing agency. It’s all about who you know and it’s a recruiter’s job to facilitate connections and start relationships.

Introduces opportunity

Not all available jobs are posted on job boards. Without utilizing a recruiting agency, you will miss out on opportunities by solely relying on websites and search engines. Some companies don’t use job search sites but choose to exclusively list with a staffing agency. Increase the opportunities in your reach by teaming up with an agency and unlocking their job list.

Opens a database

If your company needs another salesperson, parking attendant, or receptionist, you will have access to the recruiter’s database of candidates. If you’re looking for a job, it’s a plus for you, too! If you don’t find the perfect fit right away, your résumé will be kept in an organized pool so when a future position comes open that aligns with your qualifications and goals, the agency will pull your résumé to the top!

Provides advice

Permanent and temporary staffing agencies offer guidance through the process and insight into expectations, unwritten rules and trends. It’s a relief to have an expert on your side that can answer questions and clear up any uncertainties. You’re not alone and having an experienced agency in your corner ensures that your job hunt or candidate search is efficient and effective.

Allows for self-improvement

If you are looking for employment, the relationship with your recruiter can not only help with finding a job but they can prep you to be a better candidate for potential openings. Maybe you’re not the best interviewee or your résumé lacks crucial details, your recruiter can offer tips and tactics regarding interviews, résumés, cover letters, and salary negotiations and can even provide pointers regarding a potential employer and their company.

Offers feedback

Temp staffing agencies truly want to align employers and candidates to make the best possible match, satisfying everyone’s goals. A recruiter will be honest about expectations and can clearly tell you what to expect from the experience.

Shares resources

Working with a recruiter gives you access to their industry knowledge and expert opinion. Depending on the size of the staffing agency, a recruiter will have experience placing hundreds to thousands of employees in roles that organizations need to fill. Recruiting agencies are familiar with the process and if your agency focuses on a niche such as engineering or manual labor, even better! Their specialized expertise will only do you a favor!

Saves money

Saving time means saving money! Instead of employing additional individuals to handle the search for new qualified candidates, save the money for worthwhile investments that will benefit the future of the organization. Don’t waste money on advertisements and allotted hours for current staff to do pre-screening assessments and initial interviews. Let the experts get the ball rolling before you get involved!

Reserves energy

Not only are you saving time and money by working with a staffing agency but you are reserving your energy for continuing to build up the company. Focus on the organization while the recruiter places attention on finding you the candidate that best fits your culture. Let the recruiter do the work and come in at the end to review the final candidates. It can be an exhausting process; save up your energy for the final interviews.

If you are looking to fill the gap in your sales team to enhance productivity or are searching for your next job to further your career, a recruiter can help you reach your goals. Whether you are looking for a temporary or permanent placement, a staffing agency can enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the hiring process on both sides of the table.

7 ways to welcome your new employee

Making a new hire is an exciting transition for your company, which should be equally as exciting for your new employee! Everyone has a horror story from their first day or first week at a new job, and although we can probably sit back and laugh about it now, it’s crucial to make that first day as seamless as possible. Here are 7 ways to welcome your new employees so that they feel comfortable and productive from day one.

Start immediately

If there is a lengthy gap between the job offer and the start date, don’t wait until your new hire’s first day to welcome them to the team. Whether you send them materials to read over prior to starting their position, invite them to a company happy hour, or incorporate them into email communications, it’s a good feeling to be included from the start. Encourage your employees to connect with the new hire on LinkedIn or send an email congratulating the new employee on joining your company.

Create an onboarding process

Welcoming your new employee is just as important as the hiring process. Make a goal sheet, link them to any relevant documents such as policies, new employee forms, or creative strategies, and ensure that they have necessary logins and industry contacts. Implementing an onboarding process will ensure that the first days go smoothly and that hiring is consistent for every new employee that you bring to the company. A new employee orientation is a great way to welcome your new hire and integrate them into the culture and happenings of your team.

Assign a mentor

Ensure that your new hire has a buddy throughout their first day (or even first week)! There is nothing worse than feeling like an outsider at your new job, so it’s crucial to plan for someone to be with the new employee at the beginning so that they are comfortable and feel welcomed. Have a mentor or manager take them out to lunch one day or check in on them throughout the week. It will also allow for the start of a relationship that will continue to grow after the welcoming committee has died down.

Prepare your team

The last thing you want is for your new hire to walk in the door to a group of surprised faces. Inform your company of the new hire, let them know a little personal background information, and talk about what they’ll be doing for the company. Put their first day on the calendar so that everyone knows who the new face is walking around the office. If you want your new hire to shadow a veteran employee or assist a creative with a project, make sure that it’s not shocking when the employee shows up at their desk ready to go.

Give a gift

We aren’t suggesting that you spend your Q2 earnings on an elaborate present that will wow your new hire. Think of something simple that connects with your company culture, business industry, or history of the company. Whether it’s a branded coffee mug, a gift card to the restaurant across the street, or a book of fun facts so they can brush up on their knowledge for Trivia Fridays, make it personal and make it align with your company. It’s the thought that counts; coming to their first day with a little something on their desk will make your new employee feel appreciated and welcomed.

Create a task list

We’ve all been at new jobs where we sit around the first couple of days with nothing to do. Ensure that your new employee has a full calendar whether it’s shadowing a colleague, sitting in on meetings, jumping into a project, or going to lunch with the team. Make a list of items to complete each day and show them their calendar for the first week. Include tasks that are not mandatory but that can fill up voids in their schedule. This also sets the expectation of coming to work to be productive and not sit around on your phone.

Ask for feedback

If your welcoming or onboarding strategy needs development, reach out to your current employees and ask about their first days at your company or previous workplaces. Ask open-ended questions to gather feelings and opinions about how the company can improve the process for new hires. An insider perspective can help you create a new hire welcoming strategy that will ensure that all employees moving forward feel welcomed and excited on their first day.

Depending on the industry and culture of your business, your onboarding strategy and welcoming process can vary. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to making a new hire feel comfortable; just make sure that you check off all of the boxes and that the first days align with the months going forward.