Preparing for a Telephone Interview
By: Deborah Sutton
In a recent poll of Fortune 500 employers, 95% said that they always conduct a telephone screening interview prior to inviting the candidate to meet face to face. When asked the purpose of such a phone interview, they pretty much unanimously responded: to screen out less qualified candidates and to ascertain (as well as possible) if the candidate may be a good fit for the position.
Based on the information learned from this poll, it seems that the Telephone Interview is a VERY important part of the Job Search Strategy. Knowing how to prepare for and maneuver a successful phone interview is extremely important tool for today’s Job Hunter. Here are some very practical yet useful steps you can take to prepare for this monumental step in the job hunting process.
Finally, end the conversation by thanking the caller and letting them know it was a pleasure to speak to them and that you are extremely interested in pursuing the position. Get their email address if you don’t already have it and follow up with a professional email again reiterating your interest in the company and the position and giving them a key point in the phone interview that reinforces you are a stellar candidate.
Follow these steps and the chances of a face to face interview will be noticeably improved!!
As always – Best of luck on your job search!!
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Weeding out Troubled Employees
By: Deb Sutton, CEO HR Pros, LLC
Weeding out troubled employees is a topic of great concern in our current workplace. Psychopaths, sociopaths and even narcissists can be troublesome and downright toxic to the workplace and are more common than some might think.
No matter how carefully an employer vets their employees, it is possible to have Psychopaths, sociopaths and narcissists slip through the cracks. Once on the job and exhibiting these troubling behaviors, these employees must be treated like any other employee, says most industrial psychologists as well as legal counsel.
Important areas to note would be: to document unusual behavior and keep as part of the performance review system. A clear picture of the alleged behavior must be documented. This would include areas such as dysfunctional work habits, poor job performance, abusive and disrespectful behavior. It is suggested that company disciplinarians never use the terms psychopath, sociopath or narcissist because these individuals are smart and master manipulators and often use the law to their advantage as a weapon.
Even companies that use the most current and sophisticated methods to vet employees such as background checks, reference checks and drug tests, it is still possible to beat the system. Small companies that do not utilize these practices could be setting themselves up for trouble in the future. Need assistance with hiring, vetting, background testing, drug testing, EAP programs or the like? Contact HR Pros, LLC we can assist you by recommending a vendor based on your needs, offering training programs for your supervisors or a myriad of other HR services to create more effective and efficient HR systems.
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