How to be a Good Candidate: Answering "Why Are You Looking for a Job?"

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All interviewers have common questions they ask. It’s a good idea, as a job candidate, to become familiar with some of the most frequently asked questions.

“Why are you looking for a job?” is among the questions interviewers most often ask.

How can you answer it well to be a good candidate?

First, don’t just blurt the actual answer, whether it’s a desire for more money or you’re anxious about being downsized.

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Three Great Questions to Ask Your Next Interviewee

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Interviewing candidates for an open position in your organization can be a daunting task. After all, it is difficult to truly get to know someone - and assess whether or not they would be a good fit in your company - in one brief face-to-face meeting.

In order to conduct an effective interview, you need to get beyond the surface-level questions about basic job history and credentials and focus on the applicant's personality, character, and motivations. Here are three creative questions to ask your next candidate that will give you an edge in identifying new talent for your team.

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Some Job Descriptions Will Lose You Qualified Candidates

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It is sometimes helpful when writing a job posting to know what not to write. There are some job descriptions that fail to define your needs, scare away good candidates, and generally put your company in a bad light. Here are a few things to avoid if you want to get highly qualified candidates:

1. Skipping Key Information

A job description should include a salary range, a list of the main duties and roles involved, the location that the work will be done in, and the job objective. Job seekers are wary of companies that fail to provide this information because it leaves them open to nasty surprises. They also would prefer succinct and concrete descriptions the duties and roles. Vague and general statements hide what the job will entail just as easily as omitting the information all together.

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How to Make the Relationship With Your Staffing Agency Work

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As a business, you're always trying to save money. Engaging in a relationship with a staffing firm will help you with this. After all, you won't pay for a HR professional you don't need working for you full-time. However, this is only good news if you know how to make the relationship with your staffing agency work.

Look for Insider Expertise

You'll get the greatest benefit from working with a staffing firm that specializes in your business' niche. Typically, such an agency's recruiters once worked in positions similar to what they're recruiting for. This "inside knowledge" helps ensure well-matched employees at a quicker, more accurate rate.

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3 Onboarding Techniques That Contribute to Team Building

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When building a productive and cohesive team of employees, successfully adding a new employee to the equation can potentially decrease turnover rates and strengthen coworker relationships. When a new hire is welcomed and shown appreciation from day one and existing employees are relied on as an integral part of the onboarding process, it is beneficial to the workplace atmosphere.

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Why It's Important to Promote from Within Your Organization

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As a Human Resources worker, your job is keep the company filled with knowledgeable, good workers who help your company keep progressing and fulfilling its goals. However, whenever someone leaves your company, they open up a vacancy that must be filled in order to keep operating at peak efficiency.

But an important question usually pops up at that point: Do you hire out and bring in new talent, or do you promote from within the company? After all, new talent can bring new ideas to the table, but promoting from within is often a good idea. Here are a few reasons why promoting from within your organization is important:

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Team Building: 3 Tips for Success

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One of the most important parts of running a business is having a staff full of competent and positive employees. Happy, productive employees excel at their jobs and help the business succeed. A critical step in having a well-oiled team is incorporating team building into the company culture. Team building is a great way to inspire your employees, and reward them for their loyalty to your company. The following are 3 excellent tips for your next team building exercise. 

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How to be a Good Candidate: Impressions Count!

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You have been hoping for this opportunity. A call came to come for an interview. This means they have looked over your resume or application, and felt you looked like a promising candidate for the job. You want to be memorable, but only in a way that you will be thought of as the best person for the job. There is only one chance to make a first impression.

First, let's go over the basics on how to be a good candidate for the job.

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Interviewing For Cultural Fit

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The staffing agency lines up plausible candidates for you, but only you can make the final determination about hiring the right person. That is at least partly because you know your company's culture. Companies differ in their management styles, expected hours, and general atmosphere, and what fits one person may not fit another. You don't want to waste time on a person who looked good on paper and interviewed well, but sticks out like a broken wheel.

Here are a few questions that will determine if a prospective employee will work well for your company.

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