Why you have not been called back after your interview

Candidate waiting for a phone call

One of candidates’ biggest frustrations is when they do not get called back after an interview they are certain went incredibly well. While this might be frustrating, discouraging and make you feel like a failure, it is important to remember that there are many factors to consider.

 

Bureaucracy

Chances are, if you applied at a big company, you will wait longer. It is important to understand that there are probably many people involved in the decision process and that alone has the power to double the waiting period you would need to go through with a small business. There are documents that need to be screened by more than one department, decision makers who are on vacation, different opinions and more factors that make the process longer. When you remember this, you will develop the patience you need to wait for an answer without playing every possible worst case scenarios in your head. Easier said than done… I know. But keeping this in mind will make this stressful season easier to bear.

Wrong intuition

As much as it hurts to hear, maybe your intuition was wrong. You might have thought you were going to land the job for sure, but sometimes, what we think is not always reality. You may have just gotten the wrong impression. A way to avoid this is to give your interviewer enough time to speak and ask them useful questions that will give you an idea of what they think of you. Do not be so focused on telling them about how awesome YOU are that you do not take a time to step back and listen to what they have to say.

Another great candidate showed up

You come out of the interview certain you’ve made a great impression, you felt like everything went great, and you were probably right. However, remember you have competition! Sometimes it is not about you or your performance. It might happen that another candidate shows up after and just has something that adds a little bit more value to his application. The boss might have been asked by his cousin, to hire this candidate they need to help out. Truth is, there are many factors that could explain why they have not called you back. Take a deep breath and keep moving forward. There are many other job opportunities just waiting for you to apply.

Holidays and Week-Ends

Got interviewed right before a holiday or a week-end? Patience. This will most likely slow down the process. Most of the time, the date they set to call you back is just a rough estimate. They probably won’t call you on time and you need to be OK with it.

A useful tip: Set yourself up for success by assuming that timeline is really a guess, and then you will be delightfully surprised when they call on time.

 

If you are wondering how often and when to follow up, read this article:

How to follow up on a job application without annoying your recruiter?

Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

 

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4 things all job seekers should do on week-ends

If you are currently seeking for a job, the week-end is not the time to put your research on pause! Here are 4 things you can do to stay active:

 

  • Stay prepared

Take the time to review your documents, to upgrade your portfolio and check your emails. keep an eye on incoming job alerts and be prepared to quickly respond. Recruiting activities are most active on the week-ends and it might be tempting to simply put your search on pause until Monday but it might be a good idea to stay active when only a few other people are.

 

  • Have coffee with your professional contacts

Networking is always a good idea, especially on week-ends when most busy business owners have a little more time. During the week, give a phone call to people who might be able to find you a position and ask them if they are available for a coffee or quick lunch over the week-end. Never underestimate the power of meeting people outside of the office.

 

  • Get ready for your interview

You know what they say: If you want something, you need to act as if you already have it. On week-ends, get ready for interviews. Buy a suit if you will need one.  Get useful tips on how to prepare for an interview on Shortstints.com and practice answering some questions in front of the mirror. Stay prepared at all times.

 Related: 

How to get ready for a job interview? 6 tips to put the chances on your side

  • Look for interesting job listings

You might be tempted to simply sit back and wait for recruiters to get back to you but on week-ends, take the time to explore other listings. It might be the perfect time for you to see openings you had not paid attention to before.

 

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4 reasons why employers should involve their employees in the recruiting process

Going through the recruiting process requires the help of your team and I am not only talking of the HR department. You might not think about involving your employees in the recruiting and selection process but doing so can be very beneficial to you and especially to your company.

Here are 4 reasons why you should not hesitate to involve your team in the recruiting process

They will help you take better decisions

Employees, because they are involved in the day to day activities of the company, will be able to bring light to blurred places. Truth is, recruiting new candidates is not an easy task and you might not always know exactly what voids need to be filled. Your employees will be able to bring some clarity and identify where you need more help. Having more people involved in the interview process gives you more insight into the candidate. Numerous perspectives will also increase the chances that the new hire will be a good fit and someone who the team can work with.

It is an opportunity for future recruiters to acquire experience

Some of your current employees will be your supervisors/managers of tomorrow.  By allowing them to be involved in the recruiting process, you will give them training in interviewing techniques, candidates evaluation, and insight into how hiring decisions are made that will benefit them when they move into leadership roles.

It helps you save money

Since involving your employees in the recruiting process helps you truly identify your company’s current needs, it will decrease your chances of hiring the wrong person and save your company money! Many companies end up spending a lot of money because they did not properly select their candidates. It multiples training and integration costs and is not a good thing for the business.

They will feel more valued and integrated

By involving your team in the decision making, you will show them that their opinion matters and that you care about their general well-being as a team. When your team members feel like their voice matter, they will feel more comfortable and communicate important information with you. When employees feel integrated, it will create a sense of belonging that will increase their productivity.

 

Remember that team work makes the dream work. Do not be afraid to involve your employees when it comes to enlarging your team and making it better and stronger

Also read:

5 tips to make sure you hire the right person

 

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5 Tips recruiters can use to attract better candidates

It is difficult to avoid ever making a bad hire but what all companies are aiming for, is to minimise (if not eliminate) the chances of it happening. When you are known as being a great employer, more job seekers will approach your company.

 

Here are 5 useful tips that will improve your candidate selection process and increase your chances of landing that next great hire:

Write clear and detailed job descriptions

Writing a job description is like writing a script for a commercial. Making sure it is clear and precise will allow you to sell your position better and attract people who want to work for you. Your job description will communicate the responsibilities the candidates needs to fill, the daily tasks he/she will be taking care of, some information about the company background and more.

5 tips to write better job descriptions

Involve your employees in the hiring process

Your employees have the potential to help you considerably in the recruiting process. Because they are already inside the company, they will have a good idea of the holes that need to be filled. They can even assist with the job description writing and truly help identify the tasks the new hire will need to take care of.

Use social media

Social media is a great tool to communicate what your company is truly about. Studies have shown that companies with the most social media presence, are able to attract better candidates. Many active job seekers are scrolling through their feeds, searching for opportunities. Social media is also one of the best options to reach passive job seekers. By making sure you are present on most platforms your target candidates use, you are gaining more visibility and increasing your chances of hiring the right candidates. Do not miss out on the opportunity to use this tool.

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How recruiters can use social media to find the right candidates in 2017

Use the right websites to post your job openings

Job search websites like Shortstints.com are a great way to attract the right job seekers. These websites allow searchers to filter information by career and city, which allows them to find you more easily.

Make the application process simple

If your candidates have to fill multiple forms and provide a ridiculous number of documents to apply for your position, chances are, they will run away! Once they’re gone there is little chance they’ll ever be back or recommend you to their peers. The candidates you’re looking for are highly-skilled, which means they probably have many other employment options to consider. Keep this in mind when setting up your application process. By making it easy for them to apply, you add value to the position.

 

Want to attract the perfect candidates? Post a job today on Shortstints!

 

Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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5 tips to survive as the newbie at work

Newbie-Job Search

Being a newbie at a company can be a little stressful. Employers do not always know the best ways to integrate new temp employees. Your first days on the job will set the tone for your future inside the company so might as well make sure everything goes well.

What can YOU do to facilitate your integration as a new employee?

OBSERVE

When introduced to a new environment and new ways of doing things, it is important to take the time to observe. Each employee has their own habits and their own projects. By taking the time to truly observe, you will avoid stepping on another employee’s work and you will get a better understanding of your new work environment. As soon as you step foot in this office, take some time to study your colleagues and bosses. Is one particularly irritable? Does one get mad when someone touches their stuff? Taking the time to do so on your first days as an employee will save you tons of trouble.

BE CURIOUS

Do not be afraid to ask questions when something seems unclear. The company might have documents, videos and other things you can put your hands on that will help you learn more about how things works. Be interested in every department, not just your own so that you get a global idea of the company’s structure. This will be a great way for you to feel more comfortable and secure. Take initiative, look into why things are done the way they are, and take everything as a learning experience. If you can help in any way, do so. You might even find a mentor inside your department that will gladly teach you some stuff you did not know. Be curious and open, it will definitely pay off!

BE FLEXIBLE

As a newbie, it is important to avoid saying No. Yes, you will have more responsibilities as time goes by, so it is best to take advantages of your first days to go out to lunch with colleagues, to help with their projects, help plan out a meeting, or simply have coffee together before the day starts. This will allow you to get to know your colleagues better and to prove yourself to your superiors. Do not be so focused on what you need to do that you pass on opportunities to be more integrated in the company.

BE RESPECTFUL

Remember you are a newbie. No matter how many years of experience you may have, keep in mind that other employees were here before you. It is important to respect their opinions, even if you think things should be done differently. Be respectful of your superiors at all times. Know your limits and boundaries. Get to know the company rules and always align with them no matter what (unless something goes against the law or your morals). Treat everyone with the same level of respect; from the cleaning staff to the boss.

REMEMBER PEOPLE’S NAME

It is hard to remember everybody’s name as a new employee but make an effort so that you remember the maximum of names as possible, as quickly as possible. Repeat names as often a you can so that you can memorise them.

Also read:

5 ways employers can make their new hire feel integrated

 

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How staffing agencies find top candidates

When trying to hire top candidates for your clients, there are a few things to keep in mind. As the mediator between the company and the candidate, it is your job to make sure you represent both parties well. You have the responsibility to not only represent the your client’s culture and values but also, make sure you pick the perfect candidate for the temp position. This can be stressful as your results will directly affect your agency’s image.

What can you do to help your staffing agency hire the best candidates for your clients?

Take the time to understand what the company is looking for in a temp employee

As a hiring firm, in order to match the right candidate to the company, it is important for you to truly understand what the company is looking for in a temp employee. The job description might talk about the required skills but there are some personality traits that are important to discuss. Make sure you identify what most companies are looking for so that you can make sure your candidates will be appealing to them. Many companies might be looking for employees who are punctual or employees who have a strong respect of authority. Take the time to list all of the characteristics that are requested the most so that your pool of candidates can be as attractive as possible. This will make your staffing agency more appealing to employers and as a result, more appealing to temp job seekers.

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What do employers look for in a temporary employee?

Partner with Shortstints

Posting a temp job opening on Shortstints will increase your chances of attracting the right candidates. More and more temp job seekers are considering applying through job search websites. By posting job descriptions online, you increase your visibility so that potential temp employees can find you quicker. Plus, this is a great way of adding value to your data base.

Have a great team of interviewers

Conducting successful job interviews is key if you want your temp agency to select the right candidates for your clients. Make sure your interviewers are professionals who have been trained and know exactly what questions to ask. Choosing the wrong candidate will cost your company more money than choosing the right one ever will. A bad reputation means that candidates won’t be interested in interviewing with your company.  it will affect your agency’s image and might even cause you to loose important clients. This will affect your agency’s image and might even cause you to loose important clients.

 

Also read:

How to make the best out of temp employment agencies for your job search

 

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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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How to increase your chances of transforming a temp job into a permanent position

Landing a temp job is a great way to step foot in a field you love and acquire experience. As a temp employee, you will have many opportunities to develop your career and even transition from temp to full-time.

Once you’re working in a temporary position, how can you increase your chances of converting the opportunity to a permanent position?

ALWAYS GO THE EXTRA MILE

One of the best ways to surpass yourself is to think beyond your immediate responsibilities. It is easy for someone to do the minimum by executing exactly what has been asked to execute. However, in order for your superiors to notice you, you must bring something extra to the table.  Respect your deadlines, be sure to review your work carefully, ask for additional work whenever it is possible and always get things done. Add value to the company by being a leader and looking for opportunities to grow. Always strive for excellence and ask your superiors what else can be done.

NETWORK INTERNALLY 

Take advantage of every opportunity to network within the company. Do not stay stuck in your department but show an interest in the different branches of the company. Get to know people from other  departments, ask questions about what they do and  and build relationships across the organization. When people inside the company know you, it will be easier for them to think of you once a permanent position opens up.

ACT LIKE YOU ARE HERE TO STAY

Be highly professional in all you do. Do not act as if you are here for a season (even if you are). People at the company must be able to already see how you would fit in a permanent position. If you act the part of a part-timer/seasonal employee, it will be hard for them to take you seriously in a full-time capacity. Do not just talk about your interest in working full-time, show them how serious you are.

BE A PART OF THE COMPANY

Many employees show up at 8 to leave a 5, without ever truly being a part of the company. Make sure you do you research so that you have general knowledge about the company, its values and culture. Demonstrate your engagement and interest by taking the time to see the bigger picture. Think about ways to be more integrated: Participate in activities, eat lunch with different people, consider joining after work activities…

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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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How to get ready for a job interview? 6 tips to put the chances on your side

Job interviews can be stressful. How can you prepare yourself?

Carefully re-read the email

When recieving an acceptance email/letter, we can get carried away by excitement and miss out on certain important details. As the day of your interview approaches, take the time to re-read the email to make sure you check the time, location and any other important detail.

Verify the company’s address

Make sure you test drive the address. This will allow you to truly calculate the distance so that you avoid being late at your interview. Even though technology allows us to google the maps and distances, errors are sometimes inevitable. This is why it is important to drive or take public transportation to the interview place days before your appointment. Try doing this at the exact time you plan on leaving your house so that you have a clear idea of traffic and other factors that could slow you down.

Prepare your documents

Print out your portfolio and any other thing that could be useful to show during your interview. Once the interview starts, you won’t be able to look for documents. It is better to have everything you will need in hands.

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How to make your business portfolio stand out?

Research the organization

Researching the organization, its mission, values and culture, will help you stand out. Showing that you have a good idea of what the company is all about will increase your chances if making a good impression and being selected. Also, prepare to ask about the organization or position based on your research.

Pick an outfit

Do not wait for the last minute to decide what you will wear to your interview. Not only can this make you late, but it is better for you to do some research in order to know what the company expects in terms of outfit and presentation. If you are not sure of what to wear, going with a conservative and neutral look is a good idea. Make sure your outfit is clean and without wrinkles.

Relax

Before your interview, take the time to rest and build your confidence. Practice your body language in front of your mirror, identify any weird behaviors (hands shacking, scratching etc…) and try to correct them. Smile, sit up straight and do not put anything on their desk without permission. Respect your interviewer’s private space and do not try doing too much. Remain relaxed and natural.

Getting ready for an interview? Also read:

 

Things to do 10 minutes before a job interview

 

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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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How to make your business portfolio stand out?

A portfolio is a collection of documents and/or samples of work (pictures, videos, writing…)  that you assemble together to show your future employer that you have the experience, skills, competencies and talent needed to do the job. A portfolio is meant to give the extra push your resume did not have the power to do alone. It is what will differentiate you from other candidates. It gives you an unexpected edge in interviews and lets the interviewer get a much clearer idea of what you can bring to the company.

A portfolio is necessary, especially when applying for creative positions such as: Writersbloggers, Web designers, because it:

  • Adds value to your application
  • Provides tangible proof of your skills
  • It differentiates you from other candidates
  • It allows you to show your personality

Make sure you mention, at the beginning of the interview, that you brought your portfolio with you. Then let the interviewer let you know when he/she is ready to see it.

How can you make sure your portfolio increases your chances of getting hired?

 

Keep it organized

A portfolio needs to be focused on a certain type of work. You might have multiple passions and more than one portfolio but it is important that you make sure each portfolio presents one field of expertise or separate them in sections. This will allow your recruiter to find exactly what he needs, when he needs it without having to go through multiple other things. Use categories. When you’ve got a lot of work to show off, placing everything on one page can be overwhelming.

 

Present your own projects

Employers like to see that you can go after what you want/need. Having personal experience besides your degree has the power to strongly impress your future employer and show that you have character. Find projects in your field that will benefit you and your portfolio. Contact clients, tell people about your services, start a blog about something you are passionate about. Portfolio documents could be items like: newsletter or blog articles you have written.

 

Make sure you update your portfolio regularly

A portfolio is like a resume. The more experience you acquire, the more your portfolio will change. Make sure you portray your newest work so that your portfolio can match the current demand and trends on the market. It is ok if at first, your portfolio does not have much to show. The most important thing is to start right so you can get off the ground.

 

Be original

Present your work in an original way, with boldness and confidence. Find ways to make it attractive and different. Never underestimate the power of visuals. Make sure you present something that will be easy to remember. If you are looking for ways to impress recruiters and employers with your career portfolio, it is important to incorporate your personal brand.

 

Make your portfolio digital

As technology continues to evolve, it’s crucial for job seekers to provide a digital copy of their portfolio. Online portfolios can be created with WordPress or you can publish your portfolio as PDF file. A digital version of your portfolio will make it easier to share!

 

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When do you know you need to hire a temporary employee?

As an employer, it might not always be easy for you to know what is the best option between a hiring full-time employee or hiring a temporary employee. Depending on the type of business you are running or the stage you are in, the best option for you might vary.

 

When do you know you should hire a temp employee?

 

You are still in the startup phase

During your startup phase, it is very important for you to focus on saving money and remembering that cash is king. Hiring a full-time employee might cost you a lot of money considering basic wages, benefits and taxes. Plus, there are training and recruiting costs. Hiring a temp employee in this stage will allow you to save money. A staffing agency will be hiring the individual under their unemployment and worker’s compensation claims which could decrease your overall cost while giving you the time to really see if this temp employee is the right fit for your team. Before you decide to bring someone onto your team and make a large investment in time and resources, it is important to give them time to prove themselves.

 

The job that needs to be done does not require a full-time employee

The most successful entrepreneurs and employers are not the ones who necessarily started on a big budget, but the ones who took the time to understand how their business and money worked. Knowing your business and its different needs will allow you to make the right choices when it comes to deciding which type of employee works best for this particular role and season. Sometimes, you will realize that an employee does not need to be in the office 5 days a week from 9 to 5. Certain roles, especially when it comes to creative projects, allow you to hire temp employees who will help you complete a certain task for a limited period of time. A common mistakes employers make is failing to identify the roles that do not require a full-time employee but could be executed by a freelancer.

 

You are going through a rough financial stage

Every business goes through rough stages that forces them to change strategy and reconsider certain things. Sometimes, laying off some full-time employees might be the solution but keep in mind that downsizing can have a negative effect on your business’ image and on stock market prices. It is best to find alternatives that will help you keep your employees while still focusing on cutting operating costs. This is where temporary employment comes in handy. Hiring temp employees will allow you to cut back on costs and get back on your feet.

 

When you are unsure of the direction your business is taking

Sometimes, the vision is not clear and that is ok. The important thing is not to make any important long term decisions or investments during that period. While you are still figuring out the direction your business should take, it is bets to hire temp employees. This will give you the flexibility you need to try out different strategies until you find what works for you.

 

When you need additional help but cannot hire an employee full-time

If you need additional help for a project that is due, but don’t want to hire somebody full-time, a staffing agency would be able to find a contractor that has the skills and abilities you need! You could also consider hiring an intern to get the job done.

 

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Rise of the Temporary Employee

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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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