I’ve often talked to my clients about how Social Media is like a school yard.
I think there are some distinct groups represented:
Let’s look at them…
This is an easy one; there are many users, businesses, organisations and general peeps who are madly giving you value, ‘how to’ tips and information to help you do whatever you are trying to do….awesome!
Hmmm…just like the world there are people who are using the internet to take advantage of you. Be aware and always ask the extra questions to make your self more comfortable…not so great.
These are the guys at the gym that are lifting weights in the mirror! Lot of eye candy but not much substance. These are the many ’10 weirdest family photos’ type sites. Spend brief amounts of time to enjoy the view and not too much that you waste valuable working time…ok in short bursts but serious time waste otherwise!
There’s so many of them! Here’s a few of my ‘go-to’ cool kids!
Last time I talked about Tackling Resumes and some tips for getting a ‘shortlist’. This time I want to talk about preparation for interviews.
Preparation for effective interviews is crucial to an effective result. Here’s my top three tips for Interview Preparation:
Compile a list of questions to ask each applicant – this ensures that you can compare each applicant easily (Trust me, you wont remember after a few interviews in a row or if there is some time between them)
Write out the questions on a sheet of paper with room for your answers and print several copies – give a copy to each interviewer
Compare answers with the other interviewers using these sheets
Next time we’ll talk about what types of questions to ask.
Recruiting is an integral part of creating successful work teams or a successful business. In my years as a HR Manager and as a Consultant I have recruited for my own teams and on behalf of my clients.
The real delving into the minds and work ethic of applicants is during the interview but first of all there are often many resumes to wade through.
The most important first step is to ensure that you have a clear and defined position description including accountable expectations of the role.
Here’s what I do when faced with a stack (often a large stack) of resumes:
Set aside uninterrupted time to read through all the resumes this initial time – These applicants have taken time to apply for your position and as such it is appropriate to acknowledge that effort by reading them through
Make a pile of those applicants that do not meet the requirements of the role; set aside
Mark any outstanding applicants for interview – If this group is large, begin to shortlist from this group
If not enough outstanding applicants; shortlist from both groups
Decide on the amount of interviews you are prepared to do
As times have got tighter, many businesses have had to retrench staff in order to survive. Many have decided to hang on to their ‘income producing’ staff and trade off their admin or support staff and generally and middle management staff.
This produces the dilemma that admin tasks are under pressure and many internal processes are struggling.
One strategy is to re-distribute workload by utilising some of your ‘income producing’ staff to pick up some of your admin and support functions. This may be difficult when your staff have already been through a tough time as the business has be taking hits but can provide a significant pay off when you work it through.
Step outside your business for a few minutes and brainstorm but don’t think about personalities, preferences or tasks at this point.
1. Look at your current distribution of work that is coming into the business. Is there available time that could be utilised within the business? Remember any amount of time is valuable.
2. Which admin or support tasks could be undertaken by an someone who knows about the business but may not be necessarily ‘admin trained’?
Put that list aside and start another…
3. Do any of the current staff have any particular leaning towards working outside of their current job?
4. Would any staff want to help out even if not an initial choice?
Take both of your pages and look for any easy matches first.
Next work on the less obvious ones.
Don’t forget, you can contact me if you’d like me to facilitate this process specifically for you.