The Watercooler is PrideStaff’s blog covering trends and tips for successfully managing issues in the workplace, such as: retention, employee engagement, and interviewing.

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There’s seldom a lack of competition for most job openings. Recruiters may easily receive hundreds of resumes a day, so capturing their attention should be your utmost priority. An effective way to do that is by customizing your resume to the position you’re applying for. Customization will be an important differentiator for a few key… Read more »

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When you think of questioning during interview, you probably think of a recruiter asking you questions. But it’s actually a two-way street, and you’ll want to ask a few key questions as well. Doing so proves you have a genuine interest and you’ve given the interview plenty of thought. It will also clarify anything that… Read more »

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There are a lot of different factors that determine the likelihood of making a good hire who’s a solid fit for your company. Conventional questions will help you gauge a candidate’s skills and experience, but don’t necessarily provide insight into their personality, style and work ethic. Asking behavioral questions during an interview is an effective… Read more »

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Once a position has been filled, it’s important to properly notify other applicants and let them know they are no longer under consideration. When rejecting candidates, do it in a way that leaves them with the best impression of your company possible. Here are some tips for turning down job applicants the right way.  … Read more »

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The concept of conventional team meetings has lost some momentum in recent years, which is largely due to advances in technology. More companies are now turning to email, instant messaging and similar tools. However, there’s a lot of good that can still come from this form of communication. Here are some specific benefits that prove… Read more »

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You’ve just left a job interview and in your mind, it went very well. However, some time has passed and you haven’t heard back. There are a few ways to follow up that can help you get the job. Here’s how to go about it the right way. Time it Right  One of the most… Read more »

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There’s a lot that goes into a successful job interview. But it doesn’t end after you leave the recruiter’s office. Here’s why you need to write thank-you notes and what you should include in them.   Some Telling Statistics  Some job candidates may question whether or not a thank-you note is really necessary. After all,… Read more »

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Employee retention is an important part of a well-run business. You simply can’t afford to let your top talent walk out the door. But when should you increase your employees’ salary so they stay put rather than look for positions elsewhere? Here’s some advice as well as tips on effectively negotiating salary with your top… Read more »

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Reference checks are generally the last step before you extend a formal offer to a candidate. Learn why you can’t afford not to take these seriously and which specific questions you should be asking references.   Gaining Objective Insights  Your goal is to learn as much as you can about a potential job candidate. You… Read more »

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Employee turnover can be incredibly frustrating and costly for employers. You spend a lot of time and money training and onboarding employees just to see them walk out the door. What steps can you take to lower your employee turnover rate? Here are a few suggestions.   Improve the Interview Process You could make the… Read more »