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4 Signs a Candidate is the Right Fit for You

June 11th, 2013

In today’s world, hiring is a lot more complicated than asking a few questions and making a hiring decision. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Harrisonburg – and Central Virginia, Adams & Garth knows you have to make every effort to uncover the “true” candidate…because chances are, the one sitting in front of you is holding some things back.

So how do you do that?

For starters, go beyond skill sets and be on the lookout for these 4 signs that a candidate is a good fit for you:

1. They’re enthusiastic.

When a candidate comes to you with all the right skills and experience, it can be tempting to overlook their lack of enthusiasm for the job. However, if you truly want to hire someone who’s the right fit, then enthusiasm and eagerness should be on your list of traits to be on the lookout for. Not only should they show enthusiasm for the job and your company, but for the industry as a whole.

Also, when you’re interviewing them, ask about outside hobbies. Having passions outside of work is a also a good indicator of someone who’s enthusiastic and eager to learn.

2. They’re flexible.

Regardless of the industry you work in, flexibility is critical for success in today’s rapidly changing work environment. And if a candidate showcases a rigid side, then be careful; they may not be able to adapt to changing forces as quickly as you need them to.

To evaluate a candidate’s flexibility, ask for examples of how a candidate had to change gears in the past and what they learned from it.

3. They can talk about weaknesses.

A candidate who has a canned answer about weaknesses or can’t come up with an answer at all is actually telling you more than they care to: namely, that they don’t want you to know their weaknesses. But when a candidate is able to offer you a specific example of a weakness, failure, or mistake and what they learned from it, it speaks volumes to the fact that they’re honest, self aware and able to learn from mistakes.

4. They’re inquisitive.

If a candidate doesn’t ask you any questions about the job or your company, or their questions are vague and boilerplate, then it could be a sign that they don’t care much about the job you’re offering. Instead, look for the candidate who asks smart, insightful questions about the position, expectations, responsibilities, and your company culture.

Want Expert Help Finding Your Next Great Hire?

If you do, let Adams & Garth know. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Harrisonburg – and Central Virginia, we’ll work with you to learn about your company, your culture, and your key staffing pains. We’ll then get to work sourcing, screening and interviewing candidates so we can find one that’s a great fit for you. Contact us today to learn more.

 

The #1 Law You Need to Know if You Employ a Reservist or National Guard Member

July 10th, 2012

Independence Day has just passed us by – and with it comes a renewed sense of patriotism. But, as one of Harrisonburg’s leading staffing agencies, Adams & Garth knows that many returning reservists and National Guard members aren’t feeling the love as they come home to discover their jobs are gone.

As a result, instances of lawsuits filed by returning veterans have been on the rise dramatically in recent years. This is due not only to the high number of reservists and guard members coming home, but also to employers who jut aren’t informed about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, also known as USERRA.

So what is USERRA – and what do you need to know about it? Here are some highlights from the U.S. Department of Labor:

  • What is it? USERRA is a federal law that provides employment rights to returning veterans and other uniformed services members.
  • Who is covered? USERRA applies to those who perform duty, voluntarily or involuntarily, in the “uniformed services,” which include the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Public Health Service commissioned corps, as well as the reserve components of each of these services.
  • What does uniformed service include? Active duty, active duty for training, inactive duty training (such as drills), initial active duty training, and funeral honors duty, as well as the period for which a person is absent from a position of employment for the purpose of an examination to determine fitness to perform any such duty.
  • Who must comply? USERRA applies to virtually all U.S. employers, regardless of size.
  • What are the employee’s rights? USERRA states that returning service members are to be reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service – with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) must be be made to enable returning members to qualify for reemployment.

To learn more about USERRA, visit the Department of Labor’s website.

Need to Fill a Gap While a Worker is Deployed?

You’ve come to the right place. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Harrisonburg – and throughout Central Virginia, Adams & Garth can provide you with an extensive network of qualified temporary talent to fill skills gaps where and when you need to. Contact Adams & Garth today to learn more.