Things to Avoid During an Interview

You’ve turned in our application, you’ve confirmed your interview, and now it’s time for the next crucial step in the hiring process, the interview. Your interview could be the make it or break it point in landing that job you really want, so it is important to come prepared.

All Star Labor & Staffing does hundreds of interviews each week so we know what it takes to showcase your best self. Representing your best self while interviewing reassures us that you will be a great candidate for any job we place you at, so it’s best to avoid these common mistakes.

Arriving late

If you’re unable to be punctual when it’s time to represent your best self, our interviewers will have their doubts about you being a reliable worker. A good rule of thumb is show up five to fifteen minutes early. To ensure this, research how long it will take you to get there and have reliable transportation. If something does happen and you’re running behind, always call to us.

Using your cell phone

Although tempting, avoid using your phone during an interview and keep it on silent. Answering calls or texts during an interview can cause you to loose favor very quickly as this can appear that you do not take the interview seriously or you do not respect the interviewer or their time. It is also professional to remain off your phone while in the waiting area so you’re prepared for when it is time to interview.

Dressing inappropriately

Pay attention to how you appear before going into an interview. Are your clothes too tight, too loose, too dirty, inappropriate logos or brands? How you dress now shows how you will appear to future employers and customers. It is always best to dress more professional than less.

Lying

This should go without saying, but just don’t do it. Lying about your past employment, abilities, education, drug screen, criminal background can most likely forfeit you from a position. Honesty is always the best policy with us.

Talking wages at the beginning of interview

Candidates should not bring up the topic of salary as this can appear you are only interested in the job perks. Coming out immediately with wage requirements may also eliminate you from certain positions that may have room for much growth. Instead, wait for the interviewer to bring up wages.

Talking negatively about previous employers

Maybe you had a bad experience at a previous job, but badmouthing them will only make you look bad. An interviewer will automatically think this is how you would speak about us if hired. Stick to just your past job duties, experience and skills you learned while employed there. Also, if you are asked about weaknesses, hold yourself accountable instead of blaming others in past experiences.

Having poor body language

Communication goes way beyond words. An interviewer is noticing everything that you are doing, so shake off those nerves give a firm handshake, have good eye contact and try not to fidget excessively.

Being rude or using inappropriate language

It doesn’t matter if you’re having a bad day, you need to come into an interview with a positive attitude. Be courteous to everyone you encounter as you don’t know who has a say in the hiring process. Please always keep language professional even while in the waiting area as well.

By avoiding these mistakes you will appear professional, and a trustworthy person that is ready to work. So if you’re ready to take that next step in your employment search, fill out All Star Labor & Staffing’s application online today at www.AllStarLabor.com then call to schedule your interview.

 

How All Star Labor & Staffing Works

During my time as an Account Manager with All Star Labor & Staffing, I would often get asked the question of, “How does this work?” I would always enjoy letting them know all the benefits that we can offer. This made me realize how many people are still unfamiliar with what we do, which is completely normal unless you’ve ever worked with an agency before. So I wanted to share exactly how we work so everyone can have a better understanding.

How we find jobs

We partner with businesses around that area that have staffing needs that they are not able to always fill. Many have their own employees already, but are in need of additional employees and may not have the time or resources to actively recruit full time. These positions can be a wide variety from short term, full time, and temp to hire positions. We work around the client’s needs, they give us their requirements and we get to work.

How we fill positions

Once a client’s request has been made, the recruiting process takes place, we call this “filling the order.” This is done typically in three steps:

The first step is finding qualified candidates whether they’re already registered in our system or posting advertisements to attract the right candidates. Our recruiters will go through hundreds of resumes and applications looking at past experience, education, and skills to see if they’re a good match.

The second step is interviewing and screening. We sit down with every single employee to actually interact with them to see if they will be a good fit for the company’s culture. We administer any required testing if we feel they would be a good addition. Once they have passed all of the client’s requirements such as employment reference checks, background checks, drug screens, testing skills proficiency, and behavioral assessment, we submit their information to the client to review.

The final step is hiring. If you are one of the lucky candidates that are selected you will now be working with that company but still an All Star employee (unless this is a direct hire position.) The duration of your employment is determined by the client.

What type of jobs we offer

We partner with a wide variety of businesses and industries in our areas, so we can offer a multitude of job opportunities. These are the three employment options we offer:

Temporary.

These are short term assignments where a client may just need help on a single project or event. These types of jobs can go anywhere from a half day to a couple months depending on the needs of the client. This is a great option for employees looking for variety or have a busy schedule, they can fit these jobs in when they’re available.

 

Temp-to-hire.

These positions are for growing businesses that are looking for a full time, permanent candidate. This allows the company to see how well you preform and if you’re the right fit for the culture before hiring you on permanently. Once you have accrued the required amount of hours, you would then be eligible for permanent hire.

 

Direct hire.

We work in partnership with our clients to find the top qualified candidates for their position by recruiting, interviewing and screening. Once selected, candidates are hired on directly with the client.

 

All Star Labor & Staffing is here to help you find that new career or just help you earn some extra income. We listen to your needs and pair you with the right jobs with the right companies. Complete our application today and let us help get you to work!