All the hard work and preparation has been put in, and now it’s your time to shine. It’s important for the candidate to understand that an interview is a two-way street. It is a lot like the dating process. You want to make sure the opportunity is a good fit for both parties, and that there is long term potential. Presenting yourself in a trustworthy manner is very important in establishing relationship credibility.
Coming prepared for your interview is very important. It is recommended that a candidate bring along their resume, a print out of their credentials, and bring out a writing utensil and paper. This will show to the interviewer that you are prepared, and you value the insight you’ll learn during the interview. If you do not prepare to ask questions, the candidate will run the risk of the interviewer assuming the candidate is not interested or unprepared.
An Interview at Barracuda Staffing
Typically an interview with Barracuda Staffing is more a meet and greet with your recruiter. It is important that you let the recruiter know what you are looking for. You want to equip your recruiter with key selling points that they can utilize in marketing you towards the open position. If you are not sure what questions to ask in your formal interview, you can always consult with your recruiter for guidance. Your recruiter understands the critical details of the position that go beyond the job description. It is also the responsibility of the candidate to do their homework prior to going in for the formal interview with the client.
Goal: Two Questions (or more)
When you go in for your formal interview with the client, it is recommended that you have a minimum of two questions prepared. Here are some general ideas that will help you get a sense of direction. Keep in mind that the best questions to ask are focused, precise yet open ended. Here are a few examples.
- What are the key qualities some one must possess to excel in this role?
- What are the day to day responsibilities, and tasks of this position?
- What are your expectations for this role during the initial 30 days, 60 days, the first year?
- How would you describe the company culture of this organization?
- What direction do you see this company headed in the next 5 years?
- What are the biggest challenges, and opportunities facing this company and his department?
- What do you like most about working for this company?
- What is the next step in the interview process?
Generally, most candidates will ask about the salary and benefits of the position that they are interviewing for in the formal interview. Make sure that you ask your recruiter first so they can set the expectations prior to the interview.
Written by: Josiah Freesemann
The holidays are a wonderful time of the year. A sense of community really tends to come out in full force around November and December. Everyone comes together whether it’s to provide food for families, gifts to children, or necessary winter clothing. However, what happens in the other 10 months during the year? It is a very easy trap to fall into. A majority of people probably spend more hours in November and December volunteering than in all other months combined.
Serving others shouldn’t end when the holiday season does.
Now that the holiday season is over, people will go back to their lives and focus on their New Year’s resolutions. But the thing is, the needs in our community that were present during the holidays don’t go away. Neither do organization’s needs for volunteers. Sometimes it is hard to know how to continue to help organizations throughout the year because the opportunities seem to be less broadcasted after the holidays. The opportunities are truly endless as Tulsa has close to 4,000 non-profit organizations.
How to Volunteer All Year
Find a Passion
Find a cause you are truly passionate about. You are so much more likely to stick with something you have a connection to or a passion for. When brainstorming about a cause, start broad. For example: kids, cancer research, animals, families, elderly, homeless, addiction or so many more. Then you can narrow it down from there.
Do Your Research
Do your research on local organizations and nonprofits that provide services for the area of interest you identified. See which organization you see yourself getting excited about or emotional about.
Talk with the organizations you’re interested in. What do the volunteer opportunities look like? What is the time commitment? What other ways do they have to help besides volunteerism?
Once you click with an opportunity, make a commitment to them and to yourself that you will remain consistent. It is the work of consistency that can make a lasting impact.
Get your family, friends and/or co-workers involved too. It can make volunteer work more fun and more rewarding.
At Barracuda we believe in giving back to our community and we try our best to serve all year round. We have team members heavily involved in organizations such as Soldier’s Wish, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Family and Children’s Services, Youth Services of Tulsa and more. Our team members are encouraged to help serve within our community as they choose. We are given paid time off during the year specifically for volunteering. This year, one of Barracuda’s proudest contributions was granting a wish for a soldier and his family by hosting the Soldier’s Wish Golf Tournament. Our team members and our organization continue to serve causes in a variety of ways and we hope to continue to serve the Tulsa community even more in 2019. I hope you are able to help a cause you are truly passionate about this year as well.
Written by: Brittany Currier
The results are in! We are officially one of the highest rated companies on Google in the Tulsa area. What makes us so great? It’s our Four Dimensional Matching!
The first dimension we consider when looking to match a candidate to an open job is the company’s needs. This is what makes the job open in the first place and is the starting point of any candidate search.
Unfortunately, a lot of staffing agencies stop here. The find the first candidate that can fill their clients existing opening. Not everyone stops here though, a small percentage make it to…
The second perspective we take into consideration is what the candidates themselves are looking for. The way we see it is that Jane Smith may have all the qualifications that Company A is looking for, but if the pay and/or hours aren’t what Jane needs, it’s not a good fit for her. The key is to find a candidate that wants what the company is offering.
More bad news, every other company stops here. Where else is there to go? We’ve matched a candidate and company, fulfilling everyone’s needs. Thankfully, our recruiting team at Barracuda Staffing doesn’t stop there.
Company’s Long Term Goals
Our goal is not to fill job orders. Our goal is to help companies grow and improve their businesses. We like to ask our clients about what they are working towards. Where do they see a future need? What are the future opportunities for person in X position? What are the company wide goals for the next five years? Etc. Knowing this information allows us to find a strong candidate that not only fits an immediate need, but that can spur growth in the company.
Candidate’s Long Term Goals
We define success as placing our candidates in a job that not only fulfills their needs for right now, but gives them a career in a company for years. This last step is crucial in ensuring that we’ve done everything we can for our client’s and candidates.
Our recruiters take the extra time to get to know our applicants and to discover where they want to be in a few years, what their career goals are. We want to give careers, not jobs. The only way this is possible is by fulfilling both immediate needs and goals.
4 Dimensional Matching
Our approach works. Check out our Google reviews to see for yourself. No other agency takes the steps and time we do, no other agency has Four Dimensional Matching.
If you are ready to lower your turnover and build your team with passionate employees, give us a call at (918) 488-0887!
Written by: Summer Putman Rollison
The Power of Positivity
The most powerful force in the human psyche is how we describe ourselves to ourselves in my opinion. I fully believe that the words that follow, “I am…” follow you throughout the day. For instance if you wake up and think, “I am awesome!” it sets the bar for you to be just that. Awesome. I personally tell myself everyday that I am a winner (I am just a tad bit competitive) and I am in fact a winner in everything I do.
The Law of Attraction
It goes hand in hand with the concept of the Law of Attraction. If you have never read The Secret, I strongly advise you to. It is amazing how positive thoughts can reflect in your life. The same goes for negative thoughts and how they can weigh you down. Our thoughts have a significant influence on our external realities. This can be a game changer when looking for a new job. I suggest imagining yourself where you want to be, and train your thoughts to make it happen. Everyday you should reflect on positive traits you possess that can put you ahead. Invest in yourself by bringing those traits to light and focusing on them.
How to Hone in on a Positive Mentality
People who meditate daily tend to display more positive emotions than those who do not. Meditation can increase mindfulness, purpose in life, social support, and can decrease symptoms of illness.
Writing is a great way to get thoughts down where you can look at them and train your brain into committing to them. It allows you to clarify your thoughts and feelings, thereby you gain valuable self-knowledge.
Listening to upbeat music that increases your heart rate and puts you in a good mood does wonders. Listening to songs with positive affirmations in the lyrics resonates in the soul. I know sports teams often have anthems they play to get them fully charged for a win. Pick a song that you can relate to and makes you feel invincible.
Positive Thinking as a Tool
The power of positive thinking is vital for success. It goes hand in hand with work ethic and persistence. A positive attitude is a major tool in the workforce and you can definitely train yourself to have one if you do not possess a natural positive attitude. A person with a positive mentality anticipates happiness, health, and success. Believe that you can overcome any obstacle or difficulty and you have the first tool needed to overcome instantly… a positive attitude.
Written by: Nicole Fergerson
When the community is your main source of business, it becomes even more important than before to get involved in the community. While all companies should have a vested interest in the community, we take it personally to show how much we care.
Here at Barracuda Staffing we are extremely involved in the community. It is a very important aspect of any small business to make themselves known around the community. It is also very important that when people think of any business, the first thought that comes to mind is a positive one. We have so many great team members that go above and beyond for our community in different organizations. We go out and make everyone that we encounter feel invited and welcomed to come in to the office so we can set them up for success.
Some of the bigger things that we have done so far this year are The Soldiers Wish Golf Tournament, The Tulsa Christmas Parade and many other smaller events. Around the holidays is one of the most important times of the year for our community, and we here at Barracuda really strive to show how special everyone is during this time of year. It fills us with joy to see our community flourish.
Why it’s Important
Without our contractors we wouldn’t be able to do any of the community events we do, and it feels great to show people how much they mean to this type of business. Just letting the community know that they have a place and they are needed and valued is such a special feeling. To be a part of a company that encourages that makes it even more meaningful. We have a very special place in our hearts for the community that we live in, so we strive to make it great. We want our community to flourish along with all of the wonderful people we share it with.
We are all always looking for more ways to improve this company and the community. After all, this is where we live and raise our children. We want to make it the best it can possibly be for the future generations to come. There are so many positive outcomes from helping hands.
Written by: Ashley Medellin Diaz