Dress to Impress
Interview Rule #1: Many say ‘dress for the job you want’, but also you should ‘dress for the company’. Best tip: Inquire with your staffing manager on the company’s dress code. Always remember: An interview is one of the most important first impressions you will make!
- A business suit in solid colors, preferably black, grey, or navy blue
- Long-sleeved shirt; color coordinated with your suit
- Dark socks with leather shoes; again, coordinated with your suit
- Leather belt
- Neat, trimmed hairstyle
- Business pantsuit in solid colors, preferably black, grey, or navy blue
- If interviewing in warmer weather, some women may opt for wearing a business suit with a skirt, as opposed to pants. If choosing the skirt route, ensure the skirt is at least knee-length
- A blouse that coordinates with a business suit
- Subtle/conservative footwear; some women prefer to throw on some heels for this important occasion
- For jewelry – less is better
- Light on the makeup and perfume
- Neat hairstyle
- Briefcase or office-appropriate bag
- Khaki pants or black slacks
- Cotton long-sleeved, preferably with buttons or short-sleeved polo shirt
- Sweaters are okay, too
- Leather shoes
- Tie optional
- Khaki-colored pants or black slacks
- Dress skirts (still at knee length or longer here!)
- Sweaters or blouses
- Heels, flats or other conservative-style shoes
- Wash and iron your clothes
- Avoid loud colors
- Take out piercings (an earring on each ear is okay)
- Cover up any visible tattoos
- Women – keep it light and casual on the makeup
- Men – show up cleanly shaven
What Not to Wear – Men & Women
- Ripped clothing
- Sneakers or flip-flop sandals
- Short skirts
- Low-cut shirts
- Any piece of clothing that reveals too much skin
- Clothing that reveals tattoos/body piercings
- Low-rise or tight pants
- Clothing that reveals undergarments
Did You Know?
Some say blue clothing radiates confidence and trust – Need extra confidence on interview day? Cue the blue!
Interview Preparation Tips
Recruiters and hiring managers expect a candidate to know a good amount about their company and their industry when the candidate comes in for the interview. If a candidate asks basic questions about a company in an interview, it shows lack of preparation.
It can also present the perception that a candidate does not have a high level of interest in working at that company. The information candidates garner in pre-interview research will help candidates come up with smart questions that not only impress the hiring manager but will also aid the candidate in deciding if this is the right place for his/her next job.
There are many useful online research tools available: the company website, press releases, earnings reports, LinkedIn, Google News, company prospectuses and employer review sites such as Glassdoor and Google. Simply typing a company name in Google can lead to lots of valuable information about a company.
So what specifically should you identify about a company before you interview?
• What are their products, services, and industry?
• Who do they sell to or provide services to?
• Who do they compete with?
• Where are their facilities and offices located?
• Who owns the company?
• Are they private or public?
• If public, how are their earnings?
• What are the challenges they and companies in their industry are facing?
• How many employees work there?
• How do their employees describe the company?
• What benefits do they offer? (if published on the website)
• How do current employees in the role you are applying to describe their position on LinkedIn?
• How do hiring managers at the company review their employees? This could give you some indication as to the attributes hiring managers like to see in their employees.
The job seeker should make sure they are familiar with every aspect of a company’s website. The more company research a candidate does, the more they will be perceived as intelligent, interested and on-the-ball by the hiring company. Benjamin Franklin famously said, “the investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Those words could not be more applicable when describing the importance of preparing for an interview!
A Simple and Effective Hiring Tool
By Mike Moore, President & COO
During my nearly 40-year staffing industry career, I have seen many changes in the ways companies hire.
In the 1980s candidates were asked to mail or deliver their resumes or stop by the “personnel office” and complete an application. The process picked up speed when the fax machine gained popularity in the late 1980s and even more so with the widespread usage of email in the late 1990s.
With our current labor market, it is critical that hiring companies look for new ways to shorten the cycle time and improve the candidate hiring process. At Moore Staffing, we often see companies take too long to meet face-to-face with candidates, only to lose out on top talent because the candidate accepted an offer from another firm. One simple step we encourage our clients to take is to schedule an initial 20-30 minute phone interview with candidates.
Here are some of the benefits of conducting phone interviews:
• Phone interviews can be scheduled much more quickly than in-person interviews – the sooner you engage a good candidate, the better.
• By making the initial contact by phone, it widens the candidate pool to include out of area superstars who are open to relocation.
• For those candidates who you speak to despite being short on experience, but who appear on paper to be bright and ambitious with strong potential upside, a phone interview is a great tool for assessing whether this candidate may be worth meeting.
• The hiring process is maximized because unqualified candidates are eliminated before wasting the valuable time of human resources, hiring managers and anyone else on the hiring team.
• Verbal communication skills can be assessed during the phone screen.
• Through conversation, candidate and company mismatches can be eliminated and instances of “I wish we knew this before this interview was scheduled” can be avoided. It’s an ideal way to pick up on potential red flags and identify a candidate’s true level of compatibility and interest.
• Candidates are taught never to bring up salary in the first interview, but the green elephant in the room needs to be paid attention to early in the process. If your salary range is 50-60k and the candidate is seeking 70-80k, an early conversation might save both of you time and effort.
• If the pieces appear to be falling into place, initial interviewers can talk about what a great leader the hiring manager is, how the company promotes from within, low turnover, great benefits, etc…and anything else that sells the organization to candidates and encourages them to go forward in the interview process.
• For each candidate moving forward to the in-person interview stage, now equipped with preliminary information, you can prepare specific interview questions that will help peel the onion back on their qualifications for this job, their interest, and overall fit.
By using the phone screen interview you will significantly improve your chances of meeting only qualified, top talent, and save the time, resource allocation and costs associated with a prolonged hiring process!
The team at Moore Staffing Services prides itself on working hard to get the job done! Our core values of Expertise, Sincerity, Compassion, and Community drive us toward the mutual goals of finding every client the best possible candidate to fill their open position, and every candidate the opportunity they want and deserve. To learn more about partnering with us, contact email@example.com or call (978) 682-4994.
October 25, 2019 – Moore Staffing Services of Methuen was awarded “Company of the Year” by American Training, Inc.
At their annual Life Matters Awards Gala, the Andover, MA based non-profit, which provides housing, education, training & support services to people with disabilities, youth at risk & adult learners who are looking for a pathway towards a more meaningful life, recognized Mike Moore and his team for their 20 plus years as supporters of the organization.
Over the years Moore Staffing has provided job placement services to LARE Institute graduates including additional individualized training and workshops. As a proud partner of American Training, Moore Staffing has also supported their mission through fundraising events, donation of athletic event tickets, and providing equipment and furniture to enhance classroom space.
“It was a humbling experience to be awarded for our support of this great organization,” said Mike Moore, President and COO. “Our shared values of giving back and supporting the Community are why this partnership has grown over the years and will continue to do so. We look forward to many more years of being part of American Training’s mission and helping them to ensure that every life does, indeed, matter.”
It is no secret businesses are experiencing trying times due to the current state of the world. Small businesses, in particular, will face particularly challenging obstacles. As a supporter of small business and one ourselves, Moore Staffing has put together a list of ways to support your favorite small businesses without leaving the house.
- Practice Social Distancing
- STAY HOME, if you can. Many small businesses have a limited number of employees. Infecting one of their workers could spread it to the entire organization very quickly. They will then be out of production far longer than they would be if their employees remain healthy and safe.
- Shop online.
- Some small businesses offer substantial opportunities to do business with them online. Using this platform is a safe way to keep a distance but also engage with your favorite small business
- Rate Them
- Take 5 minutes to give your favorite small businesses a 5 start review online. Not only will this entertain you for 5 minutes, it will really help these businesses get the exposure they deserve. Spread positivity!
- Schedule Online Sessions or Communication
- The service sector of small businesses will be hit with unexplored challenges the hardest. Give them a call! See what innovations you can create with them to extend their services virtually. This is especially great for particular therapies.
- Gift Cards
- If you think you would have visited their store in these weeks when social distancing has been in place, buy a gift card for yourself. It’s a great “treat yourself, self-love” gift and you can definitely use it in the future.
- Order In
- Ordering in is a great way to still get that deliciousness and support your local restaurants.
- Online Donations
- This is geared more towards charities and nonprofits, many of which have had to cancel events this upcoming spring. They work tremendously to help those in need and would appreciate your support from home.
- Like and Share
- Social media is a powerful thing. Help spread the word by liking and sharing businesses posts. You may help a friend and the business at the same time by sharing information.
Moore Mini Golf Tournament to Benefit American Training, Inc.
Back on September 24th, 2019, Moore Staffing Services hosted a Mini Golf Tournament to benefit American Training at Cerderland Family Fun Center. Following in the beliefs of our founder Helen Moore, we partnered with a two companies that believe every life matters. Cederdlands mission is to provide activities for families to get their children active and maintain a healthy life style, as a branch of Cederdale Health and Fitness Center. American Training has inspired us over the years, providing housing, education, training & support services to people with disabilities, youth at risk & adult learners who are looking for a pathway towards a more meaningful life.
With families and friends as teams, the tournament started with some competitive fun. Casual dining gave participants a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and members of the community. Raffles were held to raise money to support such a wonderful, local organization who directly affects members of our community. Many winners walked away with bundles of goodies, including New England Sports team tickets. Overall the day was fun and exciting, as all ages and abilities were able to join in the fun! It is times like these where we can reflect at the power of community, giving back and paying it forward. This tournament left a lasting impression on those who were able to attend and the money raised has affected many lives for the better.
Even in the current state of the world due to covid19, we remember these times and are excited for our future partnerships. As a fellow small business who is dedicated to changing lives for the better, we hope these events can resume sooner rather than later.
If you need assistance finding employment, email your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a business looking for a partnership, please email: email@example.com
We are better together!