4.15 Helping in the interviewing and hiring process

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4.15 Helping in the interviewing and hiring process

It also helps you to assess your areas of weaknesses and proactively work on improving your strengths in these areas.

4.14 Referring good potential employees

When you know a person who meets the requirements for an open position within your company, it makes sense to refer them for the job.

Benefits of employee referrals to companies include: it helps to save time in the recruiting process and it reduces the level of risk and unknowns because the existing employee vouches for the job applicant.

If the person is hired, you can even act as a mentor to help them find their way around and bring them up to speed on how things work in the organization.

When your team or department has a job vacancy, volunteer to help in the initial rounds of interviews to interview future team members.

Armed with inside knowledge, you can provide value by assessing candidates who can be a good cultural fit and assist in selecting exceptional candidates.

Offer your feedback and opinions to the hiring manager or evaluation team on whether a candidate is a good fit for both the job and the company and your evaluation on whether they can succeed in your organizations work environment.

This opportunity gives you a chance to improve your interviewing and listening skills as well as gaining practice in applying consistent standards or criteria for evaluating all candidates.

4.16 Brainstorming ideas to improve the company

Begin by offering as many ideas as possible, then help in narrowing down the options, identifying the pros and cons of the top solutions, questioning assumptions, connecting the dots and finally selecting the best alternative.

Improve your brainstorming skills by asking questions such as: What are we trying to achieve? How can we make this better? What else has been done? What do we know? What don’t we know? Is there a better way of doing this?

The major benefit of generating and sharing ideas in a group setting is the value addition process that raw ideas are subjected to.

You can come up with a basic idea, for example, how to improve a product, then someone else adds another angle or element to the idea and this process is repeated over again.

4.17 Becoming a good team player

Ways of being a good team player in the office include communicating clearly, being reliable – someone others can count on, staying committed, being open minded – listening to different opinions without your ego getting in the way and working with others to set and achieve common goals.

Other ways entail celebrating other people’s achievements, listening well and demonstrating understanding by paraphrasing, developing mutual trust, offering solutions, providing regular feedback, being flexible, adapting well to change, keeping others regularly updated, asking questions for input and clarification, collaborating with others in a friendly way and sharing information.

Additional ways for becoming a good team player are having fun and a sense of humor, steering clear from gossip, apologizing when you make a mistake, paying attention to body language, being approachable, taking time to learn what others do and networking with colleagues in other departments.

4.18 Supporting your supervisor or manager efficiently

Align your priorities with your supervisor. Make it a habit to have regular check-in meetings with your boss where you update them on the activities that you are planning to work on as well as the ones you have completed.

When you run into problems or challenges and need your manager’s help, come up with proposed solutions and run these by them.

Other ways of supporting your manager include finding out their strengths and weaknesses and actively supporting their strengths while helping them to overcome their weaknesses.