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Meet Karlie – Recruiting Manager in Dallas!

Meet Karlie, one of the Recruiting Managers in the Dallas branch! Previously, Karlie was a recruiter with another staffing agency, and she also used to recruit for Miss USA! One of the work accomplishments that she is proud of is moving up in her previous company! Her professional goal now is to be successful and to go as far as she can at Hire Up. Karlie is excited to work at Hire Up Staffing because she loves recruiting and being able to find jobs for others. When she is out of the office, Karlie loves spending time with her children and finding pink crystals.

Meet Gregory – Recruiting Manager in Visalia!

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Meet Gregory, your Recruiting Manager in the Visalia branch! Before starting at Hire Up, Gregory was in the U.S Army as a tank mechanic and is continuing to work at his own business doing carpet cleaning. One accomplishment he is proud of while working in the Army was receiving a leadership award. He loved to be a leader and to be recognized for it. One piece of advice that Gregory heard and would give to others is never to get comfortable. Comfort makes you lazy, so you should strive for more. Gregory is excited to work at Hire Up Staffing because it is a new experience for him and can potentially lead to many different positions that will help him grow and learn more tasks. When he is outside the office, you can find Gregory going to the gym, skateboarding, playing video games, and spending time with his children.

Meet Trevor – Recruiting Manager in San Diego!

Meet Trevor, the Recruiting Manager in the San Diego branch. Before starting at Hire Up Staffing, Trevor started his career as a Manager Trainee for a rent-a-car company, then moved on to manage a brewing company, and recently worked for a tech company working in direct sales. One work-related accomplishment that Trevor is proud of occurred when he made the top 15 on the matrix for employees. One professional goal he has is to grow within the company and as a person. He wants to soak in all the skills that Hire Up offers.

Trevor is excited to work at Hire Up Staffing because it gives him a new opportunity to learn but also a chance to grow. When Trevor is outside of the office, you can find him playing hockey, camping, and going on hikes.

Meet Brisenya – Recruiting Manager in Bakersfield

Meet Brisenya, the Recruiting Manager in the Bakersfield office! Brisenya worked at a wireless company for the last seven years of her career. She was promoted to Store/Sales Manager after two years. During her time at the company, she mastered customer service, recruited, hired, and developed the store staff. She also supervised functions, inventory, scheduling, cash flow, merchandising, and operations. One work-related accomplishment that she is proud of happened when she created team spirit within her company that resulted in increased sales and long-term employees and received several certificates of recognition from the CEO. Her goal while working at Hire Up Staffing is to be a proactive and valuable team member who brings good energy so she can deliver and exceed all expectations. She also wants to start her own small woman business!

Brisenya is excited to work at Hire Up Staffing because of the new culture and challenges. This is a new chapter for her, and she is eager to help the people in her community find employees and employment. When she is outside of the office, you can find Brisenya traveling! She loves culture, and she considers herself a social butterfly. When she is not working, you will catch her somewhere on the coast, lying on the beach with her 4-year-old!

Meet Francisco – Recruiting Manager in Bakersfield

Meet Francisco, your Recruiting Manager in the Bakersfield office. Before starting at Hire Up Staffing, Francisco worked in many fields ranging from warehouse to security and sales and property management. One work-related accomplishment that he is proud of occurred while in his previous position. Francisco was recognized for being the top person in the store with the most customer compliments for the month! Now, one of his career goals is to become one of the top performers in the Bakersfield branch.

Francisco is excited to work at Hire Up Staffing because he feels he is an excellent fit for the company with his positive attitude and personality. Outside of the office, you can find Francisco playing video games, watching movies, and self-teaching graphic design.

Interview Tips for Managers New to the Hiring Process

Lauren Milam

Vice President of West Coast

Hire Up Staffing

Most people can relate to the nerves often associated with an upcoming interview. However, not all have experienced the nerves that can come from being the one responsible for conducting one. If you are new to the process of interviewing or are interested in comparing your current skills with those of long-time experts, follow along for some helpful tips and tricks.

  1. Prepare. Review the resume and application, as well as the job description. Create meaningful questions by customizing them beforehand to fit the needs of the job AND the candidate. Ensure the job description is an accurate depiction of the position ,and then build some of your questions upon those requirements.

Review the candidate’s resume and create questions around their experience. See a project they worked on that intrigues you? Jot that down. Notice they have experience with a particular software that your company has been considering? Make a note to yourself to ask them about their experience. By preparing for your interview in this manner, you set yourself up for success, as well as show the candidate that you value them, their experience, and their time.

2. When creating your interview questions, be sure to understand the differences between the four types:

Close-ended Questions: These questions are such that require the candidate to answer in a limiting manner. They could be yes or no questions or other questions that require succinct answers, such as, “How many years have you been with your current job?”

Open-Ended Questions: These questions are great for interviews because they allow the person an opportunity to share more detail about themselves or their experience. For example, “Can you describe a challenging customer request and how you worked to make it happen?”

Hypothetical Question:A hypothetical question allows the candidate an opportunity to create their version of an ideal response. For example, “How would you deal with an irate customer?”

Off the Wall: The intent of asking an off-the-wall question is most often to lighten the mood, as well as provide insight into the candidate’s creativity and ability to think on the fly. However, use your best discretion when selecting one to ask and use these types of questions sparingly. An example of an off-the-wall question is, “If you could be any animal, which would you be and why?”

3. Ask colleagues for advice. If you are new to interviewing, it is important to get a second opinion on your prepared interview questions before you use them. You may find that a member of your Human Resources team is a good place to start.

Once your questions have been given the green light, ask a colleague or mentor to do a practice run with you. This will provide an opportunity to ask your questions as well as practice answering questions a candidate may ask you during the interview process.

If ,even after some practice, you are feeling uneasy about conducting an interview on your own, ask a colleague to interview with you for the first few.

4. Be personable. Set the tone for the interview early with a genuine, warm greeting and use of their name. This demonstrates that you are expecting them, and it can help the candidate feel welcome and more at ease.

5. Let the candidate do most of the talking. Ideally, 70% or more of the interview should involve the candidate sharing specific experiences to answer your questions. If you feel the candidate is not sharing enough, or you are doing too much of the talking during your interviews, consider a few things:

Strengthen your questions. As previously mentioned, question preparation is important. You are setting the candidate up for success when your questions are intentional and can pull from their prior experiences. You will get the most from the candidate when you put effort into your question preparation.

Challenge yourself to become comfortable with silence as the candidate gathers their thoughts. Do not feel the need to fill the silence with more words. Some people need time to think about an answer that best fits the question posed. When you fill the silence rather than await their response, you could potentially create an environment in which the candidate feels rushed or unable to properly process what is being asked of them.

Consider sharing interview questions with candidates beforehand. You may find that sharing even a few of the questions beforehand allows your candidates to provide you with stronger responses because they have been able to give the questions more thought.

6. Take good notes during the interview. Notes during an interview are particularly important because once the interview is over and other work-related activity occurs, it can be easy to forget some of the things mentioned during your time with that candidate.

7. Act quickly if you want to move forward. It would not be unusual for your candidate to be interviewing with other employers. If you feel good about the interview and are unable to make a hiring decision on the spot, set the expectation for follow-up contact with the candidate. Let them know your timeline, and be sure you stay on task with your internal post-interview processes so you can keep to those timelines.

Interviewing is a key skill for leaders. With practice and preparation, your interview skills can become second nature, and your ability to connect with candidates can begin to feel more natural. Improving your interviewing technique is not only important for your skillset, but it will also impact how candidates view the job and your company. As an interviewer, the candidates you meet see you as an extension of your organization. While an interview is most often thought of as an employer’s decision, it is important to remember that an interview is also an opportunity for the candidate to make a decision about the company as well.

While interviewing is an especially important skill, we have found that many of our best clients just do not have the time it takes to recruit in-house. That is where we come in. We have a team of highly experienced recruiters ready to support you with your every hiring need. If you are finding less and less time to interview, or if you have been frustrated recently by hiring decisions that have not worked out as planned, call us. We can assist you in creating a strong recruitment plan and find you qualified applicants as early as the same day. We have offices all over to serve you, yet in a virtual world, we are simply a click away!

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Lauren Milam Vice President of West Coast

Meet Lauren Milam, Regional Vice President for Hire Up Staffing Services. Lauren started in the staffing industry 7 years ago as a Recruiter. Finding success in her role quickly, she promoted through the ranks to outside sales, training and development, and then Regional Vice President. She joined Hire Up in November of 2019 as our first Regional Vice President hire for the California Market. Since starting at Hire Up, she has created and implemented new sales campaigns and initiatives to help the company grow. In her first quarter with Hire Up, she helped the recruiters increase their individual gross profit by an average of 28%. She does this by creating plans that focus on the individual needs of each office and person.

Meet Ashley – The Territory Director in Houston!

Meet Ashley, the Assistant Territory Director in the Houston office! Ashley started her career as a Human Resources Specialist for an IT organization responsible for managing all recruitment activities within the organization and providing daily support to the HR Team with daily HR duties. After spending four years with the organization, she realized her passion was people and having the opportunity to match them to an organization and specific roles relevant to their experience.

Over the past ten years,  she has worked for various staffing and placement firms as a Business Development Manager/Account Manager role within multiple sectors such as Healthcare, Oil and Gas, Engineering, and Industrial. Throughout her time, one work-related accomplishment stood out from the rest. Ashley exceeded predetermined goals and managed expectations on the timeline for generating new business opportunities and the division being profitable for a start-up organization.

One professional goal that she has now is to bring a larger book of business while providing any needed support and suggestions to grow both the branch and the Hire Up Team. Ashley is excited to be part of an eager team and be able to work for a reputable company that promotes growth in employees and the organization. When she is outside of the office, you can find Ashley spending time with her family, being a mother, and, when she has time, playing darts, dominos, cards, and other games.

Meet Sloan – Recruiting Manager in Dallas!

Meet Sloan, your Recruiting Manager in the Dallas/Fort Worth Branch! Before starting at Hire Up, Sloan worked in the medical field as a chiropractic assistant, a massage therapist to motor vehicle accident patients, taught K-3rd grade special education, and worked in retail management. One of the work-related accomplishments that she is most proud of is when she landed a direct-hire contract within the first week and a half of its posting! Now, Sloan has a new goal of meeting her monthly quotas for the next six months. Sloan is excited to work at Hire Up Staffing because she knows the company has a great work culture! She enjoys the amount of trust instilled in everyone to work independently on goals while also being a part of a team. While outside of the office, you can find Sloan painting, walking in the park, traveling, listening to audiobooks, and taking photos for Instagram.

Meet Gabriela – Recruiting Manager in Visalia!

Meet Gabriela, your Recruiting Manager in the Visalia branch. Before making her way to Hire Up, Gabriela worked as a Legal Assistant for the disability office with the Social Security Administration and the IRS. She has experience with customer service working as a Front Desk Supervisor, and has banking experience. One work-related accomplishment that Gabriela is proud of was when she was invited to be part of an interview panel to determine the best Spanish-speaking candidate and interview them. The best part is that the candidate she chose was the person hired for the position.

Gabriela is excited to work at Hire Up Staffing because recruiting is a brand new field in her career. She believes Hire Up will teach her how to sell and recruit, which is very important for Gabriela’s future goals. You can find Gabriela enjoying physical activities like hiking, biking, and weight training outside of the office. She likes to cook, sing, and is currently learning to play the piano.

Meet Wende – Our Recruiting Manager in San Diego

Meet Wende, the Business Development Manager in the San Diego branch! Wende has worked hard to build her sales capability in many diverse industries such as medical devices and construction. She has also developed leadership skills and a wildly creative and entrepreneurial mindset. Wende first started her own business at the age of 27, a work-related accomplishment that makes her proud.

Now, Wende is excited to work at Hire Up Staffing because she believes she can make a difference in the quality of people’s lives. You can find Wende playing tennis and doing yoga outside of the office, keeping a running list of the best entertainment/food in her favorite cities, cooking like a gourmet chef, and enjoying time with her family.