Johnny C. Taylor Jr.
Johnny C. Taylor Jr. solves your manpower questions as part of the USA TODAY series. Taylor is the CEO and CEO of the Community Human Resource Management, the world’s largest manpower professional association, and the author of “Resetting Lead Guide to Working in the UFAval Age.”
The questions were posed by readers, and Taylor’s answers below were edited for length and clarity.
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Question: When hunting, I had to do a group interview for the first time recently. I was very uncomfortable and did not do well. Do you have any tips for participating in group interviews? – Bob
Johnny C. Taylor Jer. Interviewing for a new job can be a nerve-wracking experience for even the most experienced professional, and group interviews can add even more complexity. However, if properly prepared, the complexity should not lead to extreme anxiety. Thank you for finding some tips the next time you find yourself in a similar situation.
As with any type of interview, it is important to be prepared for extensive research into the organization. Gather some relevant examples of your experience, skills, and education. Be prepared to highlight how you overcame obstacles in other areas. And practice group interviews with other people who can comment honestly. Preparation allows you to feel confident in your responses.
Demonstrate your network skills and friendliness. If possible and before the interview, make sure you introduce yourself to the team members. It also helps to connect with the applicants and alleviates the initial anxiety. Companies often use group interviews as a basis for teamwork and communication skills. Demonstrating your willingness to dive in and making connections can give the interviewer an idea of how you would be if you were selected.
Involve the group in your responses by interacting with other participants’ responses, or when meaningful, agreeing with their answers. This will help you not to repeat the other participant’s point and show your active listening skills. If you prepare well and participate to the end, your group interviews will improve dramatically. Getting to know your audience and yourself is the key to a successful interview.
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By recruiting Q: We are seeing many candidates asking about child care benefits. Is it a good idea to have some kind of child care on site or child care? – Rena
Ilorre Yes! It is a wise step to increase child care benefits for your employees. With the Covenant-19 epidemic in full force destroying schools and most child care programs, more than a third of the workforce in the United States struggled to work at home, take care of their children, and help with school work. Providing child care benefits is one way to inform your staff of your support and to balance all your priorities during and after the epidemic. Childcare benefits offered by the employer help in recruiting and retaining employees – post-epidemic studies show that a “big strike” could lead to a 30% labor turnover.
There are many ways to provide child care benefits – one-size-fits-all. Working with a reputable agency to provide on-site child care; Providing backup day care; Supporting child care subsidies; Or simply increase your ability to work from home to care for a sick child. Some employers are offering reinforcement services to their employees’ children at reduced prices as small cultural benefits. Providing child care benefits not only to your employees but also to your business. By providing child care benefits, your company will benefit everyone by reducing the stress of at least some of your employees so that you can focus on freedom and access to work!
Your company may also receive subsidies. Employers can reduce payroll taxes by providing pre-tax dollars for child care subsidies. And employers who subsidize child care can benefit from annual tax credit if used for child care facilities and services.
In general, child care benefits are a good step to attract and retain top candidates while receiving some key tax benefits. I see it as a victory.