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Celebrating Black-Owned Businesses for Black History Month

As Featured by the Raleigh Chamber and Triangle DEI Alliance

 

We are honored to be recently highlighted by the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce as part of their Celebrating Black-Owned Businesses for Black History Month initiative. We are proud to be a part of this vibrant community and are dedicated to supporting Black leadership and entrepreneurship

 

Read the article here – https://www.raleighchamber.org/blog/celebrating-black-owned-businesses-for-black-history-month

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Lileah Akiode

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lileah@theblackdiamondagency.com
Lileah Akiode is the Managing Director of The Black Diamond Agency, a recruitment firm dedicated to connecting talented people with rewarding career opportunities. With a strong background in Talent Acquisition across different corporate retailers, Lileah brings a wealth of experience to ensure a seamless and positive candidate experience. In addition to corporate retail, Lileah also experience supporting the Financial Services and IT industries.

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Robot Recruiters – Promises and Pitfalls

The Promise and Perils of AI in Recruiting

Companies have started using A.I. bots and algorithms to help with hiring – like scanning resumes and deciding who gets interviews. Good news – this tech can take a load off HR teams with piles of applications to sort through! These robo-recruiters can zip through finding keywords way faster than a human.

But here’s the catch – almost half of job seekers still think these bots can be pretty biased. There’s also worries A.I. models themselves learn funny business from unfair examples they’re trained on!

So what to do? Well recruiters and hiring managers still have choices here:

1. You’ve got to pick screening software carefully – we can all use help but need to make sure Johnny Bot 3000 isn’t secretly Mr. Discrimination under the hood. That means testing these robots a ton in advance before unleashing them on applicants.

2. It’s good to have humans double check robot decisions.

3. Listen to feedback directly from candidates – if particular groups keep raising flags about unfair experiences, take that seriously! Maybe your tech needs more tweaking. Or at minimum, folks deserve explanations.

This is all new turf, but bot recruiters are here to stay. Ones doing it right? They’ll be huge assets helping companies AND job hunters spend less time on the tedious apply/sort stuff. But like all tech, it has to be implemented carefully and be refined as we go. No one wants to trade old biases for new high-tech ones. So let’s work together to avoid that.

(1) Source: American Staffing Association

 

 

 

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Lileah Akiode

919-813-2454

lileah@theblackdiamondagency.com
Lileah Akiode is the Managing Director of The Black Diamond Agency, a recruitment firm dedicated to connecting talented people with rewarding career opportunities. With a strong background in Talent Acquisition across different corporate retailers, Lileah brings a wealth of experience to ensure a seamless and positive candidate experience. In addition to corporate retail, Lileah also experience supporting the Financial Services and IT industries.

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How to Optimize Employee Experience in 2024

Goals for a Productive 2024 Workplace

 

The workplace has changed a lot over the last few years. According to a  McKinsey’s study of over 1,000 people, employees crave trust, social connections and meaningful impact at work. Employees want to feel their contributions are appreciated and recognized.

Developing an exceptional employee experience is crucial for businesses to attract and retain talent in a skills-short market. Companies face an “exodus” of overwhelmed, exhausted, and burned-out employees looking for better opportunities.

Failure to adapt to the evolving needs of the modern workforce places businesses at risk of lost productivity, damage to their employer brands, and rapid turnover.

Fortunately, business leaders can invest in more robust employee experiences in various ways.

Benefits of Improving Employee Experience 

Understanding the core motivators of today’s top talent is crucial. Purpose, personal growth, and a sense of belonging have become pivotal factors. Creating an outstanding employee experience is no longer a luxury but a necessity to unlock the full potential of the workforce.

Why is this important? The answer lies in the transformative power of employees who feel valued, heard, and supported. When people experience a genuine connection with their workplace, their passion becomes a driving force. This, in turn, propels them to exceed expectations and contribute to innovative strides that propel companies forward.

Numerous studies conducted by Gartner underline the correlation between employer support for team well-being and a substantial increase in high performers—specifically, a remarkable 21% uptick. Leaders who cultivate cultures of inclusivity, where every employee feels welcomed, valued, and empowered, unlock substantial benefits for both individuals and the organization as a whole Some of these benefits are: 

  • Reduction in turnover: Many employees who quit their roles cite a lack of recognition and positive experiences as a critical reason for leaving. If you improve this part of your culture then you will retain more of your people.
  • Improved engagement: Employees who are happy at work are more engaged and more committed to supporting business growth. One study found that organizations in the top quartile for employee engagement achieve up to 21% higher levels of profitability.
  • Greater access to talent: A positive employee experience shines through in a company’s employer brand, helping to attract talent. This makes recruiting top talent easier.
  • Enhanced productivity: Engaged, happy employees put up to 57% more effort into their work than their counterparts. 
  • Improved company culture: A better company culture, built on satisfied and engaged employees, not only strengthens your employer brand but also leads to more collaborative, cooperative teams who can work together to innovate and unlock new opportunities

 

Key Ideas and Strategies for Employers

Studies show that companies with personalized employee experiences see a boost in productivity. But how do you achieve that? McKinsey provides the answer: a systematic approach that considers your workforce’s unique needs throughout their journey with your brand

1. Identify and Transform Employee Journeys

The first step in developing an incredible employee experience is identifying the key elements of the “employee journey” and how employees interact with your company. Leaders in the company should have a clear and aligned view of a great experience, based on their knowledge of their team members and priorities.

It makes sense for most organizations to start with the onboarding experience. An excellent onboarding experience can improve new hire retention by up to 82% and increase productivity by more than 70%.

Create a comprehensive plan for the new employee’s first few weeks, focusing on making them feel connected to the company culture and supported by the business. Help your new associate cultivate relationships between teams, feel comfortable in the office environment and answer any questions they may have about the business.

2. Create a Positive Work Environment

94% of business leaders and 88% of job seekers say a healthy culture is crucial for success in the workplace. Creating a positive work environment goes beyond simply designing contemporary offices.

Businesses today need to focus on nurturing inclusivity, diversity, and psychological safety. Excellent DEI initiatives are critical to creating innovative, forward-thinking organizations, where team members thrive. Train your managers and other team members to demonstrate inclusivity in everything they do, and watch for instances of unintentional bias.

Other factors that can improve a work environment include:

  • Transparent leadership: Ensure leaders consistently share insights and knowledge with team members. Focus on ensuring employees are informed and have a clear view of the vision and mission of the business.
  • Constant communication: Commit to facilitating open and consistent communication between teams. Invest in tools that allow remote and virtual employees to connect with in-person employees on a deeper level.
  • Collaboration: Facilitate the development of cross-departmental relationships by encouraging collaboration between teams. Introduce regular team-building exercises that bring people with different perspectives together.

3. Commit to Employee Development and Growth

Employees value access to resources, training initiatives and experiences that facilitate growth. Up to 69% of employees say they’ll stay with a company longer if that business invests in their professional development.

Investing in mentorship opportunities, career development plans, and training strategies helps empower every employee to achieve their full potential. These initiatives help deepen relationships between team members and increase “buy-in” for the business.

Plus, developing and training your team members ensures your organization can stay competitive as the marketplace continues to evolve. Even giving team members access to short courses and classes online can make a huge difference.

4. Recognize and Reward Team Members

92% of millennials say recognition of their hard work and accomplishments is either important or very important to their satisfaction. Regularly recognizing team members for their work is crucial to cultivating long-term engagement and a positive culture.

There are various ways to show employee recognition, from bonuses for achieving specific goals to simply thanking employees for their work (especially if someone has gone above and beyond their role).

The key to successful employee recognition is finding out what motivates and engages each person on your team and then recognizing them in that way.

 5. Invest in Work-Life Balance

Research shows people who believe they have a good work/life balance work up to 21% harder than those who don’t. This increased effort comes from increased feelings of engagement with both the company they work with, and their role.

Investing in work-life balance can include everything from implementing remote work policies to offering flexible schedules. Encourage employees to take regular breaks and take advantage of paid time off.

Additionally, consider implementing wellness programs and resources that support good mental and physical health. This will reduce absenteeism and enhance workplace morale.

6. Introduce the Right Technology and Tools

The right workplace technology transforms employee experiences for the better. How? By eliminating frustrating and time-consuming tasks that hurt productivity.

 For example, upgrading tools with intuitive, user-friendly solutions removes frustrations. This prevents bottlenecks in key workstreams. With seamless systems aligned to exact team needs, people get more done with less hassle.

 Unlocking the Value of Employee Experience

Investing in excellent employee experiences isn’t just crucial to enhancing your employer brand and attracting critical talent. It’s vital to ensuring high levels of engagement, increased innovation, and reduced turnover.

With the help of a recruitment team, you can bring focus on employee experience into every aspect of your recruitment and retention journey, paving the way for business growth.

When your employees are happy and engaged, your business thrives. Implement the strategies above, and remember to collect regular feedback from employees.

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Lileah Akiode is the Managing Director of The Black Diamond Agency, a recruitment firm dedicated to connecting talented people with rewarding career opportunities. With a strong background in Talent Acquisition across different corporate retailers, Lileah brings a wealth of experience to ensure a seamless and positive candidate experience. In addition to corporate retail, Lileah also experience supporting the Financial Services and IT industries.

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Banish the Bullies

Dealing with Workplace Bullying

 

Bullying is something no one should have to deal with…EVER! While we often associate bullying with childhood, the reality is that bullies can follow people throughout their entire lives, impacting the performance, and culture of workplaces.

While conflicts in the workplace are natural, there’s a difference between misunderstandings and consistent abuse.

Although it’s important for employees to stand up for themselves, and seek assistance when dealing with bullies, HR managers and business leaders also play a role.

Direct line managers, supervisors, and executives also need to implement strategies to ensure they’re creating a supportive, respectful company culture.

Here are some tips to overcoming bullying in the workplace.

Defining Workplace Bullying: Identifying the Signs

To overcome bullying in the workspace, business leaders and their employees first need to recognize the signs. Bullying can appear in a range of forms, from name calling, to the deliberate isolation of specific employees by other individuals or groups.

The Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) gives the concept a clear definition. It says bullying is any repeated, harmful mistreatment of one or more people by one or more perpetrators.

Workplace bullying can happen both offline and online, particularly in today’s world of hybrid and remote work. It can also include:

  • Name calling or abusive language
  • Ignoring, isolating, or excluding team members
  • Belittling or making fun of an employee
  • Scapegoating or blaming other employees for issues
  • Manipulation or coercion
  • Spreading rumors about an employee
  • Aggressive or violent behavior

Even business leaders can be perpetrators of bullying, when they set their employees up to fail, disregard them, or overwhelm them with menial tasks.

Workplace bullying is extremely common, with 30% of Americans saying they experience this issue. Unfortunately, the side effects can be disastrous for both businesses and individuals alike. Consistent bullying can cause stress, ill health, and burnout for employees.

It also harms team productivity, and increases a company’s chance of talent turnover, leading to significant skill gaps and problems with long-term performance.

Handling Workplace Bullying: Global Factors

Workplace bullying is an issue that arises all over the world. While the negative impact it has on businesses and employees is consistent wherever you are, the solutions companies and team members can use to deal with bullying vary depending on location.

In the US, workplace bullying is addressed through various channels, including legal recourse. While there are no specific federal laws against bullying, many US companies still adopt anti-bullying policies to create a safe and inclusive workspace.

Additionally, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission shares guidelines team leaders can use to address workplace harassment and bullying.

The UK and Australian governments have both implemented anti-bullying legislation, such as the Equality Act in the UK, and the Fair Work Act in Australia. In these regions, organizations are encouraged to implement comprehensive anti-bullying policies, outlining unacceptable behaviors, reporting procedures, and consequences for perpetrators.

Employees are also encouraged to deliver training and awareness programs, to educate employees about the effects of workplace bullying and how to recognize it.

 

Effective Strategies for Handling Workplace Bullying

Though there are different regulations and legal solutions in place for workplace bullying depending on where you are in the world, business leaders can still experiment with a range of universally effective strategies for mitigation, no matter their location.

Some of the best ways to combat workplace bullying include:

1. Establish and Share Clear Policies

First, it’s important to develop and communicate clear anti-bullying policies for the entire workforce. These policies should outline examples of unacceptable behaviors, as well as the potential consequences for perpetrators.

Ensure team members understand which reporting mechanisms are in place to ensure they can seek out assistance if they feel harassed by another team member. All employees should have access to accessible, confidential reporting mechanisms, to help them seek out help without fear.

2. Promote a Respectful, Inclusive Culture

Today’s most innovative companies are already investing in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, designed to create equality and respect between team members. This is important at a time when 76% of job seekers and employees believe DEI initiatives are crucial.

Promoting a culture of respect and inclusion in the workplace helps to minimize the risk of bullying. Team members should be encouraged to embrace the diverse characteristics of their coworkers, and be reminded that harassing behavior will not be tolerated. Leaders should set examples, by consistently treating team members with dignity.

3. Invest in Training and Education

Investing in educational programs in the workspace isn’t just crucial to give employees access to new technical skills or improve workplace engagement. It can also be a valuable way to promote bonds between team members, and hone soft skills.

Consider investing in educational resources that focus on teaching valuable communication, collaboration, and cooperation skills. Provide team members with educational resources to help them understand the effects of bullying, and what they can do to recognize, address, and even prevent the issue.

4. Respond to Reports Correctly

Simply ensuring employees in the workplace can report instances of bullying isn’t enough. Companies also need to be willing to act rapidly when an employee is facing harassment. All reports issued by team members should be investigated thoroughly, promptly, and impartially.

The consequences for perpetrators should be significant, but also consistent and fair, based on the nature of the situation. Additionally, business leaders should ensure support is available to victims following the event. This could include offering counselling, mediation, or coaching sessions.

5. Stay Vigilant

Unfortunately, even as business leaders continue to invest in initiatives to make their companies more welcoming and supportive to employees, bullying is still an issue. In today’s world of hybrid and remote work, it can be even harder to spot problems, particularly when harassment happens online, or through video meetings.

To stay on top of the problem, managers and business leaders need to be vigilant about monitoring the workplace environment. Pay attention to the behaviors of employees, investigate instances of severe stress and burnout, and constantly promote team bonding.

Workplace bullying is unfortunately a global, persistent issue, that requires attention from both employees, and business leaders. Addressing instances of bullying effectively isn’t just the key to creating a more attractive company culture.

It’s also important to ensuring employees can feel engaged and productive at work, and helps to reduce the risk of talent turnover. The right initiatives can even help to make your business more appealing to active and passive job seekers.

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Lileah Akiode

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lileah@theblackdiamondagency.com
Lileah Akiode is the Managing Director of The Black Diamond Agency, a recruitment firm dedicated to connecting talented people with rewarding career opportunities. With a strong background in Talent Acquisition across different corporate retailers, Lileah brings a wealth of experience to ensure a seamless and positive candidate experience. In addition to corporate retail, Lileah also experience supporting the Financial Services and IT industries.

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Graceful Resignation

Navigating Your Exit Strategically

 

Leaving a job is a major life transition that often causes anxiety. Many people change jobs several times throughout their career, so you’ll likely need to resign at some point. No matter your reason for leaving, it’s important to approach the resignation conversation with the right mindset

By approaching your resignation meeting in the right way, you can maintain positive relationships, maintain your reputation, and keep future opportunities open. Here’s how to navigate your resignation meeting successfully.

Understand the Significance of the Resignation Meeting

The resignation meeting marks the formal end of your association with your current manager and company. It’s a conversation that’s crucial for both you and your employer. During this meeting, your employer may request your feedback, which can help them improve the company culture for the future.

While it can be difficult, you should be direct and honest about your reasons for leaving. This allows for constructive feedback that can benefit the company.

Plan Your Timing and Approach

The best time to initiate the resignation conversation can vary depending on the nature of your work and your relationship with your employer. You should refer to your employment contract, offer letter, or employee handbook for guidance on the expected notice period.

Most employers will expect you to work through this notice period, but in some situations, they may request a longer period.

A resignation letter should include:

  • Your final working date
  • Outline of your commitment to facilitating a smooth transition
  • Indication any remaining vacation days

It’s important to maintain a tone of gratitude in your resignation letter, even if your decision to leave is for negative reasons. This shows professionalism and helps to maintain a positive reputation.

For your resignation meeting, it’s generally best practice to meet face-to-face if possible. This shows respect for your leader and allows for a more personal and constructive conversation. However, if an in-person meeting isn’t feasible, a video call or phone call is a good alternative.

Avoid delivering your resignation via email, as it’s generally considered impolite and may even risk being overlooked in the communication shuffle. A direct and respectful approach in delivering the news is the most considerate way to proceed.

Gather the Necessary Information

Once you’ve drafted your resignation letter and scheduled your meeting, it’s time to gather any information or documents you’ll need to leave your job. This may include:

  • Required forms, such as health insurance and pension forms.
  • Unfinished work and documents to pass on to colleagues.
  • Any company policies or procedures that you need to follow.

These steps will ensure a smooth and professional departure from your job

Anticipate Reactions and Prepare Responses

It’s important to understand that your resignation may evoke an emotional response from your manager. Even if you have a purely professional relationship, your boss will likely experience feelings of sadness, anger, disappointment, or confusion.

To prepare for this meeting, it’s helpful to consider how your manager might react and how you might respond. Anticipate questions about your reasons for leaving and be ready to share respectful feedback if appropriate.

The best way to prepare is to try to put yourself in your boss’s shoes and imagine how they might feel. They may feel caught off guard, disappointed, or worried about how your departure might impact the team or the company. They may even feel a bit rejected or like they failed in some way.

With that in mind, try to approach the conversation with empathy and understanding. Show respect for your manager and the company you’re leaving, and express your gratitude for the opportunity. Then, reassure them that you’ll do everything you can to ensure a smooth transition.

Be Prepared for a Counteroffer

Sometimes, if your employer is keen to keep you on the team, they might propose a counteroffer during your resignation meeting. They could promise extra benefits, a higher salary, or increased flexibility. In this case, it’s important to determine whether you’re willing to consider a counteroffer.

Think about your career goals and the reasons you’re leaving in the first place. Do the benefits offered address the problems you’re facing? If not, politely decline the offer, thank your boss, and reiterate your decision to leave the company.

Discuss Transition and Handover Plans

Your team members and new employees in your current company will need to absorb the work you’re leaving behind when you go. That’s why ensuring you have a plan to make the transition as simple as possible is important.

Ensuring your team members have everything they need to thrive in your absence will ensure your resignation doesn’t majorly impact business performance. It can also help you to maintain stronger relationships with your professional network.

Decide how to transfer knowledge, documents, accounts, and projects to other team members. Consider acting as a mentor to your replacement for the last couple of weeks, and ensure your employer can reach you if they encounter problems.

During the transitional period preserve positive relationships with your team, and set up strategies for keeping in touch. Maintaining these professional connections will help you to grow in the future.

Take the Right Approach to the Resignation Meeting

A resignation meeting can be stressful, but it’s important to approach it with professionalism and gratitude. Thank your managers and team members for their support and guidance, and preserve these important relationships.

Maintaining a positive attitude and following the steps in this guide will ensure you can confidently approach your resignation meeting and start the next stage of your life on good terms.

A good resignation meeting reflects well on you as an employee and leaves a positive lasting impression. Now that you’ve learned the best practices for resigning gracefully, you’re ready to move on to your next professional adventure

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Lileah Akiode is the Managing Director of The Black Diamond Agency, a recruitment firm dedicated to connecting talented people with rewarding career opportunities. With a strong background in Talent Acquisition across different corporate retailers, Lileah brings a wealth of experience to ensure a seamless and positive candidate experience. In addition to corporate retail, Lileah also experience supporting the Financial Services and IT industries.

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The Power of an Agile and Adaptable Workforce

Just like a vibrant storefront in the heart of a bustling city, the retail industry is forever evolving, mirroring the rhythm of the world around it. In this dynamic arena, surprises, twists, and turns are the norm – economies fluctuate, organizational structures shift, and gaps in talent emerge like patches of sunlight through the clouds.

Yet, amidst this ever-changing landscape, a beacon of hope emerges – the power of preparation. By nurturing a workforce that thrives on adaptability, businesses can stay poised to tackle the unknown, to face whatever tomorrow might bring with resilience and enthusiasm.

Join us on a journey today as we unravel the art of crafting an agile retail workforce. We’ll delve into why this strategy is not just important, but vital, in the present day. And, of course, we’ll unveil the roadmap to success, ensuring your company is not just a participant in change, but a pioneer of it.

Nurturing an Agile and Adaptable Workforce: The Heart of Progress

Picture an adaptable workforce as a well-choreographed dance troupe, gracefully navigating the twists and turns of a dynamic stage. It’s not just about embracing new ideas; it’s about creating a culture where evolution is celebrated, and change is met with open arms.

In this world of agility, employees embody the spirit of growth. They’re not just team members; they’re champions of adaptability. They’re the ones who see challenges as opportunities and trends as pathways to innovation. With a growth mindset, they don’t just survive change – they thrive in it.

But what makes these agile individuals stand out? It’s their ability to pivot seamlessly, to glide from one work mode to another without missing a beat. Whether it’s the shift to hybrid work environments or the demand for new skills, they’re not just on board – they’re leading the way.

And let’s not mistake this for just another corporate buzzword. In a world where talent scarcity is more common than a crowded store on Black Friday, agility has transformed from a perk to a necessity. Adaptability is the bridge between a company’s present and its prosperous future.

The pandemic? It acted as a powerful catalyst, a wake-up call that reminded businesses how swiftly their reality can shift. As organizations grappled with unforeseen changes, agility took the spotlight. Today, it’s clear: the ability to transform, to reconfigure, and to evolve isn’t just an advantage; it’s a lifeline.

In a world where the only constant is change, those who master adaptability will not just survive the waves of transformation; they’ll ride them to success. And as businesses reshape their strategies to meet the evolving needs of customers and employees, the value of an agile workforce stands more critical than ever.

Unlocking the Power of an Agile and Adaptable Workforce

Imagine your workforce as a tight-knit community of problem solvers, each member with the agility of a dancer, moving harmoniously to tackle challenges and embrace innovation. An adaptable workforce isn’t just about survival; it’s about thriving in the face of uncertainty.

These agile teams? They’re not just employees; they’re transformers. They’re the ones who see a roadblock as a puzzle waiting to be solved. With collaboration as their compass and risk-taking as their engine, they’re always one step ahead. They’re not just adaptable; they’re future leaders in the making.

But there’s more to this tale of agility. Picture an environment where hierarchy takes a back seat, where collaboration flourishes, and problem-solving is the norm. This is the landscape an agile culture paints, a canvas where engagement, creativity, and productivity coexist in harmony.

Countless studies chime in to validate that agile workplaces are more productive, engaged, and creative than their counterparts when facilitating business growth.

With agility as their compass, businesses set sail towards these horizons:

 1. Resilience and Competitiveness: In a business world riddled with unpredictability, agile companies are the phoenixes that rise from the ashes. Armed with an adaptable workforce, they dance through market shifts, embracing disruption as an invitation to innovate. In contrast, their competitors falter, bogged down by rigidity.

 2. Engagement and Retention: Hierarchy dissolves in an agile environment, replaced by empowered employees who shape their own destinies. This autonomy isn’t just freedom; it’s satisfaction. And engaged employees? They stay. They’re more than workers; they’re believers, driving the wheels of progress.

 3. Flexibility as the Anchor: Flexibility is the lifeblood of an agile workforce. Business leaders steer their ships through the seas of change, guided by data, trends, and intuition. They’re not confined by rigid structures; they’re architects of transformation. And sometimes, this flexibility is more than a strategy; it’s a cost-efficient structure.

As industries continue their evolutionary dance, one truth stands clear: in a world of uncertainties, agility is the dance that keeps businesses in rhythm. The agile and adaptable workforce isn’t just a concept; it’s the heartbeat of progress.

The Role of Recruiters in Building an Agile and Adaptable Workforce

Imagine building an orchestra, not just of talented musicians, but of individuals whose notes of adaptability and agility harmonize seamlessly. Creating an agile and adaptable workforce is a symphony where each instrument, each talent, comes together to create a masterpiece of resilience.

In this melody of transformation, recruiters play a key role, much like the conductor who guides the orchestra. They don’t just find talent; they unearth the agile gems, those candidates who can pivot and evolve with the changing rhythm of the organization.

Agile recruiters can help businesses to:

 1. Adapt to the changing hiring market: Recruiters are the bridge builders between business leaders’ visions and the reality of talent acquisition. They’re the compass that points to the trends shaping the market, the skills propelling businesses forward, and the candidates who hold the promise of adaptability.

In today’s talent-short realm, recruiters aren’t just facilitators; they’re architects of agility. They decipher the shifting sands of the hiring market, sourcing talent from diverse channels to match the evolving needs of companies.

2. Redefine job descriptions: Picture this: a recruiter working side by side with business leaders, redefining job descriptions beyond the mundane. Soft skills like adaptability and problem-solving become the spotlight, and interview techniques transform into windows that reveal a candidate’s true abilities.

3. Implement an agile culture: Recruiters, with their industry savvy, step into the role of mentors. They guide companies in the dance of upskilling and reskilling, crafting an environment where learning is a constant melody and adaptability is the refrain.

4. Foster diversity and inclusion: In the realm of an agile workforce, diversity takes center stage. Recruiters champion diversity, equity, and inclusion, enriching the ensemble with unique voices and perspectives. They’re the architects of a varied cast, assembling talents from all walks of life.

As the business landscape evolves, remember that behind every agile and adaptable workforce stands a team of recruiters, conducting the rhythm of progress. They’re not just finding candidates; they’re crafting the future, one note of adaptability at a time.

Ideas for Building and Maintaining an Agile and Adaptable Workforce

Working with a retail recruiter can help business leaders and hiring teams source the right candidates for an agile and adaptable workforce. Business leaders and managers should work towards cultivating an environment that champions adaptability and agility, ensuring their teams are poised for success in an ever-changing retail landscape

 1. Establish a Culture of Adaptability: Building an adaptable workforce starts with transforming the company culture, focusing on innovation, agility, and creativity. Leaders can set the tone by creating an environment that encourages teams to experiment, explore new problem-solving strategies, and embrace creative approaches to their work. Crucially, an adaptable culture should nurture a growth mindset, where employees see mistakes as learning opportunities rather than setbacks. Truly agile companies view failures as stepping stones to improvement and growth.

 2.  Build an Agile Organizational Structure: Rigid hierarchies and strict job structures are incompatible with the agility an adaptable workforce requires. For teams to be genuinely agile, they must be empowered to take control of their roles, exhibit autonomy, and collaborate transparently across the organization. An agile environment thrives on cross-functional teams interacting, sharing knowledge, and fostering camaraderie. It grants every employee an equal voice, allowing them to make decisions about their roles, offer feedback, and explore alternative processes when necessary.

 3. Create an Agile Work Environment: Agile workforces are fueled by outcomes, not the mere number of hours spent on tasks or adherence to rigid schedules. They prioritize results over time spent. Implementing flexible work arrangements empowers employees with more autonomy over their roles and careers. Embracing diverse needs within the workforce promotes agility. Meanwhile, valuing flexibility, work-life balance, and well-being not only enhances the work environment but also elevates the employer brand. This approach draws top talent and retains valuable employees, fortifying the company’s foundation.

In the orchestration of an agile and adaptable workforce, these strategies compose a symphony of growth, resilience, and success. By fostering a culture of adaptability, embracing an agile organizational structure, and cultivating a flexible work environment, businesses can fine-tune their workforce to navigate the dynamic rhythms of the retail industry with harmonious precision.

Embrace the Era of Agility

In a world defined by its unpredictability, predicting the future remains a daunting task. Yet, armed with an agile and adaptable workforce, companies can stand ready to meet any challenge head-on. Begin your journey towards cultivating such a workforce by enlisting the expertise of a seasoned retail industry recruitment team. Through this collaboration, your company is poised to reap the rewards of agility, resilience, and enduring success. As the sun rises on this new age of agility, your company can confidently stride into the future, whatever it may bring.

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The importance of body language in your interview

Nailing an interview is an art that extends beyond just saying the right words. The way you carry yourself, your subtle movements, and maintaining eye contact can send volumes of information to your interviewer. After all, it’s said that a whopping 55% of the cues we send during a conversation stem from body language.

As interviewers engage with candidates, be it face-to-face or through a virtual platform, they’re not just hearing your answers; they’re also meticulously observing you to gather insights about your personality, mindset, and attributes. If your hand gestures and posture aren’t in sync with your words, your message might lose its impact. And let’s be honest, during a high-stress scenario like an interview, it’s all too easy for underlying nerves to manifest themselves in your body language, potentially jeopardizing the impression you’re striving to make.

So, the golden question is – how do you seamlessly weave together words and body language to project the right message? Stay tuned as we delve into this intriguing aspect of interview success.

Body Language: Unraveling the Silent Power of Communication

Over the years, countless studies have delved into the nuanced world of nonverbal communication. While results vary, a common consensus is that a staggering 70 to 93% of all communication is nonverbal. Quite a revelation, isn’t it?

One pivotal piece of research that has stood the test of time was spearheaded by Dr. Albert Mehrabian in the 1960s. His objective was to understand how people reacted to words and phrases when paired with specific gestures and facial expressions. Through a series of tests, Dr. Mehrabian unveiled that body language and tone of voice played a massive role in how subjects interpreted the speaker’s intentions and emotions.

Dr. Mehrabian concluded his findings into a fascinating theory: the way we interpret messages is influenced less by the words themselves and more by the speaker’s inflection and body language. He posited that when deciphering messages, a mere 7% is based on the verbal content, while 38% hinges on vocal tone, and a whopping 55% is driven by visual cues, including body language.

 

The Power of Body Language in Job Interviews

In a job interview, your primary objective should be to resonate with the hiring manager. Your task? Persuade them that you’re not only a perfect fit for their team due to your skills and expertise, but that your character, personality, and attitude align with their corporate culture.

It’s a given that what you say during a job interview is crucial, but the way you convey your messages can dramatically sway a potential employer’s perception of you. Even small nuances, like a firm handshake, can tip the scales in your favor when it comes to creating a compelling first impression.

When used correctly, body language can:

  • Craft a striking first impression: How you present yourself, from your attire to your posture, combined with the energy your body language exudes, can etch a memorable image in employers’ minds. This can significantly bolster your chances of landing that coveted job offer.
  • Build rapport: Body language tactics such as maintaining eye contact, flashing a genuine smile, and subtly mimicking your interviewer’s behaviors can lay the groundwork for a harmonious connection, enhancing the overall interview dynamic.
  • Exude confidence: Irrespective of the nerves that many candidates may experience during an interview, hiring managers are on the lookout for signs of self-assuredness. Your body language serves as a silent testament to your belief in your skills and capabilities.
  • Professionalism: Negative body language cues, such as restless fidgeting, wandering gaze, or lack of eye contact, can dent your perceived professionalism and dependability. This, in turn, can make it challenging for hiring managers to envision you as part of their team.
  • Radiate enthusiasm: Body language can be a potent tool to convey your eagerness for the role at hand. Hand gestures can express your zest and passion, making you a more attractive prospect to potential employers by showcasing your commitment to the job.

Savvy use of body language can also serve as a nonverbal signal to hiring managers that you’re actively listening and absorbing their input, enhancing the level of engagement during your interview.

Key Elements of Body Language to Ace Your Job Interviews

In the hustle to prepare for an interview, the significance of body language can sometimes be cast into the shadows. Candidates often direct their energy towards crafting articulate responses, not realizing that the vehicle for those words – their body language – plays a pivotal role in whether their message hits the mark.

Maintaining constant awareness of your facial expressions, tone, and body language can be challenging. However, several elements of nonverbal communication can be honed to enhance your chances of interview triumph. As you prep for your next interview, contemplate the following:

1.Facial Expressions:

Our facial expressions can be silent tell-tales of our thoughts and emotions. We inherently scrutinize the faces of our conversational counterparts to gauge the emotion behind their words. Practice in front of a mirror and identify any facial signals that might express negativity, such as frustration or boredom. Strive to maintain a neutral, confident, and engaged expression throughout the interview. A focused demeanor when fielding questions, punctuated by timely smiles, conveys your enthusiasm and fosters rapport.

2.Posture and Body Positioning:

An upright posture is a visual shorthand for confidence, a critical element in making a strong impression. Be mindful of your posture, whether you’re striding into the interview room, sitting in front of a camera, or rising to greet your interviewers. Maintain a straight back, relaxed shoulders, and an engaged posture to project interest and professionalism. Monitor any changes in your posture throughout the interview. A subtle lean towards the speaker when a question is posed signals active listening and full attention.

3.Gestures:

Your hand movements can heavily influence the outcome of an interview. Simple actions like keeping your arms uncrossed communicate openness and sincerity. Expressive hand gestures can portray your passion and eagerness, making you appear more animated. However, be mindful of subconscious fidgeting such as twiddling with pens or clasping your hands, which can make you appear nervous.

4.Eye Contact:

Arguably the most crucial facet of nonverbal communication, eye contact is a delicate balancing act. Regular eye contact conveys active listening, authenticity, and openness. However, overdoing it may lead to discomfort. If multiple interviewers are present, ensure you distribute your eye contact among them. Engage directly with whoever addresses you, but refrain from prolonged gaze.

5.Tone of Voice:

While not conventionally linked with body language, your tone plays a critical role in nonverbal communication. Pay heed to how you say things. A steady, assured, and confident voice can fortify the bond with your interviewer. Be mindful of your pitch and volume – a monotone voice may signal disinterest, while a loud or high-pitched tone might be interpreted as nervousness.

6.Appearance:

Last but not least, your personal presentation is crucial for job interview success. Whether for a virtual or in-person interview, a professional dress code is imperative. Display a well-groomed appearance as a disheveled look might indicate a lack of attention to detail or commitment to the job.

Mastering the Nonverbal: Effective Body Language for Interviews

The subtle nuances of body language often carry more weight in a successful interview than most candidates realize. Meticulously cultivating a confident posture, employing strategic eye contact, and expressing your passion and assurance can give you a significant edge over a multitude of other applicants.

Should you have any concerns that your body language may not be conveying the right impression, consider implementing some practice sessions. You can do this by rehearsing in front of the mirror, conducting mock interviews with friends or family, or engaging with your recruitment team for practice runs. This way, you can refine your non-verbal cues to best echo your abilities, potential, and commitment to the role at hand.

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How to Build an Effective Talent Pipeline for Your Organization

Attract, Engage, and Retain Top Talent with a Strategic Pipeline

 

In our post-Covid world, having a strong talent pipeline is more crucial than ever.

And the skills shortage that was present in almost every industry pre-Covid is still threatening organizational growth.

When you’re recruiting, it’s not about the number of people you can attract to your organization; it’s about the quality of these candidates. Even with the perceived increase of candidates in the post-Covid job market, there are still skills shortages across most industries. Depending on the role you are trying to fill, recruitment can be a lengthy and involved process.

One of the most effective ways to ensure you can quickly fill the critical gaps in your team is to have people ready to step into your organization at the earliest available opportunity; in other words, your talent pipeline.

Let’s talk about the why’s and how’s of building a robust talent pipeline.

The Benefits of a Strong Talent Pipeline

Despite the pandemic, skills gaps are widening across all sectors; in fact, the pandemic has brought to light just how crucial the skills gaps are in many industries.

In developing a strong talent pipeline, the aim is to avoid the scenario where you have critical skills gaps and no-one lined up to fill them.

Many organizations think of recruiting only when they actively have a vacant position. A talent pipeline is a way of thinking about your team, and recruitment, in a more holistic way. You will always have an active, engaged audience and the idea of working for your company is something that is always on their radar.

Let’s look at some of the main positives of building your talent pipeline now.

1. Identify More Candidates

When a vacancy arises on your team, wouldn’t it be ideal to already have someone in mind to take over the role?

This is where a talent pipeline comes in; it reduces the fear of having a critical vacancy open as you have a range of potential candidates set up to open a dialogue with.

Your talent pipeline will speak to the 70% of candidates who aren’t actively looking for a job, the ‘passive candidates’ market. Organizations without talent pipelines are missing out on this significant portion of the workforce.

You can start to bring candidates into your talent pipeline at different stages in their careers, starting with graduates up to Exec level.

When you have a talent pipeline you can rely on, you have a range of candidates ready to be invited for an interview rather than starting the recruitment process from scratch.

2. Reduce the Time to Hire

I’m sure you’ll agree that in our post-Covid world, the thought of having critical vacancies on your team is an unpleasant one.

This year, teams have been stretched to the breaking point, with many taking on extra roles, having to adapt to working from home and generally being busier than ever before.

To keep your entire team working cohesively, you need to know that any critical vacancies will be quickly filled, instead of being left unfilled, damaging team output and reducing morale.

3. Increase Your Offer Acceptance Rates

One of the most frustrating things that can happen in the recruitment process is when you think you’ve found the ideal candidate, but then they turn down your job offer.

The more people you have in your talent pipeline, the more they will get to know your organization, and this relationship is what pushes great candidates over the line to say yes to your job offer.

As you can see, there are many benefits to creating a talent pipeline to make your recruiting process much easier.

Next, let’s look at how to build and develop your talent pipeline.

 How to Build Your Talent Pipeline

Creating a talent pipeline means proactively forming long-lasting relationships with candidates who would be the right ‘fit’ with your organization – both in their skill set and their culture and values.

So, how do you do this?

Define What Your Organization Needs

The following are questions to ask when thinking about what you want from your talent pipeline –

  • Who are your key employees and in what roles?
  • What skills are most critical to your organization?
  • Where do you want to take your business in the next 3-5 years?
  • What type of people will you need in your business for it to grow?

Drawing on your experiences with Covid can help here too. When your business was in ‘critical survival mode’ like many were during the height of the pandemic, did this highlight any areas where you were missing vital skills?

Attract the ‘Right’ Talent

Attracting the right candidates to your organization is the critical part of building your talent pipeline.

Building a talent pipeline focuses on attracting both passive and active candidates, rather than a recruitment process which focuses solely on filling a current vacancy.

Having an excellent employer brand will be essential in attracting the type of talent you want. Any prospective talent that comes into contact with you will be forming an opinion as to whether they would like to join your company, whether they’re an active or a passive candidate.

The following are the most direct ways to build your talent pipeline –

  • Networking events – getting your name out in your industry is crucial in building a following.
  • Working with a recruitment specialist.
  • Your social media channels – are you regularly posting engaging content for your candidates?
  • Existing contacts and referrals – do you have a robust referral program in place? How often do you review and reconnect with former colleagues or managers?
  • Graduate campaigns – getting to know the new generation of talent coming through the ranks is an excellent way to build your talent pipeline.
 Review Your Application Process

A poor recruitment process is enough to put even the most interested candidates off.

Making your recruitment as seamless, engaging and professional as possible will leave even candidates who are not successful in receiving a job offer, want to apply again in in future.

Make sure your recruitment process is mobile-friendly; 58% of active job seekers use their smart device to search for jobs. But with many sites still not being mobile-friendly, mobile seekers complete 53% fewer applications and take 80% longer to complete each application than applicants using desktops.

A mobile-friendly application process increases the number of applicants to each role by 11.6%.

Write easy to read job descriptions with clear information; stay away from jargon.

Make sure you have the recruitment process planned out step by step so that applicants can be informed of the exact date by when they will be progressed to the next stage or not.

Important: Always stay in touch with candidates via email or phone throughout the entire recruitment process.

Start Building Your Talent Pipeline

With a network of engaged potential candidates ready to join your business, you’ll ensure that you always have potential on-hand to fill essential roles.

So, now you have the premise of building your talent pipeline, it’s time to get started.

Remember that you don’t have to go it alone – working with a dedicated recruiter is a great way to work on building your talent pipeline.

For more information on how we can help you build your talent pipeline, get in touch with us at 919-813-2454 or email us here Info@theblackdiamondagency.com

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6 Tips for Improving Your Interview Process

When it’s time to interview the shortlist of candidates for your vacancy, you need all the help you can get to ensure you eventually make the ‘right’ hire.

Interviewing is a skill, and just because you are in a managerial position, that doesn’t mean that interviewing comes naturally to you.

Likewise, just because you’ve been interviewing for years, this doesn’t mean that your technique doesn’t need honing.

Today, we share 6 clever tips for interviewers to help you make the best possible hire from your shortlist of applicants.

1. Review Your Company Mission and Vision

Companies with the strongest culture attract the best candidates; it’s a fact.

Reviewing your company vision and mission might be a case of refreshing your memory of the values and attributes that your business aspires to, but it could also be a case of rewriting them entirely.

Since the pandemic and the shake-up to businesses that this caused, many companies are finding that their mission and vision has changed – is this true in your business?

For example, in some organizations, communication between employees in the form of weekly in-person meetings might have once been an essential part of their business strategy. But since the introduction of remote working, this is no longer the case. Does your company recognize and appreciate the need for flexibility to allow for remote working, which is more vital than ever?

The first thing to do before the interview process starts is to review your company vision and mission statement for our post-pandemic world.

2. Get Familiar with the Job description

In an ideal world, you will have written the job description yourself and inherently understand what you need from your new hire, but this is not always the case.

In larger companies, there can be several people involved in the recruitment process, so it is essential that everyone involved is aware of what you are looking for in your open role and that this is communicated to candidates at every stage.

Especially now in our ever-changing world, the position that you are hiring for might be an entirely new role for the company – do you know the exact skills and attributes that you are looking for?

3. Use a Consistent Process

Interviewing candidates can be an emotionally-charged experience for both the employee and the employer.

Many interviewers by-pass red flags in the interview and go with their ‘gut feeling’ – but this is not the best way to hire the right talent for your business.

For every interview to have the best outcome, you must work to a method and stick to it. This means:

  • Choose your questions carefully and don’t deviate. You can ask extra questions that might crop up in your mind at the end of the planned questions – this gives all candidates a fair interview.

  • Practice your note-taking – taking accurate notes is an essential quality for all interviewers to have.

  • Use a scale to rate candidate answers – you can give a score out of 10, or use ‘excellent’ to ‘poor’ at the end of each answer to remind you when you are looking back over your notes.

4. Be Compassionate

Interviews can be daunting, and this is something that interviewers and hiring managers can become desensitized to, especially if they have a lot of experience conducting interviews.

Showing compassion and consideration instead of the stony managerial tone some interviewers adopt will benefit both the interviewee and yourself.

Candidates perform much better in interviews when they feel at ease, and so making sure they feel relaxed is a great way of seeing the real candidate and allowing their best self to shine through.

So, don’t be continually testing the candidate or focusing on negativity and flaws to try and ‘catch them out’. Keep it positive, even if you plan on asking the dreaded ‘what’s your greatest weakness?’ question (we will look at interview questions in another next section).

Take your time, and allow the candidate to take theirs – allow enough time for a good conversation, don’t aim to get them in and out in 20 minutes.

And finally – smile!

5. Get Your Questions Right

There are certain interview question stereotypes, which it is best to avoid if you want better interview outcomes.

There are standard questions that many interviewers ask, such as ‘what will you bring to the role’, ‘tell us what you know about our company’ and of course, ‘what is your greatest weakness’.

Try asking the candidate to explain a passion of theirs to you – preferably work related. As this will allow them to demonstrate their communication skills and their interests. It can help bring people out of their shell and shows how effective they can be at communicating ideas to another person.

Another great question right now is to ask how they coped with the Covid-19 crisis, either at home or at work. We all had to make changes to our lives and routines – did they take it in their stride or did they find it hard to adjust quickly to new ways of living and working?

Additionally, aim to curate an interview environment which feels like a conversation rather than an interrogation – this will put candidates at ease and makes the interview experience more pleasant and productive for everyone involved.

6. Candidate Aftercare

Ensure that you treat each candidate, even unsuccessful ones, as you would treat a customer, even after the interview process is over.

This is a great way of looking after your talent pipeline – candidates who are suitable but unsuccessful on this occasion will be inclined to apply again if they come out of the experience with a positive view of your company.

Respond to candidates in a timely manner – this goes for successful and unsuccessful candidates both during and after the interview process.

Encourage unsuccessful candidates to apply again, and you can even keep in touch on LinkedIn, where you can share information and updates about your business.

As for the successful candidate – congratulations on your new hire; now it’s time to get them onboarded successfully.

Finally

If you are looking to employ new talent into your organization and you need help attracting the right talent – we can help.

For more information on how we can help you recruit the high-performing individuals you need, get in touch with us at 919-813-2454 or email us at Info@TheBlackDiamondAgency.com.

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How To Handle Interview Rejection

After days or weeks of getting ready for your interview, few things are more crushing than learning you haven’t been successful in getting the job. Rejection is difficult to deal with in any part of life, but it can be particularly upsetting when you’re striving for the perfect career.

 

However, rejection is also a common part of the job searching process. Learning how to respond productively to a lost job opportunity is the way to ensure you don’t keep making the same mistakes the next time you meet with a hiring manager.

 

Here’s what you can do to correctly handle interview rejections.

 
Step 1: Ask if the Role Was What You Really Wanted

First, it’s worth asking whether the role was right for you in the first place. When you’re keen to take the next step in your career, you might start applying for just “close enough” roles to what you really want rather than seeking the ideal role.

 

Perhaps you were attracted to certain aspects of the position but were a little concerned about the company culture. Maybe you were happy about the opportunity to find your first job in an industry you thought you wanted to be in, but the position in question didn’t really give you much scope to showcase your skills.

 

If you weren’t particularly passionate about the job in the first place, there’s a good chance the hiring manager picked up on that fact. Maybe you rushed through the research stage of preparing for the interview or failed to leave a lasting impression.

Ask yourself whether this role was right for you, and if it wasn’t, consider adjusting your job search accordingly. Applying only for the positions you truly care about will motivate you to showcase the best version of yourself during your next interview.

 
Step 2: Reconsider Your Qualifications

Even if you liked the idea of the role you were applying for and thought it would be good for your career, you may not have been perfectly positioned for the job. Take another look at the job description and highlight the qualifications the manager was looking for. Do they match your education and experience perfectly?

 

If not, this could be a sign it wasn’t what you did in the interview that lost you the opportunity. No matter how confident you appear during the interview, most hiring managers will still prioritize candidates with the right qualifications.

 

If you continue applying for similar roles in the future, the best thing you can do now is start working on adding to your skills. Make a list of all the talents and educational credentials you don’t already have and start seeking them out. Even showing your “would-be” employer you’re tacking steps to learn new skills can improve your chances of getting your next role.

 
Step 3: Brush up on Your Interview Confidence

If you did have all of the correct qualifications and experience for the role you wanted, the problem could be with your technique. Lack of confidence during an interview is a common reason why around 40% of candidates don’t make it past the first interview stage.

 

Look back over the conversation you had with the hiring manager. Were you constantly fidgeting, looking down at your resume, or failing to make eye contact? Your body language in an interview can say a lot about you and how confident you feel in your abilities.

 

Try practicing with a friend or colleague to prepare for your next interview. Make a list of common interview questions similar to the ones you were asked in your last interview, and practice responding to them. Come up with competency-based answers which showcase your abilities and the skills that hiring managers are looking for.

Most importantly, practice demonstrating an air of positive self-esteem. Sit straight, keep your hands still, and make eye contact regularly. A smile can go a long way in an interview too.

 
Step 4: Look for Ways to Improve Next Time

Outside of increasing your confidence for an interview, you can take several other steps to improve your chances of success going forward. Take the time to go back over the interview in your head and ask yourself where you struggled.

 

Were there certain questions you didn’t have a good response to? If so, you can practice generating relevant answers. Maybe you misjudged the dress code or arrived late to a video meeting because you were busy setting up your camera.

 

You may have failed to make the right impression because you didn’t have enough information about the company you applied for. Around 47% of candidates fail their interviews because they haven’t done enough research. Learning as much as possible about the business before you start applying for roles will help you tailor your answers and resume to the company’s needs.

 
Step 5: Respond to your Interviewer

Finally, a good way to improve your chances of success in upcoming interviews is to respond to your interviewer after they send you the rejection message. Thank the company for their time, and they’ll be more likely to think of you positively if you apply for roles with the same business. What’s more, this is a great chance to ask for feedback.

 

If you’re not sure exactly what you did wrong during the conversation, request a little bit of detailed information on why they chose someone other than you. This will help you to highlight the areas you need to address before beginning your next job search.

You can even consider talking to your recruiting agency about how the interview went and see if they had any suggestions.

 
Time to Refresh Your Career Plan?

Sometimes, rejection after an interview is a sign you need to brush up on your interview skills and confidence. Other times, you could be setting yourself up for failure by applying for roles you’re not suited to in the first place. Working with a recruitment agency should ensure you only apply for the roles you’re most likely to be chosen for.

Here at The Black Diamond Agency, we have been helping corporate retailers with their talent acquisition and helping specialty retail talent find their ideal roles for over 7 years. If you want to find out how we can help, email us at Info@TheBlackDiamondAgency.com. We look forward to working with you!

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Lileah Akiode

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Lileah Akiode is the Managing Director of The Black Diamond Agency, a recruitment firm dedicated to connecting talented people with rewarding career opportunities. With a strong background in Talent Acquisition across different corporate retailers, Lileah brings a wealth of experience to ensure a seamless and positive candidate experience. In addition to corporate retail, Lileah also experience supporting the Financial Services and IT industries.

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