How to Hire Slowly and Fire Gracefully

We have all heard the saying “Hire slowly and fire quickly.” This is certainly good advice, but sometimes firing quickly can cause unanticipated consequences. It is always in your best interest to end any employment relationship amicably even if that employee didn’t meet your standards. In this article we identify some of the basic steps you can take to minimize your liability when terminating an employee and teach you how to hire slowly and fire gracefully. … Continue readingHow to Hire Slowly and Fire Gracefully

Illegal Interview Questions

Fear not – if you’re worried about asking the wrong interview questions, you can hire the pros at R.E.A. Staffing to screen and interview your candidates for you. Once you’re prepared to meet with the top-tier applicants, we’ll provide you with a list of questions and a variety of tried and true prompts to ensure that your business is protected from legal repercussions.
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20 Rules for Succeeding as a Team

Succeeding as a team can be a challenge. Different personalities, different roles and a fair amount of high-stress situations can often make teamwork seem impossible. These are my “golden rules” for working together as an agent/assistant team, although these concepts could really be applied to any boss/assistant relationship. I believe that a great assistant “manages up” and a great boss sets the goals, priorities and standards for the company, and then focuses on production related activities while their staff handles the rest. I encourage you to share this list with your team and discuss which items need some work. … Continue reading20 Rules for Succeeding as a Team

Real Estate Interview Rules and Red Flags

The process of hiring an assistant, whether it is your first or your tenth is always faced with some level of trepidation. We all want to find the perfect assistant and never have to go through the hiring process again anytime soon. We try to find clues during the interview process that point to a candidate’s potential for success or failure on our team. As much as there are things to look for in an assistant, there are also a few warning signs, or red flags, you want to look out for and avoid. … Continue readingReal Estate Interview Rules and Red Flags

How Your Social Media Profile Could Make or Break Your Next Job Opportunity

Always follow the old saying about not posting anything that would make you embarrassed if it were published on the front page of a newspaper. Don’t use Facebook as a forum to vent on everything you hate about life, your job, someone else, or a company – talk to a friend in person if you feel the need to vent. Some people recommend creating separate personal profiles – one for business and one for family and close friends only – but this is not recommended because it can be next to impossible to manage.
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How to Hire Right the First Time

Have you ever made a bad hire for your company or culture? Wasn’t it frustrating and expensive? When you add up all the time and money it takes to hire someone, making a bad hire will cost you upwards of 5 times their salary if they don’t work out. So how can you improve your odds of making the right hire the first time? The first thing you should think about is this: “If the job could talk, what would it say”? What are some of the behaviors, motivators or values, and competencies needed to be successful in that role,  and how can we measure those in a way that is reliable? The Answer: DISC! … Continue readingHow to Hire Right the First Time