Job interviews bring a range of emotions, from being ecstatic for getting it scheduled to terrified of going through with it. The days leading up to it can be filled with both preparations and anxiety. While you consider your outfit and your answers, try these three ways to mentally prepare yourself for your next interview.

Rid yourself of the negative.

It’s common in your worry to be overcome with negative thoughts and emotions. Your self-talk can turn from encouragement to doubt, telling you there’s no way you’re good enough to get the job. The level of intensity can vary, but if your brain is telling you anything that will hold you back, you need to get rid of it.

Whether you decide to journal out the negativity and confront it that way or speak them aloud to a trusted friend or counselor, make sure they aren’t simply brewing in your head. The longer you listen, the more you might start to believe, making you defeated before you even show up to be interviewed.

Practice makes perfect.

You can’t know what the interview will hold, but you can try to visualize it in practice. Use your past experiences and resources from the internet to assemble a mock interview structure, either mentally or on paper. Run through it and practice until you feel prepared.

In doing this, you’re giving yourself a sense of control over a situation you can’t control. You’ll become more confident in your answers and feel like you’re walking into something you’ve done before when you enter the interview room.

Try and relax.

Ultimately, you need to find ways to help you calm down. All the practice and ridding yourself of the negative in the world can’t save you if you can into the interview as a jumble of nerves. Being prepared helps, but it can’t erase the stress and anxiety from being in the situation.

Focus on your breathing and practice new techniques that can calm you down when the anxiety levels begin to build. This way, you’ve practiced techniques that work, and you can carry them confidently into the interview.

Take the next step in your job search.

Before you can nail the interview, you need to find the right job! Workbox Staffing is here to help. Our unique approach to staffing means we offer more than the other companies and can help place you in the office, warehouse, manufacturing, and light industrial jobs perfect for you. Search our job board today to see the available opportunities!

When you need additional support, but you can’t or don’t want to bring on additional full-time employees, you can choose part-time staff. These employees are there to provide the help you need when you need it, without becoming a long-term burden. While they can be a gift, they bring their own management challenges. Here are five strategies to help you manage your part-time employees.

1. Don’t view them differently

Even though an employee isn’t part of your permanent, full-time staff doesn’t mean they don’t have value. Treating them differently, or like they’re second to the rest of your staff, can cause problems. Always keep the mindset that they’re there to help your company, just like everyone else, and you’ll maintain much better relationships.

2. Give them a job to do

There’s a temptation when you bring on part-timers to just send them wherever you need help, but this can hurt the quality of your hires and the work completed. The work may not be full-time, but you still need someone with the right skills and experience. Write an actual job description and hire a person to do that specific job.

3. Attach them to specific projects

While the work is specific, they don’t necessarily need to be aligned with one department (role dependent). Sometimes, it might be wiser to bring them on for a job on a specific project where they’ll work cross-departmentally and potentially more productively as a result.

4. Meet with them

As a manager, you should take time to meet with everyone on your team, including part-time workers. In these conversations, you can find out how the work is going, how they’re adjusting, and anything you can do to support them in their role. By taking this time, you’re developing a better relationship and they’ll feel more dedicated and like they’re a real part of your company.

5. Include them during relevant meetings

Like earlier points is the fact that they need to be included in all relevant staff activities, regardless of status. When you don’t invite them, especially to a meeting related to their work, you’re sending a negative message to both them and the team, like they don’t really belong.

Let Workbox do the heavy lifting for you

When you need extra support in your office, light industrial, warehouse, or manufacturing setting, look no further than Workbox Staffing. We’re an employment agency with your mind, dedicating our work to finding the right employee for you – not just a body to fill the void. Through thorough vetting and thoughtful hiring, we make sure we’re delivering the right candidates every time. Call or stop into any of our locations to get started today!

SOS I Need Help Multitasking

It is often debated whether or not multitasking is an effective way of working, but it is frequently unavoidable. You have projects at the same level of priority with similar due dates and more in the pipeline, meaning you need to work on several items at once to make sure all requirements are being met. Even so, knowing you need to multitask doesn’t make it simple. Here are four tips to help you with multitasking at work.

1. Always Start With a Plan

One of the worst mistakes to make in multitasking is diving right in without thinking of how you’re going to balance the work. Before you begin working on several items at once, you need to figure out how you’re going to effectively do this.

Compare the different tasks and look for similarities in each. To keep your mind as focused as possible, you want the work to be in the same style, so you aren’t mentally jumping back and forth. Write out your to-do list reflecting these groupings and set goals so you can monitor your progress.

2. Keep Going Back to Your List and Goals

Once you’ve created this list, it should be used for more than just checking off what’s done. You want to use it to gauge how effectively you’re working and make sure you’re reaching the right milestones in a timely manner. If you keep checking back in with little-to-no progress, it might be time to rethink your strategy.

3. Remove All Distractions

In general, distractions get in the way of what you’re trying to accomplish and slow you down. When multitasking, these can pull you out of the zone and add even more time to get back into the rhythm of what you were doing.

Distractions can be any number of things, including noisy co-workers, email or your cellphone. To help yourself, consider putting on a pair of headphones, closing your email and flipping your phone over so you’re not letting interruptions slip into your work.

4. Review What You’ve Done

One danger of multitasking is doing the wrong work or using incorrect wording on one project, whether it’s from opening the wrong file or getting lost in the work and forgetting where you’re working. Once a task is completed, review what you’ve done to make sure it’s correct and relevant to the project.

Empower Yourself for a Better Tomorrow

When you’re ready for something new in your career, work with the staffing professionals dedicated to you. At Workbox Staffing, we pair you with a personalized career coach to make sure your skills and experience are understood, leading to a better match. Request a call today to learn more about how we can help you succeed.