We talked to the HR Manager at one of our West Michigan clients about what they look for in an ideal candidate during the interview process. They’re a manufacturer providing metal processing, metal finishing, powder coating, assemblies, and supply chain management at our three facilities. They primarily manufacture custom furniture and automotive parts.
- What do you look for in an ideal candidate?
I look for the obvious things such as longevity with previous employers, relevant experience, etc. Other things that I look for are people who want to develop. We are growing, and we look for people who also want to grow with the company.
- What’s the biggest mistake you see candidates make during the application and interviewing process?
The biggest mistake that I see candidates make is coming in arrogant. We appreciate some confidence here, but arrogant people are typically difficult to work with. They struggle working as part of a team and listening to other people’s ideas.
- What’s one thing a candidate can do to impress you, or stand out from the crowd?
Something that is always impressive to me is if someone can have easy conversation during an interview. A lot of people come in nervous but if someone conducts themselves and we can’t tell that they are nervous, that is impressive.
- From a candidate point of view, what’s a benefit to you as an employer from having them go through a staffing agency such as iMPact Business Group?
From a candidate point of view, a benefit to us as an employer is that we know we are going to only get qualified candidates. Having an established relationship with a recruiter definitely helps. They get to know our team and what kind of personalities we have. We end up getting not only qualified candidates but people who will be a great personality fit as well.
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