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Reflecting on our Growth

Our company hit a significant milestone recently. We’re all grown up, at age twenty one. Just like a 21-year-old, our company has gone through growth spurts, and perhaps sometimes an awkward stage. And like a person, we have grown with knowledge and experience every year.

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Our 21st birthday is a sentimental one, full of celebration and reflection surrounding this coming of age milestone.

As we reflect, we’re proud that we’ve worked hard to develop solid, mature relationships because of trust and respect. Clients return for multiple placements and with each subsequent placement, we gain a better understanding of their unique culture fit.

We are so very thankful for so many loyal clients where we have developed a successful relationship that translates into placing all their new hires. When facilitating a candidate and company match, we always hope to get the fit right for our client but also help our candidates set off on a fulfilling career path. When we continue to work with these organizations year after year, we get to watch our former candidates progress within these organizations, which ends up being very fulfilling for us.

We often hear about all the great people our candidates were introduced to during the interviews we arrange; we love it when our clients showcase their employees, and ultimately their culture, during the interview process. We love it, even more, when we hear that our placements are now the employees interviewing new potential talent and helping to choose their next best hire.

We stay close to our clients and candidates, selfishly maybe – so we get to experience all these fulfilling moments… but also because as we mature, and our clients grow over time, our working relationship becomes easier. We become better at anticipating needs and recognizing good fit.

When we have a great interview at McNak, the team discusses where that person would fit best. Of course, we have open roles and immediate recruitment needs that we are working hard to fill… but, we also have the ability to imagine that person working for a specific client and fitting in great! We give that hiring manager a call, just in case they are thinking of growing the team anytime soon. This might be the same client who calls us in November to let us know they might be hiring in March, just so we can keep our eyes open in the meantime. Building on each year of partnership, with more knowledge, comes more success, and that is something to celebrate!

Just like a 21-year-old, we reflect on how far we’ve come, but also look forward to continuing to learn and grow. Saying this, maybe this milestone is more similar to a couple celebrating their 21st Anniversary? Our partnerships with clients are built on trust, growing from added knowledge and experiences year after year; we are better together, and it gets better with every year.

Millenials in the Workplace

Managing and motivating millenials in the workplace can leave some older generations with many questions. What makes them tick? What leadership style do they respond to? What are their core values in life? What keeps them engaged at work? As we get to know this youngest generation of workers, here’s a video interview with Simon Sinek below that sheds some light how millenials are perceived in the workplace, how they conduct their lives, and what corporations need to do to shape workplaces for the future.

Behavioural Questions on teamwork (continued)

Behavioural style questions help interviewers find corporate culture fit, by  looking at past behaviour which has been known to predict future performHuman Resourcesance.

The result that an interviewer intends to receive is a set of answers from the job seeker that will clearly indicate the situation, action taken and result.

Continued from last week’s post, below are more teamwork related behavioural questions that could be asked in a job interview:

  1. Tell me about some of the toughest groups with which you’ve had to work. What made the group tough? What did you do?
  2. Tell me about a new procedure you wanted your team to use. What did you do?
  3. Have you ever helped a cowoker improve his, her performance at work? Tell me about one of these times.
  4. Tell me about a time when you needed someone’s cooperation to complete a task an the person was uncooperative. What did you do? Why?
  5. Have you ever been in a group with an unproductive person? How did you handle the situation?
  6. Have you ever helped a peer learn something new? How did you teach this person?
  7. Have you ever had to work with a new employee? Describe your working relationship. What did you do the make it this way? Give an example of your interactions with this person.

 

The interview: Behavioural Questions on teamwork

In many business cultures, it is teamwork that makes all the difference. Behind every successful person stands a unified team.  Teamwork and cooperation is what drives a business forward.Found it!

Behavioural style questions help interviewers find that corporate culture fit, by  looking at past behaviour which has been known to predict future performance.

Here is a sampling of teamwork related behavioural questions that could be asked in a job interview:

  1. Describe a situation in which you helped a peer or coworker.
  2. Tell me about some team members who take up your time discussing problems. How do you handle these situations? Give a specific example.
  3. Describe some situations in which you wished you’d acted differently with someone in your work group. What happened?
  4. Give me an example of a time when you worked with team members in deciding each person’s task.
  5. Have you ever had difficulty getting along with coworkers? How did you handle the situation?
  6. When dealing with team members (or a group), how do you determine when you are pushing an issue or decision too hard? Tell me about a time when you pushed too hard.
  7. What was the last idea you shared with a team member? Why did you share it with that person?

Happy 20th Birthday McNeill Nakamoto!

Today, we celebrate 20 years of doing what we love, and doing what we do best…

It was on a Monday in September 1996 when McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group was founded by Sarah McNeill and Cheryl Nakamoto.

“Sarah and I wanted to create a different kind of recruitment company that personalized the recruitment process for both our clients and candidates,” says Cheryl Nakamoto, “and we plan to continue striving to be the most customer focused staffing and recruitment company.”Happy Birthday McNak

Since 1996, McNak has stayed true to its roots; we’re still all about WOW. FUN. PEOPLE. Our core values have not changed since the inception of McNeill Nakamoto, and these are values everyone in our company feels strongly about.

We are committed to creating positive experiences and work to provide the highest standards of professionalism, positive energy, and client focused services. After all these years, McNak still enjoys conjuring up new ways to make our clients and candidates say ‘WOW’.

We show pride and enthusiasm in everything we do, adding innovative and fresh ways of doing our work. We smile and laugh every day, making the McNak experience FUN for clients and candidates.

We work to add significant value to our partners by connecting exceptional PEOPLE with outstanding companies and lasting opportunities that will deeply impact their lives and careers. We truly get to know our clients and candidates, delivering outstanding ‘cultural fit’.

“It is extremely rewarding to see candidates we’ve placed over the past 20 years, enjoying long successful careers” Cheryl reflects, “and we feel very grateful for the continued partnerships we have with so many exceptional companies in Vancouver.”

Thank you to our clients, candidates and our team who have helped to build the McNak brand over the last 20 years. We are excited about the next decade as we continue to believe in the magic of WOW. FUN. PEOPLE.

 

Job Interview

This is a few years old, but all the same a great video on the ultimate job interview. Enjoy!

Global Recruiting Trends of 2016

Interesting statistics regarding talent acquisition. Keep these in mind whether you are hiring, or seeking employment.

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infographic source: Lucas Blake

Office Temperature Wars

Baby it’s cold outside.

And sometimes it is cold inside too, if your coworkers are adjusting the office thermostat. One’s level of comfort can be completely different from others.

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Happy Birthday to us!

McNak BirthdayMcNeill Nakamoto turned 19 years old this week. We love to celebrate successes. And if you visit our behind the scenes photos on Facebook, you will know that we love to celebrate with food! Breakfast treats and afternoon cake one day, a pot luck lunch another day. And next week we will continue the celebrations with a night out as a team.

We are celebrating 19 years of doing what we love, and doing what we do best….

Since founding McNak  in 1996, our company has stayed true to its roots and continues to colour outside the lines. We are still crazy about positive experiences for our candidates and clients after all these years. Team McNak enjoys every day conjuring up new ways to make ourselves and others smile.

Our commitment to fun lives on. Its just the McNak way.

Happy Birthday McNak!

What Today’s Employers Are Looking For

What are the most sought-after skills in 2015? Take a look as this infographic from Workopolis on what employers in Canada are looking for in 2015.

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