August 23, 2005
The owners of
Cleaning and Supply are creating a new website exclusively for owners of
small janitorial cleaning companies who want to build a more profitable and
We'd like your
input on a short survey about what you'd like to see at our new website,
To take the survey, go
Membership Has Its
The Janitorial Store is coming soon! Here are just a few of the advantages for
becoming a member of The
- Members Only Bidding Calculators
- F.r.e.e Downloadable Forms
- F.r.e.e Live Tele-Seminars with Industry
- F.r.e.e Telephone Discussion Forums
- Online Discussion Forum
- And much more...!
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Tip of the Week
to the first edition of Trash Talk! You're receiving this newsletter
because you requested it through our sign up box at www.BrainerdLakes.biz.
We're late with
our first issue because we've been diligently working on our new website,
TheJanitorialStore.com. It's not quite ready yet, but we'll let you
know as soon as it is.
For more information,
check out the What's New section.
of the Week:
Tips for Smart Hiring of Cleaning Personnel
employers we tend to think that our opinion of the applicant is
the only thing that's important. But if we want to attract
top candidates we need to think about the image we portray to
applicants during the interview process.
these tips when preparing to conduct interviews:
distractions during the interview. Keep your desk clear of clutter,
don't answer the phone, and don't allow other employees to interrupt.
a good rapport with the applicant when starting the interview.
Make the person more comfortable by starting with some small
talk, getting them to open up to you.
- Make sure
your job descriptions are up to date, including the position's
responsibilities, the knowledge, skills, and experience required
of the applicant.
- Have a
prepared list of interview questions. The more familiar you
are with the questions, the better able you'll be able to focus
on listening to the applicant's responses. Plus you'll be able
to compare responses of each candidate.
- Ask open-ended
questions, avoiding the "yes" or "no" close-ended
questions. Ask things like, "Give me an example of a time
when...", or "Describe for me..."
- Stay focused
on asking job-related questions. Stay away for personal questions
like, "Do you have a baby sitter"? These are potentially
discriminating types of questions.
- Do more
listening than talking. It's hard to judge how an applicant
will perform on the job when you do all the talking!
- Take notes
during the interview. It'll be helpful to you when comparing
a number of candidates for the same position.
- Allow plenty
of time for each interview, and set up second interviews with
one of your supervisors or a trusted employee in order to get
a second opinion.
© 2005 The Janitorial Store (TM)
Steve and Jean Hanson are owners of Brainerd Lakes Cleaning and
Supply, and The Janitorial Store (TM).
Brainerd Lakes Cleaning and
Supply is a commercial cleaning company and janitorial supplies
company located in Brainerd, Minnesota. If you live in the Brainerd
Lakes area, visit www.BrainerdLakes.biz.
The Hansons have owned two successful
commercial cleaning companies since the 1980's, and decided
to create a community to help other small cleaning companies
grow their businesses and become more successful. The Janitorial
is an online community designed exclusively for the owners of
small cleaning companies and is coming
soon to www.TheJanitorialStore.com.
Copyright (c) Brainerd
Lakes Cleaning and Supply, and
The Janitorial Store
All Rights Reserved.
212 N. 5th St., Brainerd, MN 56401