Active Listening for Interview Success

In a previous blog we focused on employers boosting their employees’ productivity andActive Listening For Interview Success morale by listening to them. Now we want to discuss how being a good listener as an employee or job seeker can help you succeed within the workplace and in your next interview.

First, it’s important to understand how overwhelming plain-old listening can be. As humans, we can talk at a rate of 125 to 175 words per minute, but we listen at a rate of 125 to 250 words per minute. The fluctuation can create a gap wide enough for missed parts of a conversation no matter how important the information. In fact, we can typically only recall 50% of what someone said immediately after they have said it.

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ESP a Fast Growing Company

Today, ESP is once again ranked as the 12th fastest growing privately-held companies in MN.

Along with reviewing our financial information from the past three years, the Business Journal asked ESP President & CEO some questions regarding our current and future growth:

What are you looking forward to most in the coming fiscal year?
Continuing to grow our IT staffing business by building our internal team with strategic hires, and creating a specialty software and industry practice.

What is the biggest challenge your company will face in the coming year, and what is your strategy to overcome it?
Continuing to attract the best talent in a competitive and growing industry. To overcome it, we’re always using creative techniques—both new and practiced—for finding top talent to ensure we make great and timely hires for ourselves and our clients.

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Improve Productivity & Morale: Listen to Your Employees

We typically take in only about half of what we hear and forget roughly half of that the nextImprove Productivity Listen to Your Employees day according to Business2Community. That means if you aren’t working extra hard to absorb information you could lose 75% of the information overnight. If one of your employees gives you a great idea but you weren’t listening quite closely enough and forget it, you could have a huge problem on your hands.

In a study by John Izzo, author of “Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything,” the number one reason employees don’t take more initiative at work is because no one listens to their opinions when making decisions. And without employees taking initiative, it’s going to be a lot harder to get work done.

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From Cupcakes to Cake pops, it’s ESP’s Birthday Again

When we blew out the candles on our cupcakes last year, we never would have guessed so many of our wishes would come true. Today is ESP’s 44th Birthday, and while there are a few pending wishes left (we can’t tell you what they are, or you know they won’t come true!) we are excited to reflect on the past year. Looking back at our photo from last year, it may be hard to recognize us, as we, like Madonna, keep reinventing ourselves, even well into our forties.

During this last year we thought a lot about who we are, what has made us successful, who we want to be as we continue to grow, and how we can continue to provide the best service for the companies and IT pros we work with. Staying true to our company values and history, we learned what “Express Yourself” really means while re-branding with a new logo and reviewing our company messages.

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