7 Tips for Building a Strong Team

A strong team can overcome nearly any challenge; a weak one will crumble in the face of even everyday obstacles. To thrive in the oil and gas industry, you need a team with the strength, skill and resilience to tackle the challenges that arise in this ever-changing field.

Here are seven ways to build a stronger team:

  1. Ask, “What value does this employee bring to my company?” Ask this question whenever you evaluate a team member or candidate; then ask the team member or the candidate. Strong team members will offer an answer that focuses on action. The best team members will be able to articulate ideas that fit with the company’s overall goals.
  2. Hire for the long term. You need certain capabilities now, but you also need team members who can grow and adapt. Consider the skills and traits that will help ensure long-term success. Talk to your recruiter for help hiring candidates who can thrive in both the short and the long term.
  3. Understand your hiring objectives. Hiring to build a strong team means looking for slightly different capabilities and traits than hiring for individual strengths alone. Ask yourself what skills the team needs. Consider what personality traits the team is long (and short) on. Share your answers with your recruiter.
  4. Leverage social media. LinkedIn is specifically designed to seek out talented individuals, track when top performers leave competing companies and more. Leverage the power of social media to help you find the talent your team needs and to be ready to hire—or extend an offer to an already-employed superstar.
  5. Embrace diversity. Each member of a team brings a different perspective and skill set to the table. When determining what your team needs, decide what you need each person to do. Then, hire to meet these needs.
  6. Communicate with your team. Team members have unique views on the work, challenges and capabilities available than team leaders often have. Ask your team what they perceive their weaknesses and strengths to be. Then ask them to describe the ideal person they would add to the team.
  7. Work with your recruiter. Staffing firms specialize in helping their clients hire for the long term, build teams and strengthen a productive workplace culture. Work with your staffing partner to find the people you need.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters can help you find the talent you need to build a strong team, regardless of your position in the energy industry. Contact us today to learn more about our oil and gas recruiting solutions.

The Anatomy of a Great Interview Answer

At an interview for an energy job, you may be asked any number of questions. Some of these, like “Tell us about yourself” or “When have you failed?” are classics. Others are specific to the job, the employer or your professional background.

No matter what question you’re asked, however, every great interview answer has certain features in common. Here’s what you can expect to find in any great interview answer.

A direct response to the question.

Every great interview answer responds to the question. While this may seem obvious, it’s also common for candidates to give general answers, or to answer a related but unasked question, when they aren’t sure how to answer the question asked.

Believe it or not, an “I don’t know” is better than evading the question. When you say, “I don’t know,” then follow up with a brief explanation of how you would find the answer, you demonstrate you’re willing to admit your limitations and then push past them.

A connection between the content of the question, the candidate’s skills and the employer’s needs.

In a great interview answer, you stand out from other candidates by demonstrating you understand how the question relates both to the employer’s needs and to your own skill set. For instance, the question “When have you failed?” gives you the chance to describe how you learn from past mistakes and apply that knowledge to avoid repeating the error—an essential quality for employers who need to avoid similar mistakes and who want their staff to take charge of learning.

Specific, memorable examples.

A vivid story sticks in an interviewer’s memory long after lists of credentials or skills fade, and the person who told it sticks in the memory as well. Illustrate your answers to questions like “When have you failed?” or “What is your process for handling his problem?” by briefly telling a story of a time you addressed a similar issue, what you did and what the results were.

An answer to the question, “What’s in it for us?”

Every interview question has a second question hidden within it. That question is, “How does hiring this person help us?”

When asked, “Tell us about yourself,” your answer should frame your skills and experience in a way that explains how you’re valuable to the company. When asked, “Have you ever disagreed with your supervisor? What happened?”, tell your story in a way that demonstrates your ability to handle conflicts constructively with the ‘big picture’ in mind. When the employer knows you’ll be valuable to them, they’ll be far more likely to hire you.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters connect job seekers to some of the best job openings in the oil and gas industries. If you’re seeking a new job in the energy field, contact us today.

Keep Reading!

Related blog posts to explore: