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Hiring Independent Contractors for cleaning

Posted By Dhruval Patel, Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, April 4, 2017


I started my cleaning referral agency and I have the hardest time hiring independent contractors to start with my company. 


I post on Indeed and I get many applicants. I then text them to either fill out online application and other forms which did not go well as some try to fill it out and send incomplete application. I provide them clear direction on what to do with these online application. Some don't even respond to text.


I then tried texting these applicants to meet to discuss the position and fill out the forms in person. This is also not successfully as most cancel on me last minute or don't even respond.


Is anyone experienced this or experiencing this? It is so frustrating to deal with this unprofessional behavior. I can't start marketing to get clients because I am stuck with no staff. I have 2 staff ready but I need more. 


I feel that if you want to work then why not show that you want the job. 


I really need advise on what I should do to hire reliable independent contractors.




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Three Ways to Help a Job Applicant Relax and Tell You More

Posted By Erin L. Lasch CAE, Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Most job applicants find interviews to be high stress situations and even people who are normally friendly and engaging can seem guarded and tentative because they’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. This is why it’s important to spend the first few minutes engaging in small talk (sports, the weather, the commute). Only comfortable applicants will give you all the information you need to make a good decision. Here’s some other pointers:


  1. Body language: Candidates will subconsciously be affected by and respond to your body language. When interacting with applicants, use body language that is open and accepting (lean in toward them, keep your arms and hands open).
  2. Find common interests: Look for ways that the interviewee and you are alike. You may have a school or city in common. You may have shared interests or experiences.
  3. Tell stories: About yourself and the company. Interesting stories will create a picture of your company as a great place to work and give the candidate insight into company’s culture. Besides being informative, it takes the pressure off for a while.



Certified Speaking Professional Mel Kleiman is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant and author on strategies for hiring and retaining the best hourly employees and their managers. He is the president of Humetrics, a leading developer of systems, training processes, and tools for recruiting, selecting, and retaining an hourly workforce. For more information, call (713) 771-4401, email or visit and


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