All Blog Posts Tagged 'interviewing' (145)

Nail your Interview!

I usually don't plug other people's services on this blog, but in these difficult times you need to distinguish yourself from the rest of the pack when you interview. I have worked with Greg Chenevert for a few years now and have found him to be the most effective coach on all things related to communication. He has worked to help all types of people improve their communications in the areas of sales, interviewing, networking, writing. Even political… Continue

Added by Bill Meirs on March 24, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Are you listening?

Interviewing can be stressful for everyone. But one of the most important things to do when you are in an Interview is LISTEN. In feedback that I have been receiving from clients today is that candidates right now are not listening to the questions that are being asked. They are just diving into why they are the right fit for the job.

Make sure you listen to the questions that are being asked and answer the question is a direct way back. Too wordy of an answer or giving too many examples… Continue

Added by Chernee Vitello on February 24, 2009 at 9:13am — No Comments

Changing marketplace, demands better preparation

After attending previous ERE and ASA conferences and working with staffing clients over the years, I have been told many times over and over...the staffing companies need to 'think forward". This was the biggest reason I left my career in human resources (recruitment and training) and started putting my skills, knowledge and experience to use. My partner and I wanted to create a software that was specific to the staffing industry that they could provide to their candidates. We wanted to create… Continue

Added by Moshin Manji on February 2, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

Candidates TTM

Sarah Needleman wrote a great piece in today's Wall Street Journal on candidates over selling themselves through over communication, aka, TTM, aka Talking Too Much and by being too confident and arrogant. You can read it here:

Added by Vikki Pachera on January 16, 2009 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Resume & Candidate Interview training

I'm in search of a website or training software that could possibly train people on how to become better recruiters. Things like how to screen through resumes to find the perfect candidates for job orders and how to interview a candidate the right way no matter what industry they are looking to apply to. Please feel free to send me a message or post something to my page so that I can read it. I'm trying to get this information for a friend that wants to go into business with me and she doesn't… Continue

Added by Jenn Asson on January 15, 2009 at 8:40am — 2 Comments

The Tao of The Hire

Somewhere a True Believer is training to recruit your candidate. He is training with minimal food or water, in austere conditions, training day and night. The only thing clean on him is his phone and his Web 2.0 gear. He doesn't worry about what workout to do - his ruck weighs what it weighs, his runs end when his Candidate is hired and the Hiring Manager's need is filled.

This True Believer is not concerned about 'how hard it is;' he knows either he wins or he does not. He doesn't… Continue

Added by Dave Graziano on January 13, 2009 at 4:03pm — 3 Comments

Thanks for everything, we're laying you off. Merry Christmas! (Days 5 & 6)

See the previous blog entry to this series here.

So the weekend ended and I got a flood of emails and phone calls on Monday (some of which came from my previous company as there are many there looking too). So many in fact that another week a has gone by and I still find myself responding to many of these emails and phone calls. (Sorry if you are one of those that I have not… Continue

Added by Steve on December 15, 2008 at 8:50pm — 1 Comment

Was Your Candidate Truly Laid-Off, or Just Plain FIRED?

As a recruiter I do have a great deal of sympathy for the droves of professionals being caught up in the current nationwide trend of mass layoffs. As someone who has been laid off from a job once before, I also have empathy for anyone who finds themselves caught up in a layoff situation.

However, no matter how much downsizing is happening in the market, I still proceed cautiously with a candidate who states that he or she has been laid off. . . . I can't help it, but the little "red… Continue

Added by Andrea Santiago on December 10, 2008 at 1:36am — 1 Comment

Developing Your Personal Brand- the first step in a job search

The Pachera Group is hosting a webinar on December 9th at 10am Pacific.

Whether you are in the job market or positioning yourself for future success, you need a strong, memorable, personal brand in order to stand out. We now compete nationally for opportunities and differentiating ourselves has never been more important.

In this seminar, executive recruiter, Vikki Pachera & team, will show you how to create your own brand to ensure you stand out. We'll start with your… Continue

Added by Vikki Pachera on November 25, 2008 at 7:11pm — 2 Comments

Trick or Treating insights

On Halloween I took my 3 year old to a local mall for trick or treating. As we went around the different retailers, most gave out stickers, and the candy that was given out was mostly dum-dum's and small tootsie rolls. Clearly not the year of the retailer. What really caught my attention was that several companies decided either to give out coupons (15 off your next 75 dollar purchase at our store) or simply did not participate.

It left such an impression on me, that I found my self… Continue

Added by Julia Stone on November 3, 2008 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Yes we need a work sample

The concept of getting work samples from potential employees is not new, and in certain industries it’s absolutely the only way to go (artist’s portfolio, etc.). However, in the IT field there seems to be a new wave of companies that are not just asking for, but requiring candidates to submit work samples even prior to any interview process beginning.

This may seem logical and even reasonable to some but in the IT world issues surrounding proprietary work as well as intellectual… Continue

Added by bill martineau on September 19, 2008 at 3:32pm — No Comments

How did you do?

We all want feedback from the candidate in an attempt to ascertain how they did during the interview, but from what I’ve seen in my twenty years of recruiting most candidates have an inability to truly separate how they feel about the job opportunity (interest level) from how they did on the interview (performance). So they are the wrong person to ask how they performed.

Let’s face it almost every candidate walks away from an interview interested in the job and wants to communicate… Continue

Added by bill martineau on September 17, 2008 at 9:07am — No Comments

Video Interviewing - Put your candidate’s best face forward

Video Resumes, Video Cover Letters or Video Interviews - The benefits of video services like Vipe, as shown by Plugged-in Pete.

I think that these video resumes, or as I call them, “video cover letters” can be a very good initial representation of a candidate. This is the candidate’s opportunity to get their best foot forward when presenting themselves. Or I guess in this case it’s their best face forward!

Sure, they can be done over and over… Continue

Added by Mark Tortorici on September 5, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Recruiting In The Silicon Valley

On My visit to the Silicon Valley I got to know some really cool recruiters that volunteer their time on the California Professional Staffing Association. They head up the Silicon Valley chapter and welcomed me to the area with open arms. As we ate, drank fabulous wine and shared many funny stories, I began to make some new friends and feel like I was in my second home (maybe it was the wine?).

Our conversation spun from vacation… Continue

Added by Margaret Graziano on July 28, 2008 at 1:22am — No Comments

Behavioral Interviewing For Engineers

Previously posted on

In my conversations with recruiters specializing in placing Engineers they are adamant about the point that Engineers get hired for their credentials and not their behaviors. Interestingly enough their corporate counterparts disagree.

Given 50% of all Engineers will retire in the next 10-15 years, there is a mass concern among companies that operate with these people at their helm...They are… Continue

Added by Margaret Graziano on July 24, 2008 at 8:28am — No Comments

Are you greatful for the CHUM.....or are you worthy of the CENTER CUT

As I coach recruiters each week on their sales strategies, I often hear the same story..............fighting their way to the top of the many pile; and desperately attempting to look, sound or feel different. The reality is once you engage in the commodities game.............ITS OVER.

You do not need me to tell you, or harp on you about the world we live all read the paper, watch the news, or have an 'in tune' friend who keeps you up to date on the happenings.… Continue

Added by Margaret Graziano on July 23, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

GO Put Your Strengths To Work - Marcus Buckingham

I saw Marcus Buckingham speak at a Willow Creek Leadership event last summer. I was surprised and delighted with his message and it was quite simple. Go do what you do really well, and stop doing anything you don't do well.

While most people view his words as inspirational yet hard to practice; I am at a unique point in my life, maybe it is the double digit 44 thing or maybe it is the 20 odd years I have spent in the staffing and recruiting space. I view his words as a call to… Continue

Added by Margaret Graziano on July 22, 2008 at 4:43am — No Comments

Hiring Practices That Kill Deals… or How to Avoid Faceplanting in the Net

In the early spring of this year, the flowers were blooming, birds were singing, and I began to plan my summer garden. The previous year was a complete bust for my container garden. Poor location coupled with an unusually cool and cloudy summer doomed my basil and tomatoes from the outset, and my peppers didn’t fare much better. Relocating the container garden to my back yard would afford it better sunshine (if there was sunshine to be had) and a location that would make it easier to water and… Continue

Added by Nancy Ford on July 21, 2008 at 3:49pm — 1 Comment

Northern California Here I Come

I always thought it would be retirement that brought me to No Cal. And then I sold my business. And then my teenager told me that he wanted to go to school in Cali. And then I just so happened to be visiting for 2 weeks. And then I just happened to be launching a software as a service recruiting and selection tool. Holy Cow, maybe this is supposed to be.

I came home and told everyone; kids (one was with me), son in San Antonio, Mother, Brother, Sisters, Friends...and no one is trying… Continue

Added by Margaret Graziano on July 17, 2008 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Advice and counsel starts with the self awareness of candidates

When trying to help candidates get the best job most recruiters are prepared to delve into their career hopes and dream and help them divine a path for them to accomplish those goals. However, during just such a conversation the other day it came to me that not only this particular candidate, but most candidates, lack the fundamental knowledge to start the conversation. In fact, most don’t spend any time at all thinking about their careers.

So where are you in your career? Do you… Continue

Added by bill martineau on July 15, 2008 at 2:40pm — 3 Comments

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