November 18, 2013
Do You Really Want to Work There?
Get Your Questions Answered When Interviewing for a Job
Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager
By Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager, Redfish Technology
The interview process is the usually final step in a company’s selection and vetting process, contingent upon reference and background checks of course.
For candidates this is also the last step typically in the application process. And certainly it is the best opportunity to learn as much as possible about the work environment and company culture, the personalities on the team and the management style, the less tangible aspects that aren’t written on the job description or the company website.
Recruiters often ask candidates along the application process to gauge their interest in a specific opportunity. This is something the candidate should be doing throughout the process. (more…)
September 16, 2013
Don’t Be Stymied In Your Job Interview
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By Anna Mathieu, Redfish Technology
Unless you are a reporter, a recruiter, or other special personality, you probably don’t interview on a regular basis. An interview is a sales presentation, the company’s goal is to purchase (hire) a new employee and you want to be the choice. Honing any skill set requires practice and preparation.
You can practice with a friend or colleague by using a list of interview questions and asking your mock interviewer to change them up and throw some curve balls. You can practice aloud in the shower or in your car, answering classic questions that are likely to be asked, varying your vocabulary and presentation while hitting your main points. You can prepare by researching interview questions in your sector. Ask.com has a list of 20 common interview questions, and Forbes a list of 50 questions, or search for your niche, ex. Java developer interview questions. (more…)
July 1, 2013
Jon Piggins – IT Recruiter, Sales & Marketing
Sure Fire Ways to Sabotage Your Job Interview
By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing
You Only Get One Opportunity to Make a First Impression
When the interviewer greets you, don’t wait awkwardly and immobile in your seat.
Make a great first impression, you only get one shot at this. When you meet the interviewers or any of the staff, look the person in the eye and say hello, offer your hand and shake hands confidently. (more…)
April 29, 2013
Become the Solution To The Job Interviewer’s Problem
by Carole Martin, The Interview Coach
The absolute worst way to go to an interview is with the attitude of: “Please, please – hire me.”
When you go to an interview with that attitude you appear desperate. And even though you actually may be desperate in a difficult job market, you don’t want to appear that way.
The demeanor and attitude that you bring to the interview will set the tone for the entire interview.
Let’s look at it from the employer’s/interviewer’s point of view. (more…)
March 4, 2013
Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications
Giving Good Phone
How to Perform Well on a Telephone Interview
By Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager
Almost every tech company these days will hold phone interviews before any onsite is scheduled. While this means you can keep you comfy slippers on, it doesn’t mean you should get too cozy. To perform well on a telephone interview, first you must prepare in much the same way as for an in-person interview (slippers aside). Next, you must put on your phone etiquette and your listening ears. (more…)
February 18, 2013
Ranking Yourself: Be Confident yet Self-Aware
By Nathan Stuller
A common interview tactic is to ask you, the candidate, to rank yourself on acquired technical skills, attributes, and aptitude. The interviewer may run through a list of them, asking you to simply “rank yourself from 1 to 10 on:”
• Leadership ability
• Getting along with coworkers
• How hard-working you are (more…)
November 12, 2012
The Top 100 Web Resources for Managers
Managers are asked to fulfill numerous duties in order to keep an organization well balanced and working efficiently. Whether they’re overseeing specific projects, meeting with employees or assisting hands-on with daily functions, a manager’s role is to make sound business decisions that keep the company ahead of the competition.
The following list recognizes some of the top websites and blogs in multiple categories including Management, Human Resources, Operations Management, Strategic Management, Marketing, Finance, and IT Management.
There were many factors that went into the selection of these sites including web presence, number of visitors, content quality and peer recommendations. Each site offers a unique perspective on the subject of management and leadership in a business setting. In order to navigate to each management category, click on the section you wish to go to at the top of the page. Please note: websites are not listed in order of rank. (more…)
October 22, 2012
September 24, 2012
Have you been fired and don’t know how to talk about it in the job interview?
Author: Carole Martin, www.interviewcoach.com
1. Script Your Thoughts.
Whether you were fired under unfair circumstances or for something you did that you regret, write down your thoughts on how you would explain the instance. Read your script aloud or use a tape recorder and practice until you like what you hear. Better yet, answer the question for someone else in a mock interview. Have him observe your interview technique — your body language, eye contact and comfort-level while discussing your experience. Feedback from someone else will help you improve your presentation. (more…)
August 20, 2012
“What is Your Management Style?”
Asked the Interviewer
The Redfish Technology Team
by the Redfish Technology staff
Are you prepared to present your management savvy and experience in your next interview? Here are some questions to consider in preparing for the interview.
August 13, 2012
The Job Interview and Your Ears
By Carole Martin
If you thought interviewing was only about answering questions, you’ve been missing the point. You’ve also been missing an opportunity to gather valuable information. Listening is one of the skills most underutilized by candidates. Most people go into the interview thinking and worrying about how they will answer the questions, and they forget that they are there to find out about the job and the company. They forget to listen, observe and read between the lines.
July 23, 2012
5 Reasons Why You Need More Than a Good Resume to Stand Out from the Crowd
“It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” – Whitney M. Young
You’ve probably heard hundreds of times that your resume is the most important document in your job search, and, that is so. But if you want to stand out from the competition, I say you need more than a great resume. In the end, only technically qualified candidates will get to interview for any open job. And, while your resume may (or may not) help you get in the door, you will need more than your resume to get the job. So, you may ask, what else do you need? Lots of research, interview preparation and (unfortunately), additional “documentation”. (more…)
July 16, 2012
Managing Expectations:A Prerequisite to Successful Hiring
Heidi Clark, COO, CHO (Chief Humanity Officer)
By Heidi Clark, COO, CHO
One of the key competencies of an executive recruiter is that of setting expectations, yours and mine.
The recruiter is out there acting as an emissary for a company. She must embody the corporate values and ethics of his client, she must create enthusiasm and motivation for the opportunity. When reaching out to both potential candidates and professionals who may refer the next candidate, the recruiter is representing the company brand. The better the collaboration and communication between the hiring manager and the recruiter, the more successful the process. (more…)
July 2, 2012
Should You Screen for Cultural Fit in the Hiring Process?
Cultural Fit should be a major factor in any hiring process, because it is one of the main reasons an employee doesn’t succeed or stay on once hired. With the cost of turnover to be avoided whenever possible, assessing cultural fit from the get go is a must. Candidates who fit into the company culture will contribute faster, perform better and have longer tenure.
June 4, 2012
May the Equity Packages Be Forever in Your Favor
By Joseph Walker.
Joanna Bradley, IT Sales & Marketing Recruitment Manager, was interviewed for this story on evaluating opportunities at start-ups. This article was originally published on the FINS (Wall Street Journal Digital Network) website.
You’ve decided to join a start-up. You’ve gone through a rigorous interview selection process and have been deemed worthy of joining a small band of brothers dedicated to nothing less than ringing the Nasdaq bell and becoming millionaires many times over. (more…)
April 30, 2012
The Dos and Don’ts of Interview Follow-Up
By Beth Cliff, IT Engineering Recruitment Manager, Redfish Technology
Do call your recruiter.
When working with a recruiter, let that person know how it went. Give them a call shortly after the interview to give your impressions, discuss anything unexpected that came up, affirm your interest, and discuss next steps in the process. (more…)
February 20, 2012
What are Your Interview Takeaways?
Job Interviews are not the most natural situation for most of us. Typically you are meeting the interviewer(s) for the first time, most likely in a new place with a company you don’t know intimately. You need to convince the person that you are the best person for a job that you have not practiced with that employer. And hopefully you only do this every few years, so you may not have had a lot of practice lately. Ug.
Whether you are speaking with a recruiter or a hiring manager, there are proven ways to make a good impression and effectively communicate who you are and what you have to offer. First of all, prepare several talking points (and don’t forget the last one like happened in a recent political debate). Have the main points you want to make to the interviewer down pat. This will allow you to say on point.
Identify the company’s or the hiring manager’s priorities ahead of time if possible, or at the outset of the interview. If you work with a recruiter or have an opening conversation, ask what those priorities to prepare for the interview. Dialogue with colleagues and industry professionals to learn about what the company/position/sector really needs to succeed. Research the company’s culture, track record and mission/vision. Now tailor your talking points to how your skills and abilities will fit the company’s needs and strategic vision.
Armed with your talking points, you should relax and dialogue naturally incorporating your message into your responses. If you are asked about your track record, know how your successes will match up with what the hiring manager needs from his next hire. If you are asked about previous challenges and how you overcame them, choose an example that shows that your decision making would be an asset for this company’s needs. Align your answers to support the takeaways that you want to leave with the interviewer.
Remember, this isn’t a social call, it is a sales pitch. You must sell yourself, your experience, your abilities, and your fit, while demonstrating how you meet the company’s needs and effectively communicating your takeaways.
Redfish offers a number of job serach and career managment articles on the Redfish website in the Candidate Resource Library. Check it out!
October 3, 2011
Secrets to Impressing your Recruiter and Landing the Job
Whether you are applying directly to a company or working with an independent search firm, you need to impress the recruiter! The recruiter is likely your first point of contact, you need to impress them and do your part to streamline the process.
July 7, 2011
Hiring the Right Candidate:
Set Bait, Cut Bait
By Shannon Tinker
While staffing industry pros are acutely aware of the ins and outs of finding and closing candidates, I’d bet the rest of the world doesn’t spend much time contemplating the hiring process. In fact, during a candidate rich market, employers may land their dream candidate by skipping a bunch of hiring “steps,” including “the close.” But what happens when the market shifts?
An improving job market isn’t all roses and smiley faces. Simple supply and demand dictates, and unfortunately a flourishing job market also, lead to losing more candidates to competing opportunities. While tragic, some losses are unavoidable. Yet, other times a quick re-read of the “Closing Candidates 101” handbook may give you the upper hand.
Closing the right candidate really requires little or no sales ability whatsoever and is remarkably simple. Really. (more…)
April 14, 2011
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How to Hire the Best Candidate: Get Out of Your Own Way
By Shannon Tinker
Last month, I offered some pre-resume reviewing steps for preserving time and sanity during the hiring process. Hiring isn’t rocket science. You get approval, decide what you want and need and then go about finding “It.” What’s surprising is what happens when you do find “It.” Managers make tough decisions daily, yet when faced with a viable candidate they don’t always make their move.
Even veteran managers accumulate reasons for why they shouldn’t extend a job offer to the right candidate. I’m not suggesting that you should jump on any candidate with Java on his resume and a pulse. (This isn’t 1999!) But it is interesting and heartbreaking when “best practices” and fear get in the way of hiring your next star employee. (more…)