7 Tips For a Successful Video Interview

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Interview, Job Search

7 Tips For a Successful Video Interview

By: Jon Piggins, Director of Business Development

Redfish Technology

 

We’re seeing more of our clients utilize video interviews (both live & recorded) and while they can be an efficient tool in the interview process, they also present some unique challenges. There are plenty of articles out there that give good basic advice; dress as you would for a professional email, have an appropriate setting/backdrop, speak clearly. Here’s some additional advice that comes straight from challenges our candidates & clients have experienced.

 

Test, Prepare & Practice: Live video or recorded interviews can be awkward. Record yourself & playback to see where you might improve your “on air” performance…are you mumbling or fidgeting, could the lighting be better, is the camera angle off (it should be at eye level, showing your upper torso with some space above your head). You can also practice “live” with a friend & ask them to critique you. Look into the camera: Don’t forget to smile and make eye contact when appropriate.

 

Have a pen, notepad and copy of your resume on your desk…just as you would for an in person interview.

 

When scheduling your interview, ask the interviewer for their cell or direct office phone number. In the event you have technical difficulties or the audio/video cuts out, you can call then at that number to troubleshoot, finish via phone, or pick a time to reschedule.

 

Remove all potential distractions: Put your phone on silent & unplug your landline. Put a sign on your door stating that you’re conducting a video interview & to not ring the doorbell or knock. If there is an interruption (someone enters the room, your dog starts barking, etc), apologize to the interviewer, ask for a few moments, mute your microphone & disable your camera. Deal with the source of the interruption and make sure the room is secure before proceeding with the interview.

 

Create cue cards or a “cheat sheet”: This is one way to turn the odds in you favor in a way you can’t during an in-person interview. Write down questions, key points you’d like to hit, information about the company or hiring manager and post them behind the camera so that you can reference them during the interview.

 

Turn off all programs and applications on your computer that could interrupt the interview. Pop-ups, sounds & IM’s have caused embarrassing distractions during interviews.

 

As with any interview, make sure to follow up with a thank you. Pairing an email & handwritten note is best, but even a thoughtful thank you email goes a long way. For more advice on interviewing, or any of your career search needs, feel free to contact us!

WEEKLY CAREER RECRUITING SPOTLIGHT – WEST COAST ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES, MARKETING MANAGER IN THE BAY AREA, ENGINEERS IN LOS ANGELES, DIRECTOR OF SALES OPERATIONS IN TX, AND MORE!

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WEEKLY CAREER RECRUITING SPOTLIGHT

WEST COAST ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES, MARKETING MANAGER IN THE BAY AREA, ENGINEERS IN LOS ANGELES, DIRECTOR OF SALES OPERATIONS IN TX, AND MORE!

This week, we’re recruiting for featured positions across the U.S including: Account Executives on the West Coast for a Bay Area based Enterprise Machine Learning client, a Marketing Manager role with an “adaptive learning” client, Multiple Engineering positions (QA, Release Engineer, & Frontend) for a B2C eCommerce firm with offices in Downtown LA and a senior level Sales Operations Director for a Global Logistics company in TX.

 

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES, WEST COAST
Our client’s secure machine learning platform is deployed with some of the largest enterprises in the world across finance, healthcare, and technology. They empower their customers to securely unlock value from previously untouchable data, while ensuring that no data can be exposed or exploited. We are looking for enterprise account executives with a deep background in solutions selling (based in any major West Coast city).

 

MARKETING MANAGER
Our client is building a leading technology company and changing the way people learn. They make software that enables institutions and organizations to create personalized learning and training experiences that help people learn more efficiently and quantify what they know. They have a wide range of clients, from leading publishers (including Cengage, Elsevier, McGraw-Hill) to online course providers (such as edX) to innovative academic institutions (like ASU and NYU. The Marketing Manager role represents a fantastic, ground-up opportunity to help change how the world learns.

 

MOBILE QA, RELEASE ENGINEERS & FRONTEND DEVELOPERS
This cross-platform digital technology company is focused on bringing people together to celebrate the most important life moments, from kids’ birthdays to happy hours. The company has already assembled a core team of veteran technologists, developers and product folks but they need even more people who are passionate about what it takes to make, operate and publish great consumer focused products.

 

DIRECTOR OF SALES OPERATIONS
Our client is leveraging AI & Machine Learning to revolutionize end to end global logistics & supply chain management. Their technology brings together data from customers, channels, suppliers, contract manufacturers and partners, allowing companies to use that data in real time, with cognitive artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive smarter decisions. They have a need for a polished Senior level Sales Operations Director for their rapidly expanding team.

 

 

SEARCH ALL JOBS
Above are some of the key opportunities that are priority hires for us this week. You can find details on these jobs and other fabulous tech career opportunities on our website.

 

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5 Tips for a Successful Lunch Interview

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Job Search, News, Redfish Speaks

5 Tips for a Successful Lunch Interview

By: Jon Piggins, Director of Business Development @ Redfish Technology

 

In today’s busy world where time is at a premium, we’re seeing more of our clients scheduling lunch interviews with our candidates (everyone has to eat, right?). In addition to convenience, holding an interview out in public offers a unique opportunity to gain insight you just don’t get in a conference room or office setting. Here are 5 tips to help you prepare for the next time you’re invited to meet with a prospective employer over lunch.

 

1. Be courteous to everyone (hearing “please” & “thank you” never gets old)

This is where the value of a public setting for your interview comes into play. Your potential employer will be evaluating the answers you provide to their questions just as they would in the office, but they’ll also be looking for cues to indicate how you might be a personality & cultural fit for their team. They’ll be watching for manners, not the “finishing school” type, but to see if you are self-aware & polite in a general sense. A lunch interview provides a less controlled environment, so they’ll be looking to see how you deal with mistakes (eg. you’re delivered something different from what you ordered) and if you show a level of common kindness & respect. Formal interviews & technical exercises do a good job of vetting skill and ability, but human interaction provides insight into a person’s “EQ” (Emotional Intelligence).

 

2. Make smart small talk

Lunch interviews are more casual than those held in a traditional office setting, so they will be more conversational by nature. Never lose sight of the fact that you are indeed in a business setting, not a social event. Keep your topics neutral & positive, don’t bring up things like politics or religion and focus on upbeat subject matter, like new construction you noticed in the area or volunteer work you’re involved with.

 

3. Come prepared

Yes, you’re interviewing in a more relaxed setting, but it’s still an important opportunity for you to reinforce your capabilities & value. You should still be prepared to answer the standard interview questions you’d get in a regular interview. Bring copies of your resume & any relevant work samples, as well as a professional notepad binder & a pen to take notes. As with any interview, you’ll want to send the hiring manager a meaningful thank you email, as well as a handwritten letter.

 

4. Plan ahead, do your research, arrive early, order strategically

Interviewing can be stressful enough…do yourself a favor and research the restaurant ahead of time so that you’re not compounding your anxiety by trying to figure things out at the last minute. Know the restaurant’s exact location & plan your transportation/logistics accordingly (arrive 10 minutes ahead of time). Eat a little bit an hour or so before your interview. Look up the restaurant online to see how the restaurant is organized (noisy, busy, dark) and how people are dressed. Check out the menu & pick a few “safe” options to order (avoid messy, spicy, greasy food). Don’t complain about your food, or send it back (you might be eating at the hiring manager’s favorite restaurant). Do refuse (and don’t request) any alcohol with your meal.

 

5. Know who you’ll be meeting with

Get the names & titles of all the people you’ll be meeting with. Google them & take a look at their Linkedin profile & their social media presence (most likely, they’ll be doing the same for you). If you’ve never met before, seeing their profile picture will make it easier to recognize them at the restaurant, plus Linkedin will reveal connections you have in common. Doing some research will also help you to come up with prepared topics of conversation, including shared interests (see #2).

 

At Redfish, our mission is to build long-term productive partnerships with both candidates and companies. We pride ourselves on offering progressive service to our client partners without leaving honesty, integrity, excellence or performance behind. We aim to spark innovation, breed efficiency, and fuel market dominance by providing talent who can help take your company and product to the next level.

Our philosophy is simple: build long-term relationships by providing top-quality service and confidentiality, leveraging our expertise and resources, and having fun!

2 Steps to Hack your Career Search (in 10 minutes or less)

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2 Steps to Hack your Career Search (in 10 minutes or less)

 

Actively looking for a new job…or just want to test the water to see what’s out there, but the thought of overhauling your old resume or creating a new one makes you cringe? 5-10 minutes spent on making a few changes & updates to your LinkedIn profile is a great way to increase your visibility to hiring companies & recruiters.

 

Companies & recruiters utilize Linkedin’s platform to run granular searches for candidates based on keywords in their profiles and their account settings. You can help control if and how you’ll be included in the results of these searches. Follow the simple steps below to increase your profile’s visibility and your odds for being contacted about relevant, new opportunities.

 

1st go to your linkedin profile and click on the “pencil” edit icon on the right hand corner (adjacent to your profile picture). Make sure that your contact info is up to date and that your “Summary” contains key words relevant to not only your current position, but also to the type of position(s) you’re interested in.

 

2nd, modify your settings to drive your relevance in searches being done on Linekedin. You can do this two ways:

 

Straight from Linkedin’s help page:

Sharing your career interests with recruiters from the Settings & Privacy page.

To share your career interests from the Settings & Privacy page:

  1. Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
  2. Select Settings & Privacy from the dropdown.
  3. Click the Privacy tab at the top of the page.
  4. Under the Job seeking preferences section, click Change next to Let recruiters know you’re open to opportunities.
  5. Switch the toggle to Yes to share that you’re open and appear in recruiter searches matching your career interests. Switch the toggle to No to stop sharing your career interests with recruiters.
  6. Your changes will be saved automatically.

Note:  Visit the Career interests page to edit additional settings such as job titles you’re considering, the types of jobs you’re open to, the industry you prefer, and more. Learn more about updating your career interests

 

Sharing your career interests with recruiters from your profile.

To share your career interests from your profile:

  1. Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage and click View profile under your name.
  2. From Your dashboard, click Career interests to access the Career interests page.
  3. In the Career interests section, toggle right to turn this feature on.
  1. You can write an optional introduction about yourself and anything else you’d like the recruiters to know. The maximum character count is 300.
  2. Follow the prompts on the page to select your career preferences:
    • Where are you in your search?
    • What job titles are you considering?
    • Where would you like your next job to be located?
    • What types of jobs are you open to?
    • What industries do you prefer?
    • What size company would you like to work for? (Number of employees)
  1. Any changes made to your job preferences will be automatically saved.

 

For more recommendations on how to super charge you job hunt, contact Redfish Technology’s teams of experienced recruiters today!

The Top 5 Secrets to Landing your Dream Job – By Tory Thomas

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Job Search, Redfish Speaks

The Top 5 Secrets to Landing your Dream Job

By Tory Thomas, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing

Tory Thomas, Executive Recruiter, Tech Sales & Marketing Division

I work with job seekers on a daily basis as a recruiter in the tech industry. Often times, candidates are unaware of a few tactics that can give them competitive edge in this market.

 

This difference between an active job seeker versus and passive job seeker is their work status. An active job seeker is unemployed, unsatisfied in their current role or a reduction in force is imminent whereas a passive job seeker isn’t necessarily looking for a new job. Read more »

Connecting in Your Interview

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Employer, Interview

Connecting in Your Interview

Ideas for meeting people and relationship buildingConnect in the Interview

 

Business is made up of people working together on an activity for the benefit of all involved: boss, employee, customer, the society at large hopefully! And the interview is an interactive opportunity for both employer and prospective employee to evaluate fit and decide if they want to collaborate on the company’s goals.

 

While hard skills may need to be verified, such as a software developer being able to coder efficiently, and while references should always be checked, the interview has other objectives beyond these. Read more »

How to Get a Raise – Half of Tech Workers Want More

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Career Building, Salary

How to Get a Raise

Half of technology professionals were not satisfied with their compensation in 2014Money puzzle

 

Tech workers saw a 1.9% pay raise last year according to the 2014 Dice Tech Salary Survey. Does that feel like enough? How do you get the raise you feel you merit?

 

Make Sure You Are a Known Quantity

 

Market yourself, and use numbers – this is just like advice you hear all the time about touting your quantifiable accomplishments on your resume. Make sure you are giving a recap of your accomplishments in your reports or office meetings, using these quantified data points.

 

Be Present and Presenting

 

Not every interaction in a presentation but keep in mind that you choose your presence. Each time you interact with your boss and supervisors and colleagues, you have an opportunity to communicate with them about what you are doing and accomplishing. So rather than gripe about that bothersome client, highlight a sale, lead, new feature, code fix, or other solution you found to help promote the business.

 

Insinuate Yourself

 

Does your boss hate keeping track of the commission list, or especially appreciate an informal Monday morning recap before the meeting, or be relieved at some other time-saving service you understand benefits him/her. This doesn’t mean coffee-serving subservience where inappropriate, it means finding opportunities to be a great and reliable team-player.

 

Provide Value

 

Take every opportunity to maximize return and provide value. This sounds simple and straightforward but you’d be surprised how sometimes people ignore making a suggestion that could better the process/product, save some money, generate a new lead, be useful to someone in need in another department or role, because they somehow don’t feel it is part of their job area. Provide value to your company in your role and without – Merit that raise!

 

Ask for the Raise

 

If you don’t have a formal review coming up, take your boss to lunch or ask for a meeting. Tell your boss you want a raise and pitch him/her on your proposal and be prepared to demonstrate concrete examples of how your work warrants that raise. Share a vision of how your work will continue to benefit the company.

 

Know Your Market Value

 

To be prepared, you should know what other accomplished professionals in your sector and responsibility and experience level are earning. There are all kinds of salary resources on the web of course, but you can also refer to job ads, speak with a recruiter, and ask friends and colleagues in your network to get a good picture of the salary and benefits packages for competitive roles.

 

Be Tenacious

 

If at first you don’t succeed, figure out the right timing and approach to try again. Being tenacious and affirming your objectives will keep a potential raise on your boss’ radar. Your ambition is an important part of how your salary will grow over the course of your career, making sure your employer is on board with that growth requires a dialogue and a trajectory.

 

Move On

 

If you’ve tried and tried and you aren’t getting anywhere, perhaps you are in the wrong place. It may simply be time to move on. With the competition in the tech market, many companies are willing to offer more to recruit new talent. And those who aren’t willing to pay more to retain their talent will be paying more for it later. Twenty-five percent of tech workers who changed employment in 2014 did so for compensation reasons; you can too.

 

How to Build Rapport in Your Job Interview

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Career Building, Interview, Job Search

Establishing Fit and Getting the Job Offer

Shaking hands

Eye on the Prize

 

The best outcome of an interview is a job offer at a great company, with good colleagues, in a challenging role, with satisfying remuneration. How do you get there? If you’ve been invited to the interview, most likely you are qualified, or at least pre-qualified for the position.

 

But getting to the offer and getting the offer you’d like means you’ve got to demonstrate your value as well as your ability to fit in with the team and jump right into the work. This can only be achieved if you can build rapport with your interviewers.

 

Two-Way Communication

 

An interview is an interactive dialogue not just a Q&A session that rephrases and reiterates the contents of your resume. And the interviewing goes both ways: Does the hiring manager and team think you are a good fit? Do you think the company, team and opportunity fit your objectives?

 

Convey Your Passion

 

This time to meet is all about communicating your passion and potential for the opportunity at hand. Show your true enthusiasm and appreciation for the position for which you are interviewing, the company’s new technology or market strategy, the leadership’s past record, the latest news the company has publicized. Make it abundantly clear that you can’t wait to get started, share ideas that you have and goals that you’d like to meet.

 

Your Interviewer is a Person too

 

Be prepared for the personal side of things not just the sales numbers or the coding test. Ask your recruiter or others who have interviewed with the company or work there about the interviewer’s style, personality, objectives and anything else you can learn in advance.

 

Pay attention to conversational cues and follow the interviewer’s lead. Listen attentively so that you understand not only the literal information that you are being but also can pick up on the emotional cues and gain insights into the interviewer’s points of pride, or particular challenges, his greatest need in this hire.

 

Research the People

 

Research the people you will be meeting with so you know and understand their backgrounds, and any connections you may share. Ask questions about how their own path led to where they are, what they learned along the way, and what their goals are. Complement the interviewer on his or her accomplishments, and find a natural way to mention your own accomplishments and career goals.

 

Be Passionate and Informed

 

Research the company before the interview and note recent initiatives, products or campaigns the company has rolled out or its future objectives it has announced. Complement the interviewer on the company’s accomplishments and targets. Ask about what the interviewer would like you to accomplish in the first 3-6-12 months on the job, and about upcoming projects or challenges you’d get to be involved in.

 

Connecting

 

Throughout, find points of connection. This may be past or present colleagues, alumni from past schools or clubs, shared travel and hobbies, mutual places you’ve lived. Use humor to create a light and relaxed atmosphere. Show your genuine warmth and personality, be respectful and appreciative.

 

In short, if you can be likeable, communicate your skills and accomplishments, and show you really want this job, while making a personal connection, you will build the rapport with the interviewer that distinguishes you from other candidates. This rapport will give the interviewer confidence that you are an easy person to communicate with, who will fit in with the team, and who is passionate about the opportunity.

 

About the Author:

Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager, brings together in-the-trenches recruiting experience as well as years of marketing and sales success in a variety of industries from software to real estate development. She thrives on evangelizing the Redfish brand and communicating Redfish’s expert recruiting services, to drive bottom line results.

Redfish Technology

Building Growth-Mode Tech Companies with Hand-Picked Talent

Founded in Silicon Valley in 1996, Redfish Technology is a leading provider of high tech professional and executive talent. Partnering with growth mode companies, small and large, Redfish staffs executive functions and builds out the teams below. Redfish experts provide advice and perspective on hiring, career building, and job search – check us out on the web: www.redfishtech.com

Recruiting Trends for Job Seekers

Filed under: Best Practices, Candidate / Job Seeker, Career Building, Job Search, Resume, Social Media

Recruiting Trends

Career Text On A Gold Key With Black Background As Symbol Of New Job

The Top 10 Best Recruitment Practices coming out of one the ERE Conference Think Tank Sessions include recommendations to hiring managers and recruiters on finding and engaging candidates. Carl Kutsmode’s article is a good read, especially for those recruiting talent.

 

Recruiting Trends for Job Seekers

What about advice for passive and active job seekers? How can job seekers understand these recruiting trends and leverage them in their own career management?

 

The Top “Get Recruited” Practices for Job Seekers (in no particular order)

 

Be findable online

As a job seeker, passive or active, you should be managing your LinkedIn profile, GitHub account, and other relevant specialized professional (social) media sites to provide an up-to-date professional portrait of yourself. Use keywords and active descriptions of your accomplishments so that searches are accurately identifying you.

 

Be attractive

I don’t mean you should go get a make-over, but ditch the selfie you took with your smartphone in a cubicle with those fluorescent lights that shows both chins. Make your online profiles attractive by keeping active on these sites, posting new projects, articles, updates, you increase the chances of being seen and promote a picture of yourself as a dynamic professional in your field.

 

Reach out

Search out the companies you like the most and connect with them via LinkedIn, and other media. Don’t just hit ‘connect’: Make a comment on their latest PR or post. Tell them you want to connect because you are passionate about their sector. Name the other professionals you have a relationship with at the company to strengthen the connection. Try to reach out in a meaningful way, it will give more momentum to further discussion and make you stand out. Connect with various players at the company from managers to HR.

 

Return calls/emails

When recruiting is done seriously, it is a sales function – the point is to get results. If you are contacted by an external recruiter or an internal HR person, respond even if you aren’t looking for a change now. A few minutes of prompt courtesy now will earn you respect and preference in the future; a lack of response or rudeness could get you blacklisted. No one wants to waste your time, and they certainly don’t want to waste their own time and effort.

 

Hackathon/Hangout

For those companies that really thrill you, try participating in a company event such as a hackathon or hangout. Participate actively so that you can show your stuff and facilitate making meaningful connections with the people working there. It may or may not get you a job offer today, but it will multiply your connections and differentiate you.

 

Post your resume

LinkedIn is definitely the best place to be for professionals, but there are many places to be online. Your own website is a great way to present what you want how you want. GitHub is a great place for developers to strut their stuff. Job boards are a great way to be found. Posting your resume is a good indication you are interested in dialogue and opportunities and not just counting down the days to retire or cash in your equity and move to the tropics!

 

Network!

Ok, all the above qualifies as networking. But there’s also meetup.com, industry associations, trade shows, alumni groups, special interest associations, and many, many opportunities. It may take a little time trying out various opportunities to find the right feel and return on your time, so take a look and start trying out those you haven’t yet.

The Getting Hired Elevator Speech

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Career Building, Job Search, Redfish Speaks, Social Media

When is the last time you took an elevator?

optimistic young businesspeople on a white background

Some of you are rocking the views from your elevator ride! Some folks are taking the stairs wearing their activity tracker. Some folks have made successful careers in places where elevators are hard to find (yippee!), or where they stay in their fuzzy bunny slippers all day (ahhh). Whatever your case, do you have an elevator speech? Read more »