We Are Thrilled to Introduce The Newest Member of the Redfish Team – Zoey Kathleen Scarnegi

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We Are Thrilled to Introduce The Newest Member of the Redfish Team – Zoey Kathleen Scarnegi (all 8 lbs-2oz & 20.5 inches of her!)

Our CRO Leah O’Flynn and her husband Tommy welcomed their 2nd daughter Zoey into the world in the early morning hours of July 3rd. Mom, baby, Tommy & new big sister Lily are all doing well.

*and in classic Leah style, she placed a candidate with one of our Ed-Tech clients while she was in labor…talk about dedication!

5 Tips for a Successful Lunch Interview

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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!

5 Reasons Why You Should Work with a Recruiter if you don’t have an Internal HR Team

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5 Reasons Why You Should Work with a Recruiter if you don’t have an Internal HR Team

By: Leah O’Flynn, Chief Revenue Officer

Redfish Technology

 

As we know, hiring is typically the highest priority for startup companies. More specifically, VCs can make funding contingent on certain milestones which typically include a hiring goal. This can be quite the challenge because everyone is already at bandwidth. This is where we are most successful because we offer a value. Here are a few specific reasons:

 

1.) An experienced recruiter will implement process to ensure that the hiring process is streamlined. This should include a weekly call to recap on candidate pipeline, provide a framework for the search and create milestones to make sure that hire is done in a timely manner.

 

2.) Scheduling – we all know that this can be a huge pain. A recruiter will coordinate with the team, send out itineraries and be precise in scheduling calls. A recruiter will make sure one or 2 emails will lead to a confirmed call/on-site versus a constant back and forth.

 

3.) Offer stage is a critical time. A solid recruiter will deliver concise messages and offer solutions. For example, we are able to say ‘some of our clients have done this when this has happened in the past’. The conversation can become unclear between hiring manager and candidate. You want to make sure a recruiter can manage expectations and give it to you straight understanding both sides. Essentially act as a translator in what can be an awkward conversation for some. For example, your expertise may not be negotiation because you are an engineer by trade.

 

4.) In order to hire well, you need access to tools. Most of these tools are expensive. A recruiter should have access to AI software, job postings, job boards and a relevant rolodex. At some point, your company will have the budget to on-board some of these tools but not at the beginning.

 

5.) Screening resumes can be a huge time suck. A good recruiter will provide you between 2 or 3 resumes a week. Of those, at least a 1/3 should pass the bar. The goal is to have a recruiter that saves you a ton of time and ultimately acts as an extension of your business by conducting the first round phone interview.

Meet Will Brewer, the newest addition to the Redfish team!

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Meet Will Brewer, the newest addition to the Redfish team!

 

Redfish Technology is excited to introduce Will Brewer as our newest Business Development Manager. Born in Ft Meyers, FL,  raised in Atlanta, and a proud graduate of The University of Georgia (Go Bulldogs!) Will made the move to the Sun Valley, ID area on the advice of his Dad who spent time here as a ski bum in the 80’s. Will has spent the past 4 years working @ the Sun Valley Resort’s Terrain Park and one of the reasons he’s so excited about joining Redfish is our dedication to work/life balance and long lunches that allow enough time to get in some turns on the ski hill.

Annual Redfish Team Building Trip with Spark4 in the Rocky Mountains

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Annual Redfish Team Building Trip with Spark4

Redfish Technology recently partnered with Spark4 to create a unique team building adventure in the Sawtooth Range of the Rocky Mountains…2 days of survival training culminating with a full day challenge that included; orienteering, kayaking, hiking, zip line rigging and a back-country medical rescue simulation. A great bonding experience for all involved!

   

Redfish Technology at service “Thank you from Alturas Elementary School Kindergarten!”

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Redfish Technology at service “Thank you from Alturas Elementary School Kindergarten!”

“Thank you so much for helping with the kindergartners on the trail clean up, invasive species picking, and rock trail building with the Wood River Land Trust! You all were so great with the kids!! I really appreciate the time you gave!! It means the world to the kids!!!

Happy Friday!!

Laura Barnhardt
Kindergarten Teacher
Alturas Elementary School”