Five Ways to Make the Most of a Phone Interview

Let's revisit a few tips on phone interviewing for this week's #takemebacktuesday. Phone screens save companies time and money as they seek to narrow down their candidate pool to the top few who will merit an in-person interview. The medium presents some limitations but understanding them ahead of time will help you to communicate effectively and garner a second interview. 1. Have materials at hand As you would before an in-person meeting, gather your resume, work examples, the job … [Read more...]

What I Look For

For today's #takemebacktuesday, we discuss areas of expertise that hiring managers look for. Sometimes our clients will provide us with about five non-negotiable criteria for candidates to meet; skills they must possess or experience they have to have to be considered for a specific role. Of course this varies across positions and companies, but there are several items we see cropping up again and again. I compared notes with the other recruiters in our office to come up with those criteria … [Read more...]

The Case Study Question

Let's revisit a few important questions to prepare for during your next interview for today's #takemebacktuesday. Many of the hiring managers we work with find situational questions so informative. If you are assessing talent and not asking these questions, you may want to consider introducing some into your interview line-up. Asking a candidate to respond to a hypothetical business scenario can reveal how well he/she listens, thinks strategically and reacts to new situations. Mike Volpe, CMO … [Read more...]

The Qualities of a Leader

Let's revisit a post featuring leadership qualities during Women's History Month. #takemebacktuesday Here we are at the end of Women’s History Month and it’s fitting that March featured many well-run, well-attended events at women’s organizations across the country. I had the pleasure of attending the Young Women in Digital event in Boston and most recently a Step Up Women’s Panel on Women of Character, Courage and Conviction.  The panel featured Kathy Callahan, VP & CIO at Prudential … [Read more...]

Be a Candidate for Culture

For today's #takemebacktuesday, we revisit the importance of company culture. It’s no secret that company culture influences hiring decisions, but at some organizations, (like Zappos) it plays a role in firing decisions as well. Failing to contribute to company culture is a legitimate reason for dismissal according to CEO Tony Hseih. He says, “Our whole belief is if you get the culture right, then most of the other stuff, like delivering great customer service or building a long-term brand or … [Read more...]

Gaining Perspective

For today's #takemebacktuesday, let's reexamine the value of stepping back from a hobby or process to get a different view. The most common complaint we hear from candidates is frustration with the job search, and the most common feedback we hear from hiring managers is frustration with the candidate search. This week I'll offer three common trouble areas in the search, and ways to change your perspective. Ask yourself, What is the biggest roadblock? When the process is overwhelming, I … [Read more...]

You’ve Got to Toss the Hat

For today's #takemebacktuesday, let's reflect on how to get your hat in the ring. Jobseekers will often ask me how to get their hat in the ring for certain positions. Maybe you’ve just learned of a role that was filled that you didn’t even know was open. It’s the kind of company you’d love to work for, a position you’re qualified to fill, and you’re confident that had you been given the chance, you would have been a serious contender. It is a frustrating feeling, especially in a job market in … [Read more...]

How Social Media Can Power Your Search

Lets revisit what to remember about social media when on the job search for today's #takemebacktuesday. If you are looking for a great job, here are three important things to keep in mind: 1. Tell your story 2. Keep your story up-to-date 3. Broadcast your story Social Media works for all three.  The people you really want to reach - the hiring managers or the recruiters - are already fully engaged on Social Media. 1. Social media tells your story Your compelling candidacy is already … [Read more...]

Defining Success

Today's #takemebacktuesday reflects on the age old interview question of "defining success". Over your career, one of the most common interview questions you’ll hear is “How do you define success?” While it’s a favorite of hiring managers and recruiters, it’s widely disliked by many candidates, who feel frustrated by the open-ended nature of the question. However, I believe if a candidate understands why this question is being asked, they can better consider their own answer and can provide … [Read more...]

Why It’s Good to Be a Good Alumnus

For this week's #takemebacktuesday post, we revisit the impact of being a good alumnus. You probably have the number memorized by now. “Hello, I’m calling from the Alumni Relations Department at your alma mater…” Maybe you get emails and direct mail from your university reminding you where you came from, checking up on you and seeing if you have anything to contribute. It is easy to ignore these calls (especially if you have the number memorized!). You no longer attend this institution and … [Read more...]