Three Things About Planning for an Interview

    For today's #takemebacktuesday, we revisit a few thoughts on successful interview preparation. Candidates often ask us for interview advice. There is a wealth of good advice available everywhere these days – just try googling “interview advice” and see how many links pop up! Here are 3 valuable ideas anyone can use to prepare for an interview. Preparing for three common interview questions: 1. 30/60/90. If you are meeting with the hiring manager you might get a question … [Read more...]

The Compensation Conversation

Let's revisit how to approach the "compensation conversation" for today's #takemebacktuesday. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that compensation is a major factor in most job searches. In a LinkedIn survey of over 7500 people who’ve recently changed jobs, better compensation was the third top reason people were compelled to change employers, and the number one reason that convinced people to change. And yet, talking about salary expectations often becomes one of the stickiest parts of the … [Read more...]

The 30/60/90 Interview Question

For today's #takemebacktuesday, lets revist the how vital the first 90 days of any job is. It’s the standard grace period for new employees: a time to get settled, but also a time to show coworkers and employers how you plan to handle your new role. It’s because of this that the 30/60/90 Question— “What are your goals for the first 30, 60, and 90 days on the job?”— has gained popularity with hiring managers and candidates alike. Here’s how to approach it. Imagine it. A guide from Forbes … [Read more...]

Holiday Networking

It’s that time of year again. For today's #takemebacktuesday, let's revisit tips on holiday networking. As your calendar fills up (and your shopping list, too), it is tempting to put the pause button on your networking efforts until the new year. You’ll get back out there when you’ve got that 2015 fire in your belly. Besides, isn’t everyone busy around the holidays? You’re wise to recognize that you may need to adjust your networking strategies in December, but you certainly don’t need to … [Read more...]

The Counteroffer Catch

The counteroffer and its impact on your career is the subject of today's #takemebacktuesday. When you are presented with a counteroffer, how do you weigh the options at hand? What else is at stake beyond the dollar comparison? Here are some questions to ask yourself before running right back to the same desk you were sitting in when you first thought about making a change. What are the circumstances in which this offer is being made? Recognize that a counteroffer is typically a product of … [Read more...]

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...]