Category Archives: Interviewing

For the purpose of this post, let’s assume you made it through a phone screen. This is important to note because it means the employer liked what they saw on your resume and you probably met most (if not all) of the requirements for the job. With that in mind, we’re going to focus on what happened during the next step, the in person interview and why you received the “Thanks, but no thanks.” Let’s face it, interviews are tough. There are many variables that come into play. Whether you’re meeting with one person, a group of 7 or need … Continue reading

WANTED: Effective Job Postings

A few weeks ago, we discussed the importance of customizing a resume to fit each client. But what if you’re a client on the other end of the spectrum? There’s a lot more to putting up an excellent job posting than meets the eye. The web certainly makes things easier since resumes can be easily uploaded and shared, but it also leads to millions of resumes floating around cyberspace. In order to increase the quality of responses you receive and decrease the noise, we have put together these simple tips for you to follow: 1. Make it search friendly Think … Continue reading

Keep Focused on the Right Hire

It’s rare that bad hires are accidental. Typically, you can look back and see where you went wrong or find the reasons behind why the candidate wasn’t the right one for the job. In order to avoid such issues, it’s important to maintain a strict hiring methodology that you stick to throughout the process. We stress this importance because we recognize that certain candidates can sometimes cause you to stretch and/or mold your process based on a number of factors. This is why it’s extremely vital to try and dodge such situations and adhere to your process as much as possible. … Continue reading

Welcome to career fair and internship season! This marks a great time to discuss something I try to instill when visiting schools that applies not only to students, but to everyone as well: tailor your resumes to each client. On average, hiring managers only spend seconds looking over your resume – and those seconds will either make you or break you. There are numerous things you can do to ensure that your resume will make it past the “screening” stage. When scouring the numerous boards and websites for your next “dream job,” it can be difficult to keep your focus … Continue reading

Partnering with a Staffing Agency

Chances are, you may be reading this post from your desk. And chances are, you’re “satisfied” with your current job, but does part of you wonder if the grass is greener on the other side? Or maybe this isn’t you at all. Maybe you’re a freelancer, looking for your next great contract. Or maybe you’re currently unemployed and have searched high and low for a job. The one thing that may benefit “all the above” is a simple solution: working with a staffing agency. They can be a valuable asset in finding the next great thing for you. In order … Continue reading

So you’ve got the interview – now it’s time to nail it. Aside from the standard prep notes like arriving on time and bringing copies of your resume (or a portfolio if needed), it’s important to remember to dress the part, too. Keep in mind it’s always better to be overdressed than under, so you shouldn’t plan on walking into an office with shorts and flip flops. Granted, a suit isn’t always required, but consider that first impressions last the longest. The manner in which you present yourself reflects on your character! When your next interview is right around the corner, … Continue reading

On the verge of springtime, we had a back to school day yesterday.  We were conducting a research study at the University of Maryland with performing arts students, and at the same time, our placement team was recruiting creative and development students at George Mason University. As we were comparing notes today about the students getting ready to enter the workforce – whether it be for internships or full time jobs – we were surprised that only a small sampling had online portfolios. At GMU, we met some very talented interactive students! However, we were surprised to see that most of them had … Continue reading

Using a Professional Moderator

I was talking recently with a colleague who runs the market research department of a large media company.  In addition to evangelizing research, managing her staff, and synthesizing results, she was attempting to conduct a usability study on her own as the moderator.  While I didn’t doubt her ability from a technical standpoint to conduct the interviews, I came away from the conversation with some ideas about how best to conduct the interviews.  .  In particular, I wondered about  her ability to effectively serve her customers.  In order to moderate 10 hour-long interviews, she had to schedule them around the remainder … Continue reading