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Congratulations, you got the interview! Now what? Click on the links below to read about key things you should do (and not do) during your interview. From the initial handshake to thanking your interviewer at the end of your meeting, the details are important. Prepare for your interview ahead of time, and good luck!

Dress NOT to impress others. Dress to impress yourself – 4 Tips.

By | February 5th, 2016|

You have heard the saying “dress to impress.” I agree with this statement to a certain extent. After all, first impressions do count

Being Professional and Flexible Through The Hiring Process

By | January 22nd, 2016|

When it comes to hiring, a good employer will always have a solid process in place around engaging, and disengaging you as an applicant for a job. Among other reasons, such a process is in place to ensure you have a positive experience as a candidate.

How to find the Best Fit? Get an Insight into your Candidates’ Personality!

By | October 16th, 2015|

Psychology has been my passion for years and I have had many chances to see how strongly this whole domain influences recruitment processes. Since I started my career in sourcing and recruiting, I have learned that a huge part of how successful and efficient your recruiting strategy will be depends on how good you are at reading candidate’s personality. It’s all about temperament – a configuration of various traits, such as communication habits, ingrown patterns of behaviour, sets of values, attitudes and talents. We can also mention personal needs, the types of input that people provide in their surrounding workplace, as well as the roles they have in society.

#TMI (Too Much Information)

By | September 25th, 2015|

Every day we get through a pile of resumes, cover letters, and email messages from candidates, and although I have been in the recruitment field for quite some time, I still get surprised how much and what kind of information the candidates tend to include in their resumes and how willing they are to reveal their personal details. Marital status, family members names, number of children, religious beliefs, political affiliation, ethnicity, all find their way into the pages of the resume. I cannot help but wonder about the reasons for people to be so willing to share their lives and privacy without any filters. Recruiters are not IRS or any government officers who may want to know you that well, all they do is determine whether you are a good fit for a job or not. In fact, it is illegal for any employer to ask for these personal details.

7 Ideal Candidate Qualities Recruiters and Sourcers Love:

By | August 7th, 2015|

The Recruitment industry is a people business. You can’t be in recruitment if you are a Misanthropist (“a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society”). The industry is made up of you, the candidates and me – it’s a constant cycle of human interaction. Being a recruiter/sourcer is not always easy and sometimes even stressful, but with a touch of finesse you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to be one. There are many “I hate Recruiter” blogs out there but to be honest my interactions with candidates have been pretty good so far (or at least I think so) so I am hoping they share the same love for me as I do for them. I’ll focus on the fluffy stuff – the good things that candidates do. I must thank some cool candidates out there who have made my recruiting experience quite easy. Here’s a list of candidate qualities I love:

Selling yourself when Sales aren’t your “thing”

By | May 22nd, 2015|

As we progress through our careers we mature and we learn our strengths and “opportunities” for development. We may progress consistently up the pre-programmed ladder or we may deter from it, re-develop ourselves and start up a new ladder. Some of us listen to that inner voice and redirect our career path as necessary. I was one of those people. I was in a very sales focused role for years and then became a sales leader. There were a lot of aspects of my role I really enjoyed. I loved the coaching piece and seeing people have those “ah ha” moments and start seeing success, as well as the recruitment piece of my leadership role. What I struggled with was the sales component. There was a lot and I mean A LOT of cold sales. Literally just walking up to people and engaging them in a scripted sales discussion while they were on a completely different train of thought. I remember some of the looks I got; complete confusion as to why I was even talking to them, let alone attempting to sell them something while they were just trying to get some errands done. Then came the objection handling; this gets better with experience but requires quick thinking and knowing every possible angle your product can add value to someone’s life. Some people just do not like sales, it is a skill that can be learned and coached toward performance but there is an innate quality the true performers possess.

Things Recruiters Hate

By | May 14th, 2015|

  Marsi Breemhaar Mommy of 1 who has no idea what she’s doing. Wife. Senior Sourcing Specialist for AON Hewitt recruiting for BMO Technology & Operations. Blogger. Wedding Planner. Project Addict. Organizational Freak.  Currently dwelling in London, Ontario, Canada.  You can find Marsi on her blog at www.borrowedmommy.com or on her website at www.onemoment.co when she isn’t posting roles on LinkedIn. If you do these things and are looking for a job right now, PLEASE STOP.  You are annoying us all.

Honesty is the best policy!

By | April 22nd, 2015|

We have all told those little white lies from time to time and sometimes it is necessary. Why do we do it? Well it can save someone from the hard truth because the alternative can be disastrous in some cases. Can you imagine the reply; “You actually do look like you have put on a bit of weight” OR “I really do think that your brother is the hotter sibling”. Laughable indeed, but reality is we will tell a white lie usually to protect someone or to avoid causing grief, pain (or extended vacations in the dog house!)

What to wear, what to wear?

By | March 18th, 2015|

I recently spoke to a Hiring Manager who communicated to me she was passing on one of my candidates because of his lack of professionalism during the interview. This came as a shock to me as I found the candidate to be professional and very knowledgeable. Being that I am virtual, I did not have the pleasure of meeting this candidate face to face like my Hiring Manager did and what she saw, she was not impressed with. The candidate decided to wear loafers, golf shorts, a golf shirt and a blazer. Now, if he were going to the country club to meet his friends, this MIGHT be OK. But he wasn’t. He was going to a luxury hotel to interview for a management role.

Interviewing 101

By | November 12th, 2014|

This is up there…high on the list in terms of most stressful moments aside from public speaking for many people. In today’s competitive marketplace, it is absolutely crucial to do your homework and prepare for your interview. Gone are the day’s where you could get an offer in less than 3 interviews…these are few and far between. Today’s employers have higher expectations, and they will make you jump through hoops to get it. So here are a few tips that will help you to stand out from the competition and hopefully result in that offer you are looking for!

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