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DURING THE INTERVIEW

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!

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!

Getting to “You’re Hired”

By | November 3rd, 2014|

A lot of applicants have asked for a quick list/check list on how to get to hired when searching for a job.  Well ask and you shall receive.  Here is a comprehensive check list on how to get to Hired: A.   Resumes Rise to the Top of the Pile of applicants – Get That Interview Always include Cover Letter – does not have to be in long form style…..Dear Ms. Smith, I am writing to you to apply…. Cover Letter should summarize your strengths BUT…must also acknowledge your experience/ capability gaps compared to the Job Posting specs……..While I do not have a MBA, I have been a successful Analyst for 10 years and recently completed my Analyst Certification at the University of Toronto….don’t think they won’t notice if you don’t mention it Cover Letter and Resumes should contain key words from Job Posting as applicant tracking systems and recruiters will be looking for these in the first scan Your Resume is the marketing doc for Your Brand and You are the Product…sell it! Clearly show your strengths & attributes…do not make recruiters guess…they will not assume what is not there Make them want you…demonstrate clearly why you believe that you are the right candidate for that job List your Top 3 Strengths in the Cover Letter AND reflect these in the Job Experience in the resume Keep the style clean and spacious but do not waste space Skip a) nonsense skills – MS Office, email, b) hobbies – swimming, hiking Resume Template – Job Experience, Organizing Content List experience in order of relevance…whichever type you use (Functional or Chronological)…indicate in title….e.g. Work Experience (by relevance) or…..Work Experience (by position, company, year) Give a brief explanation of what a company is about if it is not self-explanatory..e.g….BMO…ok…Aviva? Use your Main Resume template and then shape to Job Posting…shift the focus on your various Job Experiences to reflect the needs of the Job Posting Show success of position while you were in it – position open state…..activity you were involved in which resulted in a positive impact or solutions you brought to the table ….position closing state Offer references that are specific to each position that you want to highlight and note their contact details in the same section with the Job Experience Show reason for leaving in your most relevant or recent positions Include your Name, Resident City and telephone # in document Header

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