The Value of a Relationship Interview

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 There are many different types of interviewing styles hiring mangers leverage to determine if a person is the right candidate for the job.

I was sitting pool side with my sister in law who just has a beautiful understanding of the English language. We were talking about interviews and how they sometimes don’t undercover what we need to detect to make the right decision. She used the word ‘relationship interview,’ and I thought she has done it again by capturing the right wording for what we as recruiters need to follow.

One of the most important features throughout an interview is building a sense of trust with the candidate. This needs to happen very quickly. Hiring managers need to understand that a candidate will be nervous, which is only natural, and trying to put a person at ease should be the first priority! If I take a look back at the people who make the candidate feel at home and build trust, overall they have a better experience than those who don’t. Continue reading

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Don’t Overlook Transparency in Recruiting

I have been a recruiter for 15 years, starting out within the Professional Services side of the house where recruiting was more the “churn and burn” atmosphere, then transitioned in-house to be part of a growing software company where we hired over 150 folks within one year.

I love what I do and am very passionate about the hiring process and assisting my clients in finding the best talent available for their organizations. I feel that a company’s most important asset is their people and that you cannot overstate the value of an excellent match between employee and employer.

How we go about doing that, however, can vary greatly from recruiting firm to recruiting firm. What might work for one person does not necessarily work for another.

Over the years what has consistently worked for me is to be transparent with both my clients and my candidates.

As I mentioned, the importance of this process is too fragile to jeopardize by not being transparent. A poor match can impact a company’s ability to meet its goals. Continue reading

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