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Searching For Your Next Role During a Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has come quickly and made an immeasurable impact on our daily lives. While it is not an ideal time to be searching for a new role, there is still much hope to be had in finding your next position. In a world that seems to be changing daily, it is important to be agile and flexible, especially as it pertains to managing your job search. In light of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” policies, many companies have migrated to remote work. We have seen a large increase in video platforms being used to host daily check-ins, meetings, and interviews. A video interview may seem intimidating, but it gives the organization the ability to meet and get to know you—in the comfort, and safety, of your own home. This setting can often serve as a wonderful boost of confidence and help to ease your interview nerves, as you are able to control your own surroundings. At Mulberry, we offer a full suite of services for our candidates, including interview preparation. Here’s a snippet of our video interview guide:
  • Dress appropriately—this means wearing what you would wear to an in-person interview. Check out our Pinterest for inspiration.
  • No gum (ever!).
  • Turn off your cell phone before starting the call.
  • Make sure your connection is working 5-10 minutes ahead of the call. Test links, your internet, video, and sound.
  • Make sure you have a professional background (blank wall, in an office).
  • Remove any background noise or distractions from your environment (Pets, T.V., etc.).
  • Have a copy of your resume, as well as a pen & pad of paper in front of you during your call.
  • Send a thank you email to your interviewer(s) the same day. If you don’t have their emails, we can provide them to you.
Another great option to consider during this time period is contract work, especially when starting a new career or job. Contract work is a great way to build your resume, make connections, and obtain experience while you are searching for your long-term role. In this unsure time, we are predicting employers to favor contract or temp-to-hire employment solutions over committing to a direct-hire placement. Getting your foot in as a contractor establishes you in the organization and sets you on the right path to convert to a full-time employee. At that point, it is up to you to show your drive, work ethic, and determination to becoming an essential part of their operations. Here at Mulberry we continue to operate at full capacity and are actively filling roles. Register with us by emailing your resume to hello (at) mulberrytalent.com.
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Phone Interview Etiquette - Eight Ways to Make a Great Impression
Many companies like to conduct phone interviews as part of their candidate screening process. Making a good impression over the phone is just as important as it is during a face-to-face interview. However, if you’re not used to conference calls and phone interviews, it could also be harder. Below are eight ways to “ace” your phone interview. Be prepared. Getting stuck in traffic won’t be an issue, but you still need to be prepared. Be ready to take the call on time. If you have to log in to conference call software, do so a few minutes in advance so you have time to troubleshoot if any technical difficulties arise. Before the call, write down the names of the people you’ll be talking to, for easy reference. When you’re nervous, it’s easy to forget. You may have to chat for a few minutes before the interview begins, so think about some ideas for professional small talk. The first five minutes of the call can often be the most difficult because they’re less structured. Before the call, outline your potential responses to common questions. Then, during the call, you can glance at your notes for a quick prompt. In addition, make a list of questions you want to ask. Have a copy of your resume and  the job ad on-hand. Take notes during the interview. Give it your full attention. You might pride yourself on being a multitasker, but don’t try to do other things, like checking your text messages, during your interview. Even if people can’t see what you’re doing, they’ll notice that you’re not paying complete attention. If you’re on video, this is even more important. You must look at the camera and avoid any distractions. Resist the urge to look at your phone. Look ready. If video is being used, you should pay as much attention to your clothes and hair as you would for an in-person interview. Adjust your webcam so it’s flattering – you want the interviewer to clearly see your face, but not the pores of your skin! Also pay attention to the background. You want a background that looks professional and neat, not distracting. No dirty laundry or beds in the background, please. Even if video won’t be used, you need to smile. Research has shown that smiling changes a person’s voice, and that hearing this smiling tone can make other people smile. Find a quiet place.  It should go without saying that you should not have the television or radio blaring the background. You also need to do your best to ensure that other noises, like dogs barking, do not disturb the interview. Avoid taking phone interviews from coffee shops or other public places. Go somewhere private. Close the windows to minimize noise from outside. During a conference call, even small background noises can really add up, so it can be helpful to mute yourself when you’re not speaking. Get off to a good start. Answer the call in a professional and friendly way. It’s a good idea to identify yourself, just as you would when answering a call at work. Then keep the professionalism and friendliness going throughout the interview. The interviewer will most likely want to do most of the talking at first, to set up the structure of the interview. If it’s a conference call, each participant should provide an introduction. Listen politely and wait until it’s your turn to speak. Speak clearly. Speaking clearly is always important, but over the phone, it is absolutely essential. Don’t mumble. If possible, use a high-quality headset to ensure the clearest connection. Monitor your volume so you’re not speaking too loudly or too softly. If you hear an echo, it could mean that your volume is too high, or it could mean that your voice is transmitting through two speakers – for example, you’re talking on your phone, but your computer speakers are transmitting as well. Don’t interrupt. Without visual cues, it can be harder to tell when another person is done speaking. Avoid accidentally interrupting the other speaker by allowing a brief pause. This will also give you a chance to collect your thoughts and prepare a strong answer. Conference calls with multiple participants can get especially hectic. If there are multiple candidates on the line, or multiple people with similar voices, identify yourself when you start speaking. Avoid dead air. If you’ve been asked a question, don’t go too long without speaking. You can say something like “Let me think about this for a moment,” to give yourself more time before you reply. Have more questions about how to optimize your interview performance? Mulberry Talent can help. Join us by clicking here.
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Six Keys to a Successful Recruiting Agency Partnership
Recruiting top talent can be a major drain on a company’s resources. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, it takes an average of 42 days to fill a position. Working with a recruiting agency like Mulberry Talent Partners is a great way to streamline the process. As with any partnership, however, a good relationship takes effort on both ends. To foster a successful agency partnership, keep these six tips in mind.
  1. Be very specific. Set clear expectations up front so you get exactly what you need, when you need it. You should provide your recruiter with a written job description, as well as a profile of the specific backgrounds, experience levels and characteristics that work best in the role. As you develop the profile, think about your most successful current employees and what makes them so well-suited for the position. Share any specific deadlines and timelines that you have in mind.
  • Help us paint a picture for the candidate. You want to know about the candidate, but the candidate also wants to know about you. To find a good match, both sides need information. Provide details that will help the candidate determine whether your position is a good fit, including information about your workplace culture, your benefits package and growth opportunities. Share videos, links to key website pages and any other materials available to set your company apart.
  • Respond quickly. A highly skilled candidate may have many options, so time is of the essence. In this tight market, you can remain competitive as an employer by reviewing candidate profiles quickly and expediting candidate interviews whenever possible. It’s also important to provide timely feedback after interviews and throughout the process. Regular updates will help us keep your top candidates engaged.
  • Keep an open mind. When it comes to finding the ideal candidate, both experience and potential matter. You have a list of skills that you’re looking for in a candidate but finding an exact match may not always be necessary. If a candidate seems like a good match overall and has most of the qualifications you’re looking for, one missing skill may not be a deal breaker. Be open to areas that could be trained.
  • Consider the candidate’s career path. The candidate’s career will continue to progress after the hiring and onboarding processes are complete. Think about how the position fits into a longer path. Is the candidate so qualified that the role does not provide room for additional growth? Or is the candidate just reaching the skills needed, creating an opportunity for growth and giving the company a candidate who will be engaged for a long time?
  • Be mindful of opportunity costs. The recruiting process is time-consuming. When managed internally, recruiting often takes the back burner behind other corporate objectives. Yet, if your open positions were filled, you could achieve your company’s goals faster. Why incur these expensive opportunity costs? Save team bandwidth and get double the work done by partnering with Mulberry Talent Partners.
Need help attracting top talent? Contact us for a productive and cost-effective recruiting agency partnership.
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