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CROSSROADS OWNER, MITCH BECK INTERVIEWED

Here is the first part of a two part series where Crossroads Consulting, LLC‘s owner, Mitch Beck, was interviewed by Experteer.com about the recruiting industry and job seeking.

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10 reactions from Headhunters that you thought you knew but did not

We started a series on insights from Headhunters earlier this week, and today we have a few answers today, with a humorous twist for your application process, considering it is a fun Friday! Today’s insights come to us from Mitch Beck from Crossroads consulting. Crossroads Consulting, LLC is a full-service Employment Agency and Executive Search firm whose mission is to help people find genuinely rewarding employment and assisting companies find the dedicated professionals they seek.

  • What makes a headhunter, ‘successful‘?

The same thing that makes ANYONE successful. Ambition. Hard work. Mental toughness. Opportunity and, at least in my opinion, interpersonal skills.

  • What was the biggest candidate faux-pas you experienced?

I could write a book on this one… So many that it would be too lengthy to get into .The bottom line is to use your head folks. Be Smart. Think through what you are going to do when you get there and use a smidgen of common sense. You want to differentiate yourself from your competition, but you do not want to do it by being an idiot. Always treat every interview with all the seriousness and respect that it deserves. Answer the questions that come your way as directly as you are able. Smile. Be friendly. Look people in the eye when you are talking to them. Most important of all, DO NOT LIE! It is as simple as that.

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  • What do headhunters pay attention to, in terms of a candidate’s appearance?

REALLY? Do I really need to answer that question? Hmmm…let me think about that a moment? Okay… my answer… Breasts! People care about breasts. That is why they are the most often ordered piece of chicken, why a whole industry is built around them for women, why men go to the gym for endless hours and take supplements to get one… and why Pamela Anderson even had a career. Okay… I hope that you do realize I am joking. Recruiters are human beings. Let us stop right there in elevating them by thinking they are looking for something everyone else is not. They are not. They want to see a neat, clean and professional appearance just as the hiring companies do.

  • How do you identify high potential candidates for an interview?

We have discussed that several times. Some of it is instinct and the rest is presentation. Does the person come off energetic? Do they come across as friendly? Do they sound desperate? Is anyone still reading this? I am boring myself at this point. Be sincere and do your best. For the thousandth time, do not risk everything on one endeavor and put all hope of your future in some recruiter somewhere. Use them as another of the resources that you have available to you to get where you want to get to.

  • How should a potential candidate respond when they receive a call from a headhunter at their current workplace?

They should be in awe of my incredibleness. They should ask how they could properly worship me. Come on…they should be professional and friendly. If they cannot speak at that moment, just be honest and say so. Arrange a time when you can speak. All together now…treat others the way you want to be treated.

  • Which questions should a candidate never ask?

Another loaded question for a former comedian. Again, to me it is all common sense. I sound like a broken record (a skipping CD for those of you who have never seen a record) in that you should treat the interviewer not differently than you would want to be treated yourself. Use your head. Anything that would get you ruled out by offending the interviewer would be bad.

  • What is the one thing you particularly look for in a resume?

The most important thing is readability. Many programs out there allow you to do all sorts of fancy things with fonts and layout and all sorts of things to try to make your resume stand out. Many resume writers charge you a boatload of money and justify it by dressing up your resume into a work of art, but people lose sight of what a resume IS. It is an advertising piece. If you have too much on it, nobody will read it. If you have too little on it, they will not read it either. I ALWAYS recommend having multiple resumes that you customize for the particular job that you are applying. They MUST contain 100% of the truth, but gear the language on your resume to include the same keywords that the advertisement or the job description is using. The idea is to just, “Keep it Simple…” If you take one thing out of reading this piece, remember this… “A resume does not get you a job. It gets you an interview. A prepared,positive candidate is the one who gets a job.”

  • How do you  (headhunter) obtain a search mandate for a senior position from a company?

This is the most straightforward question to answer. YOU ASK FOR IT! You do not get what you do not ask for.

One of the rather humorous yet insightful interview we have had on Vantage Point so far. Thank you Mitch, you really do put the ‘human’ back in recruiting! We will back with another part of this interview about more topics related to headhunter and executive recruiter perspectives related to the job application process. Hopefully all our candidates aspiring for management jobs and executive positions can gain new perspectives through this series!

About Mitch Beck & Crossroads consulting LLC

Mitch Crossroad consulting executive recruiter and headhunter

In the fall of 1996 Mitch Beck was at a personal “Crossroads.” Alone and out of work he had to make a decision about his future. Mitch had spent 20+ years as an innovative Radio Personality & Comedian and had also worked on and off as an Executive Recruiter in the Employment industry since his childhood as his mother owned an Employment Agency. So Mitch decided that he wanted to add something he hadn’t had in his life in quite some time, no, not a date, but employment stability. So Mitch borrowed $5,000 from a friend, took out his 3 ring notebook filled with fresh ideas and dreams of success and Crossroads Consulting, LLC was born. Crossroads Consulting, LLC is a full-service Employment Agency and Executive Search firm whose mission is to help people find genuinely rewarding employment and assisting companies find the dedicated, hard-working professionals they seek.

UNUSUAL JOB SEEKING TIPS

Find a Job - Business People in MazeBY: Adam Gavriel

Recently on the blog here at Out Of Our Mind, we have posted some resume tips, cover letter tips, and interview tips. All great knowledge to have, but what happens when the traditional means of job searching just aren’t enough?

Many know the value of networking; just how important it is, but we cannot stress enough just how important networking truly is, but there are other factors and other means of obtaining a job, or an opportunity out there – you just need to get creative with it.  Continue reading

MORE INTERVIEW TIPS

interview-tips-2BY: Adam Gavriel

Building off of the brilliant post this week from our president, Mitch Beck, on making sure your cover letter is right, we will continue the theme here on the blog of helping you get that job you’re eyeing.

This blog will focus on some more interview tips because let’s be honest, you can never have enough. Recently, we took a look at some questions that you should be asking interviewers, and today we will look at some general interview tips. Continue reading

INTERVIEWING TIPS – WANT A JOB?

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BY: Adam Gavriel

We all know when heading into a job interview to prepare for the questions the interviewer will ask us; but what about what YOU should be asking the interviewer?

Yes, job seekers, the interview is as much about the company getting to know you, as it is you getting to know the company.  Not only that, but asking relevant questions to the job position or the company you are interviewing at is a great way to show potential employers your interest.

Doing this will immediately set you apart from every applicant who chose not to ask the interviewer any questions – which unfortunately is all too common. Continue reading

BODY LANGUAGE AND THE JOB SEARCH

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Getting a job is more than a perfect resume, and nailing an interview; it’s also a visual exercise. Visual first-impressions are, maybe more subconsciously, a very important cue in a hiring manager’s thought-process towards a potential hire.

“‘A candidate can give out thousands of non-verbal cues within the first imnute of meeting a hiring manager, and those messages make more of an impact than the words that you use during the interview,’ says Patti Wood, a body language expert and author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma. ‘Our body language says a lot about who we are and our emotional state, and poor body language often sends a message that we are stressed or fearful.’” 

This quote is from a Forbes article that discusses just how important body language in your hiring process really is. And it’s not just when you sit down face-to-face with the interviewer, it’s from the moment you walk into the office, and possibly even before.

Of course, the ‘body-reading’ will continue through the entire interview process.

Power and confidence are typically conveyed through body language, and so are your stress level and how open and honest you are. ‘An employer will get a sense of who you are and how you will perform under pressure by assessing your body language before, during and after the interview,’ says Wood.

Forbes offers up 10 interview body language mistakes that could cost you a job offer:

  1. Weak handshake. – Keep it firm, but don’t crush the hiring manager’s hand.
  2. Invading personal space.
  3. Crossing your arms. – Simple, don’t do this. Don’t be afraid to gesture with your hands as you speak, as it shows you are enthusiastic about what you are saying.
  4. Playing with your hair. – This is a stress cue that hiring managers look for.
  5. Bad posture. – Take pride in yourself and what you have to say.
  6. Lack of eye contact. – It’s okay to look away every once in a while, but eye contact is important in making a connections with the hiring manager.
  7. Looking like you’re not interested. – Don’t check your phone AT ALL while you’re in the office. This is something I’ve seen first-hand and it absolutely baffles me. Look like you want to be there.
  8. Not smiling.
  9. Fidgeting. – Stay focused and confident. You’re in the room, they want to learn more about you, make sure you make them remember why.
  10. Hiding your hands. – Goes back to gesturing, which is okay to do!

The hiring process is a long one, it’s a hard one, but ultimately, it’s one that is worth it. Even if you don’t get the job you are applying for, or interviewing for, it’s always a learning experience. Don’t be afraid to reevaluate what you think went wrong, and how you can be better the next time!

And of course, there are the professionals who are here to help.

At Crossroads Consulting, we are a full-service employment agency with the goal of being with you from the very beginning to the very end. Think of us as your connection into the industry that you’re trying to get hired in, and we’ll get you there.

We have the job openings you’re looking for, and the interview and resume preparation you need. We’re here to get you back and going on the career path you had always dreamed of.

Remember, at Crossroads Consulting we’re putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’

FOLLOW UP OR STAY DOWN

BY: Adam Gavriel

So you’re one of the lucky ones who has been able to get an interview these days. You went into the office, had a sit down with the hiring manager and you feel like you did a good job. Congratulations…but you’re not done yet. Now what, the waiting game?

Of course not!

When it comes to seeking employment, there is no waiting.

You’re next step in the process isn’t to wait for a phone call or an e-mail, but to follow up and be proactive. Sending a follow up e-mail after an interview is a great way to continue to show the employer your interest in the position and your desire to obtain the job.

What you’ll want to do in a follow up e-mail is as follow:

Thank the interviewer, by name, for their time. It’s important to let the interviewer know, in a personable way, how grateful you were that the time was taken out of their day to meet you about the open position.

Reaffirm why you’re a good candidate for the position.  Quickly mention again the skills you currently possess and how they’ll be a positive factor towards the open position. Make sure the interviewer knows why you’re the best person for the job.

If you forgot to mention something important during the interview, do it now. You don’t want to look back on an interview and think that because you forgot to say one important thing, all is lost. Here is your second chance; we all know those don’t come around very often.

Mention something unique about the interview. This lets the interviewer know that you were really paying attention to not only your thoughts on what to say during you’re time talking, but that you were keenly listening to the interviewer when they were talking as well.

Of course, the best part of the follow up e-mail is how unique you can mold it to fit your experience with the interviewer. You want to make this follow up e-mail as personable as you can, while also maintaining a level of respect, integrity, and professionalism.

If you’re looking for more interviewing or resume tips, check out our recommended service. Having trouble getting to the interview stages? We can help you there as well. With over 50 job postings from around the nation (and a few international ones mixed in as well) we’re here to help you get the job you’re looking for.

Remember at Crossroads Consulting, “We’re putting the ‘Human’ back into ‘Human Resources!’”

ANY QUESTIONS? ANYONE? BUELLER?

BY: Adam Gavriel

Human resource departments of organizations do not take the interview questionnaire process lightly. With questions ranging from analyzing how they feel you’ll perform on the job, to personality questions, to mind-teasers that would make anyone scratch their heads. These are the kinds of things an applicant needs to be prepared for when taking the dive into an interview.

I can specifically recall my 16 year –old self going from pharmacy to pharmacy back home applying for a job as a customer-service associate. A friend and I travelled to a mom and pop pharmacy, Eckerd (now Rite-Aid) and CVS. It was the CVS pharmacy that gave us fits in the application process. When asking the employees for an application, they pointed us to a corner of the store where a machine was set up. This machine would be our application. This machine would ask us 50 personality trait questions, though it seemed like hundreds.

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