All posts tagged: candidate screening
Phone Screening Image - Business person holding up a phone and about to answer a call from another executive

Ever been contacted by a recruiter to schedule a 15-minute phone call? It’s a good sign to be selected for a phone screening. With the hundreds of applicants that they receive daily, recruiters will utilize their limited time and prioritize candidates who have the best chance to be considered for a particular job.

The phone screening is the first opportunity for the candidate to express who they are and why they are the best fit for the position. The recruiter will be highlighting the candidate to the employer based on the call, so it’s important for them to show the recruiter exactly what makes them stand out from the rest.  And if the candidate is unable to successfully explain to the recruiter why they would be a good fit for the role, then they may not submit their resume to their client, the hiring company. Remember, executive search firms are paid by their clients to attract talent and fill key roles.

We asked President and Executive Recruiter Ben Farber his perspective on how to have a successful phone screening experience.

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Social Media and Getting Hired (or Not) illustration of magnifying glass and social media on computerby Nora Bright

Social media and our online presence is an ever-increasing phenomenon. People on both sides of hiring, employers and candidates, spend more and more time engaged online. Candidates are looking for openings and researching companies; employers are looking for candidates and evaluating them, via social media, for potential hires.

As a candidate, similar to how you represent yourself in real life — your personal rules of conduct — your online self represents you, too.

According to CareerBuilder’s Annual Social Media Recruitment Survey, the number of employers using social media to screen candidates has increased 500% over the last decade. Now, 60% of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates.

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