Why We Interview Candidates Face to Face at Lynx

May 31st, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

Ever since we started Lynx, we’ve made it a core operating principle that, whenever possible, we conduct our interviews with candidates face-to-face, in person. Many other recruiting firms don’t do this, and we sometimes will get pushback from potential candidates along the lines of, “Why do I need to come in and meet with you? Other agencies aren’t making me do this, and they’re getting me interviews.” It’s a fair question. Read the rest of this entry »

Is there such a thing as too much preparation for an interview?

May 22nd, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

Doing a good job preparing for an interview can be the key difference between getting an offer and getting a rejection. These days, there’s no excuse for at least the minimal step of checking out the company’s website, but if that’s the only thing you do, you’re just scratching the surface.

I’d like to share with you an superb article written by a friend and professional recruiting colleague of mine, Marie Burns from Compete.com, on how to take your preparation to the next level. Read and learn from Marie’s excellent post “I Spy: How to Scope Out a Company Before the Interview,” and ace your next interview!

Software Interview (with apologies to Mad Libs)

April 12th, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

My family loves to do Mad Libs. If you’ve never tried one of these, I encourage you to visit www.madlibs.com and check them out. They’re a lot of fun.

I hereby offer my own humble version, based on my years of experience arranging interviews for software engineers. If you use this, I can’t guarantee success on your next interview, but at least you’ll make a unique impression!

“My Software Interview”

Thank you for having me here today to meet with your ______________ (adjective) Read the rest of this entry »

Interview Preparation –“What makes you a more valuable candidate?”

February 6th, 2012 by Sophia Navickas

I am often asked to prepare people for interviews. There are many sources of the basics which are important but let’s get down to some specifics as they relate to software related recruiting.

Spend time thinking about the position you are interviewing for and what unique skills you bring to the table to address the needs of the client company. This is where you have a chance to talk about what goes beyond your resume. Believe it or not, strong technical applicants can look remarkably similar on paper. It’s the person you are and the value you bring that makes you stand out. Read the rest of this entry »

Why would I take an interview for a job I don’t think I want?

November 29th, 2011 by Sophia Navickas

From time to time I find myself in a situation where an interview has surfaced and it appears from what I know about the job it may not be the right match for my candidate.  So, why do I recommend in certain cases, even encourage the candidate to take the interview and “ Why is this in anyone’s best interest?”

There are several reasons to consider taking this interview (even if it’s not the right match). Read the rest of this entry »

Strategies for a Great Interview

November 22nd, 2011 by Lynx, Inc.

At Lynx, we’ll work with you every step of the way to make sure you find a great job, and part of that involves using our connections and our influence to give you a boost. That said, there’s no substitute for preparation, and you’ll eventually have to go in for an interview. With that in mind, we’ve prepared some advice for every step of the process. Read the rest of this entry »

Keys to a Great Phone Interview

November 22nd, 2011 by Lynx, Inc.

The sole purpose of a phone interview is to establish whether you’ll be a good fit for the position and vice-versa—don’t forget that it’s as much an audition for the employer as it is for you. This is a fairly low-pressure situation in comparison to an in-person interview, given that you or the interview won’t be making any decisions about hiring at that point in time. expired sites It’s a screening, essentially. That said, the phone interview is your chance to impress the caller enough to be asked in for an interview, so it’s good to go in armed with a few strategies. Read the rest of this entry »

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