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 »

Short-Term Job: Leave it off My Resume?

April 4th, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

Software engineers, by the very dynamic nature of the industry in which they work in, sometimes end up looking for a new job only a month or two after beginning their last one. Perhaps they made a mistake and only realized it after they started. Perhaps, after the fact, there was a change in the position, responsibilities, employer or the new company’s fortunes changed quickly and a layoff occurred. Whatever the reason, it’s not an ideal situation, and candidates often ask if they should even list such a position on their resume. Read the rest of this entry »

Dear Candidates: Help me help you!

February 29th, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

Recently, I wrote about how important it is for our clients to be open and straightforward with their recruiter and this time, I would really like to focus on the candidate side.
When working with a recruiter, you must understand that certain things are necessary to have an open and productive relationship. The more open you are with your recruiter the better job we can do to represent you to our clients and help you throughout the entire process. Our job is to assist you in the following areas,

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Clients: How Well Do You Communicate with your Recruiter?

February 22nd, 2012 by Lynx, Inc.

“Being open and straightforward with your recruiter is essential for this partnership to work” – Most people would assume that this statement only pertains to the candidates that we represent.   However, this is just as equally important for our clients as well.

It is important for clients to disclose all relevant information regarding a position, whether it’s the first conversation or throughout the entire process.   Providing as much information to the recruiter is essential since our ultimate goal Read the rest of this entry »

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