9 Questions Which Every Candidate Should Answer

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In the headhunting process we get in touch with so many candidates that sometimes while interacting we tend to forgot the human essence or value. We are so convinced with the skills that we overlook how the person actually is. So to make sure that you create a balance between the right skills and right fit there is a list of 9 questions which needs to be included in every interview. 

  1. What are your beyond work life?

Start with a simple question where you give me an opportunity for the candidate to relax. But also this provides an insight about his or her preferences, hobbies and emotional intelligence that can add creativity and commitment to the work assigned to the candidate.

2. Currently how is the candidate’s industry placed? 

It is very important to understand whether your candidate is well equipped & updated about the industry that he or she is a part. Every industry has its own dynamics and how the candidate can provide insights based on the calculation can prove beneficial to the company. 

3. What have been your greatest professional achievement? 

A candidate always have something to say good about professional achievement because that actually measures why the candidate is best suited for the job. Discuss on what grounds did the candidate achieved the success, what strategies were involved and the time duration involved among others

4. What has been your biggest challenge? 

Every profile has its set of challenges some are common and some are unique. Talk about them as they tell whether the candidate is equipped to handle work stress & pressure and moreover during this time whether the candidate has the ability to provide problem solving solutions. Also with what past experiences the candidate does comes with for the company.

5. What is your strength?

Understand how a candidate describes his or her strength that can add value. Check whether the internal abilities are co-relating with your job requirement and whether the candidate actually holds these strengths or not. 

6. At what point of time did you go wrong?

The questions demands the candidate to be honest. This gives a recruiter the option to validate the genuine level of the candidate. Everybody deals with blunders and taking ownership & discussing these situation reflects the knowledge, acceptability and sincerity of the candidate.

7. What is your opinion about continuing skills development? 

Today’s time is demanding where resilience have become the key skill. Therefore it is essential to map whether the candidate is open for flexibility, adaptability and multi-tasking. Be clear in asking what additional portfolios has the candidate handled or managed.

8. What after 5 years? 

Look where your candidates sees themselves after 5 years. What goals do they hold and what plans do they have to achieve them. Although it is a very general question but this really help in understanding what future plan and commitment plan is the candidate bringing.

9. Do you have any questions?  

It is very important for the candidate to ask relevant questions because this reflects (a) the enthusiasm level of the candidate towards the job & profile (b) how much the candidate is able to relate with the job and (c) how much the candidate is adaptable towards new culture and company.

Executive Placement: Adapting To The Pandemic

Executive Placement Adapting To The Pandemic

Social distancing – the term which was not known before the pandemic has become the keyword in every sphere of life now. This is quite evident even in the recruitment industry which looks into executive placement for corporate houses. Sourcing, selecting, and placing the right candidate in the job while maintaining physical distance is posing a greater challenge for the recruitment agencies.

The pandemic has created situation that compelled organizations adjust their way of identifying and hiring key executives. Most of the companies have either put hiring on hold or slowed down the process. From the executives’ side they are keeping their heads low to manage the current crisis and help their present organization sail through.

Recruiters are having a challenge not only in sustaining their business but also in executive placement for the openings available in the market. This is because companies who are hiring are looking for executives who has a broader set of skills and can lead the organization’s goals through this difficult time.

Unique Challenges and Creative Solutions

The executive placement agencies are trying to maneuver through this crisis and support the clients and candidates as creatively as possible. The top executives are mostly taking time and re-thinking about their career. Some are evaluating the current situation and trying to skill themselves that would be indispensable for organizations once the pandemic situation is over. The recruitment firms need to identify such skills and help the executives be market ready.

This situation has proved the mettle of the actual leaders who have handled this situation and led the team efficiently. Organizations post the crisis period would start hiring executives who possess such skill and talent. Recruitment will not only depend on qualification and years of experience but also on such skill set which proves essential to overcome such trying times.

Corporates have well understood the importance of innovation and adoption of new technologies during this time. Sooner or later organizations will start focusing on innovation and reliance on new technologies and artificial intelligence. There will be need for executives and manpower who can support such innovation and lead the organization from the front.

To help client companies replace the lost assessment opportunities due to social distancing norms, recruiters are increasingly turning to cultural fit and psychometric assessment tools. To assess the managerial skills of the candidate business case simulation-based virtual interviews are being conducted where candidates explain how they would deal with various challenges.

Newer Avenues in Future  

Few newer opportunities are opening up for placement agencies. A pool of candidates is available in the market as many have lost their job. It will be slightly easier for executive placement now due to the abundance of talent. The time-consuming factor is reduced considerably as companies are going for telephonic or video calls to interview a candidate.

But the most important factor that the firms should remember is place the skilled people to the client as there is no dearth of talent in the market presently.

10 Steps of Professional Working of Executive Search Firm

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Step 1. Hiring an Executive Search firm

Following the finalization of contract, executives search firms work to hiring consultant for both external and internal candidates.

Step 2. Holding Launch Meetings

Recruitment staff get together to discuss the requirements for the role. In this meeting, stakeholders, board members and senior executive team members take part, generally. The basic purpose of the meeting is to extract useful information about the role and requirements of senior level executives in the management and work culture of the company.

Step 3. Job Description Creation

Following the previous meeting outputs, in this role executive recruiters finalize the job description for the position. In this step, consultants finalize roles, responsibilities, preferred experience and core competencies for the ideal candidate. As per the client approval, the document is used to create Position and Candidate Specification.

Step 4. Selecting the Research Strategy

The search team consultants sort out target companies to yield a successful candidate. In this step, ‘no hiring’ companies are also declared due to sensitive client relationship. Moreover, executive hiring consultants also consider office location, added benefits and corporate culture in this step.

Step 5. Conducting Research

Mapping of appropriate research online and offline mediums is an important part. In this step, executive manpower consultant research candidate database at various resources to yield prospective candidates.

Step 6. Scheduling Interviews for Top Prospects

The search consultant set up interviews to evaluate the top prospective candidates. During this step, executive hiring consultant take a deep drill into the experience and career of the candidate. Along with it, without jeopardizing candidate’ confidentiality search executive verifies the past performances and other essential career skills.

Step 7. Writing Candidate Profile

Following the interviews, search firm creates candidate profiles for the selected candidates. This report briefs the achievements, education and soft skills like values of the candidate to prove, why he or she may prove a good fit.

Step 8. Final interviews with Client

The search firm presents the strong contenders to the client for final call of interview. Those who are eliminated on any ground of the previous steps are closed out.

Step 9. Reference and Background Check

An executive search team member verifies the candidate’s references in this step. Most often, third-party conducts the background verification of the candidate.

Step 10. Extending the Offer and Closing Candidate Search

Executive search consultant work as mediator between client and candidate to finalize to the package that is agreeable for both. Following the acceptance of offer, the search team wind ups the open position.

Given the complex and long process, the executive recruitment is a time consuming process. Further, the involvement of senior level management staff from the corporate is crucial too. That’s why executive search firms can only succeed when they work professionally. As one of the top executive search firm, GlobalHunt strongly believes in working with a streamlined professional approach.

A Cover Letter is as Important as the Selection Process

A Cover Letter is as Important as the Selection Process

Many placement consultants provide valuable information and tips to the candidates regarding the interview process and its intricate details. These consultancies have talked in detail about the process and how one should prep up for the same. The advice and tips have been given regarding the structuring of resume, grooming essentials, body language, communication style and appearance in detail. But there is one element that is the fundamental pointer of this entire process but not much has been said or heard about it until now. This is the cover letter. Well it might come as a surprise to many candidates that a cover letter is as important as the resume. Before getting in to the details of the cover letter, its importance and structuring elements, one needs to know what exactly is meant by a cover letter. It is defined as the letter of introduction that essentially highlights key accomplishments and expertise that is in line with the job profile. Now days, there are some companies who do not consider a resume if it is not accompanied by a cover letter. Hence it is essential to develop a cover letter individually for every job application to be sent.

The importance of cover letter are as follows:

  • Firstly, online platforms now days provide the details of a candidate profile in a complete set. This means the recruiter already has a fair bit of idea about a candidate profile even before going through the long resume. The cover letter essentially shows the capabilities of candidate during work process and highlights achievements that help in determining the compatibility quotient. This can be in terms of crisis management, soft skills or team motivation. Usually it is a sum up of the USP of a candidate that makes him or her perfect choice for the profile.
  • The cover letter is the representation of communication and organizational skills. A systematically structured cover letter that is tailored to the job profile rather than a generic essay conveys the seriousness towards the opportunity. It also shows the candidate knowledge about the position and its related skill set requirement. Overall it is like creating a first impression in front of the recruiter.

Hence, cover letter paves the way for an opportunity to knock at the door step. Therefore it is essential to remember certain pointers while constructing a cover letter.

  • Before writing the cover letter it is essential to go through the job description of the position for which the application is sent. The cover letter should be designed accordingly for the maximum impact.
  • While writing the cover letter, it is essential to make sure that the employer finds the key requirements highlighted for the profile. Only then, the resume is considered effective. So it needs to be structured in a professional manner.

Lastly one should remember that a resume accompanies the cover letter. So it should be made crisp and to the point so that the employers reaches out for the resume.

4 Reasons Why Hiring Placement Consultants Will Make Your Organization Successful.

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If you want your organization to be successful than one of the key areas that you must look into is hiring. Hiring is not an easy job especially when you have many other tasks to perform. If you want to make your hiring process efficient and less time taking than you must hire a placement consultant. They will not only give you professional hiring services but they will also make sure you hire able candidates for your organization.

If you really want to know about why you must hire a placement consultant than have a look at this article.

  • It makes things easier for you- Recruitment is one of the most important tasks of companies these days. It can actually be a very tedious job. Hiring a consultant will not only lessen the burden of the HR department but will also ensure efficient in the whole process.
  • Ensure that you hire apt employees for your organization- Another very important reason for opting for such services is that it ensures you hire the right kind of employees for your organization. They understand your requirements and shortlist candidates accordingly. They analyses the skills, qualifications and experience of the candidates and shortlist them on the basis of the company’s needs and requirements. In other words, they ensure that you hire the right employees for your organization.
  • Make the process more efficient and less time consuming- Recruiting such consultants makes the process of hiring efficient and less time-consuming. They have a thorough knowledge of the latest market trends and this enables them to shortlist able candidates. They send only those candidates for further rounds of interviews whom they consider suitable and skilled enough. This not only saves the time of the HR department but also makes the hiring process much easier.
  • Act as a medium between candidates and companies- They act as the channel of communication between the candidates and the companies. They make the companies aware of the skills, experiences, needs and demands of the employees. They also make the candidates aware of the job role, policies, requirements and target of the company they have applied for. This makes the procedure of recruitment transparent and makes both the sides aware of each other’s needs and demands.

Now that you are aware of the various reasons for hiring a placement consultant, opt for such services while hiring employees. There are many such agencies these days. However, all of them are not reliable. While hiring such services, you must always opt for agencies that are experienced and reputed enough.

Creative Hiring Strategies That Boost The Recruitment Process

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  • Implementing a self selection process is a basic move that lowers the amount of selection process. This can be performed through an open group invitation to a discussion. For example, calling in all the applicants for an open forum discussion. Some are bound to take a back seat. There will be a significant percentage that will not appear for the discussion. Hence it represents their interest towards the opportunity through which the short listing can be done.
  • After the initiation group event, another discussion round can be held among the candidates selected from initial screening. This helps in understanding the basic communication skills, presentation abilities, logical point of views and professional behavioral standpoint of the candidates. Instead of waiting for the interview process in the every end to judge the soft skills, this reduces the effort of next level technical assessment.
  • Reaching out to the passive candidates does the trick many times. These candidates mostly belong to the employed groups who are not looking for jobs. It is better to find out ways to approach such candidates with an offering that strikes the interest of the candidate for a job change. The best way to do so is to present certain factors that show the candidate skills are needed by the employer or the recruiter.
  • Job fairs have become old fashioned. Most people do not attend such fair because of lack of time or they already have a job. It is better to look for candidates in online forums where intellectuals take part in active discussion related to industry and market trends.
  • Social media is everywhere. It is always better to make an offering there. These platforms have the highest traffic throughout the year. Interesting opportunities should be presented in similar manner. Small games that showcase problem solving scope or certain new technology quiz sparks up the interest to a great extent present the job offering in the best way.
  • Former candidates make good considerations. While it might sound a bit off the track, former candidates who had been rejected due to a certain skill set absence or were not in line with the requirement in the past may have a chance of suiting the job profile now.
  • Referral programs are a rage. Combining that with incentives can work wonders towards effective hiring. Employees who work within organizations know the requirements better than anyone else outside the system. So they have a better chance of referring apt candidates than outside sources.

Lastly, understanding the requirement of the company is essential, whether it is a full time employee or part time worker or a consultant. This distinction helps in minimizing costs to a considerable level.

Why You Should Hire A Placement Consultancy?

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One of the most important tasks that an organization has to perform these days is recruitment. Recruitment is not only important to an organization’s success but it also enhances its brand image. A placement consultant will understand your needs and demands and help you hire the right kind of employee.

Are you still thinking about why you must hire such a consultancy? Have a look at the following points to get a brief idea about the various benefits of hiring such services.

  • Help the company hire the right candidates- One of the most important benefits of hiring such a consultancy is they will help the company hire the right kind of candidates. After getting a thorough knowledge of the requirements of a particular job post they will send a candidate most suitable for the job profile based on his experience and qualification. This will not only save time but also help the company recruit able and skilled candidates for their organization.
  • Add to the company’s growth- Such consultancies doesn’t only help an organization with recruitment services but also help in the company’s growth and progress. They have a thorough understanding of the market scenario and they assist the organization with strategies and policies that cater to the company’s growth further. In other words, they add to the profit-earning motive of the organization.
  • They also provide the company with industry- Specific growth solutions- Such consultancies have a detailed understanding of the current market situations, latest business trends etc.Their clear idea about the market trends also enables them to have adequate knowledge about the steps to be taken by an organization to achieve its goals. They understand the strengths and weaknesses of the company and devise a strategy that suits the company the most. They understand the problems faced by the organization and come up with a solution that results in further progress development of the company.

Therefore starting with recruitment services to providing the right business strategies for your organization, such consultancies have become very vital for a company’s growth and success. Now that you have a clear idea about the benefits of opting for such services, hire a reputed consultancy that will provide you with the above-mentioned services.

Employees as Brand Advocates

Employees as Brand Advocates

A company and its brand make the best valuable asset and this brand recognition is important to survive in the marketplace. While making a company, a brand name it is the responsibility of the organization not only to serve the customers with products and services but also provide good behavior because they are one who will represent the brand of an organization. Nowadays, most companies are asking their employees to become brand advocates where they will share pictures, live sessions, talk about work culture, and policies on their social media platforms to engage more and more viewers who can turn to customers in the future. This will help the brand to create a positive image on social media channels.

When you are talking about successful branding concept, then you will get to know that it is a complex formula. When an organization motivates the employees to become the brand advocate, the employees show great enthusiasm to represent the brand on various social media channels.

Campaign ideas- every loyal customer wants to know how you deliver the best product and services, especially in HR department. So, transparency plays an important role. The placement consultants can give a virtual tour of the work process but at the same keeping the secret of working the best way.

Set guidelines for the campaign to start- It is very important for companies to set the campaign opportunities keeping in mind brand image. The company gives the opportunity to the employees to promote the campaign opportunity on different social media channels positively to create a strong impact on the brand image.

Increase the reach- Employees as advocates help the company to increase their reach and it will actually help the company to grow big and this will give a big solution for the company to rise and shine.

Success in recruitment- This will increase the rate of the recruitment process and the candidates will get an idea of the process of the company that it actually works on. So, it is a really positive side both for the new candidates and the company to increase the recruitment process.

Save cost- It saves your pocket on Facebook ads and this will actually help the company to invest the money in other things. So, you can invest the money wisely and it will help in the overall growth of the company.

What Are Your Work Values ?

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Values in general means the ideas and beliefs that are really important for an individual to survive in this society. These values help you as a guide to take proper actions. Examples of the values are self-respect, peace, honesty, and success. Your work values are the essential part of your own beliefs and you need to determine these values before you choose your career or accept a job. These values play an important role in work and also shapes you as a person.

Both intrinsic and extrinsic values play an important role in the work life. Intrinsic value is related to the actual task of the job like taking up challenges at work, helping others and introduce some leadership skills. In Extrinsic value, the things that are related are recognition, job security, and high earnings. If you do not understand your work value, then very quickly you will lose your work interest and things will turn monotonous. You will not get any satisfaction from your job role. You may take the help of the tool or list down your work values so that you can work on them separately and understand the core value at work.

After you list down the values, you need to work on the same and then make a checklist of the same to get back to the work on the track. You can include the following values.

1)Achievement

2)Relationships

3)Independence

4)Autonomy

5)Working Conditions

6)Creativity

7)Variety

8)Helping Society

9)Recognition

10)Working conditions

Apart from this, you should also focus on personality type, aptitude, and interests. So, you should also need to work on these factors to get into the work life balance. After all, your personality and attitude define your true potential. So, there is nothing to worry and you will get the real help from the career counselor.

 

5 Soft Skills That Employers Look For

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Social skills are the type of skills that help one person to interact with another person. It includes both verbal skill (spoken) and non-verbal skill (attitude, gesture and eye contact). these skills are considered the important skill, which is very much needed in the job field. For a reputed job, it is very important for a candidate to have soft skills so that they can lead to a better future and can excel good career wise. While working as a team, it is essential to mix with others and create a balance at work. Soft skills are important when you are working with clients because it helps you motivate to listen to client’s query and concern.

Read below the top two soft skills that employers look in the candidates for employment:

  1. Empathy- It is an important skill and to interact with others, one needs to understand the feelings of others. It is associated mainly with clients when they come with queries or problems because one has to be empathetic towards the issues and be ready to solve them.
  2. Cooperation- When you are working as a team, it is very important to have a cooperative nature. It helps you achieve a certain goal with other team members. However, if you do not work as a team, still you need to be cooperative to other members or colleagues in the office.
  3. Verbal Communications- It is another social skill that one should have to gain success in the workplace. Using clear language, one should communicate and express properly so that everyone should understand what you want to say to them.
  4. Listening- You should have strong listening power to understand one’s problems and queries. You should have the ability to listen what employers are trying to say you, your colleague wants to say you and even clients concern on particular matters. It will help you give solid and genuine solutions to the problems.
  5. Nonverbal Communication- Your body language, gesture, attitude, eye contact, facial expression are also important soft skills. These features will tell you whether you are giving value to the other person’s word or not.

How to show these soft skills during a job search

While getting a job through placement firm, you need to mention all these soft skills in your resume. You can also write these on the cover letter and in the body of the letter, you could mention only two skills. You can even use these skills during the time of interview. You can give one example at least to the employer to let him or her know about your skill. You must use your nonverbal communication skills throughout the interview so that the employers become impressed and you can grab the job offer. This will really open a great area for you to excel in your career and you will feel really happy to get the job that you are looking for.