Bohan and Bradstreet

Career Search

May 2016


Top Ten Recently Completed Searches

Wednesday, May 25, 2016  by julie

 

We are thrilled to share our most recent top ten recently completed searches!

 

Human Resources Director, Privately-held Manufacturer
CFO, PE Funded OEM
Senior Accountant, Healthcare Provider
IT Director, Privately-held OEM Distributor
Marketing Manager, PE Funded Technology Industry
Treasury Director, Global Communications Leader
Manufacturing Engineer, Security Products Manufacturer
Market Planning Manager, Consumer Products Distributor
Audit Manager, Regional CPA Firm
Distribution Manager, Global Sensors Industry

 

Some Fun Facts For Your Next Networking Event
Did You Know?


In last 46 years, US debt has grown from $1 trillion to $58 trillion?

USA consumes the most food per capita?

People unemployed for 15+ weeks is at 2.1% while national rate is now 4.9%?

A bay scallop may have up to 100 brilliant blue eyes?

Apple has more cash than the U.S. Treasury?

Denali National Park (Alaska) has six million acres?

A football coach is the highest paid public employee in over 50% of all states in USA?

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Group Interview Strategies

Tuesday, May 17, 2016  by julie

Companies want to hire and on-board more efficiently. The competition for talent has gained momentum over the last 18 months as unemployment decreases, companies expand, and the number of retirements increase. Neither the hiring companies nor the interviewing talent have a lot of available time to interview. 

Initial interviews are often done over the phone with either a human resource professional or hiring authority. The goals of the phone interview are primarily to introduce the company and opportunity, gain an impression of the applicant’s soft skills, review employment history, and validate a few key requirements of the opportunity.

If all goes well, then the applicant is invited to visit the company and more often will have a group or panel interview. The reason most employers conduct group interviews is to save time and be more efficient. Panel interviews allow the hiring team to gather impressions all at once, eliminate the annoyance of answering the same question over and over, and provide better insight on the opportunity and culture. 

From the candidate’s perspective, panel interviews can be intimidating and there are a few core tenants that will help this kind of format. Before you interview, ask the company to provide names and titles of people that you will meet and conduct research on each of the panel members to best understand the potential future relationship (e.g. superior, peer, subordinate). Think of experiences you can share and questions you might want to ask specific panel members. 

Upon starting the interview, introduce yourself to each panel member. This will help to break the ice and establish a connection. While fielding questions, avoid staring at a single person, smile, and open your gaze to the others in the room. Even though you will be asked questions, be premeditated with examples of experience, knowledge, and abilities that showcase the appropriateness of your candidacy for the opportunity.

Not all panel members are equal. Everyone is looking at the role to be filled from a different perspective.  The goal is to identify the core requirements of the role and the opportunities to make a contribution. The candidate that will be hired is someone the group feels will meet or exceed their expectations. Asking insightful questions shows interest in the opportunity and can lead to conversations and discussions that will allow you to illustrate past experiences and provide examples that relate to the role, panel members, and the opportunities to make a difference. 

 

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