1. Guide you before, through, and after the interview process
Patricia: So, what’s really important for them to do is I try to provide as much information about the company and about the job description and they need to do their homework. Everybody’s got to do their homework. I can’t do it for them. So, when I mean homework, it’s more like going to the website of the company, figuring out information about the company. Who’s the president? How long has the company been? You know, what’s their mission says and then not only that, but the expectations of the job.
Patricia: So, we would give tips on what to mention or what questions to ask. A little bit of a mock interview. [For example,] what would you like, what are some questions that you’ve thought of to ask the company afterwards? Because when an a company interviews you, a lot of times at the end they’ll say, ‘so do you have any questions for us?’ Your answer should always be yes, here are a few good ones, you know, and because they want to know that you’re invested in that, you’ve thought about it. So, I like to ask them, ‘what would you ask them?’
I actually had one person say, ‘oh, well I went online, I went online, and, and notice that you had a couple of bad reviews. What are some things that you as a company are going to do to improve your reviews online?’
I said, ’that is not a question. [laughs] So, I’m so glad that I asked you what you’re going to ask them.’
So, that it’s important for us to know what they’re going in. I don’t want anybody going rogue, you know, and asking some crazy thing.
Recruiters are your professional coaches. They give you professional tips on any and everything you need to know so that you land the job (and keep it)! They are your help before, during, and after the interview process.
Recruiters can typically help with your resume. They understand the company so they know how to make your resume more appealing to the company and they know how to highlight your strengths. Recruiters can naturally prepare you for interviews through practicing difficult to answer questions and through encouragement.
Also, our recruiters at SNI Companies go the extra mile and ensure to deliver in small ways like:
- calling before and after the interview
- sending reminders of the time and location of the interview as well as
- how to dress
- what to say
- reminding you to write/send a thank you note.
These are all small things that you don’t have to stress about so you can focus on landing the job!
Going even further, even after you land the job, our recruiters can still help you. They can assist with orientation, questions you may have (but are not confident to ask to your employer). They are still there to assist you.
2. Help you identify our value to the company and market yourself
Patricia: Knowing how are you going to sell yourself to that company because hey, you know, not everybody’s in sales, but when you’re looking for a job, you’re in sales, let’s be real. So, you have to be able to identify with that, what you’re going for and how to market yourself. So, doing that homework, quote unquote, research on the company is, is very important.
I like to call research, “due diligence.” This is a law term but it can be applied to this situation; it means: “reasonable steps taken by a person in order to satisfy a legal requirement, especially in buying or selling something.”
Due diligence is required. Conducting this due diligence at the level companies are expecting will give you the answer on how to market yourself to the company. Understanding the background, the goals, the needs, the problems/pains of the company will propel you above the other candidates. This knowledge and your skills will form your value which is answering how you will fill the gap between their problems/pains and their goals.
3. Bargain your salary for you
Kumi: I always, actually, advised the candidates never to discuss money in an interview. And also I always let them know like that’s what I’m here for. You don’t ever have to talk about money. That’s my job… one of the things that we’re able to do is, we would not have them go to that interview or be put in that process with that knowing the ballpark of what the range is for the position offering.