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FOX Business' Kathryn Tuggle asks Talener CEO Mike Dsupin about "..Tricky – and Illegal – Interview questions"

March 29th, 2012

In an article that posted to FOX Business today, writer Kathryn Tuggle explored “How to Answer Tricky – and Illegal – Interview Questions” and she asked Talener CEO Mike Dsupin for his input.

Mike acknowledged that it can be difficult for non HR hiring managers to realize when a conversation may turn from trying to find a common ground into potentially illegal territory.  Mike said “Interviewers are looking for a person’s ability to shift gears and how they handle tricky questions. An interview is about finding common ground with someone and that’s a good thing. But lines get crossed, and if you’re looking for a job you have to be prepared for certain things.”

The main thing to remember is that whatever happens with your interview and whatever questions you may get asked:  Know yourself, know your resume and be ready to answer everything that comes your way honestly.

What are your thoughts and experiences with interviewing or being interviewed?  Let us know in the comments or tweet @TalenerGroup

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Posted in Career Tips, Company News, News, Talener Blog

Info World's Dan Tynan asks Talener CEO Mike Dsupin about hybrid roles in "How to get a hot job in big data"

March 21st, 2012

In today’s news of Talener, Info World’s Dan Tynan asked Talener CEO Michael Dsupin about hybrid roles in his article How to get a Hot Job in Big Data.  This story was also picked up by

What are your thoughts on Hybrid roles and what are you seeing out there?  Let us know in the comments or tweet it to us @TalenerGroup!

Posted in Company News, Current Events, News, Talener Blog

Congratulations to our February 2012 Candidate of the Month: Noyda Matos!

March 21st, 2012

We know it’s a little belated, but there have been a lot of exciting things going on here at Talener and rather than skip it all together, we decided it was better to announce it late than never.  Read on to learn more about February’s candidate of the month!

Our New York based Manager of Talent Acquisition, Tim Olesnavage reached out to our February 2012 candidate of the month, Noyda Matos, over a period of more than two weeks and even though she’d been beaten up by phone calls from recruiters, she apparently decided to call us back because Tim was very specific about the jobs and clients he wanted to discuss with her. 

Noyda had been a lead developer with Kaplan and was interested in working on a variety of products and working with some new technologies.  Noyda impressed our relationship managers with her ability to communicate with on a technical level and with business users. 

Henry Boulos, the Director of our NY office got her out to a manager we were working with at CNN and after a fairly exhaustive process that included 3 onsite interviews and a couple of Skype interviews with Turner corporate in Atlanta, they offered Noyda the job with a substantial raise. 

After that Noyda referred a friend to Talener and we quickly placed that friend at Pearson.

We wish Noyda the best at CNN and we’re glad we had an opportunity to help both her and her friend find new roles!

Posted in Candidate of the month, Company News, Featured Candidates, Talener Blog, Talener Culture

Bye Bye Gold!

March 19th, 2012

Technology is on the brink of causing a change in how we think about money. As the mobile internet begins to take control, we are saying goodbye to paper bills and hello to symbolic digits on our computer screens.


As seen in the UK, putting pen to paper for all money-based transactions simply doesn’t happen. The use of “cheques” are pretty much redundant, regular transactions for bill payments are transferred directly between accounts and, one of the biggest differences, is Chip and Pin technology, which is the only way that cashiers will accept authorization of credit card payments. This is becoming increasingly popular in the US too, with growing trends in the use of PIN technology.


Not only have we seen a move away from paper-based transactions, but with our ever increasing habitual reliance on smart phones, there is a real change in consumer behaviors which is opening up new business opportunities.


Our trusty leather wallets are being replaced with virtual credit card applications being developed for smart phones. Google being Google, have beaten most of their competitors in developing an ‘electronic wallet’ whereby smart phones are installed with chips that transmit credit card information. And in order to facilitate these payments, mobile phone carriers such as Verizon and AT&T are developing new point-of-sale software to be sold to stores which will allow them to accept payment smart phones.


The mobile payment business is growing, and fast, with operators collecting $170 billion in 2011. One of the new players to enter this industry is Isis, which was formed in November 2010 and employs people in New York, Dallas and Seattle. The Isis Mobile Wallet “holds versions of most things your existing wallet does – this includes your credit and debit cards”. They have already linked up with JP Morgan Chase and Capital One credit cards, and are no doubt in second and third round meetings with other leading banks.


The good old fashioned plastic credit card is soon to be going out of style. American Express, the original credit card provider, are anticipating a global boom in the mobile payment industry and preparing for it themselves. They have launched Serve, a digital payment platform that uses American Express technology and security to allow its users to make “paying and being paid simple”. Dan Schulman, is heading up the Amex division, and on the topic of the changing nature of money says –


“Approximately 85 percent of transactions across the world today are in cash. But cash will start to become less dominant. The mobile phone is going to rapidly become a form factor in which you’ll not just pay for your groceries but, increasingly, you’ll find out about the information around your groceries. What’s organic, what may not be organic? What are your friends thinking about it? What offers and deals may be around it? The way you fundamentally pay for it could change. You can pay for it now. You can pay for it later. You can use virtual currencies. You can use loyalty points that you’ve accrued. So the very nature of how we will pay for things will fundamentally transform”.


After recognizing the need to change and remain innovative, Serve was launched in order for Amex to remain competitive in the global market. This New York-based company looks to compete directly with PayPal, a leader in mobile payment services. Only last week is was reported that PayPal is now offering users access to their secure PayPal accounts on their mobile phones and make a payment directly from this. Their Tabbedout application is integrated with majority of point of sale systems and allows is just another way that PayPal is bringing simplicity of paying to its 106 million users.


With rapid developments in industry-wide mobile payments services expected in 2012, Talener should definitely keep an eye on this market.


So what does this mean for Talener?



It means starting to build a pool of candidates that will fit profiles for potential new clients. The roles may include:

–           Mobile Software Engineers

–           Mobile Architects

–           Web Developers

–           Quality Assurance Analysts


 The candidates will preferably come from a payments industry background, with experience with working on payment platforms and products.


Where will we find them?  

–           Speculative adverts to post on job boards to attract good candidates.

–           LinkedIn – target those currently in similar industries and looking to move into a newly established, exciting company

–           Host events at Talener and advertise online and to candidate database



Which companies should Talener target?

–           New players to the growing industry, such as Isis and Serve, who are still in the early stages of growth.

–           Look into finding companies that require payment platform technology and moving towards developing applications to allow mobile payments.


Where will we find them?  

–           Networking – attend industry events 

Posted in Current Events, Talener Blog

Why companies are in need of Mobile Developers

March 15th, 2012

Today’s presentation is going to be on the growth of the mobile industry as a whole, and as a result, the growing need for mobile web developers.  The mobile industry’s growth in the past few years has been explosive.  More people now than ever are using mobile devices to browse the web, consume media, social network, and download and use apps.  As more and more people own smart phones and the growth of public Wi-Fi connectivity increases and high speed networks improve, more companies will be forced to develop mobile websites and applications to keep consumers engaged.  Additionally, this has fueled the growth of many mobile focused startups such as Flipboard and Foursquare.  As mobile growth has exploded, it has changed not only the way people interact with the web but also how they shop.  Mobile usage will continue to increase in the future and create tremendous opportunities for advertisers, publishers and most importantly, mobile website and application developers.

Almost 42% of all the mobile users, or about 98 million subscribers in the United States, use smartphones.  There are over 400 different smartphone devices, and the leaders of the industry are Google with their Android platform, taking almost half the market share in the US, with Apples IOS taking about 30%.  The total number of smart phone users continues to rise year over year, with last July being the first month ever that the number of smart phones purchases exceeded all other mobile purchases, and by the end of last year almost 60% of all mobile devices bought were smart phones.  There is no reason to believe that this trend will slow down anytime soon, and smartphones will eventually become the new standard. 

Mobile users engage in a wide variety of activities, from surfing the web and accessing social networking sites, to shopping and downloading content.  Nearly twice as many smartphone users are downloading and playing games compared to last year.  Streaming online music or radio is the third fastest growing activity among smartphone users and App downloads are up 53%. Companies and Brands are recognizing the importance of this new growing trend and trying to capture their share of the market by creating mobile websites and mobile applications.  Mobile websites are different than traditional websites in that they are specifically designed to be viewed and interacted with from a smartphone device.  

For many technology and internet companies, more traffic is starting to come in through the mobile avenue vs. the traditional web.  For example, Twitter’s mobile traffic is up to 55% and Pandora is up to 60%, and Facebook is seeing the same trend where about 350 million of its 800 million active users access the site through mobile channels.  Similarly, Groupon reported in December that nearly a fifth of its vouchers sold were via mobile channels.  More companies are being forced to create mobile websites in an effort to not to miss out on this growing opportunity.  A study last year found that 61% of mobile users won’t return to a site if they have trouble accessing it from their phone, highlighting how important it is for companies to build out clean and intuitive mobile websites and the need for developers specializing in mobile languages such as WML and XHMTL.

In addition to the growth of mobile websites, the mobile app market has been exploding as well.  A study found that iPhone users had an average of 44 apps and Android users had an average of 32 apps.  YouTube was the top app for the iPhone, followed by Google Maps, Facebook, and Yahoo!  Other top apps include popular games such as Angry Birds and Words with Friends.

 But the top apps were always changing, with new apps becoming popular every day.  This is great news for mobile web developers, as the constantly shifting and dynamic industry is always creating new opportunities for the next big bright idea.  With the success of Twitter, Yelp and Zynga, Venture Capitalist firms are seeking to fund multimillion dollar deals with mobile app focused companies such as Instagram, Foursquare labs, and Flipboard.  Developers specializing in Objective C, HTML +, JavaScript, and java will be in high demand as mobile focused startups continue to spring up.  Comparison shopping engine had to outsource the development of its mobile website to a company that specializes in building mobile websites, because it had a lack of in house developers and couldn’t find the developers in time.  So this shows that internet companies are quickly looking for experiences mobile web developers that Talener can help recruit. 

For a look at the presentation click the link below:

Why companies are in need of Mobile Developers

Posted in Career Tips, Current Events, Events, News, Talener Blog

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