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Great way to conduct a Technical Interview

August 14th, 2013

This is an excellent article on how to conduct a technical interview.

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http://firstround.com/article/The-anatomy-of-the-perfect-technical-interview-from-a-former-Amazon-VP

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Talener Chicago !

August 9th, 2013

Today marks the end of Talener-CHI’s first week and it has been tremendous. We have all been relentlessly making our mark on this sweet city from our brand-spanking-new office in the North Loop. It has been a very productive week, having brought in nearly 30 candidates and a handful of leads to start flipping, and we are just getting started. With a crew like this we will be running circles around the Windy City’s tech scene in no time. We are all eager to see what week 2 has in store and we will be sure to keep everyone posted.

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And Yes, if you are hiring, you should ABSOLUTELY use an Agency as part of your Hiring Strategy

August 7th, 2013

To quote the late John Belushi, “It don't cost nothing.”  Bluto, Belushi's character, was referring to a beer during a Rush Event at the Delta Tao Chi Fraternity House.   The same needs to be said about using a Staffing Agency.  

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Companies should use as many possible ways to find applicants for their open positions, such as:

1) Internal transfers or promoting from within (Cost, Free)

2) Posting the job internally for internal referrals (Cost, Free, or if you have an internal referral plan, some cost)

3) Social Media- Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook (Cost, Free)

4) Job Boards- Monster, Dice, Careerbuilder, etc, (Some cost associated)

5) Attend job fairs (Some cost associated)

6) Staffing Agency (Significant cost associated)

Yes, using a Staffing Agency is the most expensive way to hire a candidate, but it is free to compare candidates from an Agency to candidates from other, potentially free or cheaper solutions.  

The war for top talent is incredible, especially in technology.  The value of a great engineer, the cost of hiring the wrong candidate for the job is sometime immeasurable, so don't limit yourself.  Be aware of the cost associated with using an Agency, but you should absolutely use an Agency to ensure that you are getting the best talent possible.

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Yes, you should use an Agency if you are looking for a new position

August 6th, 2013

Why should I use an Agency to represent me?

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of ads online that talk about why candidates should NOT use an Agency and frankly, I can’t understand why a candidate would not want to use an Agency?

Here’s why:

1)      Introduction to companies that are outside of your network.  The first place everyone goes when looking for a new job is their own network.  Once that network is exhausted or has already been tapped, where do you go?  Do you start applying to jobs online?  Yeh, that works well.

2)      The jobs that you are submitted for through an Agency are most likely open positions and need to get filled.  Companies, like candidates, will exhaust their own internal resources before using an Agency to fill their positions too.  Hence, the openings from an Agency have already been open for some period of time and now the company is more urgent to fill the role.

3)      The Agency wants to see you get hired, so they should give you a ton of information about the hiring manager, the job description, the company culture, etc, so you will be more prepared for the interview than going it on your own.  The Agency only wins when you accept their position, so they’ll want to make sure that you are as prepared as possible.

I can go on and on, but really, if you are looking for a position, I’d highly recommend that you use an Agency.  And the beauty of it, all of this is at no-cost to you!! 

 

 

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