The recruiting industry is like no other. In all other transactions, only one party needs to be comfortable with their decision. In a hiring situation, the company can be completely sold on the candidate, but if the candidate doesn’t feel the same, there is no deal. Dealing with the human element successfully on both sides is what separates a great search firm from the rest of the pack, and that starts with making sure the candidate is set up for success.
Content is what makes a resume stand out – not fancy formatting or flowery words. Make sure you’re keeping it clear and simple for the reader.
The interview process is highly flawed and hasn’t changed in years. Ask transition questions to understand the interviewer’s needs to maximize the limited time you have.
How can you get the highest offer without shooting too high and losing the opportunity? Get educated or get a trusted recruiter.
There are lots of career decisions you make beyond taking a new job. Making the right calls at various junctures along your career path will keep you on track with your long term plan.
It’s easier to make a career decision when you feel like you fully understand your options. This includes knowing who is hiring and what is currently in demand.
Believe it or not, some of these interview mistakes are more common than you think. The Talance Group is experienced about what not to wear to an interview, because we’ve been there and seen that.
Finance & Accounting Candidate Testimonials
I was a manager with EY and was referred to Tim by a friend of mine at a time when I was ready for a career change. Tim was absolutely great to work with. From the very beginning, I could tell he genuinely cared about me and was interested in building a long term relationship. To make sure he would match me with an opportunity of my interest, he invested a lot of time to really understand the type of career I was seeking. When going through the interview process, he guided me every step along the way to get prepared (and he knew exactly what the hiring manager was looking for). After I have transitioned to my new job, he still checks in on me periodically to make sure I am happy where I am. I would definitely recommend Tim to any of my friends and colleagues who may be looking for a job.”
Tim is amazing! He is very knowledgeable about the job market and has tremendous ideas on how to market yourself out there. I think his interviewing strategies are definitely what locked me in the interview and you should listen to his advice. He knows what he is talking about. It is very refreshing to find someone who is so passionate about his job and so personable. I wholeheartedly recommend Tim!
The Talance Group consists of an exceptional group of people who strive to find you the perfect opportunity by carefully understanding your background, experience, and personality. Angela Godfrey and Stephan Patsch both provided me continuous support throughout the entire placement process. Their professionalism mixed with their drive to see every candidate succeed, helps create a powerful and comfortable environment. Angela’s assistance and guidance at each step of the interview process exceeded my expectations and proved to have exceptional results. I am very thankful for the opportunities and assistance that both Angela and Stephan have provided throughout my placement process. I highly recommend using The Talance Group for anyone who is looking for a dedicated team that works hard to find the perfect opportunity for each candidate.
Stephan is highly experienced and very knowledgeable in his line of work. He truly cares for his clients’ career goals and aspirations and focuses on that. He is a straight shooter and is very open and honest. He has a lot of contacts in many fields, which is rewarding. He is very involved in the whole recruiting process. He will help polish your resume, will discuss what and what not to say in an interview, and will guide you on how to present yourself. He follows up in a timely manner and keeps himself available at all times for his clients. The thing that most impressed me about Stephan was his quickness. You will see great results fast working with him. Highly recommended.
Angela was extremely helpful to me during my search. She took care of all the details and arranged everything for me. Within one week of meeting with her I had a job offer in hand for the exact position I was looking for. Angela and the Talance Group were incredibly helpful for me in finding a great new job.
Jeff, to say you have what it takes to understand my background, experience, personality and in general, me, would be an understatement. You understood and valued the fact that the right fit was high on my list of priorities in finding a new position. You put in the effort to get to know me and therefore you were able to match me with what I was looking for in a company. You were available to take my call and called me on a regular basis to stay in touch. I appreciate that extra care. I am not exaggerating when I say you and The Talance Group are the best I’ve seen at what you do. Thank you again.
Senior Financial Analyst
It's rare to come across a recruiter with the talent that Angela has. I had the pleasure of working with her for almost 3 months, and the entire time she was patient with me, always had my best interests at heart, and extremely professional. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a hard-working, honest recruiter. Thanks for being the best, Angela!
Audit Associate (KPMG alum)
I have known Stephan for five years and he has been a helpful mentor and over time became a friend. He has shown loyalty and confidentiality over the years. Stephan had plenty of opportunities to place me in roles that would have only benefited his practice and he did not. Stephan discussed each opportunity’s pros and cons with me thoroughly. My latest move has been great and I could not be happier with this opportunity that Stephan found and negotiated for me.
IT Candidate Testimonials
I had the fortune of working with Angie directly; the best way to describe her is a very competent and positive individual who knows what she’s doing. She made the contract experience very pleasant; she is a dedicated and talented recruiter. I look forward to working with her again in the future.
Akash J. P.
Sr. Software Engineer
Vik was great to work with during my transition. The time given to better understand me as a professional, my work experience and my desired next steps was impeccable. Vik showed genuine concern for my current work situation (at the time) as well as my career goals and objectives. The working relationship felt more like a friendship and I greatly appreciated this dynamic.
Sr. HR Generalist
Gary from The Talance Group was not only friendly and personable, but very thorough and professional in helping me obtain my new position. Everything went along smoothly throughout the interview process, providing tips and everything else I needed along the way. Needless to say I was impressed, but what I value the most is that this was the perfect position for me and had all the requirements I was looking for; and the few things I questioned, Gary was able to work out for the better. I am tremendously appreciative for all Gary’s help and thankful of the fact he considered me in the first place.
Sr. Systems Administrator
Gary – it’s been three weeks since I joined SCI that you recruited me for. I want to tell you I really enjoy it here and I appreciate all your help. Your guidance and insight have prepared me well for the interview and the job is a great fit for me.
Senior HR Project Analyst
Working with Vik was a refreshing experience. Vik is someone who truly cares about your future, keeping what’s in your best interest in the forefront. Very open and honest with every step.
I met Gary Kirkes through a cold contact I put out to him shortly after I had relocated to the Houston area. He immediately followed up with me and took time to learn what I was looking for and what my qualifications were. Unlike many recruiters, he insisted on a face to face meeting before ever submitting me to a client, which I feel is very important for senior management roles. He was engaged in a search for a senior IT management role with a unique client that he felt I’d make a good candidate for. He was very quick at getting interviews set up and coordinated. He stuck tight to the process as I went through several rounds of interviews. In the end however, the company felt that I wasn’t going to be the right match for their environment and opted to pursue other candidates. I have only good things to say about how Gary conducted the process and would recommend him and his firm to other candidates seeking technology roles.
Director of Operations
Adams is one of the best recruiters in Houston that I’ve come across. I have engaged a long list in my job search. The difference (with Adam) is not only does he care about staffing his clients with the best people. He truly cares about his candidates. He is not afraid to give constructive criticism, interview tips and follow up with candidates on their progress regardless of whether it’s his opportunity or otherwise. The advice he has given has made for more productive interview experiences for me. He truly is a person that has a passion for connecting employers with great resources. Additionally, a passion for helping resources be the best they can be.
Sr. Desktop Engineer
I have been a close friend and business associate of Jami Davenport for more than 7 years. We’ve worked together as colleagues and as business partners. Jami has such a wonderful spirit and is a loyal, positive individual. She is someone that people turn to for extra help both personally and professionally. Her strong work ethic has helped many teams achieve success and her work is nothing short of exemplary. I am always impressed with her drive and determination; she never gives up on a situation or a person and fights for what she believes. I am very proud to recommend her.