12 Late-Stage Interview Faux Pas That Could Cost You The Job
Candidates often believe that playing it cool will make them more attractive to employers. In reality, it is a terrible strategy. Interview processes are long and arduous. Hiring managers want a quick and enthusiastic "yes" from their top candidate once they have reached the final stage. But when an offer is met with indifference (think comments such as, "I need a few days to think it over" and/or "I have other offers on the table"), it is a massive turnoff. From the employer's perspective, extending a job offer is kind of like proposing marriage. Imagine being down on one knee, presenting a ring, only to be told by the potential spouse that they can't accept right away because they have other suitors out there and they need to think about it. It sounds silly, but it's true. - Jackie Ducci, Ducci & Associates
Think Your Employee Is Looking For A New Job? Here's What To Do
Ask yourself how valuable the employee is. Would their departure have a major impact? How senior is their position? If the employee is worth fighting for, initiate an honest conversation. Perhaps the relationship can be salvaged. Conversely, if the person can be easily replaced, best to do nothing. Let them leave. No company needs an employee on their team who does not genuinely want to be there. - Jackie Ducci, Ducci & Associates
The Most Common Reasons Candidates Reject Job Offers (& How You Can Prevent It!)
Sure, being late to an interview or a delay in responding to a candidate might be a rare thing for you, but the candidate you drop the ball on doesn’t know that. If you don’t take care to make the first impression a good one, it could also be your last. Lengthy interview processes are a particularly common candidate complaint.
“Perhaps they’re put through the wringer of endless interviews with various ‘decision makers’… Or, perhaps they have a reasonable number of interviews, but then the employer ghosts them for weeks and suddenly an offer pops up out of nowhere. Either way, long interview processes never leave a good impression,” says Jackie Ducci, CEO and founder of Ducci & Associates. “In fact, they often cause candidates to worry that the firm is inefficient in their processes, indecisive in their decision-making, etc., and this turns them off from the company completely. They may also feel put off if they don’t feel that the company is excited about hiring them.”
Is there a key item a resume must have in order for a job candidate to advance to the interview stage of the hiring process?
Hiring managers primarily look for one thing on resumes: relevance. This includes experience that is relevant to the job description and special skills that are relevant to the preferred qualifications. A candidate whose resume is clear, concise, and draws these direct parallels will always make the short list and be invited to interview. —Jackie Ducci, Ducci & Associates
How Useful Are Personality Tests in the Workplace?
Hiring is similar to getting married after a couple of dates. Selections need to be made quickly, without the opportunity to know a person beyond an interview. Personality tests can be quite valuable, because they provide deeper insight into candidates who may not have otherwise come to light. Use them, but treat the results as “one more component to the puzzle,” rather than a be-all and end-all. —Jackie Ducci, Ducci & Associates
10 Essential Tasks for After Your First Post-Graduation Summer
Recent grads rarely “get” the true power of networking. Rather than blindly applying for jobs online, only to have their resume lost in one black hole after the next, you’re far more likely to land a solid opportunity by utilizing their network. Now that you’ve enjoyed your summer, start speaking to friends, family, internship connections, teachers, LinkedIn contacts, etc. Most important: ask for referrals can make all the difference
Is Texting an Acceptable Job Search Tool?
Texting during your job search is still a grey area. Is text an acceptable job search tool? Not really, says Jackie Ducci, CEO and founder of Ducci & Associates, a talent acquisition agency in Washington, DC. “It is rarely, if ever, a good idea for a candidate to text a potential employer during the job search process,” says Ducci.
Gray is the new gold
Boomers represent some of the area’s finest resources. It’s a shame that so much local talent in our community is under-used. A worker over 60 has much to offer, yet is likely unable to find a way to remain relevant and productive in the workforce. Companies seeking to build their businesses and thrive can achieve a win-win by seasoning their payroll with older workers.
By reviewing their employment history, you are more likely to know what you are getting, as opposed to a younger worker, who may be a wildcard. Having been in the workforce longer, they have more breadth and depth of experience. — Jackie Ducci, CEO & founder, Ducci & Associates
How to Avoid Misusing LinkedIn
In terms of under use, Jackie Ducci, president of recruitment firm Ducci & Associates, says she believes it's not essential to be on LinkedIn to find your next career opportunity, but candidates who fail to take advantage are doing themselves a huge disservice.
Five Ways to Flunk a Phone Interview
Speaking without thinking: Dialogue is the most important element of any phone conversation, so choose your words wisely. "Your voice and choice of words are really the only aspect of who you are that the employer can use to gauge whether or not they like you," notes Ducci. "Be articulate of course, but also cognizant of expressing some personality and enthusiasm while you are speaking. The high-energy, friendly candidates are far more likely to excel in a phone interview."