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April 2020

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Adaptability is the one major factor that determines success during challenging times. In the recruitment industry, as an example, we are seeing this adaptive behavior in the hiring process. What was once most commonly a close face-to face encounter, the professional interview has now been shifted to the online realm. Both the interviewer and interviewee must adapt to new communication methods in order to make a successful hire. For this month's newsletter, we have assembled some helpful strategies to ensure a successful online interview. But first, please see our Featured Candidates.


Featured Candidates for Employers

Outstanding General Counsel, currently based in Midwestern USA

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This candidate is an outstanding in-house legal professional and, for the last 13 years, has worked for an $8 Billion global manufacturer as part of the leadership team. This person is overall responsible for all in house and external legal activities and compliance. This person also led HR and Administration in the past. This candidate has been educated at a top USA law school and is licensed in several states, with a broad experience including IP law, Contract law, Commercial litigation, and more. In this role, this professional currently leads a team directly throughout the Americas as well as a indirect global team. This candidate is a bi-lingual USA citizen and can relocate anywhere in the USA, with a preference to be east of the Mississippi. Email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ex. 102.

Candidate 2: Director of Communications, large organization

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This candidate has worked in a global manufacturing company for the last 6 years and has prior experience working for a leading hospital system. This candidate currently reports to the CEO of a world-class manufacturer, handling all aspects of internal and external communications as well as public relations and media efforts. The accomplishments of this professional are too many to list here. They can relocate and is very serious about considering new opportunities. Email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ex. 102.


Featured Positions for Job Seekers

Position 1: Director of Sales, Heavy Industry/Energy

Our client is a global producer of complex systems for many industries and industrial applications. The company also builds complex infrastructure projects for energy applications, including hydro, wind, solar, etc. In this role you will report to a Divisional CEO as the top sales leader, managing a team of sales professionals to capture large capital infrastructure projects for energy generation. This role is meant to be part of a company succession plan and could lead to the CEO role in 8-10 years. This is an outstanding organization with an impeccable reputation for quality and delivery. Please apply only if you have a strong experience in delivering sales strategies and executing on sales plans to delivery top line growth by winning civil and private energy projects. Please contact or call +1-313-887-8300 ex.102 for more information.

Position 2: Regional Organization Change Manager, Southeastern USA

Join our client ($12 Billion, world-class manufacturer) in the introduction of a modern, integrated and global Human Resource cloud platform as part of the “HR goes Digital” initiative. In this role you will implement SAP SuccessFactors and globally uniform HR processes in order to achieve greater transparency, efficiency and customer-centricity for internal and external stakeholders. As an Organizational Change Management (OCM) Regional Specialist, you will use data-driven solutions to address the human factors affecting the organization’s ability to reach project objectives. You will report to the global OCM lead for the project and establish constructive partnerships with regional coordinators, regional management and other project stakeholders. You will be accountable and responsible for the development of a regional OCM roll-out plan and all regional execution activities in the areas of change management, communication and training for the project "HR goes Digital". Please note that this is a likely a 2 year project and would be under a renewable contract reflecting that timeline – at this point, the position is not a long term employment offer. The successful candidate will have a bachelors degree in either Business, Organizational Psychology, or Human Resources along with 2-3 years of direct or consulting experience, and knowledge/experience in ‘success factors’ is strongly preferred. Please contact or call +1-313-887-8300 ex.102 for more info.

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Interviewing from a Distance: Steps to Success in the Virtual Interview

While the age-old interview tips for face-to-face interviews are still useful, the quick shift to using new communication technologies during the traditional hiring process comes with a new set of challenges.

Here at Tier One, our manufacturing practice operates on an international scale and so we have been assisting our candidates and clients around the globe set up virtual interviews for quite some time. This makes us unofficial experts on the topic of online interviews and we would like to share the advice that we share with all our candidates and clients.

Our steps are organized into two categories: old tried and true interview tips that still apply with a small amount of updating, as well as brand new tips that come along with using online video communication technology.

Updates on the Classic Interview Tips

Dress to Impress
Dressing in a professional manner from top to bottom can make you feel more prepared for an interview and provide a confidence boost that will you succeed. So even if only the top half of you is being seen during a virtual interview, it is still important to be completely dressed in a professional manner.

Be Aware of Body Language
While on camera, it is important to remain conscious of your body language. Sit up straight, smile, and do not fidget. An extra note of body language caution specific to online interviewing is to look directly into the eye of the camera in place of making eye contact while speaking. Avoid looking at yourself on the screen.

Be Prepared
Have important documents or notes printed and available for easy reference during the interview. This should include a printed out version of your resume, notes about the employer, questions you wish to ask the employer, as well as any other key points about your professional background that you'd like to go over during the virtual interview.

New Interviewing Tips

Test Your Equipment
Ensure you have all that is required for your virtual interview including the right software program downloaded in advance. If you can, run a trial video call with a friend or family member to make sure your camera, microphone and internet connection are in working order. Do this far enough in advance in case any equipment needs to be updated or replaced.

Assess and Prepare Your Environment
Wherever you choose to stage your video interview, be sure that it is in a tidy and quiet space. Pay attention to what the hiring managers will see behind you during the interview. Also prepare to keep pets and family members from interrupting the interview.

Lighting and Angles
The eye of the camera should be about 5-10 degrees higher than your nose to achieve a flattering angle. If the camera is built into your laptop, you may need to sit the laptop on some books to get the right angle. Also, set up a lamp behind your computer and directly in front of your face or sit in front of a window to properly illuminate your face.

Virtual interviewing has started to become more commonly used during the hiring process as hiring managers try to broaden their search for the right talent while also cutting back on travel expenses and time to hire. Expect to see virtual interviewing become more commonplace. The best thing to do in the event of having an online interview is to give yourself ample time to set up and prepare - and to remember all those age old interview tips that still apply!


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