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How to Ace Your Phone Interview

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Hiring managers are more often opting to start the interview process over the phone in interest of saving time and resources. Some even choose to hire a candidate based solely on a phone screen. Although efficient, these interviews can sometimes put a candidate at a disadvantage because they don’t have the opportunity to impress the hiring manager with a face-to-face interaction. Gregg Gavioli, Managing Director of the Accounting & Finance division of Solomon Page, offers the following tips on how to improve your phone interviewing skills and increase the probability of being called back for an in-person follow up.

Be Prepared

Most individuals often underestimate the significance of a phone interview in the hiring process and therefore do not prepare adequately. This mistake can lead the hiring manager to believe you are indifferent or uninterested in the position. To avoid missing out on a job opportunity because of this, try out the following tactics:

  • Research the company: Be sure to learn everything you can about the organization and be prepared to talk about it.
  • Research the person you are speaking with: Always look up the person you are scheduled to speak with on LinkedIn, Google, and the company website, if applicable. Look for common interests that may be useful to bring up if the timing is appropriate.
  • Find a quiet place: Make sure you are in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for the duration of the interview. If you cannot do the phone screen at your home, check with your local library to reserve a private room.
  • Confirm logistics of the call: Make sure you know the exact time of the call and who is calling who. If you plan to take the call from your cell phone, make sure you are in a place with good reception that won’t cut out during the interview. Test the location for the quality of the reception prior to the interview.
  • Reference your résumé: Be sure to have a copy of your résumé printed out or on screen in front of you to reference during your conversation.
  • Take notes: Keep a paper and pen nearby and jot down notes when the hiring manager is talking—refer back to them when it is your turn to ask questions.

Be Awake, Alert, and Enthusiastic

The downside to phone interviews is the interviewer cannot see your face and therefore your facial expressions. This can hinder them from getting an accurate gage of your interest in the position. To help, try the following:

  • Stand up: It is easier to project with our voices when we are standing. Standing will help you sound more engaged and articulate.
  • Smile: Your voice will sound more enthusiastic if you simply smile while you’re talking.
  • Wake yourself up: This is most relevant in early morning interviews, especially if you are not a morning person. Make sure to give yourself ample time to wake up and try drinking coffee, taking a shower, or exercising before your interview.

A phone interview is one of the initial stages in obtaining a new position, and can also be one of the most important. To ultimately stand out to employers be sure you are prepared and engaged—because what was once a job opportunity, can soon be a job.

By: Gregg Gavioli, Managing Director, Accounting & Finance division of Solomon Page

Hospitality Open House: Luxury New Year’s Eve Event

Filed under: Hiring, Open Houses

The Hospitality Division of Solomon Page will be hosting a series of Open Houses for roles at two luxury New Year’s Eve events, one a high-end hotel in the heart of Times Square and the other a high-end meeting space.

We are hiring multiple individuals for each of the below roles:

  • Bartenders
  • Bussers
  • Coat Check Attendants
  • Cocktail Servers
  • Host/Hostess
  • Room Set-Up Attendants
  • Servers

OPEN HOUSES:

Date: Friday, December 14th; Monday through Friday, December 17-21st.
Time: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Location: Solomon Page New York City Office
260 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10016

Please RSVP with your resume to hospitality[at]solomonpage.com to reserve an appointment.

 

Hospitality Open House

Filed under: Hiring, Open Houses

The Hospitality Division of Solomon Page will be hosting an Open House tomorrow at our New York Office/Corporate Headquarters.

DETAILS:

Our client, a well-known renovated hotel located in front of LaGuardia Airport, is seeking Front Desk Agents as well as other Hospitality personnel.

The client is looking for personality, communication skills, and polish. They are looking for candidates who are available in various shifts, including: AM, PM, and Overnight.

OPEN HOUSE:

Date: Wednesday, November 7th
Time: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Location: Solomon Page New York City Office
260 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10016

Please RSVP with your resume to hospitality[at]solomonpage.com to reserve an appointment.

Hospitality Open House

Filed under: Hiring, Open Houses

The Hospitality Division of Solomon Page will be hosting a series of Open Houses for positions at a newly renovated hotel.

DETAILS:
Our client, a brand chain hotel, is seeking Customer Service employees for a newly renovated hotel. Professionalism, customer service experience, and reliability are important qualifications.

Seeking: Line Cook / Prep Cook

OPEN HOUSES:

Date: Monday, July 2nd and Thursday, July 5th
Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Location: Solomon Page New York City Office
260 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10016

Date: Friday, July 6th
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: WeWork Studio Square
3537 36th Street, 2nd Floor
Astoria, NY 1106

Please RSVP with your resume to hospitality[at]solomonpage.com to reserve an appointment.

 

New York City Applicants Have One Less Thing to Worry About

Filed under: Hiring, Job Search, News

Today, New York City becomes the first city in the United States to prohibit employers from inquiring about job seekers’ and job applicants’ salary histories. Signed into law earlier this year, New York joins a handful of other cities and states (among them California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Delaware, Philadelphia, and San Francisco) across the country that voted to ban employer questions about salary history. New York will be the first municipality to enforce the law.

The new law was introduced by Public Advocate Letitia James in August 2016, due in part to the findings of a gender pay gap analysis conducted earlier that year. As James put it, “We want to end…discrimination, and banning questions about salary history is a critical first step.” The New York City law is intended to help reduce the differences that women and minorities earn relative to their male and Caucasian counterparts. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women earn 80 cents for every dollar that men earn, and in New York, women earn $5.8 billion less than men in wages each year, according to a report by New York City’s Public Advocate’s office, a disparity that’s even greater for people of color (with black women making just 55 cents and Hispanic women earning just 45 cents of every dollar earned by a white man).

While there are multiple explanations for the gender pay gap, laws prohibiting employers from taking pay history into account may help reduce the impact of historical salary discrimination. Effective today, employers will no longer be able to:

  • Ask job applicants questions about or solicit information in any way about applicants’ current or prior earnings or benefits, including on job application forms
  • Ask applicants’ current or former employers or their employees about applicants’ current or prior earnings or benefits
  • Search public records to learn about applicants’ current or prior earnings or benefits
  • Rely on information about applicants’ current or prior earnings or benefits to set their compensation

The law will be enforced by the NYC Commission on Human Rights and apply to both private and public sector employers and covers internships, contractor roles, part-time and full-time positions.

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You’re Invited: Legal Services Candidate Open House

Filed under: Goals, Hiring, Interviews, Job Search, Legal, Networking, Recruiting & Hiring, Temp Work, Your Career

YOU’RE INVITED

Solomon Page Legal Services Candidate Open House
Wednesday, May 17th
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Join the Solomon Page team to enjoy light refreshments while registering for exciting upcoming legal opportunities. We have new projects every week, and are eager to meet document review attorneys of all levels. Registering with Solomon Page is an important first step for consideration. Informative group sessions will be held to discuss the benefits and the resources provided to our exclusive community.

Added bonus! Brush up your resume with Legal Services East Coast Managing Director Julie Favetta, who will be hosting Resume Workshops throughout the day. These workshops give you exclusive access to over 20 years of experience working with clients and placing candidates at Top 50 Law Firms and Fortune 500 Companies.

To confirm your attendance, please RSVP before May 14th by emailing RSVP@solomonpage.com with your resume attached and preferred time slot: 

1:00PM – 1:30PM
1:45PM – 2:15PM
2:30PM – 3:00PM
3:15PM – 3:45PM
Space is limited and we will only be able to meet with individuals that RSVP with their resume to the email address noted above. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Why Freelancing Will Be Part of Nearly Everyone’s Future

Filed under: Hiring, Societal Shifts

Whether you’re hiring or getting hired, plenty of evidence points to a future workforce which looks much different than it does today.

Much has been written about the gig economy–a future in which traditional full-time jobs are displaced by mostly short-term contracts or freelance work. But whether or not the rise of freelancing will be a bad or good thing is certainly debatable. The New York Times recently published an op-ed piece titled “The Gig Economy’s False Promise,” while a Wired headline reads “The Gig Economy: The Force That Could Save the American Worker?” Regardless of your feelings on the subject, plenty of evidence points to a future workforce which looks much different than it does today. That’s according to Stephen DeWitt, CEO of Work Market, an enterprise-class platform for the management of contract and freelance talent. Here are his thoughts about why freelancing will touch nearly everyone in the years to come, whether you’re looking for help, or getting hired yourself.

1. Many crystal balls are showing the gig economy to be a real thing.
More than 55 million people–about 35 percent of the U.S. workforce–did some kind of freelance work last year. Experts agree this number will only continue to climb. According to the Intuit 2020 Report (PDF) in just a few years traditional employment will no longer be the status quo. More than 80 percent of large companies say they will be significantly increasing their use of flexible workers. And, the number of contingent workers–freelancers, temps, part-time workers and contractors–will exceed 40 percent of the U.S. workforce by 2020.

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Business Insider Interviews Alexis DuFresne about Wall Street Hiring Trends

Filed under: Hiring, Job Search

Business Insider spoke with six Wall Street recruiters to uncover today’s hottest trends in hiring. Among those interviewed was Alexis DuFresne, a Managing Director of the Financial Services division at Solomon Page. Below, you’ll find an excerpt from the article.

It’s moving season on Wall Street.

Bonuses have landed in bank accounts, freeing up bankers and traders to move to new employers. Big people moves on Wall Street often occur around this time of year.

With that in mind, we asked six Wall Street recruiters about the big trends in hiring.

Here’s what the recruiters had to say.

“I tell candidates to give themselves six months to a year to find the right role.” – Alexis DuFresne, Solomon Page

Systematic funds are doing the most hiring in volume on the analyst and portfolio manager side, while systematic and private capital strategies are driving marketing hires. Facing redemptions last year, we saw that our clients had a surprising increase in compensation for marketing and investor relations roles, as the asset retention and business development functions were recognized as highly influential on the health and stability of the funds for which they represent.

While search is highly cyclical, the value add to asset managers is how to help them innovate. So even while assets may decrease or performance may slow, wise managers are constantly looking to identify and attract talent in any market condition and sub-strategy to give them a competitive edge, and maybe even at a discount if they recruit at the bottom of the market. As an example, long-short equity may be at an all-time slowdown in performance, with some funds coasting on management fees. However, if a manager sees an excellent portfolio manager candidate, they may make room for the candidate.

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Wagner College Q&A with Gregg Gavioli

Filed under: Career Advice, Hiring, Job Search, Professional Development

Wagner College invited Gregg Gavioli, Managing Director of the Accounting & Finance division at Solomon Page, to speak to their top 5% of business students, known as “Selects,” at a round table event. The discussion covered the job market, networking, and the finance industry and provided upcoming graduates with an intimate opportunity to ask questions and learn about working as a professional in the accounting and financial industries.

Below is a Q&A excerpt from this meeting.

1. What types of jobs within the industry are threatened the most by the rise of financial technology?

Operations roles. Clearing, customer service, trade execution. Anything that can be automated, off shored, or moved to a lower cost center. If you are open to relocation, many major banks have large service centers in places like Salt Lake, Baltimore, Tampa, Jacksonville, Dallas, and Tennessee. If you are flexible, there can be opportunity there for you.

 

2. Is our generation really worse off than our parents in terms of earning potential?

I don’t think so. Wages are rising. The main point of difference may be if you are carrying student debt. My advice is live frugally for your first 5 years. Don’t eat out often. Make coffee at home. Live with many roommates or parents where possible. Start a 401k as soon as you can.

 

3. The finance industry is overwhelming. I have 2 months until graduation and still have no idea what I want to do. What is my best strategy from this point forward?

You may not know what you want to do any time soon. That’s OK. Field as many interviews and get as many job offers as you can. Take the one that has the most opportunity to learn many things closely aligned with your interest. Learn what you like and what you don’t like in that first job and use it to find your next. You will likely need to do this a few times before you know what “your field” is.  Find something your passionate about, and it will not feel like a job. You don’t want to be watching the clock waiting for the end of the day to run out the door. If it feels that way all the time, change fields.

 

4. What is the single most important quality that you are looking for in an applicant? Particularly a Wagner student going up against the Ivy League?

Ability to communicate effectively. Make eye contact. Is there a fire in your belly? Do I want you on my team? Do you know excel at a high level?

 

5. What do you believe is the best way to write a cover letter to get yourself noticed and receive a response? What should be included? Length?

One page, always customize it, mention why you are the perfect candidate for the role.

 

6. What entry level positions should we be looking for to put ourselves in the best position for a greater opportunity down the road?

Any one that puts you in a positon to learn. Be open to figuring things out on your own. Ask for more work when you need it. Compliance and analytics roles offer long term opportunity as well as anything that can make you a subject matter expert where you can transition to a Project manager or a Business Analyst at some point.

 

7. What areas of the finance industry are up and coming and what areas of the industry do you see dying out within the next 10 years?

Compliance. Big Data, Projects Management, Business Analytics, Analytics, Ad-tech. Analytics related to Advertising, Social Media, and Search engines is an exciting field to explore for finance majors.

 

8. What career paths would you recommend for a finance major, aside from the traditional banking route?

Compliance, analytics, quant, advertising data analysis, FPA, Budget.

 

9. How did you go about expanding your network

Use LinkedIn. Did you create a profile? Have you joined the Wagner Alumni group I created on LinkedIn?  Send a customized email to any Wagner Alumni who may be working at your target company who may be open to meeting you for coffee for advice or helping you with applications. Professional and social groups. HS Groups. Skills Group like compliance, advertising, accounting clubs (IMA, AICPA) etc.

 

10. Did you get a master’s Degree and if so when did you get it.

No. If you are not getting it right away, see if you can get tuition reimbursement from a big employer. It’s most important when advancing up the ladder into management roles and has the biggest payoff there.

 

11. What are your recommendations on preparing for a meeting with a mentor?

Research the mentor. Come prepared with questions based on their background. Use their time wisely.

 

12. What is the most effective way of preparing for an interview?

Research the Company, research interviewer’s profiles, have multiple different questions prepared for different people. Up to 10 questions is not too many. Never say I have no questions at all.

 

13. How can I ensure follow up after an application?

You can’t really but send a customized thank you note, if no response one more check in email is OK and that is the max. Have a thank you note ready to go after the interview in a stamped envelope and drop in the post office box near the company.

For upcoming graduates, our expert recruiters are equipped with the advice and contacts to help jumpstart your professional career. Get in touch today and learn more about our service offerings.

Thought Leadership: Q1 2017 Marketing & Investor Relations Search Update

Filed under: Hiring, Insights, Thought Leadership

In the link below, please find our 2017 Q1 Thought Leadership piece, a reflection on the 2016 marketing landscape.

The intention of this paper is to summarize patterns witnessed throughout 2016 and forecast marketing and hiring trends for 2017.

Briefly, here is an excerpt…

  • Asset management experienced a rocky 2016, particularly for marketing hires. Due to record outflows of capital, uncertain markets over Brexit and the presidential election, and a lack of performance, it’s not unexpected that sales hires slowed dramatically.
  • As we see performance picking up again, and clarity around the political landscape, the firms who have strong marketers and well-packaged messaging will surely gain traction and exceed their peers, just as we’ve seen in prior cycles.
  • Private equity marketers are increasingly more expensive and they move a lot less, making the hiring market extremely competitive.
  • Hedge funds are constantly innovating and will always be hiring, whether it’s product growth or replacement. These firms tend to evolve quickly, as opposed to year over year.

Whether you or your company are seeking a recruitment partner to address your hiring needs, or you are looking for information on potential opportunities, we look forward to answering your questions.

Written by Alexis DuFresne

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