The Casting Call: Sifting through your applicants

directors chairSave your company some time and money by beginning your hiring process on the phone.  Phone interviews can narrow down your applicant list and help you find compatible and qualified employees.  However, giving a phone interview can be just as difficult as being interviewed over the phone.  Take some notes from casting directors to conduct a great phone interview and be sure to do the following 3 things:

1. Prepare the set

Use a headset.Ever get a pain in your neck after a long phone call where you shoved the phone between your ear and your shoulder so you could ferociously take notes?  A director doesn’t follow an actor around with a boom mic or push around a camera; he has a grip for that. So why should you do things the hard way?   Instead, use a headset while giving phone interviews.  This allows you to be hands-free so you can more easily take detailed notes about the phone interview. This will set you up to ask better, more pointed questions in your follow-up, in person, interview.

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ESP’s 2014 Salary Survey: an IT Pro’s Market

Projected IT Salary Trends for Minnesota IT Professionals

2014 Salary Survey letterOur 2014 Salary Survey projects average salary increases of 5.3% for professional IT staff, 4.8% for Managers, and 2% for IT Executives, as compared with our 2013 Salary Survey. The highest salary increases are expected to be in the areas of Data/Database Administration (9.5%), Software Development (8.7%), and Security (7.7%).

National Surveys report that 66% of employers are providing motivators to retain talent, but only 57% of IT professionals feel satisfied with their current salaries, and 65% of IT professionals feel confident they will be able to acquire a new and better position in 2014.

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Your Phone Interview: The Audition

Acting-AuditionsA phone interview is not unlike an audition.  The company wants to see if you are the right fit and that you are able to play the part.  They want to get a better feeling of how you will fit into their company culture and if you have the qualifications that they are looking for in a potential hire.  More companies are beginning with a phone interview because it is less of a time and financial commitment.  So if you’re on the hunt for a job, being prepared for a phone interview is essential.

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