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“What should I listen out for?”

ESS Candidate Newsletter – MAY 2021

Columbus, OH – MAY 2021

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we discuss what to listen for in an interview setting.

Introduction – Aaron Wandtke
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Ask the Recruiter “What should I listen out for?”


In April of 2020, the unemployment rate was 14.8%. In April of 2021, the unemployment is 6%. In the past 12 months, the US has experienced a significant change due to Covid, unemployment benefits and now available vaccinations. The results are that almost all companies across several industries are looking for talented people who want to work. At ESS, we believe the unemployment will be under 6% by June. This presents a wonderful opportunity for job seekers and a potential challenge for companies seeking talent.

In the fourth quarter of each year, we write about updating your resume. In 2021, we are recommending that people do it now, as you are likely to see opportunities that spark your interest whether you are looking for a new role or not. In the first quarter, we experienced companies expediting their hiring processes. When companies find the right talent, they are ready to move quickly.

Additionally, employers are turning to ESS more and more, as people are becoming more familiar with both our process and our results. If you are a hiring manager that would like to discuss recruiting strategies, please give me a call.

Ask the Recruiter – “WHAT should i listen out for?”

In the March newsletter, we wrote about questions to ask hiring managers. The feedback was outstanding and many of you asked us to expand on the topic. This month we will discuss other traits to evaluate during your interview process:

  1. Coaching One of the hallmarks of a good manager is an interest in your growth and development. Asking about how they have developed other members of the team or how they challenge and encourage staff would provide insight.
  2. Feedback The top frustration in employees is lack of feedback. Am I doing a good job or a bad job? Asking how the manager provides feedback and in what form (written or verbal) would be helpful. In addition, how frequently do they provide feedback?
  3. Opportunities to be creative Often people want to be creative in the role. Asking about examples of when they provide current team members these types of opportunities will provide insight as to the possibility of taking creative license.
  4. Available Rarely do individuals enjoy the feeling of working on an island by themselves. How does the manager support her team and how frequently? Daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly? Only you know what the right amount is for you.
  5. Supportive Everyone wants to work with people who have their backs. Most roles will interact with other departments and/or customers. How does the manager support her team during these opportunities? Again, ask for a recent example with the current team.

Many people are so focused on how they present themselves that they overlook evaluating their new manager as well as the leadership philosophy of the company. The number one reason people leave jobs is their boss. Do not miss the opportunity to ask the right questions so you can make the most informed decision possible.

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