Asked & Answered: Recruiting Tips from the Pros

Dec 17, 2015 - Joe Matar
Ever wish you could get a group of talented people in a room to pick their brains? So do we — and so we did! We reached out to some of our favorite people in the recruiting space to ask them about interviews, 2016 goals, and holiday traditions. We hope you enjoy their recruiting tips -- let us know in the comments what you'd like us to ask next month.

What’s your best interview question?

Cruz Arce: "Tell me about a time when you provided great customer service." Laura Shaw: "Why should we hire you?" Stephanie Sarff: "Tell me about a time you made a big mistake. How did you go about fixing the situation?"

What did you want to be when you were 9?

Stephanie: A librarian! Art Amela: A Commando. Laura: I wasn’t sure what exactly — I just knew I wanted to help people in need. Whether that be volunteering, saving lives, protecting others, or employing those in need of careers.

What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?

Stephanie: "Speak up." Cruz: "Education is key." Also, "Always value your employees." Art: "Sleep is important." Laura: "The only way to do a great job is to love what you do. If you haven’t found that yet, keep looking and don’t settle."

What are your top 3 priorities (for work) for 2016?

Art: Meet or exceed headcount goals, hire for diversity, and scale talent programs and projects. Cruz: Find ways to better report recruiting efforts, create better processes and think outside the box to find more qualified candidates. Laura: Allocate my time to the tasks that matter, increase my productivity and efficiency in the workplace, and work on personal development goals.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

Cruz: My family likes to play board games all night and spend time together. Stephanie: Pajama Jam with friends! We wear pajamas all day on a Saturday and play hours of organized, competitive team games. The mittens come off! Also, I can't forget to mention that I get to listen to the *NSync Christmas CD on repeat :) Art: I like drinking and eating too much.

Special thanks to this month’s contributors:

steph-snarffStephanie Sarff is a Recruiting Coordinator at Puppet Labs in Portland, Oregon.           art-amelaArt Amela is a Senior Technical Recruiter at Puppet Labs in Portland, Oregon.           cruz-arceCruz Arce is a human resources analyst at BSA Health System in Amarillo, Texas.           laura-shawLaura Shaw is a recruiter for Global Linguist Solutions in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.           Power-Shift-Ebook