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questions I always ask my candidates

The Most Important Questions I Ask My Candidates

As a recruiter in the mining and heavy industrial industries, I speak to hundreds of candidates and prospective candidates each week. As I vet them for new job opportunities, these are the four most important questions I ask my candidates to ensure they are a great fit for the position.

Why are you looking?

The answer to this question provides much more information than you may think. It can provide insight into the types of roles and companies that are going to be the best fit for you.

For example, I spoke with an individual today, who answered this question and elaborated on the amount of time they spend traveling. I already know this person is qualified, but it saves us both a great deal of time knowing that a prospective position with similar travel requirements is not their next right step.

We’re looking to help build companies and careers. Knowing why you are looking helps me place you in an organization that you are going to be excited about, and therefore best contribute to. Everybody wins.

Are you willing to relocate?

Some positions have a relocation allowance, others do not. If you are on the market and in an experienced role, companies may be willing to move you and your family. Your next role may very well be in another city.

When considering a move, we have numerous tools at our disposal to help determine the comparisons between locations, such as the cost of living differences. I always provide my candidates with insights on the organization and location to ensure there is a great fit. By walking into the interview with in-depth knowledge of the company and location, it typically impresses the hiring manager. It can really be fun if you’re open-minded; it helps you better visualize what your life will be like in your new home.

What is your current annual salary?

This is the big one. Some candidates don’t have a problem answering this question while others are skeptical to divulge this information. I need to know what you’re currently earning to ensure I can present a fair salary recommendation for you.

It’s a necessary process, and you won’t believe the number of candidates that learn they’re currently underpaid. There are certainly others that are making well over the national average; however, there’s absolutely no way to determine your next step without better understanding your current salary.

How can I reach you?

This final question is big. I try to always deliver news quickly, good or bad. In this candidate-driven market we’re in, things move fast. If I am calling you, I need to be able to reach. The news I have to share with you may significantly impact your future.

I recommend candidates think ahead put plans in place to be available for upcoming interviews. If you’re applying for a job, a fair assumption is that there will be an interview. Make sure you have thought about how you will facilitate that with your current work-life schedule.

What to expect in the new year

What to Expect from the Job Market in the New Year

What to expect in the new year

If 2017 was any indication of the future, then we’re in for a fun ride in 2018. Many industries are growing, and so is the job market. The U.S. economy has added jobs for 85 straight months, showing some of the strongest economic growth in our nation’s history.

Here are some things to expect in the job market in the new year:

Tech continues to grow

As big companies like Amazon, Apple, and Google continue to expand, they start to hire more and more people. The industry leaders aren’t showing any signs of slowing down, so we can expect tech jobs to continue to grow in 2018.

Cybersecurity gets more complex

In our highly-advanced technological world, cybersecurity is now more important than ever. In a recent article from The Wall Street Journal, it was pointed out that cybersecurity jobs are becoming more and more complex. Traditional skills that were once in high demand are outdated for the industry. Look for this complex job market to expand not only in size but in demand for talent.

Healthcare improvements

Right along with the growing tech industry is the growing healthcare industry. With legislation in Washington about to change, it is uncertain as to what will happen in the healthcare job market. Many believe that it will mimic 2017.

Artificial intelligence will help put more of a human touch back into the industry, which will help professionals give better care to their patients. Combine the increased use of artificial intelligence with the need for more cybersecurity, especially in healthcare, and it is certain that IT positions at healthcare institutions will become more popular.

Banking growth

As the new tax plan passes through Washington, and parts of Dodd-Frank are being rolled back, banks will have more freedom. This will inevitably lead to opportunities for growth. Smaller banks will once again be able to deal in the market more freely. This will inevitably lead to more job creation in the industry.
As both domestic and foreign markets continue to grow at record percentages, the financial industry will become more prominent. As investors get more confident with their spending, look for economic growth to sustain job growth in the coming year.

Mining digs itself out of slump

For the first time in several years, the mining industry is forecasted to trend upwards in 2018. At the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) in March 2017, presenters gave optimistic views of the mining industry for the next five years.

With this wave of optimism, global growth projections continue to rise. As measured by the JP Morgan Global Manufacturing and Services Index, the global economic activity showed output rising at the fastest rate since March 2015.

We are currently witnessing drastic growth in metal prices. For example, Zinc has more than doubled in value after a decade-long slump. Copper prices recently reached $7,120 a ton, ending multi-year lows that hit rock bottom in the beginning of 2016.

Only time will tell what 2018 will bring to us. We’re only three weeks in and we’ve already seen some interesting moves being made. The job market, however, looks like it will continue to grow in this economy.