My company, BAP EXECUTIVE SEARCH LLC, is one of a handful of Corporate Communications Executive Search Firms that also encompasses being a Public Relations and Investor Relations Executive Search firm. I have had some experience with Marketing and Social Media Executive Search and offer those services as well.
The best approach is to email your resume as a Word Document Attachment or pdf file to email@example.com. A short cover letter is encouraged explaining why you are seeking to make a change and what you want in your next position. Your information is confidential and will not be sent anywhere without your permission. In order to code your information I need the city and state you live in. Be assured I won’t come to visit.
If I have an opportunity for you, I’ll be in touch quickly. Otherwise I will keep your resume and contact you when we have a good match. We’ll set up a 30-45 minute basic but extensive interview, where I will find out more about your skills, background and motivation for making a change. I’ll then tell you who our client is. If you are interested and have not contacted them recently, we can go forward. If not, at least we’ll know each other well and I can easily run opportunities past you next time.
Once I set up an interview, I put together an unwieldy email to prepare people for it. Mostly it’s common sense. It’s things you should know about; how to get there, what to do and little mistakes not to make. If someone is on the fence about moving you forward in the process, they might use a small error to your detriment. So here goes!
*I will give you the date, time, address, how to get there, the main telephone number and who to ask for on your interview. I’ll give you the names of the people I know you are meeting, their LinkedIn profiles and anything else I can share with you about their background and personalities. If there’s a limit to what I know about who you are meeting, my simple advice is, just be nice to them.
*Review the company’s home page ahead of time and read recent news stories about the company, if they are available. I find Yahoo! Finance to be a good source for public companies but you might have better resources.
*Bring extra resumes. Also bring your portfolio. Do not leave behind samples that cannot be replaced. Clients sometimes think they are being kind to ask for samples even if they have decided, barring a miracle, not to hire you. Getting an original back from some clients can be a problem.
*Dress as you would for a business meeting. If your company is very casual and if dressing up would send signals that you are looking for a new job (we knew our friend Dave at AIG had an interview whenever he wore his blue suit), let me know and I’ll tell our client. They’ll be fine with that as long as they know ahead of time.
*Give yourself plenty of time to get there and make sure to be on time. If something happens with transportation, call them and tell them you will be late. When you get there, apologize. It’s not your fault the 6 train got stuck in the tunnel but please acknowledge the incident.
*Directly answer all questions. Answer the question that is asked. Don’t worry if they don’t ask a question you want to give the answer to. Sometimes an interviewer asks questions to see how you think and will accept that you know the mechanics of your job.
*I will give you the job description that I have. Review it and know it reasonably well. If you have any questions, ask me and I’ll tell you as much as I know. Please don’t tell them that Barry didn’t tell you a lot about the job.
*Have questions to ask them even if they have done an excellent job of telling you everything. Now is not the time to ask about benefits. That’s for later in the process.
*Take credit for what you have done. Don’t say “we”, say “I”. Interviewers tell me that they didn’t know what the person did because they kept referring to what the team did and not about what they did.
*Never criticize a previous employer.
*Please call me ASAP after the meeting, even if you walking down the street on the way to your train or car. It’s very important that I get your quick feedback before I talk to the client. If you get my voice mail, feel free to leave a detailed message. I basically need to know how you feel it went and your interest in going forward. If you want to think about it overnight, that’s fine. But please let me know that the interview is complete and whether you were treated cordially.
*Thank you notes go in and out of style. But if someone is on the fence about moving you through the interview process, not sending a thank you note (as silly as it sounds) can be a knock-out factor. Make sure the thank you note is grammatically correct and passes spell-check. If there’s an error (as silly as it sounds), it can also be a knockout factor. Email is fine though I know that some suggest a handwritten note.
Now I have to get you the interview.
BAP EXECUTIVE SEARCH LLC specializes in placing public relations, communications, investor relations, marketing and social media professionals in mid- to senior level professionals at corporations, public relations firms and non-profits across all industries in full-time positions.