5 Steps to Prepare for Generation Z * Job Interview

Together Abroad12-03-2019 2:11 PM

Generation Z (Gen Z) refers to the population born between 1995 and 2012—people of 23 years-old in average today—which will be forming the modern workforce, and that, according to United Nations, will account for 32 per cent of the global population in 2019. Compared to previous generations X (millennials of 48 years-old in average) and Y (32 years-old in average), Gen Z brings new characteristics to the table that represent a challenge and an opportunity to those companies aware of the emergence of this new talent wave.

Different generations usually differ, but there might be a special ground for challenge when current millennial managers are forced to interact with the young, ‘always on’ Gen Z. Understanding the differences between working generations then becomes a must for any company, rather than a choice. Millennials (Gen X), for example, are service oriented, enterprise focused, and storage managers; Gen Y focuses on press releases, they are bloggers and data analysts; and Gen Z are technological savants, online researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators.

Knowing the main traits of Gen Zis the fundamental starting point to prepare for this new generation of independent, competitive, entrepreneurial, and technological workers. Bruce Anderson—lead writer for the talent blog of...
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Together Abroad04-02-2019 1:12 PM

It has been a while since my last job interview, so last June, I was a bit nervous when I received an invitation to give a short presentation to my potential new managers. For me, the difficulty is not so much as to what to say—that part I can thoroughly research and rewrite (I use the STAR method). The part I find most nerve-wracking is adapting my attitude and behaviour within the first moments of the interview itself.

Personality Traits

Up to a certain point, attitude and behaviour can be prepared. There are some do’s and don’ts that one is advised to heed. I know my traits and I can give examples when necessary, but what kind of candidate the employer is looking for is not always an exact science. One of the most often heard rejections is ‘you are not the right fit for the organization.’

Still, as the interviewee, there are ways to gain some control in this. Collecting information on the personality traits the company is looking for in a candidate could be one of the actions to undertake before applying for a job. For example, I called the contact person for a job vacancy and inquired...
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Together Abroad19-09-2018 1:36 PM

In previous jobs, and now in my role as a content writer, I have made a lot of mistakes. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly during dozens of conducted job interviews, and I am consistently amazed at how basic the things are that usually go wrong.

My first job interview is one of those awkward events in life that keep me awake at night. I was eager to make a good impression, so I decided to go there at least 30 minutes in advance. It was not something unusual for me – I am well-known among my friends for always being too early for appointments. I found the building on time and quickly oriented myself to the waiting room. Little did I know that arriving too soon could be disruptive to the hiring manager’s schedule! She was clearly irritated, and this is where we got off the wrong foot. I did, however, do my “homework” for the company in advance, that is, I did my research and prepared for their questions. I kept repeating my scripted monologue over and over in my head while entering the interview room. She asked me if I would like a...
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van Orsouw28-05-2018 4:15 PM

We have shared a lot with you about our company, our events, the Netherlands as a country and their traditions. We feel like it is high time you got acquainted with some of our colleagues. This ‘recruiter’ blog will give you more insight into the life of a recruiter, the challenges they face, their most memorable moments and their guilty pleasures. This week we will introduce the Utrecht recruiter, Oliver Gell. Enjoy!


1. How did you end up in recruitment?

Recruitment has been something that I have wanted to be a part of for the past 4 years. In 2017 I received a phone call from Koen de Geus (branch manager in Utrecht) who informed me that they are looking for another recruiter in the Utrecht office. When I was offered the position, I was really happy that I was able to be a part of Undutchables.


2. What are the most/least enjoyable aspects of recruiting?

The most enjoyable part of recruiting to me would have to be advising candidates helping them settle within the Netherlands and obviously helping them find a job. Least enjoyable would have to be when a candidate doesn’t show up for an interview.

3. What...
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van Orsouw01-05-2018 2:50 PM
Adams Multilingual Recruitment has been established for over 20 years and is known in the international market for placing well-qualified, highly-educated, multilingual candidates in junior, mid-level and senior roles with leading companies throughout the Netherlands.
Recently we interviewed two Senior Recruitment Consultants from Adams. We talked with Sylvia Lubak, from the Amsterdam office and Audrey Monje, from the Rotterdam branch. Sylvia joined Adams in 2010. Her area of expertise is placing Finance and IT candidates with international companies. Audrey joined Adams in 2013. She has 2 specialist fields - Supply Chain & Logistics and Multilingual Customer Service roles. 

What is the motivational driving force in your job?
Audrey: There are different aspects of my job that bring daily motivation. I enjoy interacting with people from different backgrounds, there is always something interesting to learn. It is very rewarding seeing that you truly made someone happy by helping them to find a perfect job. You have provided guidance throughout the whole process, given career advice, tips for interviews, etc. and then finally when that person gets a role you can share happiness with them. But there are also other aspects of this job that I enjoy a lot, like, establishing and...
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van Orsouw30-04-2018 3:15 PM
 
Dear Shimi,

Tell us about your function at Madison Parker job agency?
I am a senior international recruiter, end-to-end responsible for the external global resourcing of candidates for different types of clients who are mostly active in the following industries; supply chain, pharma, engineering, food and agriculture. They're spread across the globe. 

What is the motivational driving force in your job?
Working as a Senior Recruiter at Madison Parker, I am constantly engaged in finding (inter)national talent. In my role, I also act as a business partner and advise my Clients in their staffing needs by building and maintaining a good relationship and business knowledge. I also insist on seeing my candidates face-to-face which is important to determine if there is a cultural fit. This is the only way you can manage the process, and this is my driving force. 

Describe your perfect day on the job.
When I am making people happy! People are very grateful when you find them the job of their dreams. My clients are also giving me a lot of rewards and gratitude when I can manage to deliver the perfect candidate.

How is the Netherlands job market doing and what are the implications for current job seekers?...
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Together Abroad16-04-2018 2:21 PM

How to Be Yourself During Interviews

What does it mean to be yourself? Why is it important in life, in any given situation, or at an interview? If we could go back in time, and see what was happening on a sunny Sunday morning when we were five, we would most likely see a precious child being totally himself or herself, enjoying life as it comes, accepting it with interest and joy. Regretfully, as we grow older, we forget this way of being, and start getting lost in the world of fear and anxiety, which has nothing to do with our true inner selves. “Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.” —Alan Watts.

The real you is the person you are when nobody is watching, it is the only version of you that feels completely natural, without the masks and pretentiousness. But this person may change as you come across with other people, stressful situations, or groups with different interests. In these moments you may become conscious of what others are thinking about you, feeling tempted to make a pose to impress or to fit in. What is really happening here...
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Together broad19-03-2018 4:45 PM

Due to globalization, there are more and more opportunities for any kind of specialist to find a dream job and to pursue the career one finds the most attractive. However, with a rapid growth of globalization and high numbers of migration, there is a new challenge in finding a job – thriving competition. Having to compete with many diverse people might make it substantially harder to find a desirable job and a right employer. One of the key advices to any job seeker is to know what recruiters want to hear from a candidate, and what needs to be said, so that recruiters can understand and learn the talents one possesses. So, how to turn one’s luck in a 180-degree angle with a recruiter?

7 most common things a recruiter wants to hear

First, it is important to understand the nature of a recruiter’s job. The main and far most important task, is to find the right and most fitting candidate to their client. Due to that, any recruiter will focus a lot on how one fits to the vacancy, the company, experience, accomplishments, etc. For that reason, the first task of any job seeker is to impress a recruiter....
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Together Abroad19-02-2018 5:13 PM

When you have applied for a job or already had an interview, it is important to follow up with the contact person to check the status of your application. Consider the time frame in which you expect to hear from the company and if nothing has been communicated, then take action. Do not wait for the company to contact you at this point, just contact the recruiter instead.

Pursuing the application demonstrates your interest in the position, appreciation for being considered, and enthusiasm to hearing back from the recruiter. Even if you are not hired for that specific job, you can always keep in touch with the recruiter for future jobs.

Avoid following up through texting or social media. Regardless of whether the recruiter contacted you through social media. Potential employers appreciate candidates’ professionalism, like those who choose to follow up by sending an email, a handwritten note, or a phone call to the HR department or recruitment agency contact person.

Calling

Although it is quick and easy to call, the person you are talking to might be part of the decision process. Therefore, before you call, be prepared with the name of the person you wish to speak with...
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Together Abroad12-01-2018 10:41 PM

When you have applied for a job or already had an interview, it is important to follow up with the contact person to check the status of your application. Consider the time frame in which you expect to hear from the company and if nothing has been communicated, then take action. Do not wait for the company to contact you at this point, just contact the recruiter instead.

Pursuing the application demonstrates your interest in the position, appreciation for being considered, and enthusiasm to hearing back from the recruiter. Even if you are not hired for that specific job you can always keep in touch with the recruiter for future jobs.

Avoid following up through texting or social media. Regardless of whether the recruiter contacted you through social media. Potential employers appreciate candidates’ professionalism, like those who choose to follow up by sending an email, a handwritten note, or a phone call to the HR department or recruitment agency contact person.

Calling

Although it is quick and easy to call, the person you are talking to might be part of the decision process. Therefore, before you call, be prepared with the name of the person you wish to speak with...
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Linda is a professional with whom you’ll have the right click from the start. She is conscientious about delivering based on your expectations. With her guidance you’ll be able to look at yourself from a bird’s eye view and discover with precision what is most valuable from your past experience for your future career.

Zsuzsanna Keller-Süle

I would like to thank you for your great job to make my CV presentable and truly reflecting my knowledge and experience.
With your highly professional advices and support I felt more confident and eventually I got a job.

Tanya Pelser

Thank you for a great workshop this morning, it was refreshing to hear some really basic ideas for the Dutch employment search which I'm sure will help start everyone off on a new career path! I will definitely be using the services of Together Abroad and one of my first actions is to revise my CV and submit this for a review.

James Stopford