Resource 1, a leading IT consulting firm in the Chicagoland area, is pleased to announce the addition of its newest team member, Richard Phillips. Rick has over 20 years of account management and business development experience and has focused on IT services and staff augmentation in the Chicagoland area throughout his career. His extensive experience positions him well to take on the role of Account Executive in the Enterprise Services division of Resource 1.
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Resource 1, a leading IT consulting firm in the Chicagoland area, is proud to announce their partnership with the Oak Park Education Foundation (OPEF). The OPEF is a privately funded nonprofit organization that brings educational programs, including VEX Robotics, to students in the K-8 range. They provided a wide variety of STEM programming, while also assisting school districts across Illinois in replicating similar academic initiatives.
As the IT labor market continues to tighten, employers are understanding the need to be competitive to attract and retain top talent. One area under tremendous scrutiny is the speed of an organization’s hiring process. Too short of a process may easily lead to making a bad hire. Too long of a process is frustrating for IT professionals who will not hesitate to take a competing offer if presented in a more timely manner. Many companies are trying to address this predicament by shortening their hiring cycle while maintaining the quality of hire. One growing strategy in the IT marketplace today is panel interviewing.
Many companies are just beginning to grasp and adapt to the nuances of the Millennial generation in their workplace. However, Generation Z is steadily making its entrance into the workforce. According to The Center for Generational Kinetics (“The Center”), Generation Z was born from 1996 through 2015 with the ending birth year still up for debate. Researchers at The Center concluded that each generation is defined by a historic event. September 11th, 2001 is the event that separated the Generation Z and Millennial generations. Millennials have an authentic emotional connection and they remember it firsthand whereas Generation Zers have only learned about 9/11 through history class or watching a video online.
Picture this: You’re in an interview with an IT manager of a company that you’d love to work for and it’s going great! You know your technology like the back of your hand, you’ve done your research on the potential employers’ website and you are ready to whiteboard at a moment’s notice. Then all of a sudden, the IT manager asks “Tell me about a time that you worked effectively under pressure and what was the outcome?” Blank, you’ve got nothing! You can’t for the life of you think of one time you’ve been under pressure. Except now of course, and that’s not working for you!
Behavioral interviewing questions have increased in popularity with hiring managers over the years and they’re not going away anytime soon. Interviewers are now focusing on what you have done in the past, not particularly what you say you’re going to do in the future. The past gives managers good insight into how you’re going to perform and solve problems as an employee for them. As an IT professional, you can talk tech all day long but these questions sometimes have a way of tripping you (and everyone) up. Don’t fear, however, as there are some simple ways you can better prepare yourself to be ready for these questions in the future.