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“I’ve been finding people jobs since 1973, and have helped thousands of candidates find great career opportunities. Let me help you too!”... Tony Beshara

"I've been finding people jobs since 1973, and have helped thousands of candidates find great career opportunities. Let me help you too!"... Tony Beshara

About Tony Beshara

Tony Beshara is the owner and president of Babich & Associates, established in 1952, and the oldest placement and recruitment service in Texas. It is consistently one of the top contingency placement firms in the DFW area and has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in DFW” by the Dallas Business Journal. He has been a professional recruiter since 1973 and has personally found jobs for more than 12,000 individuals. He sits behind a desk every day, working the phone literally seven hours of the twelve hours a day, making more than 100 calls a day. He is in the trenches on a day-to-day basis. Tony has personally interviewed more than 30,000 people on all professional levels and has worked with more than 75,000 hiring authorities. Babich & Associates has helped more than 100,000 people find jobs using Tony’s process. Tony is one of the most successful placement and recruitment professionals in the United States.

Effectiveness of Storytelling When Interviewing

My candidate had an absolutely excellent track record. He had 15 years of excellent performance in three different firms, had left them for very good reasons and was going to make some company a real winner. Admittedly, he hadn’t interviewed for a job for quite a long time and agreed that he had to practice. Interviewing does not come naturally and, unfortunately, companies and the people in them make decisions about the candidate’s ability to do the job based on their ability to interview. (A discussion for another time)

I try to reinforce to each candidate that I work with, especially when I get them an interview to make sure that they come up with at least one or two stories that communicate how good they really are. Unfortunately, I made the assumption that this guy was so good he wouldn’t have any problem coming up with the story and, even though I do with most candidates, I didn’t question him about the story he was going to tell. He had so many successes in his career, I was certain he would do fine.

Unfortunately, he assumed he would do fine and did not practice telling the story. So, when one of my clients asked him to tell a story about one of his successes, in short, he blew it. According to my client, who was the interviewing authority, he rambled so long in the story he chose to tell it became hard for the hiring authority to follow it. He got lost in the story . . . literally lost. He said, “I really loved this guy until he started telling the story. I asked a few more questions but I’m still not clear what his story was about.”

Our client is still going to consider the guy. But to make matters even worse, the “punchline” of the story was that the candidate wasn’t successful in making the sale of the story he told. Basically, he told an elongated story that was hard to follow and the end was a defeat or, at least a disappointment. In other words, it was a terrible story choice.

The impact of stories is phenomenal. People always remember stories, but the stories need to be GOOD!   They need to be long enough to be memorable but short enough to maintain attention, while displaying a positive outcome. Stories need to be practiced to the point that they literally roll off the tongue and have a phenomenal impact.

Our candidate, is now aware and prepared for the next interview with an effective and memorable story.

Develop your storytelling skills to elevate your interview from good to great by connecting with the hiring authority, and leaving a positive impression.

By |2022-12-05T11:20:30-05:00December 5, 2022|Job Search Blog|

Importance of Discipline at Workplace

I’ve been listening to as well as reading Ryan Holiday’s book Discipline is Destiny. Every employer and every employee in the country should be required to read this book.  It has baffled me why 4 million people, according to a number of authorities, just plain dropped out of the workforce. Some say it is the result of “long Covid,” some say it’s the result of the government paying people not to work.

My sense, having been doing what I do since 1973, is that this is been coming for a long time. For many years, the baby boomer generation has been fighting for jobs. Our generation was led by countless leaders who built companies around their own discipline that infected other people. We were the “pig in the Python” for numbers of people in the job market. For 20 to 25 years competition for jobs was great. Every one of us knew that there were at least two people who wanted our job if we quit or got fired. But now 2.3 million of those boomers retired early.

And as a result, the attitude towards work by the majority of present workers (and I talked to at least 25 or 30 people a day) is just different. Over the years people have gone from an attitude of “we” to an attitude of “me.” Everything from the government reinforcing people not to work to “I want to work from home and that’s all there is to it”, we have lost prior work regimented discipline. I’m asked by more and more candidates, even with 15 and 20 years of experience, “what are the benefits?” “What is the PTO policy?” “How flexible are the hours?” “I have to drive more than 30 minutes, and you expect me to do that?”

What Holiday’s book does is remind us of all of the discipline that numerous leaders of the world have had. He also reminds us that they were not perfect people. In fact they were hardly perfect at all. He reminds us of the many personal challenges they had as well as their many sins. The lessons are abundantly clear.

Self-Discipline:

  • Gives employees strength to endure with difficult clients/coworkers

  • Catapults workers from satisfactory to tremendous performers

  • Helps employees set goals and career direction

We all have challenges, we all fall but it is self-discipline that enables people to persist until they reach their goals.

Unfortunately, I don’t see as much self-discipline and people as I think there used to be. For example, those 4 million people that have simply dropped out of the workforce, where is their self-discipline? I’m not talking about a self-discipline like a Tom Brady or Lebron James. I’m simply talking about the self-discipline of willingness to work, willingness to apply yourself, willingness to really try.

What happened to workplace self-discipline?

By |2022-11-29T10:37:59-05:00November 28, 2022|Job Search Blog|

Main Tip to Get a Job During the Holidays?

 

The holidays are among us, that said . . . . Happy Thanksgiving!

Being in the “people business” for over 44 years and dealing with both demanding issues of a business as well as rewarding experiences of running a business, I am convinced that it all boils down to having a proper attitude. With an “attitude of gratitude” one is able to manage life and work a lot easier with more grace, than those who view everything as a blessing or a calamity.

My best friend of 50 years and rugby buddy, Greg Lane recently shared with Chrissy, my wife, a great approach to just about everything should be to, “pause, pray and proceed”.  Often we get emotionally wrapped around the axle about all kinds of things that either happen to us or don’t happen for us.  We fret and fear the worst, especially stuff we cannot control.

In fact, psychologists tell us that 98% of the stuff that folks worry about they cannot control.

An attitude of gratitude, if you practice it long enough, instructs us to be grateful for every situation, even those we do not like.  That said, in a market as we are experiencing today, strength to endure inflation, lay-offs, and a probable looming recession is vital.

Therefore, if you are searching for a job or next career opportunity (which is our common theme on this blog) make an effort to face the rejections, the refusals, and the denials with as much grace as possible.  Being grace filled, is the main tip that will ultimately help you to be both mentally and emotionally strong enough to withstand the difficult seasons with thankfulness.

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By |2022-11-29T10:40:00-05:00November 21, 2022|Job Search Blog|

If A Candidate Has Multiple Jobs Does That Mean Their Unreliable?

There is one constant conundrum in the profession of a recruiter as well as for our clients and our candidates. It is the problem of having too many jobs in a short period of time as part of your career history.  We’ve known some organizations that consider more than two jobs in five years to be excessive. Most people would agree that three jobs in three years is problematic. A hiring authority and his or her company are looking to minimize risk. A candidate with three jobs in three years is considered a risk. Most hiring authorities assume that, no matter what the reasons, a candidate with that kind of record is only going to be with their company for three years.

Candidates with short tenure will always have “reasons” for why they left or were forced to leave. Some are more valid than others. Some of our clients simply won’t, under any circumstances interview a candidate who has had three jobs in three years. I understand.

However, the truth is that the complication of business has rapidly changed over the years. Companies are more fluid than they have ever been… Ever!

Consider the following facts:

  • In 1973 (the year that I got in this profession) the average company in the United States was 59 years old.

  • In 2012 the average company in the United States was 15 years old.

  • In 2014 the average company in the United States was 12 years old.

  • The average turnover rate of a survey of 40,000 businesses in the United States was 15% 

  • Average turnover rate for small businesses was close to 20%

  • The average job in United States lasts 2.5 years

Think about it. Businesses come and go faster than they ever have and the turnover rate is as great as it’s ever been.

One of our hiring authorities, Danny, stated he just didn’t want to see any candidates that had more than two jobs in the last three years. Danny said that they would be with him for about that amount of time and he just wouldn’t interview anybody like that. He stated that he was 55 years old and it only had two jobs in the last 25 years. He couldn’t understand why people these days would have so many different jobs in short periods of time. In other words, why weren’t more people like Danny? Well, Danny was a performer but he was also lucky!

I explained to him the above statistics. Companies come and go faster than they ever have. The candidate whose company got bought, shutdown or merged may be a really good employee. His or her reasons for leaving the job may not have anything to do with them, but the company that they were working for. Twitter, for instance would be a great example of turbulent work environment, as of today, that may cause a job change.  Danny reflected for a moment and admitted that his company, a few years earlier, had bought another company and laid off 60% of the people in that company because there was a duplication of jobs.

Danny and all of the other hiring authorities out there with the same mentality might want to reconsider a candidate’s “too many jobs.” To eliminate a candidate without investigating as to exactly the reasons for the job instability is not only unfair to the candidate but shortsighted on the part of the hiring authority.

“Too many jobs” is relative. Just because a candidate has had three jobs in three years doesn’t mean that he or she would be on their next job for only one year. The important thing to do is investigate thoroughly the reasons the candidate left the jobs. Dig deep, check references thoroughly. You may end up eliminating the candidate with too many jobs but at least you’ve given yourself, and him or her, the benefit of the doubt. Giving people a benefit of doubt allows for the discovery of real gems for the company.

By |2022-11-18T10:13:39-05:00November 18, 2022|Job Search Blog|

When You Find Good Candidates, Do Not Lag in the Hiring Process

Our software client had four regional sales reps in North Texas up until 12 months ago. They push their people pretty hard and the VP is a “my way or the highway” type of guy. He’s been with them for 10 years and worked his way up. He is a pretty good guy and certainly knows his company and products very well. He’s not particularly fun to work for and he lets people know he’s the one on “top of the heap” and as long as you perform, he’s your distant friend, but a bit of a solipsis.

Two of the company’s salespeople really were not doing all that well so about a year ago they left. The company was in the middle of being sold to a larger organization so management decided to postpone hiring until they had been integrated with the newer company. At least that was their excuse for not hiring. With the new company came a “reorganization” of the sales effort into more of a “team” approach. This team approach would have a sales team led by more of a client/delivery type person, one salesperson and two consultants. (Not a particularly efficient sales model.)

The hiring process now became that the client/delivery manager, who was never really a salesperson, would start the interviewing process with the candidate and then move the candidate along to the consultants who would interview, then to the VP,  (all video interviews) then a group interview with all of the same people and the one candidate. As with all processes like this the “planning fallacy” applies… things always take longer and are always more expensive than you think they’re going to be.   The client/delivery manager was a nice enough guy and pretty much past every candidate on to the next level. But organizing everybody else took an average of at least three weeks.

What the company was looking for in a candidate was hard enough to find, but between the VPs hard-nosed “now this is the way it is” rather adversarial interview, organizing everybody to be able to meet as a group and the relative disaster of group interviews, in the last six months they had initially interviewed six of our candidates, lost four  because they’re interviewing process took too long, and eliminated two at the last step of the group interview because everyone in the group could not come to a “yeah, we really want to hire this person” conclusion. They didn’t really dislike the candidates but they couldn’t come to an overwhelming “yes.”  (This kind of thing happens more often than not with group type interviews.)

In the meantime, the two salespeople that were still there didn’t like the new management matrix, so they left the company over the past two weeks. So, there is now a $5 million territory with no salespeople in it at all. Everybody in the organization is pointing fingers at everyone else.

The VP decides that he’s going to take control and do what they should’ve done to begin with, have him initiate the first interview, pass the candidate along to the group and do it within three or four days, get the groups input but not have them in essence, “vote” on the candidate. If the candidate passes this test, the VP simply decides.

Now, we have just started this new process, but it is guaranteed to work a whole lot more efficiently. Even the candidates that we have found for them this past week are asking why it is taken so long for them to find salespeople. One of the candidates we have presented told me that he had heard about this opportunity six months ago and he’s anxious to hear “what’s wrong.”

I’m sure this will work out all right, because these really are good people. They are just what Teilhard de Chardin called, “spiritual beings acting human.”

Most people think that our biggest challenge as recruiters is with our candidates. It’s not! 60% of our challenges are with our clients. Most companies and the people in them don’t really like to admit that they create their own problems with the processes they come up with to protect themselves from hiring the wrong people.  But they get in their own way.

In spite of what people might be reading in the newspaper, really good candidates are hard to find. The longer the interviewing and hiring process takes and the more convoluted it becomes the harder it is to fill positions.

The lesson, as we have preached ad infinitum is to: keep the interview process simple… only involve the people whose livelihood depends on the candidate/prospective employee’s performance (no more than three, may be at the most four)…and do it quickly.

By |2022-11-14T09:27:50-05:00November 11, 2022|Job Search Blog|

The Often Untold Story in the Hiring Process

I probably experience a story like this at least once a month. Keep in mind, I’m only one recruiter and even though I’m far beyond average, I still only experience a very minute group of hiring processes. The reason I bring this up is that when I saw this story unfold over the last few months I wondered how many millions of times this kind of thing happens. So here’s the story:

Seven months ago, John, the regional manager of a multibillion-dollar company had one of his better people retire. So, John started looking for her replacement. He rather quickly found a really good candidate but his hiring process wound up taking close to six weeks and the candidate found another job. So John started again. We got involved in the situation at this time and encourage John to find two or three great candidates and take them all through the process at the same time realizing, especially since his interviewing process was so long, that he was likely to lose at least one along way. He assured us, that after last situation he would move the process much more quickly. (That’s what they all say.)

But he didn’t. And on top of that, one of the people that he had hired last January that has turned out to be a “bust,” according to him because the employee just simply can’t or won’t get in front of enough customers, so he’s had to put that person on a plan. He is now going to have two openings.  So the pressure is now more intense.

Instead of shepherding two or three candidates through the process, John fell back on his old habit of picking one candidate and taking one candidate at a time through his process.

The process was:

  • First: The initial interview with John

  • Second: The candidate would meet with one of the candidate’s potential peers (which took a week)

  • Third: The candidate would need to meet with two of John’s peers in different parts of the country, and for some reason they insisted that candidate meet with both of these people at the same time via a Teams interview, which meant they had to coordinate convenient times for the two managers to be available at the same time.  The first time they coordinated a meeting one of the managers had to cancel, so they had to coordinate another meeting.  All of this took another three weeks.

  • Forth: The candidate would have to meet with John’s boss, the vice president.

Obviously, no one’s gotten to the forth point in this search.

Fortunately, the one candidate was still available. Unfortunately, one of the interviewing managers could only be on the call for 30 minutes and didn’t like the candidate because the candidate just didn’t seem “energetic enough.” (How you can tell that in a 30 minute Teams interview, I have no idea.) It goes without saying that the candidate’s track record was really good, but as so often happens. People evaluate a candidate based on how they interview instead of their track record. (Yes, even in just 30 minutes.) John just didn’t feel comfortable in pushing the candidate through at the objection of one of his peers, so now he had to start all over. It bears mentioning that, when John hired the employee who he has to put on plan, he respectfully “overrode” one of the objections of one of his peers. This fact came out when we were arranging the peer interviews for the new candidate.  Obviously, John was not as likely to “override” one of his peer’s opinions again because it doesn’t look great the last time he did it.

It was the end of the quarter, so John had to spend two weeks helping his people close deals and couldn’t interview. After those two weeks, he started interviewing again. And, so that is where we are now, we just started interviewing again.

Now, please understand that John is a 10 year experienced manager with more than 15 years in his business. He is really good at what he does. In fact, he’s a really good manager and one of the nicest people that you’d ever meet. Part of the problem is that his company, instead of just letting him interview and hire the way he used to, instituted a new process of interviewing and hiring to keep from making hiring “mistakes.” John has one of the best track records of hiring people in the whole company, he can’t very well buck a companywide process of hiring that is supposed to ensure success. They’d be better off to just leave John alone and let him manage his own region. But that ain’t going to happen.

As of this week, John is into his seventh month of trying to hire somebody. Within a couple weeks he’s going to be looking for two people.  And, obviously, the longer it goes the harder it gets. John’s lucky because he has a lot of credibility with his company. Most managers would be criticized for taking so long to hire. Most managers would appear to be incompetent and subtly questioned behind their back.

As I mentioned in the beginning, I report this situation because it happens a lot. People and companies are so afraid of making decisions that might turn out poorly they create nightmares for themselves. Nobody intentionally does this, but that’s what happens.

It’s really hard for most people to imagine how many times this kind of thing happens. It happens a lot. Most folks will never admit to stuff like this. Companies and the people in them should think about the cost of these processes as they invent them.

By |2022-10-31T10:54:03-05:00October 31, 2022|Job Search Blog|

Why Do People Fail To Respond To LinkedIn InMail Messages?

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Every week or so, along with my recruiting, I run a very specific announcement on LinkedIn about a variety of good opportunities. Recently, that was the case, I announced a wonderful job opportunity in the Austin, Texas region. One of the project consulting firms and I have placed a number of people there over the years and they have a need for a salesperson. This opportunity is very unique, because they will accept experience selling high-end IT staffing services. This happens to be rare, for the tech industry.  The majority of project consulting firms look for experience in what they do and prefer a following.

A little background, I have placed three of the top salespeople in the country with this firm over the past few years. These guys can make more than $500,000 a year, which is even rarer in the project consulting business. On top of that, this company retains people forever and have very little turnover.  That said, this is a really good job opportunity and company.

What happened and perplexed me regarding LinkedIn?

I reached out to at least 16 candidates on LinkedIn and received responses from half, stating they were interested in pursuing the job opportunity. When the candidates reached out to me with statements of interest, I was excited. However, when I responded to each one of them, asking them to call me and discuss the opportunity further, all contact ceased. In fact, I reached out to each of the candidates twice and still have not received a response.

I am perplexed, I’m sure that the majority of these people do not have an opportunity to earn $500,000 where they currently are working. That said, not all compensation can be gaged by the wage. However, I am familiar with many of the firms that these people work for, and although they are nice people and companies, they are nowhere near the caliber of my client.

So, the question is, why do people accept the LinkedIn InMail invite for a new opportunity yet do not have the common courtesy to respond to the numerous attempts to connect afterwards?

Even a response to tell me they are no longer interested would be sufficient.

To be so rude as to simply ignore the request, is beyond my understanding.

Has this happened to you before? How have you handled it?

Please write with your suggestions and feedback.

By |2022-10-24T15:58:30-05:00October 24, 2022|Job Search Blog|

7 Common Mistakes Hiring Authorities Should Avoid

Hiring the right talent is always a challenge for organizations, here are 7 common mistakes hiring authorities should avoid to ease hiring pains.

  1. Avoid telling multiple candidates that they are perfect for the job and then never contact them again
  2. Avoid informing candidates they have a very urgent need to hire someone and then ghosting them
  3. Avoid making an offer to the candidate and then lowering it by $10,000 than the original
  4. Avoid postponing hiring and then overworking everyone in the department
  5. Avoid badmouthing previous employee in the guise of being “honest” which only makes the job sound awful
  6. Avoid having more than three people involved in the interviewing process, and not coming together with a clear vision what type of candidate you are seeking, thus everyone having a different opinions on the ‘right fit’
  7. Avoid taking more than 60 days to hire anyone and then giving up on hiring anybody because you’re attempting save face, in the midst of looking like a poor manager to everyone in the company
By |2022-10-21T12:10:59-05:00October 21, 2022|Job Search Blog|

3 Phrases You Should Avoid When Interviewing

We have a large recruiting firm and, fortunately, are able to facilitate multiple candidate interviews.  The candidates understand their role in preparing and performing a good interview, with the goal always to receive a job offer.  Providing the hiring authority clear reasons why they ought to be hired is the basis in preparing for interviewing success.  At Babich & Associates, we offer candidates extensive job search training programs that prepare them for the most challenging interviewing methods.

However, even the smart and the qualified candidates still say thoughtless phrases or do tactless acts that prevent them from moving forward in the hiring process.

The list below are recent phrases that interviewers should avoid.

  • Informing or implying to the employer that you do not need the job or work

  • Requesting unlimited or advanced PTO to spend time with family or friends

  • Asking for an extensive start date

Understanding the interview process from the hiring authority’s perspective, to correctly interpret how you are being perceived, is pivotal for interviewing success.  Having the ability to ‘read the room’ can help filter our speech and maintain a communicative flow, that allows us to sale our assets and emphasis our strengths to advance the company’s goals and mission.

By |2022-10-17T10:50:54-05:00October 10, 2022|Job Search Blog|

How to Be Sensitive to the Other Party for Interviewing Success

Everyone in an interviewing process needs to think about what their questions sound like and how they come across to the other person.

In this market, where the companies and the candidates are equally interviewing one another to discover if they are a good fit, being capable of answering effective questions in a respectful manner is key.

I have heard appalling responses from both candidates and hiring authorities when asked effective questions.

Examples:

Hiring authority refused to answer candidates question regarding why the position was vacant by stating, “I prefer not to talk about it.” Leaving the candidate with a red flag in regards to the company environment.

On the other hand, a candidate refused to answer the hiring authorities question regarding a work experience and replied, “I do not want to answer that but I have a question for you.” Leaving the hiring authority confused and to lose interest.

In my book, Acing the Interview: How to Ask & Answer the Questions that Will get you the Job, I devoted an entire chapter regarding the inappropriate things that people say and do while they are seeking a job or a good employee.

The point is, being capable of answering questions effectively and respectfully from both a candidate and a hiring authority perspective is imperative, in landing the job or the candidate that could benefit each party involved.

By |2022-09-26T10:34:57-05:00September 26, 2022|Job Search Blog|
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