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Phone Interview with Sr Recruiter/Living in Dallas.

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  1. lswhitecivic

    lswhitecivic Senior Member

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    This is a 2 question thread, rather than starting 2 different threads.

    So I'm a bit disgruntled with my current job, and have started the process of looking for a new job.

    I've started looking around Denver and haven't seen what I want yet. My wife's parents live in Dallas, and we really enjoy visiting, so when we were there over New Years we started thinking about why we might want to live there.

    I've been at my current employer for the nearly 10 years. I started as a Contract Help Desk Tech back in June of 2004 when I was still in college, and am now a Systems Analyst with a Bachelors degree.

    I found a job last weekend that looked promising so I decided to create a new resume and apply for the position. I finished my resume and cover letter at about 11pm Wednesday and submitted the application at about 11:30pm. I got an email at yesterday 6pm from the Sr. Recruiter saying that I looked like a potential match for the position and asking when I would have time to speak on the phone in the coming days.

    First off, I have not had to deal with this stuff in a long time, and have never had a phone call like this. What should I expect to go over on a phone call with the recruiter? Do I need to read up a bunch on the company like I would before an actual interview?

    Also, I know there are a few guys on the boards that live in the Dallas area, so I just wanted to get your thoughts on the region with the highs and lows of living there.
     
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  2. civicious

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    Dallas is awesome, I've wanted to move there for quite a while. Unfortunately, I'm sort of stuck in Houston. Dallas is awesome though.

    Carrolton, Coppell, Richmond, Northlake are all nice areas of town. What part of Dallas would the job be in?
     
  3. lswhitecivic

    lswhitecivic Senior Member

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    The job is in Plano, and my wife and I are looking at living in the Plano/Frisco area
     
  4. phunky.buddha

    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    Get your ass down here. :)

    DFW is an awesome place to live- lots of culture, lots of things to do- the main drawback is that it is still two separate major metropolitan areas, and if you live on one side it takes a good while to get to something on the other. I can easily drive 300 miles in one day running errands if I have to go from Fort Worth to the east side of Dallas and back. Thankfully I live in the middle close to the airport.

    As far as a phone interview, treat it just like a real in-person interview. No distractions, research ahead of time, don't play on your phone or computer, don't have kids or spouses nearby etc. Phone interviews are pretty standard now for a first contact event before moving to a site interview.

    Good luck.
     
  5. Briansol

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    Is the call with a 'recruiter' or someone who actually works for the company?

    A recruiter will feel you out before presenting you to the actual firm on the phone. If they decide to present you, you will likely have a 2nd round phone interview with the recruiter introducing you to the client. Then, if the client tells the recruiter they want to interview you, you go f2face with the client.
     
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    Yup..

    Usually with a recruiter they're vetting you out to make sure you have the major bullet points on the job req and that you're able to carry an intelligent conversation. Getting past the recruiter is quite painless, you'll do fine.

    However, DFW? Fuck that, almost took a job out there 14 years ago, went to visit for a week and hated it. It is an oasis of a city in the middle of fucking no where. No offense to those in DFW that love it. :)
     
  7. lswhitecivic

    lswhitecivic Senior Member

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    The interview is with a Sr. Corporate Recruiter with the company. I found her on Linked In and she does work for the company.

    I figured this meeting would be a little more informal since its not with a hiring manager of any kind. I assume that she'll make sure my ideas of the company related to the job and compensation are in line with the job before sending me on to the hiring manager. Kind of a applicant screening of sorts.
     
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    Exactly.
     
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    personally, phone interviews scare the shit out of me. though i've never had to do one.

    i like to be face to face and see the expression on the persons face, so i can feel them out. I'm awkward enough as it is, and interviews make me nervous, but not being able to see the person, and without any indication that im putting my foot in my mouth in my responses, would make me even more nervous lol. i have this fear that on the other end of the line, they are all mouthing "wtf is he talking about" to each other lol.
     
  10. reikoshea

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    I love Dallas. I'm actually moving back in a few months (SMU part of town).

    Plano and Frisco are beautiful areas, and perfect for raising kids. You've also got some killer food joints around you too.

    I've been gone for 4 years, but just couldnt stand being away anymore.

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    As for the interview. You should always be as informed as possible on the job and company you're interviewing for. It's not only impressive to the interviewer because they don't have to waste time telling you what they do, it also shows you really want to work there if you took the time to be knowledgable about what they do.

    For me, it's also one of the differentiators I remember most as a hiring manager. I want people who really want to work with me and my team and make something spectacular. I don't want people who look at it like it's just another job that pays a paycheck.
     
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    The SMU area is very nice. My wife almost got her undergraduate degree there. Her parents live a little north of there, so it was the closest school for them, but she wanted to be a little farther away so she went to UNT.

    As for the job, the phone interview went well, however I'm not sure this is the job for me. In my current job, I work daily with the application that I would support at the new company, but I do mostly out of the box stuff, not custom development.

    The job title is Technical Lead, but really its more of a developer position. Also working for a software consulting firm would mean a lot of travel that I don't necessarily want to do.

    Recruiter still forwarded my resume on to the hiring manager, but even if they call back I think I might turn them down.

    The current lease on the house we rent is up in June, hopefully my wife or I will find a job in Dallas by then so we can move rather than go month to month on the lease.
     
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    Come work for big blue LM? Maybe I can get you in on a referral...
     
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    LM, taking over the world, 1 hondaswapper at a time.
     
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    What langauges do you know? my company has a dallas mini office
     
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    Thanks Mike. I might take you up on that offer at some point. I'd really like to stay in the energy sector, so I'm going to give it a few months and see if anything opens up at the Oil & Gas companies that I know of in Dallas.

    As for languages, I only know English. I remember a bit of Spanish from high school, and can cuss you out in Cantonese from my travels in Hong Kong.
     
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    Lol. I think he meant programming languages given B's background.
     
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    systems analyst... asked about known languages... replies English?


    mind blown
     
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    That is not even close to my industry and I knew that.
     
  20. lswhitecivic

    lswhitecivic Senior Member

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    Lol....I thought that was a weird question.

    We must have different ideas of what a Systems Analyst does. I'm not a developer and I don't work in computer languages at all. I'm basically the liaison between the business users and the IT department. I support business applications throughout the design, build, testing, and implementation of those applications. On any given project I will probably work with business users, developers, and Server/Network Admins based on what I need in terms of hardware, storage, networks to complete a project.
     
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