Whether you are a client selling a role or a candidate hoping to get selected, listening during the interview is crucial. When asked a question, lead directly with the answer. Sometimes interviewers or interviewees are eager to show expertise and knowledge - and lead with information related to the answer, but do not give the answer itself. The listener is left waiting for the actual answer and may not hear the ancillary information you’re sharing. To avoid this, I recommend an interview style that always leads with the answer, then follows up with supporting detail.
As a recruiter, it's my responsibility to dissect a job description or resume, determine if it’s a good fit for the candidate or hiring manger and make recommendations appropriately. If you are engaging with a recruiter, take a moment to really listen to their advice and knowledge, hear what they have to say and consider the recommendations. Trust your recruiter to serve as a bridge. If you don’t value your recruiter’s contributions in this area, it may be time to consider working with a different professional.
While most of my spare time is spent with my son visiting the zoo, hitting the beaches, and enjoying the latest adventures of Bob The Builder, I have been know to pick up a golf club and run around after that illusive ball. This year we will make an attempt at a vegetable garden. My hope is that we can enjoy the fresh vegetables before the bunnies.
One of the best parts of my work is watching and helping my candidates and clients grow in their careers. This growth comes in the forms of learning new skills, exploring different industries, and of course becoming leaders in their fields. I have a variety of candidates I placed in their first jobs years ago who are now CEOs. It’s very gratifying.
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“Patty Coffey was absolutely wonderful. I found Patty to be very professional. She always showed up on time for scheduled phone calls or appointments and demonstrated a great deal of knowledge about both the position and the company on whose behalf she was working.” - Jon C.
“Patty Coffey is not only a hard working recruiter who went well beyond the normal expected service, but she is also very fun to work with. She never gave up in a very difficult search. Her response to any setback was just to work harder to find the best candidates out there. She knows how to cut to the chase when dealing with hiring managers and knows how to get the detailed information she needs to match the right candidate with the job and culture.” - Gary M.
"I cannot express enough appreciation to Patty for her efforts and support in my current position. Patty and I have maintained a relationship for 17 years and when my position was eliminated at my last employer unexpectedly Patty was my first contact. She worked quickly and tirelessly to match me with the best opportunity. I cannot thank her enough for her efforts and greatly value our friendship." - Doug D.
"Patty worked with me on my resume content providing some of the best feedback I've received. She helped me focus on relevant experience related to the current opportunity. This improved the "first impression" the potential employer had of me. She was also very helpful in aligning my job search with potential opportunities. More importantly, the assistance she provided prior to and after the first round of interviews was extremely valuable." - M.D.
"I am extremely happy with my experience with WinterWyman. Thanks to the efforts of Patricia Coffey I have recently started a new position which is as close to my ideal job as I have ever imagined. Patty first was able to judge that such a position would appeal to me. Her familiarity with the employer allowed her to set up an initial interview within two days. She then made sure that I was prepared for my face-to-face interviews as well as checking that I had all my references in order. She managed to do this while working around the lack of privacy I had at my old job. All-in-all Patty managed to stay on top of the entire interview and hiring process without the feeling of an overbearing "hard-sell" that many recruiters exhibit. I would recommend Patty and WinterWyman to anyone seeking a new position." – John R.
"Patty was extremely helpful in every facet of my search. She was proactive in her search not only to find me a job, but to find the perfect fit for me. Patty went out of her way to ensure I was prepared for every interview and that I was happy with the prospects she had found. Her dedication did not end after connecting me with my current employer. Instead, she made it a priority to follow-up with me afterward to see if I had any questions or concerns, but most of all to make sure that I was happy with the position, company and coworkers. Should I find myself exploring other employment options in the future, I hope that I have the pleasure of work with Patty again." - Eric L.
"Patty is the best recruiter I have ever worked with in my past 30 years. She is professional, but very honest on the requirements and her feedback. I would highly recommend her." - Bruce H.
"Patty Coffey is amazing to work with. She is diligent and delivers what she says she is going to deliver. Patty takes the time to understand the client's business and needs to ensure she delivers quality and aligned candidates. It’s a pleasure working with Patty!" - Tracy R.
"Patty Coffey provided incredibly valuable industry insights that helped inform our TA approach within the technology space. She is simply the best." - H.S.