VB: Tell us about yourself
CW: I am an Executive Technical Recruiter at CyberCoders, Inc and love finding my clients the best candidates for their roles! I love establishing positive relationships with the people I talk to everyday because I am a firm believer in “what goes around, comes around!”
VB: How long have you been recruiting? How long have you been working at CyberCoders?
CW: I have been recruiting for almost 2 years and have recently joined the CyberCoders, Inc family! I started recruiting towards the end of the recession and have truly fallen in love with what I do. I have a very outgoing personality and talking to people every day and building relationships has become my “bread and butter!”
VB: What are your areas of expertise?
CW: I am very knowledgeable in the Technical Industry. My niche is typically .NET/SQL roles in So Cal. In my opinion, it is one of the best industries to be in! I work with the brightest and most talented software engineers in the country! I have worked with start-up companies and large corporations who have been in business for decades. I have always had a strong passion for the latest and greatest technologies because they are always changing, I enjoy learning them, and I always strive to challenge myself.
VB: What are some open positions that you are recruiting for at this time?
I am currently setting up interviews for a Computational Mathematician in Tallahassee, FL and a Senior Java Engineer in Oakland, CA. If you are curious about any of the roles I am currently working on or are looking to fill a position with your company, please do not hesitate to contact me!
VB: What is the best way to contact you?
Read my recently published blog post at CareerBliss.com
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
What to Do When You Have Outgrown Your Job
By Vahid Behzadi
Vahid Behzadi is a Recruiting Manager with CyberCoders, Inc.
“Why are you interested in a new opportunity?” I always ask candidates this question. One of the most common answers I hear is boredom or lack of challenge in their current position. So I ask, do you feel like you’ve outgrown your job? It’s a good idea to start analyzing and get a sense of where you are in your job, before you decide to leave it.
Are you able to take full advantage of your current position?
A couple of weeks ago a candidate told me that he was ready to change gears. A director at a major ecommerce operation, he’s responsible for development teams, product strategy, marketing, sales, advertising teams and analyzing profit and loss. Although he excels at all of his duties, he does not feel challenged any more. His employer decided not to build out the division and remain at its current operational level. After working tirelessly to get the business unit up and running successfully, the candidate’s executive management team decided the only things left to do would be spend more on advertising and increase product selection for customers. Basically, everything shifted to maintenance mode. His concern quickly became the fear that we would get stuck in a middle-management position, without the ability build on his current successes. Having built out the ecommerce department, the candidate felt all avenues of growth in his current position were exhausted. I mention this because the candidate took full stock of all his current and projected future duties to finally come to the realization that he has outgrown his position and began to seek a new opportunity. His story is one that many candidates can learn from and gage whether or not they have taken full advantage of the opportunities with their current position, before looking for something new.
Do you take on new challenges and responsibilities? Or, just wait for someone to assign them to you?
Most employers want self-motivated employees. There are tasks and assignments that you can just get done without waiting for them to be assigned to you, I guarantee it. If the tasks aren’t a part of your job description take advantage of the opportunity to get stuff done. You may find there are challenges that you can incorporate into your daily job that increase job satisfaction, and maybe it is a task your manager did not think of asking you to do.
An example of this scenario played out with a lead software engineer I placed into a position three months ago, who called to tell me that he did not feel challenged in his work and that he was getting bored.
First, I asked him how much time he was spending during the work day on Facebook and other social networks. He responded truthfully that it was at least an hour a day on social networks doing things that didn’t directly correlate to his work. I asked him plainly if there were things around that he felt he could build or do to improve the work environment and development process. He explained there was plenty but the he was not assigned to do those things. I reminded him that he was a lead, and he needed to…you guessed it…lead. Don’t wait, just do it.
Through the course of our 30 minute conversation he rattled off at least 5 projects he knew he could grab and complete that would make everyone’s life better if they were completed. When I checked in with him a few weeks later, he said that the work place had become more efficient and his management team had really loved the work he’d done, not to mention his initiative. They gave him more high profile work and he’s happier than at any other time at work.
My point, what are you waiting for?
Don’t beat around the bush, just ask the question already.
Talk to people, people with the ability to do something about your situation. Most people are afraid to ask a hard question. Company politics aside, if you don’t ask the question, you will never get an answer. If there is an opening in your company that will provide you the challenge you are looking for and an opportunity for advancement, talk to someone about it. Your boss, HR, the hiring manager, the VP….just ask! If you just wait for someone to give you something you want, odds are you will be waiting a long time. If your feel like you’ve outgrown your current role, ask for a new one. What’s the worst thing that can happen? They say no? Well, you’re already thinking about what’s next in line for you anyway so why just leave it to fate? This isn’t the Greek tragedy, it’s your career…be Ulysses and map your own course. Ask for what you want. A raise, a promotion, extra PTO, the opportunity to write a blog and develop social media strategy, whatever…just ask.
Explore your options.
Now you’ve done your diligence. Do you still feel the same? If so, it’s time to explore your options. Talk to associates in your professional network about what you are looking for. Get your resume and LinkedIn profile updated. Start checking job boards (Monster, Hot Jobs, CyberCoders) and research sites like CareerBliss to define the path you want to be on. Are you interested in more money (probably), shorter commute, more direct responsibilities, management or hands on challenges? Define for yourself what you feel like you are missing that has brought you here and then start building your strategy around finding opportunities that will allow you to continue to grow. If you can afford it and you don’t need to jump right away, exercise patience. Make sure that when you do move to the next role that you are doing it for all the right reason. Just remember that it’s not about your next job, it’s about your career – navigate your path accordingly.
I wanted to introduce you to another one of my associates here at CyberCoders. The last time we introduced you to Curt Weigel. Today I’d like you to meet Sharon Brown. She is a Texas-Based CyberCoder like myself, and one of the outstanding recruiters we have here to support you. Please say hello to Sharon.
VB: Tell us about yourself
SB: I’m a enthusiastic Recruiter who loves the job I’m in! Every day is great day when you place talented candidates in awesome companies. It’s like matchmaking on the job market!
VB: How long have you been recruiting? How long have you been working at CyberCoders?
SB: I’ve been with CyberCoders almost six years and worked 2 ½ years at an administrative-focused agency prior to CC.
VB: What are your areas of expertise?
SB: Commercial and Residential Audio Visual Integration companies are above and beyond my passion and forte. I love all aspects of engineering recruiting, however. Anything from Biomed to recycled paper to mobile-home siding! I love engineers. They’re smart, organized, detail orientated and always do well in interviews!
VB: What are some open positions that you are recruiting for at this time?
SB: I have a Crestron Programmer in Dallas for a Commercial AV Company
and an AV Integration Manager in Seattle, also for a Commercial AV Company
VB: What is the best way to contact you?
So you are good candidate and your recruiter has you set up for an interview at a company you definitely would like to work with. You go in and nail your interview. The company wants to make you an offer on the spot. You ask them to make you an offer and they come in 20% less than where you want. Dang!
The lesson to learn here is that you need to trust your recruiter. You don’t have to have a discussion of salary right there on the spot. You can talk salary and you may not run into this situation, but if you do there isn’t any reason you couldn’t have waited a day. Engage the recruiter that put you in front of the client and have an open and frank discussion about a game plan on approaching the primary purpose of working…to get paid.
Not every job is about salary, trust me I am aware of that. But if you don’t have that discussion with your recruiter then you may never know what you could have earned. In the last year alone, I’ve seen several candidates take pay hits they really didn’t need to.
As for clients, good deals are always in the cards, but if you aren’t giving value for value, then you leave yourself open for a backfill when someone else comes along and offers your ‘employee’ fair market value. The recruiter you are working with wants to make sure you get the best bang for your and repeat business. He or she will work with you to make sure everyone feels whole.
Just take a second, cool off and give your recruiter a call. Nothing will change in 24 hours…48 hours maybe.
The Dallas Business Journal cited MSNBC and Moody’s Economy.com basically claims the recession is over in one out of every five major US cities. This includes my new home town of Dallas. An exciting piece of information for sure, not only for me but for many people across the country.
“Out of 384 metro areas in the nation, 79 are in recovery, according to the August data on jobs, manufacturing and housing, the report said. Another 270 areas have a “moderating recession,” meaning their economies were not contracting as severely as earlier. That leaves 35 metro areas in a full-blown recession.”
But no city is yet categorized as being expansion mode. Jobs are considered to be a lagging indicator and some have said we are going to see a jobless recover. There are still companies that are doing layoff, but as someone with “boots on the ground” experience in employment, I’ve noticed an uptick in jobs and requests for recruitment. Many of my associates at CyberCoders are seeing the same.
Finding top talent is still a priority for many companies and even with many candidates in the marketplace, companies are still finding it difficult to locate the right kind of people.
This paradox is a bit hard to explain since there is more supply than demand, but my experience is telling me that companies that are hiring are still trying to find the needle in the stack of needles as the haystack has blown over. Most are not settling on just someone who is good fit, but striving to find darn near exact fits in both salary, skill and personality.
What does that mean for you? Well, first with a rebound in the economy, more jobs will come. It may take time and hopefully you will weather the storm. Second, that building your network and using recruiters is still going to help you parlay yourself and your talent into career opportunities. Third, we aren’t out of the woods, but we are getting there.
Keep your head up.
You know CyberCoders has a strong team of senior recruiters, tons of great talent and an excellent network of affiliates and clients that all work collaboratively in providing people with the best career search resources out there today.
Recently Career Bliss launched in Beta. Its another one of the great network partners dedicated to making your job and career search even better. I love it and recommend it to my network of connection! Its innovative and just really cool. Read more about it at http://ping.fm/0tytL
There is even a free iPhone App for you to download – http://www.careerbliss.com/iphone
Its still in Beta so I know they would love your feedback.
CareerBliss beta launched!
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I am pretty much a Start Up Junkie. At a minimum, I love to know what new cool things going on in my community. I was in Los Angeles for 15 years and now that I am in Dallas, I have tried to really get my head wrapped around the community we have here locally and throughout the state of Texas.
I will keep you posted on the news I get and let you know about cool startups as I run into them, in Texas, California and Nationwide!
Texas TechPulse has a new report out that Q3 VC Totals hit over $350M, which is exciting for me and I hope is beneficial to all. The more exciting start ups, the more successful, the more jobs.
The amount of venture capital invested in Texas in Q3 totaled around $363.97M, according to an analysis by Texastechpulse of venture deals in our venture database. According to our analysis, investments were up from the $282M invested in Q2 of this year.
The biggest investment of the quarter was for Goodman Networks, based in Plano, a provider of engineering services to the telecom industry, which raised $62M in July. Other large deals included Plano’s Prodea, with $29.56M raised; and Richardson-based Convey Computer, with $24.15M.
Texastechpulse tracks day-to-day venture capital activity in the state of Texas, and uses venture data disclosed by companies announcing funding; self-reported by both technology companies and venture firms; as well as regulatory filings and other sources.
PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association, and VentureOne will release their quarterly nationwide results of venture activity later this month. Numbers from those firms will differ due to sources of information, timing of funding events, and classification of data.
I did a Google search on myself today to see what would come up.
I found that Google seems to know me pretty well! I figured that sharing an article on Google and your personal brand seemed appropriate. I read this back in Feb and kept it close since I usually do a search on candidates I work with. This is an important thing for you to consider whether you are job seeking or not. What were your results, I am interested in finding out. Comment below.
February 19th, 2009 | by Dan Schawbel
Dan Schawbel is the author of Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success, and owner of the award winningPersonal Branding Blog.
Google is the dominant search engine, with over 63% market share. Aside from it being a place to discover product reviews and corporate information, it is the personal brand destination of choice.
When someone Googles your name, the results are telling of who you are and what you do. In other words, your Google results are your resume, both professionally and personally. Companies seek to rank number one in Google’s search results for their brand name as well as terms in their industry, and you should as well.
Before we get started, I want you to Google your name right now. Copy the results to a word processing document and circle the results that have to do with your name. After you do that, highlight the positive ones in green, the neutral ones in grey and the negative ones in red. Only do this for the top 10 results. What you’ll notice is that you either have a presence on Google or not and you’re either positively portrayed in Google or you’re not.
What does Google say about you?
Everyone uses Google, from journalists to teachers to your friends and managers. There is no time in this disruptive world to go through the first 90 results in Google after a single search, so the majority of people stop after the first page and some after the first three results!
Google might say that you are unqualified for a job or that you aren’t “dating material.” Celebrities have their own Google woes. Let’s examine the Google results for A-Rod, Michael Phelps and Chris Brown. Each celebrity recently had a personal branding disaster, which is observable in their Google results.
A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez): A-Rod is the highest paid and one of the most respected professional baseball players on the New York Yankees.
Google “A-Rod“: You’ll find about three of four results calling attention to his steroid abuse. He tested positive for steroids six years ago while playing for the Texas Rangers during a three-year period.
Michael Phelps: Michael is an American swimmer, who has won 14 career Olympic gold medals, which is the most by any Olympian and by the end of 2008 he held seven world records in swimming.
Google “Michael Phelps“: You’ll find “michael phelps smoking weed” as a related search term for his name, as well as results that highlight him doing drugs.
Chris Brown: Chris is a Grammy-nominated American singer-songwriter, dancer and actor. His first album went double platinum at the age of 16.
Google “Chris Brown“: You’ll find his current LAPD investigation for assault following an alleged domestic violence felony battery against Rihanna.
How to control your Google results
These celebrities’ names once garnered positive Google results, through each homerun, gold medal and platinum album achieved. Although, they had pages and pages of positive results, it only took one incident for their reputation to be in jeopardy. The second the press filed their stories, their Google results were rearranged and negative results appeared. Luckily for them, they can still turn their results around by working hard to clean their record and earn positive articles from the press and bloggers alike.
At the celebrity level, you would need some aggressive PR to change these results because top tier outlets such as ESPN have a high PageRank in Google. For the average person (as long as you have a unique name), here are some strategies that will help you control your Google results.
1. Register for a blog and social networks
One way to take control for your results is by owning or renting web properties that carry your name. Blogs and social networks allow you to do just that. A blog allows you to continuously develop content under a single URL. As your blog generates content, Google will be pinged and rank it higher under certain keywords.
Make sure your blog, in some way, connects to your name. For instance, if your name is the URL or the title of the blog has your name in it, it will rank high for your name. Blogs have high SEO value because there is a lot of content that people can link to. I wouldn’t recommend that everyone starts a blog because you don’t want to post once and then leave it on the shelf for three months; it would be looked down upon by your visitors. Instead, start a blog because you’re passionate about a topic and want your voice to be heard.
The largest and most credible social networks have a high Google PageRank. PageRank is a measurement of importance in Google from 0 to 10. Twitter, LinkedIn, FriendFeed, andFacebook have a PageRank of 8, which might not surprise you. They gain links from users linking to their profiles. Try to use unique identifiers for your profile pages. For instance, if your name is Peter Smith, you’ll want the “linkedin.com/in/petersmith distinct URL for your profile. Anywhere you can use your full name, I encourage you to do so.
Aside from the typical social networks, the leading “traditional media” brands also have social networks accounted for. BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur and The New York Times all have social networks that you can join today for free. They all allow you to have your own profile, a chance to network with peers, high PageRank and massive credibility.
2. Write for other blogs
Much like what I do for Mashable, you can guest post on other blogs, which can take up some of those top ten spots in Google for your name. In general, becoming a content creator will help you take charge of your brand.
3. Create a social media resume
As I stated in my previous Mashable post “HOW TO: Build the Ultimate Social Media Resume,” a social media resume is optimized to rank high in Google for your name and can support your professional development and job searching needs.
4. Start a wiki under your name
A wiki is an online document that can be edited in real-time and tracked. Pbwiki.com, a service for creating free wikis, has a PageRank of 7, which means that if you use your full name when registering, there’s a good chance it will rank high for you. You could turn the wiki into a resume, a list of your favorite things to do or a listing of websites.
5. Become a celebrity/micro-celeb
When you become more famous, people start to notice and you might wake up one day with your own Wikipedia page! If this happens, you better believe that it will rank in the top three results for your name. Don’t create your own page though because people will find out (namely the wiki-moderators) and it will be taken down. Becoming internet famous isn’t out of reach anymore, especially when the cost of admission is $0.00.
6. Bond with communities
Whether you join a Ning network or start a Ning network, they all tend to rank well in search engines and are great places to network and meet like-minded people. I would also recommend blog communities such as Social Media Today, depending on what you blog about. Other great examples are Momlogic, and Geeks (owned by Chris Pirillo).
7. Create an eBook
David Meerman Scott, author of World Wide Rave, says that you can get people all around the world talking about you if you give away a free eBook. Instead of making people fill out lead generation forms, give it away for free and you’ll see ten times the eyeballs. Not only that, but with the proper “triggers,” such as a Digg button, people will share it and link to it, which increases its Google PageRank.
8. Beg people to write about you
Well, maybe don’t beg. You might sound desperate and annoying. You shouldn’t go asking people to write about you. They should do it based on the quality of your content. If you have friends in the blogosphere, they will gladly support you by writing about you. I’ve had people ask me to interview them. Never, ever do that. Join their community first, add value to their discussions and then, over time, they may be interested in promoting your brand.
Got lots of great feedback from people on the Candidate Showcase idea. Glad that people are responding so positively and if we can keep paying it forward I am glad to do so. Here is our next Showcase Candidate, Cameron VanNoy in Austin, TX.
VB: Tell us about yourself.
CV: My background includes a wide range of accounting skills learned through my career and while earning my BA in Business Economics, Accounting Emphasis at UCSB. After graduating, I went to work for a public accounting firm in Los Angeles as an auditor. Auditing gave me the opportunity to learn the nuances of accounting in different industries and the reporting requirements of both public and private companies. In my next position as a Senior Accountant/Tax Preparer I gained experience in corporate, individual, and partnership taxation. After being in public accounting for my whole career up to that point, I decided to make the transition to corporate accounting. I was hired by Airborne Inc. as the Accounting Manager where my duties included: monthly close and reporting, inventory control, budgeting, and managing a staff of 3.
VB: What types of roles are you interested in finding?
CV: I am looking for a role in corporate accounting that will utilize my abilities as an accounting professional and manager and allow for upward mobility in the future. Ideally I would be able to manage an accounting staff, gain further experience in the budgeting/planning process, and work on the internal and external reporting requirements for the organization.
VB: What are your strong points?
CV: One of my strengths is my knowledge of accounting fundamentals rules and how they pertains to various accounting transactions and the residual impact on the financial statements as a whole. Also, being able to work and coordinate with the various parts of the organization to ensure that information is reported in an efficient and timely manner.
VB: Where are you located?
CV: I recently relocated to Austin, Texas.
VB: Why would you be a good addition to a team?
CV: I have a positive and professional attitude and a strong background in accounting and accounting systems which allows me pick things up quickly in a new position. I enjoy working with people whether it is leading a new project, training someone on a new task, or presenting to a group.
UPDATE – If you are interested in connecting with Cameron or anyone else in our Showcase, just let me know.
One of the reasons I really enjoy my work is that Team CyberCoders is committed to get supporting your career search efforts. Our team has developed tools and tips that you can find available on the company site. One such tool would be the interview tips listed below. Read and review and maybe you want to bookmark this for your reference now and in the future. This is a guide so it may not address everything, but its a great place to start.
CyberCoders Interview Tips
- Research – Prior to the phone call, research their website at length.
- Why are you Interviewing? – Know the reason why you would like to work at the company
- Laundry List – Have a list of accomplishments and pertinent skills in front of you and know why are you a fit for the job. If you can not articulate this you may not get to the face to face interview.
- Privacy Please – Schedule the interview at a time and number where you can be alone and talk freely. Land lines are better than mobile phones whenever possible.
- Resume at the Ready – Be sure to have your resume in front of you so you can follow along with your background as they ask you questions.
- Be Honest - Answer questions as directly as possible. If you do not know, say so. Be candid, friendly, cheerful and courteous. Confident but not cocky. If you sense that the other person wants to do lots of talking – let them. People like others who are interested in hearing them talk!
- Next Step? - At the end of the interview, try to get a face to face interview. Ask what is the next step before hanging up the call.
- Address Weaknesses – If you can, find out from the interviewer what they feel your strong points and weaknesses may be. This way, in the face to face interview you can reemphasize the strong points and address any perceived weaknesses.
- Be Prepared – Prior to your visit, educate yourself about the company – go through their website and write down several questions that come to mind. Look them up on Google. Know the reason why you’d like to work at the company. People notice when you have knowledge of their company and/or products.
- Know Your Directions – Make sure the directions you received are accurate. Nothing says, “I’m not prepared” like getting lost on the way to an interview. Arriving 20 minutes early is a way to ensure you will not be late. Just wait outside the office until 3 minutes before the interview, then make your grand entrance…exactly on time.
- PRACTICE – Practice your interview skills – that means answering the interview questions out loud to yourself as if you were in the interview. Running through your answers a few times builds confidence and assures yourself you will come across as articulate, efficient and prepared.
- 5 Resume Copies – Take at least 5 copies of your resume – you’ll be prepared if they do not have copies.
- Take Notes – You may want to bring a ‘notepad or PDA’ to take notes and write down your top 3 questions.
- Dress Code – Know the office dress code – look sharp and professional. Being overdressed is always better than being underdressed. Unless they state that you should come in wearing business casual, both men and women should always opt for the traditional business suit as their interview attire.
- Confidence – Firm handshake upon arrival and positive attitude throughout.
- Be enthusiastic and friendly. Listen more than you talk (no single factor is more important in determining success in an interview).
- Eye Contact – Look people in the eye when talking or listening to them.
- Just Listen – No single thing you can do will affect the interview more than just being a good listener. Listen to questions asked of you. Answer them fully and directly. Do not talk too much. Never over sell your skill set.
- Salary – If present salary is asked, furnish accurate information – including bonuses and commissions. They may ask for a W2 later, so you don’t want to “enhance” any numbers! If they ask you what salary you want, the only acceptable answer at this point is “I am open to any fair and reasonable offer”.
- Nothing Negative – Do not criticize or come across as negative about your present or past employers or co-workers. Stay professional and avoid personal information unless it’s “polite” conversation.
- Ask for the job! – Let the interviewer know that you are interested and excited at the prospect of working for them and ask what the next step will be.
- Send a thank you letter – Ask for their card so you can follow up with a thank you letter via email. The thank you email can often be the deal maker or breaker on getting the position.
Some Questions You May Hear in the Interview:
- Tell me about yourself. They’re looking for a concise, descriptive, and informative summary of more current and relevant career information, not long past, personal information.
- Why do you want to work at XYZ Company? This is where your website and company history homework pays off. Give examples of specifics that you have found on their site, OR past projects that you enjoyed that apply.
- What is your proudest accomplishment/ What are your greatest strengths? This is your turn to brag a bit, but not to the point of being arrogant.At least 2 examples, offer references that can attest to your work, etc. The more specifics you can offer, the better you look. Bring up sales numbers, deadlines, $$ Savings, whatever is measurable and speaks well of your efforts.
- What would you classify as an area of improvement, and how would you go about achieving those improvements? Try to pick something that isn’t a “DEAL KILLER” meaning something that IS NOT a job requirement, and that is not easily improved upon. Lots of folks choose something that is indirectly related to the role so that it doesn’t affect your interview success. For example: “I realize this position requires a great deal of systems reporting experience and you work with system “x”. I do have considerable experience with reporting, but up to now, there has not been a requirement for me to learn “system x”. I can pick it up very quick as I do with all systems. At this time, I would have to say an area of improvement would be the learning curve on your particular software system.”
- What is the Salary you are looking for? It is always best to leave the door open and answer with something such as, “I would be happy to see your best offer. I am fairly flexible when it comes to the compensation since I am looking at everything including the company, the position, the growth potential, the benefit package, etc. Salary is just one piece of the pie and if you think I would be a good fit for the position, I am SURE we can come up with a figure that works for both of us!”
- Why you are leaving? Be honest, very concise and direct, but don’t slam your employer or boss. They want to hear that you are leaving on good terms (for everyone, not just you!) since it can easily be them on the other end of the equation if they hire you.
- Why should we hire you for the position? Summarize, detail, sell yourself, and ask for an offer! Give technical reasons why you are the best candidate over personality reasons.
- Sales positions: In certain sales position, you may be asked to perform a sample sales pitch for the product, and once again, this is where your preparation and website/company/product research will shine.
Questions you may want to ask (choose 1 or 2)
- Why is this position open?
- Where do you see the company in 5 years?
- What makes you successful, and different from your competitors?
- How long have you (the interviewer) been here, and what do you like most about your position, and the company?
- What qualities would your ideal candidate have? Listen and make sure you later bring out some of the qualities you have which match what you heard)
- How do you feel my qualifications match your needs?