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Hiring process in Canada/USA. How does it look like?

 
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Hello,

I live in Brazil and right now I'm looking for a Java job, especifically as intermediate developer. And it's being AWFUL! Such a tragic experience. To make a long history short, I send my resumé to companies (via e-mail) and I do have the qualifications they're looking for, only ~20% answer me and when they do, they appoint an interview which basically they read my resumé in front of me (yes, they didn't read the resumé previously), ask me some other questions (that could be answered by phone, so the 2 hours I spent to get there is irrelevant) and they don't call me anymore, the process just dies. And if I e-mail them again asking, no answer. To me that's a total disrespect with the person! (One more detail they oftenly ask me is that what's the MINIMUM wage that I accept, without ever saying the wage the company is wiling to pay)

OK, that being said I'd like to know how is the process in more civilized countries such as Canada and USA, especially Canada which is the country I REALLY REALLY want to live and work someday!
Well, the more details the better.

I do know that the job description is MUCH better because I already looked :P (to give an idea there are several companies here that posts in a job website: " Looking for an analyst. INDISPENSABLE knowledge: J2EE, Hibernate, Spring." Yes, that's all.

I'd love to hear from you and I'm sure that are some bad cases too but I'm interested in the average process.

 
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William Fernandes wrote:
I live in Brazil and right now I'm looking for a Java job, especifically as intermediate developer. And it's being AWFUL! Such a tragic experience. To make a long history short, I send my resumé to companies (via e-mail) and I do have the qualifications they're looking for, only ~20% answer me and when they do, they appoint an interview which basically they read my resumé in front of me (yes, they didn't read the resumé previously), ask me some other questions (that could be answered by phone, so the 2 hours I spent to get there is irrelevant) and they don't call me anymore, the process just dies. And if I e-mail them again asking, no answer. To me that's a total disrespect with the person! (One more detail they oftenly ask me is that what's the MINIMUM wage that I accept, without ever saying the wage the company is wiling to pay)



First, a 20% response rate is really good. The only way to get better is to use your professional network to better focus where your resume goes.

Second, you are focusing on the wrong thing during the interview. Who cares about whether they read your resume prior to the interview? Or how they interviewed you? Or whether it was respectful? Your job during the interview is to sell yourself. Are you enthusiastic? Are you knowledgeable? Do you interview well, with detailed prepared statements, that you work in during the interview? .... or ... Do you seem annoyed because you were disrespected? Do you give short / quick answers? Do you come across as not wanting the position?

It might be a good idea to understand why you are not getting any follow up interviews. This is likely caused by a bad first interview. Do an honest review of your interviews.

Henry
 
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Henry Wong wrote:

William Fernandes wrote:
I live in Brazil and right now I'm looking for a Java job, especifically as intermediate developer. And it's being AWFUL! Such a tragic experience. To make a long history short, I send my resumé to companies (via e-mail) and I do have the qualifications they're looking for, only ~20% answer me and when they do, they appoint an interview which basically they read my resumé in front of me (yes, they didn't read the resumé previously), ask me some other questions (that could be answered by phone, so the 2 hours I spent to get there is irrelevant) and they don't call me anymore, the process just dies. And if I e-mail them again asking, no answer. To me that's a total disrespect with the person! (One more detail they oftenly ask me is that what's the MINIMUM wage that I accept, without ever saying the wage the company is wiling to pay)



First, a 20% response rate is really good. The only way to get better is to use your professional network to better focus where your resume goes.

Second, you are focusing on the wrong thing during the interview. Who cares about whether they read your resume prior to the interview? Or how they interviewed you? Or whether it was respectful? Your job during the interview is to sell yourself. Are you enthusiastic? Are you knowledgeable? Do you interview well, with detailed prepared statements, that you work in during the interview? .... or ... Do you seem annoyed because you were disrespected? Do you give short / quick answers? Do you come across as not wanting the position?

It might be a good idea to understand why you are not getting any follow up interviews. This is likely caused by a bad first interview. Do an honest review of your interviews.

Henry



Hi Henry,

Yes I understand what you say but I just forgot to mention that in the interviews the HR person always say to me: I'll forward your resumé to the responsible/tecnhical area and we will soon contact you. Anyway... Brazil is a lost case.

I'm more interested in the process in Canada/USA. Are you from one of these countries? How the process is?
 
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I'm from the United States. (As is Henry.) There isn't a general hiring process in the United States though. It depends on the company..

OfF the things you described, they are common in the US too. Remember that companies get dozens to thousands of resumes. They can't interview 20% of them even. A resume is looked at for seconds to minutes. The interviewer doesn't often have time to study it before the interview. More importantly, you will get asked basic questions about your resume, even if the interviewer DID study it. The interviewer wants to see how you speak and if your responses match the resume.
 
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I've been in the market for the past 3 months, and the first interview is always telephonic. They don't call you to a face to face interview until they get to hear you first. That saves a lot of time.
 
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Sorry Jayesh. Not "always." I've conducted interviews where the first interview was onsite.
 
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Jayesh A Lalwani wrote:I've been in the market for the past 3 months, and the first interview is always telephonic. They don't call you to a face to face interview until they get to hear you first. That saves a lot of time.



Yeah! That's exaclty what I say they should do here. But no, not here. They're not smart enough for that.
 
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