May Day 2012....Some see May Day as a celebration of Spring, flowers and renewal, dating back to our pre-Christian European ancestors. Others feel a stronger bond to the US history of Worker's Rights and Immigration Reform events that have occurred many times since the original fight for an 8 hour work day in 1867. As contradictory as they may seem, both views celebrate change and growth. This May, if you are thinking of personal change-at least regarding your career-we are here to help! Please visit to view all 60+ Software, Engineering and IT openings we currently have available.

 CONEXiS is here to help you reach your career goals! The Recruiting and Staffing Team specializes in providing Software, Engineering and Information Technology professionals great opportunities within startups, emerging growth companies and some of California's most respected companies. Opportunities exist for direct hire, project or consulting engagements. Thank you for the opportunity to stay in touch!

Best wishes for success!

Cathy Ashbaugh and the Staffing Team

Director of Staffing Solutions

949-360-1880 x 1119





Friend or Foe? 


  Tips for Mastering Phone and Skype Interviews

Phone interviews, as a first or subsequent step in the interview process, are here to stay. There are many advantages to conducting a first interview by phone or Skype for you and the employer. Both parties save time. As a candidate, you also eliminate the expense of travel to the company site and missed work in this scenario. In addition, it is psychologically beneficial to both parties to determine a lack of interest before too much time has been invested in the planning, preparation and travel for on-site interviews.

There are, however, many disadvantages to conducting interviews outside of the office. First and foremost, much of human connection or chance for chemistry is lost over the line. Interviewer and Interviewee struggle to gauge each other's reactions to questions and answers. Also, with less time and energy invested, it is easy to decline the next step. Finally, distractions and poor phone service can turn what should have been a good interview into a nightmare. So, how do you ensure that you make the best of your next phone or Skype interview? Here's how:

1. Plan as you would for an in-person interview. Since the phone interview is the preferred method for 90% of hiring companies, you should expect it and plan for it. Reserve time for the interview, away from your office or home distractions where you are free to listen completely and talk freely.

2. Research the company and be prepared. Don't make the mistake of taking the call on the fly, without reviewing the job description & company website, and your background as it relates to the position. This is a real interview. The decision to invite you for the next step or to formerly meet with the company, rests on this call.

3. Use a landline if at all possible. Cell phones are imperative in today's world, but reception is often too unpredictable for an interview. Dropped calls can be annoying. In addition, it is sometimes very difficult to get a rhythm going on the phone when both parties are experiencing delays in timing, possibly talking over one another, etc. If you must use a cell phone, make sure you are in a nice quiet place and are fully charged.

4. Make up for lack of visual contact. Take some extra time to send your personality, interests, goals, character traits, etc. over the airwaves. Without the help of your facial expressions and body language, you must verbally communicate your thoughts. If you are enthusiastic and interested in what you hear, say so. If you do not hear something correctly, ask for clarification. Speak clearly and confidently.

5. Don't cheat in a technical interview...even a little!  Unless asked to be connected to a collaboration tool, avoid any online "help" to answer tough questions.  Experienced Interviewers can hear your keystrokes and interpret delays in answering as cheating.  We've seen a rash of candidates being disqualified for taking this advantage.  Be honest about what you know and don't know, as it will come out in further interviews, or worse, on the job.

6.  Plan for Skype Interviews.  More and more companies are using Skype interviews to expedite the interview process.  If you are new to Skyping, make sure your audio and video work, be aware of your background and practice a mock interview.  In addition, make sure you look at the camera instead of the screen and eliminate any possible distractions.

7. Ask for feedback/onsite interview. As the conversation is coming to a close, ask the interviewer how you did. "Did I answer all of your questions? Is there any other information you need from me at this time? Do you feel I am a good candidate for the position? When can I expect to hear from you?" Also, let them know you are interested in coming in to speak with them further, if you are.

With a little practice, everyone can master the telephone or Skype interview. The key to success is to recognize that these steps of the process are critical, and will ultimately net you additional interviews, job offers and career choices--your goal when you decided to consider your options! 





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As always, we wish you continued success in your career!


The CONEXiS Team


Cathy Ashbaugh, Director, Staffing

Kris Giannetti, Account Manager,

Laurie Duhart, Account Manager,

Mara McElroy, Manager, Recruiting,

Crystal Lewis, Recruiter,

Russell Wong, Recruiter,

Ilene Kraemer, Recruiter,

Brandon Williams, Researcher,