September... it means back to school, back to work, and back to considering your next career move!  As I mentioned in my last email, we will be focusing on basic, but highly important, interview etiquette.  Last month, we highlighted some areas to help prepare for an interview.  This month the spotlight is on the interview itself.  I would like to ask for any input, ideas or suggestions on this topic.  If you have anything to share, such as what has worked best for you, what has not been so successful or even some tips you may have heard from another, please share. We would love to hear from you!  We are here for anything career related such as help, advice or information on the job market.  You do not have to be searching for a new position to contact us; we are always willing to talk!  If you should ever want to revisit any of our past newsletters you can find them on our site or check our Facebook page for quick career tips!

As always, we appreciate the connection with you and wish you all the best in your endeavors!

Mara McElroy

Director, Recruitment Services

Interview Essentials!


Here are some things to focus on during the interview...   


Always portray a positive demeanor.  For example, use a firm handshake, make and maintain good eye contact, smile, and be sure to pay attention to your posture and body language. 

Exerting high energy in an interview is important to show interest and engagement in the moment!  So don't be sluggish, and have a snack beforehand if you think you'll need it.

Ask permission to pull out your notebook to take notes.  Be sure to write down the interviewers names.

If appropriate, ask to share samples of your work or any other supporting documentation that you took along to the interview.

Sell your strengths, but don't oversell, and relate your experience to the job.  Be honest about your strengths and skills as they pertain to the position. 

Express an interest in learning any skills you may not have listed on the job description that the company is looking for in a candidate.  Keep in mind, most employers hire based on potential, passion, and eagerness.

Be sure to provide clear and concise answers.  Keep to the questions and topics being discussed.  Do not ramble on or veer off on tangents, do not circumvent questions, and be honest.

Get YOUR prepared questions answered and ask any new ones that developed during your interview.  An inquisitive interviewee is an interested interviewee. 


Do not ask questions about other possibilities for positions outside of this interview.  For example, if you were to interview for a software development position, you may not want to inquire about product management opportunities.  This could demonstrate lack of interest or lack of confidence in the position for which you are interviewing. 

Do not be overly opinionated or overcompensate to a point of arrogance.  You should support your own style or decisions without criticizing another.

Don't ask "What's in it for me" questions, such as time off, salary/benefits, etc.  This will come at a later stage in the process.


In conclusion, be sure to put your best foot forward, as you can only make one first impression.  All interviews should be conducted as a means to get an offer.  Interviews are time consuming, stressful, and challenging, so why go through all that effort if you do not plan to reap the rewards?  Once you receive the offer, you become the one in the driver's seat, and are then free to choose your options.


September Hot Jobs!

Every month we will be featuring our top 5 jobs of the month. Take a look and see if any of these new jobs are for you!

C++/Linux Technical Lead - El Segundo, CA 

Sr. Java Developer - Anaheim, CA  

Sharepoint Project Consultant - Glendale, CA   

Sr. JDE Programmer/Analysts - City of Industry, CA

Business Intelligence Analyst - Irvine, CA  

The CONEXiS Staffing team is here to help you reach your career goals!  We specialize in recruiting Software, Engineering and Information Technology Professionals for startups, emerging growth companies and some of California's most respected companies. Opportunities exist for full-time, project and consulting engagements. Let us know how we can help you!

Contact the Recruiting Team


Mara McElroy

Director of Recruiting


Russell Wong



Lauren Beardsley



Kelly Farmer

Research Analyst