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Ask the HR recruiter

Got a question you'd like to ask an HR person? Now's your chance.

Vague job ads with anonymous companies. Obscure geographical descriptions of job locations. Ads that sounds too good to be true. Anyone who has ever looked for a job has encountered one or all of these.

So why are job ads written like this? Why does HR do a lot of the things it does? I've decided in order to answer these questions and many others like them, I would contact an HR person who has had experience with hiring in large corporations.

In preparation for the interview, I would like to ask all of you to tell me what questions you would really like the answers to. I will pick the five most common, or most compelling, questions, and get some honest answers from an HR person.

You can email your questions to me by clicking here, or just post them in the discussion below. Thanks!

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

55 comments
2707
2707

what is default subnet mask of class D & class E?

RayJeff
RayJeff

I've applied for several jobs over the past years that tech support positions; mainly phone-based support and not much direct support. One of the main questions I've gotten have been related to having any prior phone support experience. As I give my response, I can see the look int he interviewers' eyes that they are looking at me and thinking that I would not like/enjoy phone support. Much of the consulting work I do 95% of it is phone-based. And much of that is support. SO, why is it that the connection can be made that a person such as myself who has as much direct IT experience, so much hands-on experience that a person such as myself would do well with phone support? Crossing over from working in the Education sector IT to the public & private sector IT. The majority of my IT work has been in the Education field. Why is there such a problem with being able to find work in non-Education fields? It's gotten better for me over the years after having done contract work in the public sector. While there is differences in the sector-specific applications each use, in the general sense, every sector uses the same hardware systems (PCs, workstations, servers, etc), software (Operating systems, desktop applications, etc).

FlNightWizard
FlNightWizard

I am getting the 'overqualified' label and told I wouldn't be hired because I wouldn't stay in the position. If you don't stay, isn't that career advancement? You would think that someone would be hired if they were looking to grow in a career. But I know people interviewing don't consider these things. Any suggestions on how to overcome the overqualified label if you even get past HR?

tardius
tardius

My question is what qualifies HR recruiters to be the gatekeeper of job openings? I get the feeling most recruiters simply compare lines on a resume to their job posting to see who matches a position when really the IT manager should be evaluating experience and HR should be assisting with social, psychological and background materials. My 15+ years experience and management of teams and projects never seems to fit your requirements despite the fact that I apply to positions because I fit them fit them to a "T". Frustrated? Yes.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

There might even be enough questions and material for a regular column.

TBone2k
TBone2k

Many jobs on places like kijiji and craigslist are posted with vague information as to things like the location of the company, or missing details of the job, such as length of contract. Would it be acceptable to reply asking for such details before I waste my time customizing a resume for the job and the poster wastes their time calling me back only to find we don't have a good fit?

larrie_jr
larrie_jr

No one is perfect; not even the almighty HR Dept. So it stands to reason that the prime candidate doesn't always work out. In these rare instances, instead of putting out another general call, do they ever call back the remaining members of the top 5? top 3? 6 months done the road, when that prime candidate moves on to greener pastures, do they EVER try and call back those candidates who have made it so far through the process?

genenj03
genenj03

Several different career coaches have told me that the purpose of HR, in regard to resumes, is to screen out the applicants they don't want to send forward to the hiring manager from the hundreds of applications they receive. It is up to the hiring manager to choose who is the best candidate. With this in mind, what is more important to someone in HR in the screening process for IT positions? Finding someone who's skills/experience match what is required, or finding someone who fits well with the company and can solve their problems bases on an opening statement or accomplishments listed?

lovingNJ
lovingNJ

What should I put in online applications that REQUIRE a current salary and/or expected salary to be entered?

xdshen
xdshen

Are you authorized to hire? or just a stinky scalper?

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

1). What is the significance of running a credit check as part of the background screening? Obviously, this is in relation to the recent discussion thread. http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/career/?p=1655&tag=content;leftCol 2). Given that there seems to be an overabundance of talent, what is/are the most important factor/s to distinguish one candidate from another (we've hashed through this as IT staffers and IT hiring managers, but to hear it from a HR rep may be helpful to those in the TR community looking for work) 3). Why are so many firms so hesitant in creating & enforcing PC/Internet use policies? 4). I'd be curious to see what the HR person's take is on the 'Not Enough Females in IT' discussion. I could probably list a few more, but I'll stop there for now. Thanks!

Mom2Four
Mom2Four

I am a junior in a CIS program, expect to graduate in summer 2011. I have no previous CIS experience, but would like to get my foot in the door so that I am in a better position for a good job once I graduate. What advice would a HR recruiter have for someone like me?

ajayit08
ajayit08

WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION ABOUT US MUST BE TOLD AND MUST NOT BE TOLD WHILE ANSWERING "TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF"?

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

How much emphasis do the HR people put on past successful projects (with / without references) over a bunch of Certification letters gained?

Ed Woychowsky
Ed Woychowsky

Please ask about the market for XML skills; like XSLT, XQuery and XML Schema. This is in reference to data mapping. Thank you.

joelrstevens
joelrstevens

Here is an idea. What are there entry level positions I may pursue that may rely more on background in retail and customer service, that I can combine my A+, Network+, and MCTS certification where my experience lack of technical experience is not such a hinderance?

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

How you get five years experience in VS2008, why alphabet soup is so important. Not to mention is it important I'll take 20k or have twenty years experience?

joelrstevens
joelrstevens

Toni, My name is Joel. I have been unemployed for over 12 months. My previous positions have been in the fields of retail and customer service, with three out of ten years bieng employed in the wireless retail sales. I am currently pursuing certification in A+, Network+, and MCTS. Most of the jobs I have come across along the career path I am looking at requires maybe 1 to 2 years of experience (or more) I currently do not have. If these are "entry-level" positions then why the emphasis on experience? Any advice on how to overcome this obstacle?

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