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Interview with a Recruiter, Michele Jones, GD-IT
Michele, tell us about yourself
I have been a Recruiter for General Dynamics Information Technology for several years. I have recruited for positions in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Djibouti, Korea, and throughout the U.S.
People often say to me you have worked for General Dynamics IT for a long time. This is true because I have enjoyed assisting in making that remarkable connection between employee and employer. I have been able to transfer and work from different locations within the company, so my position changed depending on which business unit I supported. The people at General Dynamics IT care and strive to help all employees to be successful in their roles.
Tell us about the GD-IT hiring process
The hiring process is fairly easy since the process is automated now. Being an IT company we have been able to streamline the process using the latest technology. The hiring process can take longer for overseas positions since we have to follow additional procedures to get an employee set up there. There is not a set amount of interviews conducted for a position. What matters most is locating a qualified candidate for the position. General Dynamics IT has hired a candidate within a week, but I would say the average is four weeks from requisition posting to candidate working onsite.
Do you target transitioning military
General Dynamics IT hires many employees that were prior military. Therefore, we have a solid grasp on what it is like for those individuals in transition. We have a process in place so that all new employees know what is expected, which allows the transition for both former military and non-military employees to be as smooth as possible. To help facilitate this transition, we have staff dedicated to ensuring individuals joining the company receive personalized attention and that we address any questions or concerns as soon as possible. Finally, we consistently review our processes and take actions to improve them. We want to maximize the positive experience a new employee has when joining our organization.
What types of cleared positions do you fill
General Dynamics IT fills a variety of IT related positions. For example; Cyber Security Engineers, Software Developers, Network Administrators/Engineers, System Administrators/Engineers, IT/IA Security Engineers/Administrators, Database Developers/Administrators, Tiers I, II, III Help Desk Technicians, etc.
Do you use search networks or social media to screen job seekers at any point in the hiring process
No, this is not a part of our hiring process.
What are the toughest security cleared positions for you to fill and why
The toughest positions to fill are ones that require relatively new or obsolete software. The challenge is there are not as many qualified candidates with experience using the new or obsolete software. For instance Lotus Notes Developers are difficult to find because the software application has evolved.
What do you see security cleared job seekers doing wrong
A candidate should know what type of position he/she is looking to achieve.
What’s the craziest thing a job seeker has ever said to you
The craziest thing a job seeker said was you can give me the job and then we can go out on a date. A candidate should maintain a “professional” relationship at all times.
What’s the most inappropriate thing you’ve seen on a resume
I think putting too much personal information is inappropriate. I understand why candidates may include this information; however that should be reserved for the interview if requested. Resumes with pictures, date of birth, height, how many children, hobbies, etc., look like a biography for a dating site rather than for a job.
What do job seekers need to know about your job as a recruiter
Job seekers should know that Recruiters receive a high volume of resumes and we do our best to respond to potential candidates in a reasonable timeframe.This entry was posted on Monday, March 02, 2015 8:52 am