Client News This Week

The Riviera Family just returned from our annual company retreat, but while we were off relaxing our clients were getting down to business. A big congratulations to our clients with new funding, new products, and much more!

Uber Releases Windows Phone App, Dozens Of Seattle Users Rejoice

Baidu Shoots Up Google Play Download Rankings With Apps That Boost Android Performance

Quantifind Raises $12M To Translate Social Media Data Into Sales

Tango Luring Developers To Its Platform With New $25 Million Global Games Fund

One Kings Lane makes data count, drives bigger sales with fewer emails

Interviewing 101

By Wendy Saccuzzo, Career Development Specialist at Riviera Partners & Director of Career Development at Women Who Code.  Follow me on Twitter @wendyhays11.

Whether you are breaking into the job market for the first time, or are ready to write the next chapter of your career, nailing the interview is always a crucial step in the process. Career Development Specialist & Community Development Manager, Wendy Hays shares her expertise on the subject in a detailed post covering "Interviewing 101."

Pre-interview preparation is important - know about the company. Start with their website, current press releases, look up the LinkedIn profiles of the interviewers if you have that information, and see what says about what it’s like to work there.  Write down a few key questions you’d like to know more about.  A few generic but helpful questions for any interview include:

Now that you’ve completed your homework on the company, next you should know how to dress - should you wear a suit?  Or business casual attire?  If in doubt, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Many companies will coordinate the interview and send you an email with information on what to expect, how to dress, and who you will be meeting with - this information can allow you to feel more relaxed about what the interview will be like, so take a deep breath and soak that information in.

It’s important for all job seekers, not just recent college grads, to identify their skills and interests and be ready to verbalize them easily and convincingly. Consider these questions when evaluating what your key skills and interests might be:

Once you have answered these questions, spend some time thinking about how you’d explain your competitive edge - why should they hire you over other candidates?  Be ready to sell yourself as the best candidate in a confident but non-boastful way.

Be familiar with behavioral interview questions, where you will be asked to tell a story about a time when you experienced a certain situation. Do so briefly and effectively, further convincing your interviewer that you are capable of the doing the job. Quantify whenever possible. Briefly tell the story using the STAR method: the Situation you were in, the Task you were faced with, the Action you took to get the job done, and the Result. By preparing a few key stories that back up your competitive edge and skills, you’ll feel more confident handling typical interview questions.

Finally, close the interview by asking for the job, if you feel like the role is a good fit for you. The interview is as much about them evaluating you as a potential employee as it is about you deciding whether you can see yourself thriving in the role with the company. Ask what next steps are, and when you get home, send a thank you email to your interviewers.

Entrepreneur - To Beat the Competition, You Need to Kick Butt at Hiring

In the war for talent, taking on the competition is quite literal. The fact is, having the right people on your team is a critical component for successful business, which is why it’s so important to have a tight hiring technique. Every battle for talent is fierce, and attracting the best candidates requires some specific tactics. Naturally, our founding partner Ali Behnam knows exactly what those are, and Entrepreneur recently published his tips. Read on for all the details.

(Entrepreneur) - To Beat the Competition, You Need to Kick Butt at Hiring

In the war for talent, it is a dog-eat-dog world. With such fierce competition, companies are trying all sorts of tactics to lure top-talent to join their mission. The reason being is that without the right people on the team, a startup – no matter how great the concept may be – could be doomed.

For most companies, attracting the most desirable candidates requires some specific tactics. Luckily, it's not that complicated.

Here are a few simple tactics you can employ while recruiting.

Read the full article here...

Brazen Life - Hot Tech Trends

If you're trying to sniff out the next hot tech trend, you might think to run to your closest venture capitalist friend. After all, VCs have a good idea of where all the money is going. But did you know that a recruiter is also a great source for insight? In fact, we may be even better at predicting new trends because we have unique visibility on a whole range of investments in the startup space. But really, the best way to get a glimpse at the potential future is to observe a variety of sources. Partner Iain Grant discusses what those are in this article on Brazen Life.

(Brazen Life) - Hot Tech Trends: A Sneaky Technique for Predicting What Will Be Hot This Year

If you’re looking for a formula to predict the next big tech trend, stop looking now. You won’t find a foolproof formula. The VCs behind the top firms prove again and again that they clearly have something going for them — although I’m not one to say whether that’s simply their incredibly intuitive gut or a complex equation locked in a vault behind a couple of large Rottweilers.

What I can tell you is that other than the big brains at VC firms, one of the best people to ask about the next big thing in tech is your friendly neighborhood tech recruiter. Specifically one who is privy to a broad portfolio of clients spanning a wide array of Tier 1 VCs.

The fact is, we have an advantage because we see across the whole range of their recent investments. This gives us unique visibility to the startups that will most likely be successful. We can spot the trends before anyone else.

Read the full article here...

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Meet the Newest Partner - Sandy Ma

Recently, we inducted four new partners at Riviera, each of whom will be instrumental in the growth of the company and improving our overall recruiting experience. We’ve sat down with each of them over the last weeks to chat with them on the impact of their new roles, and dig into the inner workings of their brains. Next up: Sandy Ma.