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The Technology To Hire My Perfect Intern

Posted by Erin Borgerson on December 2, 2013

Amanda is the Marketing Coordinator at Homescout Realty, a boutique agency in downtown Chicago that helps people like you find their home-sweet-home or Chicago luxury apartment. She loves running, exploring Chicago, great food and all things red - ranging from the St. Louis Cardinals to a good Cabernet. If you are looking for a place to live in Chicago she is eager to meet. You may contact her at (312) 377-2653or arcohen@homescoutrealty.com.

The time had come. I needed a talented individual to assist my marketing needs at Homescout Realty, and I wanted to find someone to create the perfect visuals for my words. A Graphic Design Intern. It was an exciting, adrenaline-rush kind of a feeling, and I was eager to bring someone on board. Butterflies swarmed my stomach and positive thoughts flooded my mind.

But then I slowed down and started to think more realistically. How would I find the right candidate?

I had gone through my share of interviews where I was the one applying for the job or position, but I had never been the one actually asking the questions and controlling the conversation. I was never responsible for ensuring that the interview went smooth and all the important matters were discussed. How would I ask the right questions and know who was the best fit for the position? What if I forgot what I wanted to say and there was an awkward silence?

homescout realty hireologyYes, I was once in a sorority and rushed girls into the house. But no, questions like what’s your major and how do you like school would not suffice. I was in the real world now and the conversation I was about to have meant much more.

It is fair to say that the pressure was on, and I was under the spotlight. I started to overthink everything from saying hello and goodbye to even deciding what transitions and responses to use. This was not something to take lightly, and I was extremely nervous. I started to panic.

What would I have done without Hireology?

After my Director of Marketing, Erin Wasson, introduced me to Hireology, all of my doubts and fears soon disappeared. The company equipped me the technology to hire the perfect Graphic Design Intern and provided me with all the questions to ask to ensure I was hiring for culture fit. Before I knew it, I was drifting into interview heaven.

Five minutes before the phone interview, I logged into my Hireology account and pulled up Clara Thames, the young woman who immediately won over my heart and is our current Graphic Design Intern. When I clicked Clara’s name, I instantly felt reassured. Hireology makes hiring interns easy. Her resume, cover letter and portfolio were readily available, and an organized list of interview questions beamed on the screen. Some of the main topics included career plan, strengths and weaknesses, job history and more. Hireology even wrote out a great introduction and conclusion paragraph.

“I felt like when I talked to Amanda she understood the value of graphic design and what exactly she was interviewing me for,” said Graphic Design Intern, Clara Thames. “I also felt like she was trying to figure out my personality so I got the impression she cared about hiring for culture fit.”

At that period of time, however, I did not know much about graphic design. Luckily, Hireology came to the rescue and provided me with all the questions and technology to hire my perfect candidate in regards to personality and experience. But, are you ready for the icing on the cake?

Hireology also provided me with a survey that graded the interview, email templates to utilize for following up with candidates and future interview guides for the next rounds. I was a very happy camper, and it is safe to say that all my nerves were settled.

Fast forward a phone interview, an in-person-interview and a very smooth process, I found my Graphic Design Intern. It was a match made in heaven and cupid did strike thanks to Hireology.

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Erin Borgerson

About the Author

Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.