19 secrets to getting hired from Best Places to Work recruiters

Now that you know the Best Places to Work in Baton Rouge, how do you get hired there? We spoke with top hiring managers at the companies on the list to find out what they’re looking for and how to impress them.

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 27
No. of Capital Region employees: 129

“Give specific examples as to why you are a good fit for the company and the position. I like to see someone who is confident in themselves and their ability to bring added value to our organization.Sure, our goal is to hire a candidate for the open position, but in the long run, we strive to hire a candidate for our company. Candidates should be humble, sincere and truthful, but not arrogant in their responses.”—LAUREN CHAMPAGNE, director of operations/Gulf states

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 9
No. of Capital Region employees: 105

“I am looking for a candidate that opens up and tells me about themselves.I don’t want to hear I am a hard worker and dedicated. ‘I want to hear about their passions in life, what motivates them. You can learn a great deal about a person by getting them to open up. I am in a sales organization. If they can’t open up in the interview, do I really want them interacting with my customers? This is the real person that will come to work day after day. After that, I begin to qualify the candidate. Are they a good fit for my team? Are they trainable? What inspires them?Where do they see themselves in five years?”—CELESTE DAIGLE, director of operations/Louisiana Division

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 33
No. of Capital Region employees: 140

“A resume is so much more than a list of past employers. It’s a candidate’s opportunity to sell himself or herself to a prospective employer. A resume should highlight accomplishments and contributions in a fashion that piques my interest. It should inspire me to meet the candidate in person to discuss how they can make valuable contributions to my company.”—MICHELLE FORD, assistant vice president of human resources and training

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 15
No. of Capital Region employees: 133

“Many candidates fail to understand that prospective employers check social media.I would give the candidate the same advice I give my children: Don’t put anything out there with the expectation that it is truly private or will only be seen by those you want to see it. You can get a pretty good look into a candidate’s biases, prejudices, personality and character based upon what they post and/or tweet.”—TOM PEAK, partner and chairman of the personnel committee

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 1
No. of Capital Region employees: 92

“When asked about your biggest weakness, remember that weaknesses are just strengths overused. Select one opportunity for development. We all have them. Clearly outline your opportunity, how you self-identified your need for improvement and what you are doing to improve.”—REBECCA HOLIFIELD, human resources

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 12
No. of Capital Region employees: 83

“Engagement is important. If a candidate seems very nervous or doesn’t communicate well during an interview, they may not be able to engage patients.”—THERESA LOCKWOOD, human resources

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 6
No. of Capital Region employees: 35

“We look for driven individuals with team-player qualities.Kindness, compassion and a dedication to the community are also essential characteristics of employees within our company.”—MARY ELIZABETH MARTIN, office administrator

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 13
No. of Capital Region employees: 1,145

“PERSONALITY IS EVERYTHING. In my industry, we can typically teach you the skills you need to be successful, but we can’t teach you to have the personality we need. We work in entertainment, and we need people that are excited to go to work and create magical guest experiences.”—KIZZY PAYTON, director, human resources

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 38
No. of Capital Region employees: 32

“We don’t hire strictly on experience. We look at someone’s attitude, and we often go off of a ‘gut’ feeling—your first instinct is usually the right one. A ‘big’ resume doesn’t mean everything. If a person is passionate and is willing to do what is best for the team, then we will find a spot for them.Walk-On’s Enterprises was founded on the basis of teamwork, and we know how important teammates are. If we find someone who has our back and really buys into our culture … it’s game on!”—BRANDON LANDRY, founder & CEO

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 23
No. of Capital Region employees: 51

“Be respectful and gracious to everyone you come in contact with—especially the receptionist. You’d be surprised how often a candidate’s lack of respect for those who are not directly involved in the hiring process negatively impacts their getting hired. Good companies are always watching.”—HEATHER ROEMER, assistant vice president, Human resources

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 16
No. of Capital Region employees: 247

“During the interview, I’m looking for professionalism, strong presence, firm handshake, positive attitude, good eye contact, great communication skills and the experience to do the job. Also, someone who doesn’t cry—yes, cry. I have had many candidates over the years sob about personal occurrences in their lives that they somehow intertwine into the interview. Best advice: Leave out your messy divorce, custody battle, bad break-up or recent cat-dying story in the interview.”—MARY COGHLAN, director of human resources

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 29
No. of Capital Region employees: 77

“Resumes that are brief, to the point and easy to read catch my attention.I don’t have the time to review an entire resume if it is too long or wordy.I prefer to see bullet points of accomplishments and a chronological listing of employment history. I also like to see a cover letter that is not generic and is tailored to the position that I am hiring for.”—MARK EMONET, vice president and CFO

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 7
No. of Capital Region employees: 59

“Just be yourself. Interviewing can be a stressful experience, but it is important to let your best shine through.”—TRINA MCALISTER, director, human resources

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 34
No. of Capital Region employees: 69

“What impresses me most in a candidate? Reality-based confidence that is grounded in knowledge and experience. An ability to quickly adapt and identify solutions based on sound judgment. And a low-maintenance personality, keeping drama to a minimum. I am OK with mistakes as long as they are new ones. Someone that’s a good fit for our fast-paced, innovative, growth-oriented culture.”—KATHY TRAHAN, president and CEO

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 18
No. of Capital Region employees: 482

“Be prepared to show business intelligence. We have a singular focus and can teach many aspects of the business, but we cannot teach people how to run a successful operation. You have it or you don’t.”—TERRY SMITH, director, talent acquisition

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 31
No. of Capital Region employees: 48

“A candidate increasingly stands out if they have a passion for something that’s in sync with our company.That could be several things: They want to work for us, they want to do the work that we are offering, and so forth.”—WILFRED BARRY, president

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 2
No. of Capital Region employees: 42

“Interviewing is like preparing for a test, so DO YOUR HOMEWORK. If you don’t know anything about the company, the products, the culture or the role when you walk in the door, it tells me that you aren’t interested.”—DENNIS DUBE, general manager

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 17
No. of Capital Region employees: 108

“We believe that customer service and the customer experience are the LIFELINE OF A BUSINESS. Employees who are able to demonstrate that they, themselves, truly understand this very basic but critical premise are usually the ones able to stand out and become extremely successful.”—CHRIS PURVIS, administrator/managing member/co-owner

2014 Best Places to Work rank: 5
No. of Capital Region employees: 38

“Always be your authentic self because it allows the candidate as well as the interviewer to decide if, overall, this is a good fit.”—ASHLEY BOUGHTON, human resources manager

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