Archive for 2016

We use Skype, a lot. On top of using it daily to interview non-local candidates, we also use it for meetings between our two offices,  and we even use its chat function for in-office conversation. We also recommend it as a way for our clients to interview non-local candidates.

And in all this Skype usage, we’ve seen a lot of crazy things.

From messy rooms, to cameras showing us just the person’s eyebrows, to loud distracting background noises (including a fire-alarm going off through the ENTIRE call), to spouses walking around disrobing in the background (yes, this happened, more than once.) These things are so easily avoidable, and yet they continue to happen.

While a Skype interview might feel like a less formal interview than an in-person, it certainly shouldn’t be considered that way. In fact, a Skype call requires MORE preparation than an in person, as there than be more technological and staging issues.  So in order to help you better prepare for your next Skype interview, we’ve created this handy infographic breaking down the five key tips for a seamless and successful Skype call.

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For the past 19 years we’ve asked our clients to nominate the top MACRO.CCS consultant for that year (they can only pick one!) Consultants are evaluated on the qualities essential to success such as communication, teamwork, effectiveness, technical skills, etc. In their nomination, the client also explains why they think this consultant should be our Consultant of the Year. All consultants nominated are honored by us as MACROSTARS; one is selected Consultant of the year. For 2015, our MACROSTAR Consultant of the Year is Patricia Palmer.

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Patricia Palmer (Left) & Charlene Moran (City of Seattle – Information Technology Manager)

Patricia earned our 2015 award while working as a Project Manager for the City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection. In nominating Patricia, her manager gave her five stars in all categories, citing her creativity, initiative and determination as keys to her effectiveness in helping the department meet their goals. And all with a super sunny disposition.

To commemorate Patricia’s great work with the City of Seattle, MACRO.CCS and Patricia’s team celebrated at the City offices.

Congratulations, Patricia!