Recruiting and Negotiating Tips for Returning to work with Ex-Google Recruiter, Aria Zhang


This episode features our guest Aria Zhang, who recruited for Google in the past, changed careers paths as management consultant and has recruited in various continents. This episode covers -

1. How to get into Human Resources and management Consulting? What it is like to work in each and how to change career paths?

2. How to talk to Recruiters?

3. What are some green flags and red flags in Resume?

4. How to effectively negotitate salary and levels while looking for jobs?

5. How to bridge the gap in your resume, if you have a gap in career from a Recruiter standpoint?

6. Difference in hiring in different continents - Asia and United States.

and some more golden nuggets of wisdom from a recruiter standpoint, what can be applicable to anyone looking for jobs.

More about Aria:

Aria Zhang got her MBA from Duke University and currently works as a Management Consutant at L.E.K Consulting. She has been a recruiter for Google in the past, worked for Amazon in the Retail Leadership department and has several years of Industry experience in Asia and United States.

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...really have a lot of gaping my career, I had a lot ofrejection in my job ification. So my first hip is my young rejected killinmind. That is absolutely no lovel. I know so many hous and I comedies theystill get Tong of rejection and don't blame yourself and don't blame isbecause we have a gap here. There's a house, a reason why you rejected maybebecause you're a little bit late for the process. They already have a greatcandidate in mind or because eventually need decide to cut his haound. So now,blame yourself just keep going, is always a number game in sedan.Regarding how to follow was recruiter. My remendao two things one is to beorganized and seated not to be desperate. So, first regarding how tobe organized, my organization is duly follow on after one week time. Maybeyou can put a kind of reminder after the interview give recruiters of somebreathing room, then follow with them after the week time and the way youfollow, you can also stay a big thank you and the thing you can do a sandwichthing for first sais think is so much for the optunity. You really enjoy. Theconversation, and second point is regarding I want to follow whether youhave any update at the same time, if you have any update from your side, forexample, have some other final round interviews. You can definitely mentionthat you can. That means you're, helping recruiter to mate the time likeof the end and they'll be better way for as well. The last point is: Thankyou again why your interest for this position so send this kind of email,and the second point regarding don't be desperate. I have seen this before andmyself. I have been the shoe before. If I pabor a dream job, I have a very fastinterview and everythin thinking. I did I do the interview right. Do I get ajob and I tend to followthis recruiter very closely and in that way, sometimesit will have the wrong perception, or maybe the canny day if they don't haveany J, any other J optunity es. He actually is not horified for any otherjob. So make sure you don't sound desperate. You still have your commines.You know you have this value in the tele market, a lot of the companies whowill desire you, so just don't sound, desperate, just think of yourself as aprofessional cannula same as any other people obsita, my kids, wanting what toopes. You mentioned that bootherboomps and the s so that binstead like onceyou do have of her. What are you Tis to like go sheet offers, or in generallike? Do you just say yes to the first thing that's offered to you or howshould we approach in Disante, so you really recruited will ask you for yourter expectation before they give you...

...the offer, and that is very importantstage so before that my recommendation is always to do your research first,for example, if your interview is a red example, a problematic Amazon and is alevel full job that you need to sit on the Internet, what is a salary forproblem manager and Amooor, for you really never give you a pretty goodrange and especially if it's a big company, the ring should be afford. Ifyou have that in mind, your expectation or you say expeditely, you can say aslightly like higher side in a range to make sure later they can match neamatthat to provide us some negotiation room and if we could ask you like, whyis it do expert salary, especially if they already know your previous savaryis much lower than that they, you can say commonly this its call, yourresearch. What is the market average pay for this kind of job? Again, just always be comedat there erthing: Oh maybe I have a gap here, I'm not as qualified as other people justbe very confident. You definitely was that so the first step is research.Then, after giving out the expected venery later, recruiter may come backto you with the number or then they ask you for number again. If they ask youfor a number and if you're really interesting the job, my Egania is tostay the expected stary again the higher side of the target range fromyour research. At the same time, you can say I'm super interesting in aposition, because of is that is why I'm relatively prestable and open to here.What is your your offer as well, then, after recruiter comes back to you witha salary, if you're happy about it. Of course you look to negotiate, but ifyou're not happy se Ratin to negotiate the a couple of ways so usually mystyle, but when I negotiate as a comunale because I was recruited, Iusually I tushy could have very well I'd like to comerade with them, I'mvery open to them. I share with my full situation, for example, whether I havesome other interviews, which was a final stage or if you already have someother offers, you can help recruit honestly. What is their offer salary?My validation, I know some people they were thinking. Oh, should I need to lieabout her. Should I need to say I got a huge offer from other company. Myemendation is never to lie because recruited. They would know the marketreally. Well, if you say your offer for position what there's a lot of moneyfrom another company we coulde they liking to know whether that's true ornot, they know what is a staire America manetion they are. Life would just bevery honest, open with them. What is or other offer and don't say, like a trademarket, because they offer me this much I'm on this much but stating a softerway. They offer me this position, but I like your company better because theXyz, however, if you can mash that...

...salary, I will be very motivated- do totake the offer and I can look her company etc and also, if you're, askingfor more. Usually, if you provide more benefit for the recruiter, that's atrade off and what you can provide. EALLY is Pictai an stay. If you canoffer me this amount, I can sign right away. I return of a letter waiting theday and I can even make the sturdy earlier by doing that. You're alsodoing recluding favor and they are like it to doing you if they wor to chipeter, whether they have any space to increase that. So that is my type ofSan sociation. These are like amusing kids like I could completely thisbecause you know I have shed myselves like like. You must see some of thethings that I had done sub consciously writing once yer like nothing than itmakes a lot of sense. I I would recommend to listen to listen, say somegood resources to look for sal industry. Is this a cycle level Star II, whichhas like good salad ranges, and these also last on and lining also providesNovalis like a salary being just for Bade Company? So I think these are someof the good resources if you are wanting to do Manto research yeah. So Ifollow question to you: Dare you to come of Salle negotiation, the alsolevers Iota Rightlie? Sometimes you might be offered the level that is Luor higher may be looking for a higher limit. So how do you opoteconversations when it comes to an evocation, a office yeah? From myperson experience I feel levelly negotiation is much harder than sonegotiation because salary, the Seri structure that base the bones sign onstock. You can always negotiate certain port, but for leveling humanly isdecided by the the interviewer, the hiring anger from consensus. This isharder to negotiate. He is barely for bigger company for smaller company, myOnmando, if you, if that's, really important, for you again, being very open to recruited andlift down what is a priority. If you negotiate one thing, my Ogamal try toload out other expectation, for example, if levellings really important for you,you can tell reculer. This is your Poerio. If you get that you're open toexcept the current canery being offered to you, you can't be negotiate all ofthe location levelling Sary, the look like you just on everything make sureyou or some Alarcon. What is the priority, so we couldn't know which oneto help you just giving mind. You really have offerta recruited theretotally on the things bide at EU is Tekau wow. If they give you the offer,they want you to capture so make sure you share the information with him orher. You work as a thing in try to get the offer as satisfying as possible. Ithink definite her. I don't see age it...

...these tapes and I'm like really gladwith having this conversation, because I'm sure there are so many listenerslistening and now I just people negation of the biggest holders Ipossibly have had since in the industry, who did no hobe station had just joined,so we just accepted whatever was even to them, but kind of knowing a littlebit more on what is to be done and Wanese going into jobs in generalizing.It helps a lot beaded of the day if the candys is satisfied and along with likehigh hands in a rests like much more productivity than usual. So definitelywe up echevelee ticks. So I want to change Ousias you about the Yoannes.Could you tell us a little more about what management Consoo? What of Job Yeah so first question what he also thefirst country regarding what does minimum has told you do I hated knowthe answer of my year ago before I enter the industry. To be very honest,but now I know so. My job on the high level is to help business solve theirproblem, and the problem could be like how to impress their revenue how toincrease their mockesin having pre profit, how to better, do a bettermogin, apposition, all kind of problem and what we really did on the day today base. So first, if there's a problem, we need to understand what isthe group cause of the problem to really solve it? So we probably spendhalf of the pace time to really dip give theirtheir financials all the data them interviews Johnston. What is the recalsof the problem after that waiting to solve the problem, and before that we needn't understandwhat is the objective for ten, for example, if they remnant declined,maybe the objective does not to increase around you. Maybe what mattersto them is more of ISID. So it's Cretica to understand what is theobjective, a lot of client, interaction and clit alignment on that, becausedifferent positions, we think the organization could have differentopinion. After that alignment, we can propose some solutions and the solutioncould be based on has experience or based on some interviews, and when welist the all of the solutions, we need to see how to Pilotis them and isprobably based on another data analysis to see with in different scenario,which solution will provide the best outcome and all also understand whichthe lusion is most feasable and eventually we you to seem to size doingI thing into a deck and present the information to the client. That's whatwe do on de day basis in regarding how... enter this position. Probably a lotof people know that case into veal, which is pretty different from otherinterviews, so my Mandatis to really reach them casino. You both tounderstand how to tackle the problem. I would say that his interview is prettysimilar to how we really ov a case in the real life, and I do feel so. Yourcase help me a lot in terms of other interviews, the Teal. Now I knowwhatever in to me intend I always kep this fremmit light. If I'm giving aproblem, I need to understand what they do cal before, loving that, if youdon't really know what's behind the problem, you can have a propos solutionand always understand what it's do. JECTIVE. I find us kind of thing. I,how me for a life, love life life time, not just for this litle industry andregarding HR, how to enter this industry. The many different roles inhi recruited compensation of some people analytics, so my Remendao justthink about what you're interested if you're interesting talking to people,then maybe you crudites for you. If you're interested in, like like legalrelated of the lot, maybe some labor relationship is more suitable for you,but if an interesting data people analytics is as suitable for you, youcan start from a Colson. Maybe you an me or Casera to really understand whatdoes to day to day job look like my commendation is not very hard to enterit. How industry you just need to take a house and read a jug description andthink the job description to your resume. So we halesus and no management,are the thing a you as I a that you see. Are you so that now you are themanagement Passonians yeah for sure. So the first thing,jumping to my mind, is people interaction. So when I was a recruiterI need, I probably talked to fifty people on day to day basis, and now, asthe mamma come consultant, especially a lot of cases of global cases, I caneasily navigate different CANTU. I can talk to anyone very easily, so that isunhinge. The the other thing is, I feel on. It was the recruiter, because Ineed to recruit for different function. So I roughly understand what his ides,what is the ICIN? What is different functions? Why compares someone may bejust purely from hindis background? He or she may only know finance, so he maye Consti and her relate to and think broadly. How does position was such adifferent sumption. So these are the two things like a properly think helpme make the precision and to listen to my Remendao. If you want to do anytransition, you can list down. What is your coregos and what is the needestGilt? I'm sure there's always a link between the two. Absolutely I think... of the advice like well as Imentors Lakin have shamed, with MES like when you're trying to make tochange. Do Tamim. Sometimes it's easier. If you in the same company you canchange in to when you're, making that or even thinkof some of those other job roles like Eshi, cams or projects are helped withthat liking, often times even eventially concert demades these kindof fat omes. For my view, we beges that that are necessarily when you,especially waiting in packs and changing COLEAS. So I follow questionis to you. I say now that you we have been talking about going to work and,as for the same point like, I know that a Lysius are pores base to help peoplewho are trying to get back to worm. So how do you think like we should be likethis on a syces can hate from a tin sand? For yes, it was definitely super helpful. Ifeel sometimes, if I relate to my timing inbusiness, go- and I know some when people have having a cap here is reallyeasy to stay in your own bubble. I was, I was really frustrated and I was apain tack, but if I can't find a job- and it's so important to find your ownamor to hear other people's Voice, so people are having a same problem andhow they solved the problem as super imported to connee kind of people. So Iwould say this super helpful. Thank you so much for sharing these amusing giftstoday. I'm sure that you know we the last few minutes if we do like bisinessat so many importants, like seditions, like from negotiating continuing coustoting paths from Achamanam to hadopted those amusing Tis, like I sisley so incase, somebody was to re Al to you and ask you an follow question. What is thebest way to be talking sure you can always drop your email. 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