4 Secrets to Retaining Your Tech Talent

4 Secrets to Retaining Your Tech Talent

The supply of tech talent is dwindling, so how can you entice your current tech workers to stay? We have some tips to help you convince your workers to remain.

Many smaller tech companies these days feel like they’re the Kansas City Royals when they have great shortstops and pitchers. Once the Yankees and the Red Sox come calling, these small market teams have to no choice but to say goodbye to their superstars.

Is it then inevitable that you’ll lose your tech workers when headhunters dangle more lucrative salaries for these wizards? Not necessarily. There are ways for you to foster the kind of work environment that makes people want to stay. To achieve that type of work environment, here’s what you need to do if you’re the boss:

1. Remember the Human Element

Sometimes we just think of our employees by their job titles and what they can do for the company. But they’re not just chess pieces we move around the board. These are people, with human emotions and beliefs. You can’t forget that.

That’s why you need to learn how to emphasize and listen to your employees. One way to improve your skills in these aspects is to take coaching courses and read coaching materials. You’re more like a coach of a sports team rather than a chess player with unfeeling game pieces.

2. Have a Clear Vision and Mission

It’s not just money that drives people. Sometimes it’s as simple as wanting to succeed, especially when the purpose is something they wholeheartedly believe in. To help your employees get on the bandwagon, you have to make it clear what your company’s vision is regarding its purpose. Workers are then more apt to be motivated to work for a noble purpose, and they’ll be more engaged.

Disengagement is a huge problem with workers, as this state makes them more likely to leave and find something more engaging. That’s why you need to set clear goals. Your workers need to know that what they’re doing is actually important.

3. Help Your Talent Become Better Leaders

You should have processes that support team leaders, especially those who have been thrust into leadership positions for the first time. Helping them to succeed helps your company in many ways, as you improve the productivity of those teams. In addition, you give your new team leaders a sense of belonging in your company, as they have a greater influence on the success of your business. Once they believe that your company is also in a way “their baby”, they’re less likely to abandon their position for a new company.

4. Offer Recognition

It’s no secret that the majority of employees tend to work harder when they’re recognized for their efforts. They’re disheartened when their efforts are seemingly ignored, which tempts them to leave for other companies where their efforts may be more appreciated. You don’t need to give them lavish prizes—just offer the recognition in a timely manner and make it personal. Make sure it’s sincere, and not just something that seems forced.

Remember, people aren’t always motivated by money. People can love their jobs not just because of the money, and if they love their job while they work for you they’re less likely to leave.

Founder, Editor-in-Chief
LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

How I Got a Programming Job in Los Angeles Bustling Tech Hub

Searching for a job as a software engineer is really painful. There’s a new tech company popping up every minute of the day, and it’s tough to know which one to choose from.

Obviously, I should be grateful for all the opportunities I’m afforded as a software engineer, and I do, but man is this an annoying problem.

The Problem

The software industry is getting a continuous flow of money from VC’s that are just crossing their fingers, hoping that 1/10 of their investments goes IPO or gets acquired.

So that means there’s a lot of cash being invested into all sorts of ideas. Some of these ideas are good, and most of them are crap. Ideally, you want to land at a company where there’s less crap.

Since a lot of these companies are popping up, there are tons of job opportunities. What I’ve found though is that a lot of these companies have hiring managers that simply aren’t prepared to interview software engineers.

These companies don’t know any better, so they use hiring practices that are popular amongst the top tier tech companies like Google and Facebook as a crutch. This makes the job interview process feel really unforgiving for new and existing software engineers alike.

I recently put myself back out there to find a new job. It’s through this long and grueling process that I figured out a few tactics that helped me circumvent many of the common software job search headaches.

Job Search Begins

I kicked off my job search for Senior Android Engineer positions back in June 2018 and started preparing for interviews. You can imagine that I’d have to be quite unhappy at my existing job to have to deal with the aforementioned job search process. Here comes all those fun whiteboard algorithms, yay.

I needed to leave my employer at the time because my goals were no longer lining up with what I was doing. This feeling is something that I’ve learned to pay a lot of attention to. It’s hard to stay excited about anything if you no longer see much value doing it.

My short-term goal at the time was relatively simple: be part of a product-oriented team at a company that focuses on software. Additionally, my long-term goal has been to become a better leader, so I can one day confidently lead teams of my own.

With these goals in mind, it really helped me filter out the job opportunities that were presented to me.

Finding Opportunities

Having been so disappointed with previous job search processes, I desperately looked for a better way to interview with companies. That’s when I came across this very eye-catching ad while I was perusing Quora. It said something like “skip the whiteboard interview”. I was sold.

I am thoroughly convinced that the whiteboard interview has caused more people great pain during their careers as software engineers than helped hiring managers narrow down candidates. It’s one of the most anxiety-inducing and demoralizing interview “strategies” I’ve ever experienced.

Whiteboarding is a topic I could rant about for hours. It was my main motivator for finding a new way to job hunt, and this anti-whiteboard ad I found for a company called Triplebyte, was my holy grail.

I applied for their developer exam immediately. Since I’m an Android developer, I chose their mobile specialty exam and raced through the timed questions. I soon got confirmation that I was good enough to get a follow-up interview, and went from there to schedule it.

The whole process, from initial exam through to their video call screening, and eventually to the onsite interviews was fantastic. I really felt I was getting taken care of. This is how interviewing should be!

That wasn’t the end of my interviewing journey though; it was really just the beginning. Even though Triplebyte set me up with five great companies to interview within San Francisco, they didn’t have the clientele at the time to help me search more local. Since I live in Orange County, I had to find job opportunities out here the more traditional way.

I reached out to everyone in my network that could help me out with this. Previous co-workers, friends, family, and anyone else who could point me to a company with the values I was looking for. I set my LinkedIn profile to “searching for a job”, and tidied up my resume.

I got into contact with a few different interesting companies this way. Some in LA, some in OC, and more — many more — in the Bay Area. I really didn’t want to have to go to the Bay Area.

Besides the obvious factors of the Bay Area — like it’s way too expensive — I knew that moving there would be tough for my wife. It would be much easier to be able to pack everything up and move up there with all the industry elites if I was just a single dude. I had to think about my wife’s family, my family, and the future we’re trying to build together.

That said, I knew that I wanted to get as much interview experience as possible. From previous interview experiences, I anticipated a certain ramp-up time needed to get my mind warmed up for the oncoming onslaught of interviews. The more interviews I got through, the better I felt about the next one.

I ended up narrowing down my search to seven companies: one in LA, one in OC, and the five Triplebyte had arranged for me in the Bay Area. It was time to buckle down, so I took a week off from work and got ready to dive deep into my interviews.

The Interviews

Triplebyte’s process promises that once you are through their initial screening period, you’ll skip ahead to every company’s final interview.

Every company evaluates their software engineers differently. Some throw many hypothetical and theoretical technical problems at their candidates, whilst other companies stick to more practical job-related interview questions.

One thing that really stuck out to me in my round of interviews is just how inconsistently the idea of a “Senior Developer” is defined. Some companies have a list of skills they expect from their “Senior” people, and others just want to see how many hoops you can jump through before getting to the real work.

This made me realize just how fluid job titles are from one business to another. A “Senior” developer at one company could very well be a “Junior” developer at the next one over. Title definitions all come down to the business’ needs, their existing pool of talent, and how desperate they are to hire developers.

Having caught on to this very strange phenomenon, I knew I had to problem-solve my way out of it. So I started explaining to companies what I thought was “Senior” to me. I made sure to highlight my experience leading teams, my abilities outside of programming, and of course proving this all via different code challenges and Q&A.

It actually worked. Of course, the caveat here being that my strategy only worked on companies that I could truly add value to. Meaning that I had to have already been a solid candidate; I just used my “Senior” story to help tip things in my favor.

Out of the seven companies I interviewed with, I received offer letters from five of them. It’s not a bad batting average at all, and I felt rather proud of myself for getting this far.

It wasn’t long after my interviews were over, however, that the final challenge would prove to be most difficult. I had to make a choice as to which company to go to.

Making a Decision

I was staring at a list of five incredibly impressive businesses, with similarly incredible offers. I took a tip I got from one of the recruiters and started on a spreadsheet with all the companies I was considering.

I ended up with a whopping seventeen different categories that I used to compare all of these companies. Let me say that this helped immensely. It gave me a high-level look into all the things that I cared about. Here, I’ll list them out so you can laugh at how thorough this ended up being.

The categories in no particular order: pay, equity, 401(k), relocation bonuses, benefits (like medical), extra perks (like lunch catering, cell phone allowance, etc), vacation policy, company culture, engineering culture, product pros and cons, social impact, audience size, industry, gut feeling, location, commute, and work hours.

The Winner

All things considered, I ended up at my current employer, Weedmaps! I honestly surprised myself at this one too. I’m not a cannabis user, but I was so impressed with everything they were offering that I felt like it was a no-brainer to me.

What really tipped it in Weedmaps’ favor too is that I didn’t have to move. I could stay in beautiful OC, and be close to all my family. I think that’s something that people don’t value enough when considering their next job.

So far though, I’ve been thoroughly pleased with my choice to work at Weedmaps as a Senior Android Engineer. Having been here for just a few months now, I’ve really grown to enjoy working here. I’m so impressed with just how welcoming, and collaborative of an environment Weedmaps is.

It’s the collaboration, the willingness to compromise, and the desire to be better that makes a place like Weedmaps feel like home to me. I think those three traits are what foster growth, and build great teams.

For now, I’m focused on really maxing out the value I can bring to my team at Weedmaps. It’s a place that I feel will grow with me as I continue to push towards my career goals.

Maybe next time I can talk more about those dreaded whiteboard problems. Sigh.

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Ryan Simon
Contributor
Ryan Simon is a Senior Android Engineer for Weedmaps. He has taken his background in investing, his degree in business and applied to the world of a software engineer. Ryan spends his free time cooking with his wife or playing Overwatch.
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Ryan Simon
Ryan Simon is a Senior Android Engineer for Weedmaps. He has taken his background in investing, his degree in business and applied to the world of a software engineer. Ryan spends his free time cooking with his wife or playing Overwatch.

15 Best Tech Recruiters in Los Angeles

Best Tech Recruiters in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the third largest startup hub in the world, behind Silicon Valley and New York. And it’s growing by leaps and bounds. Now home to SnapChat (a.k.a. Snap), Ring, Dollar Shave Club, The Honest Company, ZipRecruiter, GOAT, ServiceTitan, Honey, Bird, and The Boring Company, Los Angeles has become a home to the most exciting companies in the world.

All these amazing companies have one thing in common: talent, especially in engineering. No matter how much funding they may have raised, nothing happens if there’s no talent to build its idea into reality.

The best way to get into one of these awesome tech companies is to start with a recruiter who focuses on tech recruiting. So, to get you started, we have compiled a list of the BEST tech recruiters in Los Angeles. In no particular orders, here they are.

Cadre is a candidate focused technical staffing agency with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City. They are a team of 12 industry veterans who use our intimate market knowledge, key industry relationships and a vast network of connections to introduce you to the perfect person for your needs. Cadre focuses primarily on technical roles including software engineering, software development, and product design. Connect with my buddy Jason Stomel, jason@yourcadre.com.  Location: 1750 14th St., Suite D Santa Monica, CA, 90404 – (424) 322-9960

Ejento is the combination of four of the most visionary firms in the industry, coming together to redefine recruitment: Neohire South, which specialized in tech and non-tech recruiting for top VCs and technology start-ups across the U.S.; RockIT Recruiting, an industry-leading tech recruiting company; Hero.jobs, a recruiter and recruiting software company that was focused on creating systems to power tomorrow’s elite recruiting businesses; and TS2, the US growth platform for the publicly-held global HR services giant Persol Group. Connect with my buddy Josh Stomel, josh@ejento.com. Location: 300 Pacific Coast Hwy. #1018 El Segundo, CA 90245 – (310) 965-9810

StartupTap help technology companies and startups find amazing employees with end-to-end talent search rooted in data and built on long-lasting relationships. The business started as the founders were supporting a few rapidly growing tech/e-commerce startups in Southern California.  They were recruiting across the entire organization and essentially became an in-house resource.  Through the project, they realized a need in the market for a more comprehensive recruitment solution for startups that didn’t have an internal recruiting function.  StartupTAP isn’t a traditional agency.  StartupTAP provides onsite recruitment support, working closely with emerging growth companies and owning the entire process. Location: 1300 Factory Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013 – (310) 873-8447

Prosum is a tech recruiting agency that puts people before technology. Prosum has deep experience consulting, implementing solutions, providing managed services and staffing engagements. Prosum has over 300 employees and consultants and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA with offices in Orange County, Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas. Connect with my buddy Rick Tyner, rick.tyner@prosum.com.  Location: 2201 Park Place, Suite 102 El Segundo, CA 90245 – (310) 426-0600

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Technical Connections is Southern California’s premier recruiting firm specializing exclusively in web, software and information technology professionals. The firm, based in Los Angeles, offers a full range of services, including retained search, contingency placement, and short- and long-term consulting. Technical Connections was established in 1984 by Helen MacKinnon, an executive with extensive technical and managerial experience in the computer industry. Location: 6701 Center Drive West, Suite 825 Los Angeles, CA 90045 – (310) 479-8830

Recruiting Social is a recruiting services company based in West Hollywood. Talent teams across North America work with RecruitingSocial to source candidates, build pipelines, manage job reqs, and recruit people who will thrive on the job. Its services are designed to adapt to your needs. On-demand is flexible, hourly support for your talent team: sourcing, recruiting, and more. RecruitingSocial’s contingency searches focus on fewer, higher-quality candidates, so you aren’t inundated with unexceptional resumes. Location: 750 N San Vicente Blvd RW800, West Hollywood, CA 90069 – (800) 953-5339

Workbridge offers a unique and deep expertise in the highest demand tech skill sets, such as UI/UX, Open Source, Microsoft Development, Network Security & Infrastructure, and Mobile Development. Its high-touch, specialized and team-based recruitment model, paired with our deep networks and knowledge of our local technology markets, results in an exemplary track record. Location: 10990 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90024 – (310) 445-3300

Elite Placement Group specializes in direct hire, temporary to hire, and temporary placements in Los Angeles and Orange County. They have much success in matching companies and candidates and take pride in its personalized approach, whether you are a company hiring or a candidate seeking employment. Location: 9150 Wilshire Blvd Ste 270 Los Angeles, CA 90212 – (310) 277-2600

Founded in 1999, CyberCoders is built on a success-oriented culture. Above all – CyberCoders know both candidates and clients want quality and they want it now. No other recruiting firm can offer Cyrus, its proprietary technology built to search smarter and quicker, matching the best applicant for the right job. Connect with my pal Nitu Gulati-Pauly – she’ll take care of you – Nitu.Gulati-Pauly@CyberCoders.com. Location: 6591 Irvine Center Drive Suite 200 Irvine, CA 92618 – (949) 885-5151

Career Strategies Inc’s recruiters are experienced, knowledgeable professionals and many of its recruiters have been with CSI for 5, 10 and 20 years! Their in-depth expertise enables them to quickly target qualified candidates, simplifying the hiring process. In addition, they have access to the talent whose careers they’ve had the opportunity to follow and even assist! Career Strategies Inc’s longevity offers additional networking opportunities to uncover the right talent for you! Location: 5670 Wilshire Blvd Ste 750 Los Angeles, CA 90036 – (323) 556-5500

Proven Recruiting connects talented people with meaningful careers in technology, finance, and accounting. Since its founding in 2007, Proven Recruiting has grown into a 150-person team of award-winning consultants and employees driven by one mission: to provide its clients with on-demand delivery of the best and brightest talent and to present our candidates with career choices that positively impact their lives. Location: 6430 Sunset Blvd #502, Los Angeles, CA 90028 – (310) 933-4544

Mondo is one of the largest national staffing agency specializing exclusively in high-end, niche IT, Tech, and Digital Marketing talent. Finding great talent is possible. Mondo provides best-in-class talent at unmatched speed with unparalleled collaboration. You should check out their new dig, it’s beautiful. Location: 10960 Wilshire Blvd #810, Los Angeles, CA 90024 – (310) 526-2410

Irvine Technology Corporation (ITC) is an award-winning Information Technology Solutions and Staffing provider with roots in Southern California. For over fifteen years, ITC has had the privilege of serving exceptional client organizations as both a local and national resource. ITC was recognized as one of the Orange County Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” in 2017. Its team is comprised of seasoned technologists, staffing industry thought leaders, top-notch recruiters, dedicated account executives, and a world-class support staff. ITC consistently differentiate themselves through the quality of its people, their commitment to customer service, and by focusing on exceptional performance. Location: 17900 Von Karman Ave #100, Irvine, CA 92614 – (714) 434-8877

TEKsystems is one of the largest technical recruiting agency around; with a team of 80,000 strong, across North America, Europe, and Asia. TEKsystems is an industry leader in Full-Stack Technology Services, Talent Services, and real-world application. Location: 200 N. Pacific Coast Highway Suite 1500 El Segundo, California 90245 – (310) 765-9100 (others)

Career Movement is a local boutique tech recruiting agency based in El Segundo; who specialize on Software/Web Application Architecture and Engineering, Database Engineering and Administration, Web Design and Development, and Network Engineering and Systems Administration. Career Movement moves beyond standard recruiting by providing real-life connections to the tech world. Their extensive networks and expertise bring the choices to you. Here are some of the tech stack they can connect you to: C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, MVC, WPF, Java, J2EE, PHP, Node.js, Ruby on Rails, Python, etc. Location: 703 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 – (424) 225-8500

Fabric Staffing provides a unique approach and specializes in Rapid Growth Hiring for companies looking to grow their Technology & Product Teams from the top down. Unlike traditional contingent staffing services, Fabric provides retained search services for companies looking to hire multiple engineers within a short time frame, in addition to providing their own highly skilled Tech Recruiters on contract and building full internal Recruiting infrastructures. Fabric is headquartered in Marina Del Rey and owned by Rory Bebbington.

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Founder, Editor-in-Chief
LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

This Fried Chicken Delivery Service Is New But Its LA-Native Chef Is Legendary

This Fried Chicken Delivery Service Is New But Its LA-Native Chef Is Legendary

Have you heard great things about the new LA fried chicken delivery and pickup service called DFC Ghost Kitchen? If you have heard news about this setup, then chances are that you’re considering trying it out. Here are some cool facts you should know:

  • The “DFC” in the name stands for Dante Fried Chicken, and that’s because it was founded by the legendary LA chef Dante Gonzales.
  • This service’s headquarters is in the Hotel Normandie in Koreatown.
  • It began in late August of 2018 so it’s very new, and it can be found on food delivery apps from Wednesday through Sunday evenings.
  • They make deliveries in the neighborhoods of Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire, and East Hollywood. However, Dante plans to expand their delivery radius, through Grubhub, Caviar, and Postmates. You can also look forward to having them on Door Dash and Uber Eats.

  • If you’d rather pick up the food yourself because it’s on your way, you can place your order and then pick up the food at Cassell’s Hamburgers in the Hotel Normandie. You can place your order by sending an Instagram message to DFC Ghost Kitchen or by calling them at (323) 813-1424.
  • Aside from the obvious chicken, they also offer ribs with 15 spices, tomatillo collard greens, and mac n’ cheese with smoked pimento.
  • Many of these recipes used for DFC Ghost Kitchen are the versions of Dante based on his grandma’s cooking. His grandma grew in in New Orleans and she especially appreciated the cultures of Mexico and Guatemala. This helps explain why half the menu is fried chicken and meats roasted slowly, while a significant number of sides are vegan.
  • Dante calls his style of cooking not as soul food but as “Transatlantic African”. This is a combo of African, European, and Native American culture and cuisine. Dante wants to remain creative and thoughtful with his dish creations, to honor his grandma.
  • One of Dante’s most popular dishes here is the Sock-It-To-Me Fried Chicken Tenders. The strips he uses are coated in some special type of granola. Its ingredients include crusts and seeds he has found on his travels around the world, with unusual elements like Rice Krispies, Swedish crackers, and Cheerios cereals.

  • The menu also includes versions of Dante’s grandma’s coconut honey biscuits and pineapple shallot skillet rolls. It’s just that he has adjusted them somewhat to fit his own taste buds.
  • You can also try the fantastic smoked brisket, which is first coated in a chocolate cocoa powder dry rub along with 5 types of peppers. It’s somewhat like mole as a result. The smoking process lasts 6 hours, and then it’s braised in orange juice and stout.
  • Dante Gonzales started his career by throwing underground music, film, and fried chicken parties in his loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Partygoers included famous rappers, and he then launched a YouTube channel. This led to a New York food delivery service in 2009, which became popular when it was featured by the Cooking Chanel.

He raised $10,000 to set up a food truck in LA, and that led to a cookbook deal and culinary fame.

Founder, Editor-in-Chief
LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

How to Find Motivated Job Applicants

How to Find Motivated Job Applicants

We all have to admit that some job applicants aren’t properly motivated. Perhaps they’re unemployed and they just want any job. Maybe they’re dilettantes who just like to do the job because they’re bored with their life. Sometimes it’s all about the money.

Companies want properly motivated applicants because those are the ones who generally do their best. What’s more, they tend to stay on and they don’t leave the company in a lurch.

So if you’re sifting through job candidates, here are some tips that can help you find the applicants with the proper motivation:

Ask the Right Questions

You can ask a question that shed light on why the applicants are interested in the job. So you can ask for reasons why they love the job, or about when they realized that they wanted a job like the one you’re offering. Ask about what accomplishments they’ve achieved that gave them the best feeling of satisfaction and achievement. Let them tell you about times they’ve worked beyond their job description just to help out. All these questions can give you a clearer idea of what motivates the applicant.

Focus on the Body Language (Not Just on the Spoken Words)

Sometimes a person’s body language and facial expressions can tell you more about what they’re really feeling instead of the words they use. Those who are interested in the job and the industry often lean in towards you. They smile and exhibit obvious signs of interest. In some cases, you may even notice a definite sparkle in their eyes that demonstrates their undeniable motivation and interest.

Signs of disinterest include closed arms over the chest. You may even find some applicants with their eyes glazing over.

You should also pay attention to the tone of the voice as well. It’s easy enough to notice when a person is bored or is passionate about the industry. The tone of the voice can demonstrate clearly the applicant’s level of excitement for the job and the industry.

“What Will You Do on the First Day?”

This is a key question to ask in an interview for 2 reasons. If they have a ready answer, then they may have already imagined themselves working at your company. That shows they want the job. In addition, if they have plans for what to do then it shows that they have initiative and can act without being told what to do.

A person who doesn’t have a ready answer to this question may have questionable motivations. It’s better for the applicant if they already have an inkling of what the first day will be like.

In the end, it’s true that an applicant’s qualifications, skills, and knowledge do affect their eligibility for the job. But it’s also true that their motivations matter. Their motivations ensure that they will work hard to do the job even if no one’s looking over their shoulder. If they’re not motivated, then their skills and knowledge won’t really matter. After all, it’s not as if they care!

Josh Stomel
Contributor
Ejento, Inc.
Founded Neohire in 2007, a top-tier recruiting agency based in Santa Monica, CA. Neohire offers its clients a variety of flexible recruiting solutions to help you scale your business with the highest quality talent available. We are always actively recruiting professionals from the internet space.
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Josh Stomel
Ejento, Inc.
Founded Neohire in 2007, a top-tier recruiting agency based in Santa Monica, CA. Neohire offers its clients a variety of flexible recruiting solutions to help you scale your business with the highest quality talent available. We are always actively recruiting professionals from the internet space.

Military-Grade Encryption VPN Device Created by Former JPL Mechanical Engineers

Military-Grade Encryption VPN Device Created by LA Mechanical Engineers from JPL

Many savvy smartphones, tablet, and laptop users utilize a virtual private network (VPN) to surf anonymously, stay protected from malware, and avoid censorship, among others. But why stop there? There’s a new gadget that can provide these useful services, as well as allow individuals and organizations secure and remote access to their home and office networks.

The izzbie ONE is an all-in-one VPN device that offers a personal cloud, online security, and a private local area network. This means that as you access your private network at home or in the office, your online activities will be protected without encryption.  

Plus, there’s no need to go through third-party providers, such as Apple and Dropbox. These providers can encrypt files and messages but keep in mind that these can still be hacked in theory.

With izzbie ONE, you can also access geo-restricted websites and their contents, as is the case with the strict censorship laws in China. Basically, it’s a useful tool for accessing the Internet without your location determining the content you can see.  

You will then be able to enjoy complete privacy and safety online. No wonder that it’s a device gaining more acceptance among digital nomads, the entrepreneurs running their own businesses on the road.

The izzbie ONE is a small black box device with plug-and-play features. Just plug it into your router using an Ethernet connection, go to your computer’s control panel, and add the internal IP addresses of the items that will be connected.

These can be your network attached storage (NAS), IP cameras, video game devices, and wireless printers. You can connect as many local networks as you want, too. You can, for example, print a paper from your laptop while in a hotel to your printer at home.

You may also build a virtual mesh network with multiple locations provided these are all connected to izzbie ONE. Think of it as being in all or any of these locations without physically being there.

Founder, Editor-in-Chief
LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.