At The O’Neil Search Group, we do our utmost to meet each and every one of our candidates face to face before we submit them for jobs and send them out on interviews. Even more importantly, we meet each of our clients as well. Why do we do this? You can learn infinitely more from an in-person meeting than you can from glancing at a resume or chatting over the phone. Nothing beats the power of a truly personal, face-to-face connection. And here are some of the reasons why: You’re off the record. We are often forced to take phone calls in not so private places: in an office with coworkers milling around or at a coffee shop with an espresso machine whirring in the background. This means that when we talk on the phone, we might not get to hear the most important information you can share: what’s important to you in an employee, what you do or do not like about your current position and the other bits and pieces that make you or your place of work unique and interesting. Face to face, our candidates and clients can let us know more — with more color — than they can over the telephone or in an email. The Unspoken. We need to know what is not on the resume, or in the case of our clients, what is not in the job description. The better we know the candidate and the company, the easier it is to get a perfect fit. Each of our candidates is unique and in a face to face meeting we can see confidence, empathy, fear, approachability or genuineness. The ability to “read” a candidate beyond the resume and the client beyond the job description is a huge competitive advantage for us. Where the action is. We find out so much when we visit our clients’ offices. Is the lobby bright and inviting? Are there free juice and snacks in the cafeteria? Is it more laid back or is there a palpable buzz? The environment speaks volumes and factors greatly into who we recommend for hiring. By understanding company dynamics, we can communicate more effectively to meet your needs.