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How Respect is Key in the Interview Process

On our website, you can find that TYGES is guided by 5 core values: Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Determination, and Courage.

In your interactions with any TYGES team member, you can expect us to act in accordance with each of these values. We also look for these characteristics in the candidates and hiring authorities that we work with. At the end of the day, each value plays an important role in the job search and hiring process. Over the next few months, we will be discussing the impact and importance of each value, starting with RESPECT.

Respect is especially relevant for candidates in two ways: how they PRESENT themselves and how they PERCEIVE the interview.

How a candidate presents themself reflects their respect for both others and for themself. Respecting others is shown through the simple things that many could easily guess. For example, showing up to an interview on time and in professional attire, coming prepared with a professional resume, or looking a hiring authority in the eyes and holding down their end of the conversation. Paying attention to the little things really does make a difference, as it sends a message to the hiring authority that the candidate cares about what is being offered and that they respect the hiring authority’s time and consideration.

How you respect yourself matters as well. I have heard it said that people will respect you if you respect you, and they will respect you less if you show less respect for yourself. In light of that, it is again important to take care of the image you set through your punctuality, your representation in your resume or LinkedIn profile, and your presence at an interview. (Remember, you can refer to the article here for tips on how to build a professional profile.)

At the end of the day, however, respect can change a candidate’s perspective on the entire interview. When all is said and done it is YOU, the candidate, who knows exactly what is best for yourself, and you should not feel pressured to accept any opportunity that does not meet your own needs. With that in mind, picture your next interview as an opportunity not only where the hiring authority interviews you, but where you interview the hiring authority to see if it is the best fit for your own needs and goals.

A few weeks ago, my friend who is about ready to graduate college and who is in the midst of a job search shared with me how intimidated she is to talk with hiring authorities. I remember feeling that way myself as I was looking for jobs. But something TYGES’ president and founder, Tim Saumier, said to me changed the way I look at people, no matter their title. Tim says, “I talk with everyone the same way. It doesn’t matter if they are the janitor or the president. At the end of the day, we all put our pants on the same way.”

At TYGES you can expect each of us to treat you with the same respect we treat everyone – regardless if you are a candidate or a hiring authority, a janitor or a president. Likewise, whether you are a candidate or a hiring authority, I encourage you to treat everyone equally. Because at the end of the day, we are all equally human deserving of the same respect.


Written by: MELINDA MARRIOTT, Executive Recruiter

Melinda Marriott is a recent graduate of William & Mary with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and in Government. She is a hard-working individual with an enthusiasm for learning and embracing opportunities, and a desire to improve the lives of others. Melinda has established herself as a knowledgeable recruiter in the ABA industry. As a recruiter for TYGES Behavioral Health, Melinda strives to connect outstanding ABA professionals with the most fitting opportunities to benefit both them and their clients.

In her free time, Melinda can be found exploring Williamsburg, reading, listening to music, or being with people in her community. 

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