Executive Candidate Experience: Meet Joanne Rogers
Meet Joanne Rogers!
Decision Associates first connected with Joanne in January of 2022. By late February, she had accepted the position of Vice President of Finance and Administration at Villa Maria Cathedral Preparatory Catholic School System. Joanne has been in her new role as VP for a little over a year.
Read more abut her candidate experience below…
Explain who you are, the position you hold, and the company you’re with.
“My name is Joanne Rogers, and I am the Vice President of Finance and Administration with Villa Maria Cathedral Preparatory Catholic School System, which is comprised of Cathedral Preparatory School and Mother Teresa Academy.”
What was your reaction to the initial contact from the Decision Associates team, whether in response to your application submission or reaching out to you as a passive candidate?
“My reaction to the initial contact from the Decision Associates team was that I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was contacted. Typically, when applying for a job you don’t expect to hear anything for several weeks, but Decision Associates reached out within a few days. I thought this to be particularly helpful because it not only kept me engaged as a candidate but made the conversation more efficient as all the information regarding the position was still very fresh in my mind.”
“Describe the communication you received from the Decision Associates team throughout the interview process. What was one aspect of it that stood out to you?”
“Very similar to my initial reaction, the communication from Decision Associates was always very timely and very thorough too. I was never left wondering what the next steps were or what was required of me in those next steps. I really felt like they went the extra mile to make sure the experience for both myself and the prospective employer was a positive one.”
“What value did having a member of the Decision Associates team facilitating each interview provide to your overall experience?”
“Having a member of the Decision Associates team facilitate each interview was very helpful to not only my experience but to the overall process. They were very skilled at helping both the interviewers and myself get to the heart of the question or answer. As I got to the final round of interviews in which I was giving a presentation, they also facilitated all of the technology needs and so I was able to come into the room only concerned about presenting the content and nothing else. I felt this gave me the ability to better showcase my talents to the hiring team.”
“What value did having a member of the Decision Associates team facilitating the presentation of your job offer and the subsequent negotiation provide to your overall experience?”
“The Decision Associates team knew my salary expectations up front and I believe that helped facilitate a good offer up front and we did not need to get into negotiation. Almost immediately following my final interview, I received a call from Decision Associates to tell me that I was the selected candidate and I was going to be receiving an offer within the coming days. Again, the prompt communication was excellent!”
Describe the value that the structured onboarding check-ins have had to getting you comfortable in your new role and acclimated to the company.
“The check ins were very nice as it gave us all time to just make sure everything was going well between employee and employer. For my purposes it served as a validation of sorts that this was a good match. We were provided some questions in advance that we discussed during our meetings, and while I did not have any problems that needed mediation, I can see how that would be a very valuable discussion if there was.”
What would you say to the leader of an organization who is considering Decision Associates as their search partner?
“I would tell them to absolutely go for it. It’s necessary that both the hiring company and the new hire are a good match for each other, and the Decision Associates team was able to provide exceptional value and skills to ensure that this was the case. They are very effective at not only sourcing candidates but guiding both the interviewers and interviewees through the whole hiring process seamlessly. They take the stress work out of the process!”