What Contractors and Consultants Should Expect During Their First Interview – by Frank LaRosa, President and CEO of ELITE Recruiting & Consulting

One of the financial industry’s leading staffing agencies and business consultancies, ELITE Recruiting & Consulting focuses on best meeting the needs of its partner companies as well as its contractors and consultants. For the latter group, that means recruiting ambitious and experienced professionals and collaborating with them during the search process and their initial interview, as well as when they begin working in their new job.

The first meeting with potential employers serves as a critical period in the process for the firm’s contractors, and one that it well prepares its professionals for. During the initial interview, the company advises that its contractors relax, be themselves, get to know the company’s hiring manager, and allow the interviewer to learn about them and their accomplishments. Experience shows that ELITE Recruiting & Consulting achieves a better deal when it handles negotiations, so it discourages contractors from negotiating themselves. After the meeting, the agency will send thank you notes to the interviewer and work with the contractor to develop a list of follow-up questions.

About the Author: Before joining ELITE Recruiting & Consulting in 2011, Frank LaRosa served as a Financial Advisor for Prudential Investments and as a Senior Vice President and Branch Manager for a global brokerage firm.


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Frank LaRosa leverages more than a decade of experience in the financial sector toward his role as President and CEO of ELITE Recruitment & Consulting. In this position, he focuses on getting to know financial advisors and other investment professionals before recommending that they change firms. The competition is fierce for successful financial advisors, who often bring their clients with them when they change firms. Applying his expertise, LaRosa helps clients through the process. Under LaRosa’s leadership, ELITE Recruitment & Consulting specializes in working with financial professionals to help them move from one company to another. At ELITE Recruitment & Consulting, Frank LaRosa draws on his extensive experience in the investment industry. Frank LaRosa possesses the knowledge and experience necessary to help clients make a smooth the transition. He has worked continuously in the financial industry since graduating from New Jersey’s Kean College in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. He has stood out in every position he has held. In his first role as a financial advisor with Prudential Securities, he made a name for himself as the firm’s number-one trainee of the year. By late 1998, he had generated over $320,000 in annual revenue. Under his management, client assets amounted to over $18 million. Subsequently, Frank LaRosa worked as a financial advisor for Smith Barney in Red Bank, New Jersey, where he became Assistant Branch Manager. He then received a promotion to Branch Manager of Smith Barney in Alexandria, Virginia. Following this role, he served as Senior Vice President of Smith Barney in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. After Morgan Stanley acquired a majority stake in Smith Barney in 2009, Frank LaRosa became Senior Vice President of the Southern New Jersey Complex, the second-largest in the region with over 115 financial advisors. His achievements included raising the average revenue per financial advisor to $650,000. He was also the region’s top recruiter. Moreover, the highly respected magazine On Wall Street named LaRosa to its fifth annual list of the Top 10 Managers for 2010. In his free time, Frank LaRosa is an avid amateur boxer. He also enjoys golfing and fishing with his boys, as well playing with his two bulldogs. Residing Moorestown, New Jersey, he is married with two sons.