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Interview Questions that Reveal Everything

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You have thirty minutes to gather all the information you need to make the perfect hire. You’re aware of the negative impact that a bad hire has on a company and you want to leave confident knowing you made the right decision. Where do you start? Our own John Younger offers up his top three interview questions that reveal everything about the candidate.

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  • New Essential Steps for College Recruiting

    August 26, 2013
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    Recruiting straight out of college may no longer be a viable option. Companies like Google have started reaching out to potential talent as early as their freshman year. The college recruiting game is changing and if your strategy doesn’t adapt accordingly, you could be left trawling for small fry long after the real fish have been snatched up.

    In a new article by Dr. John Sullivan, internationally known HR strategist, he enumerates the top changes that college recruiters will have to make to their strategies. The most important thing that he stressed was to focus on the data. Research on the job performance of students from various schools and majors to determine where the most best talent can be found. By tracking these metrics, you can spend your time and money on attracting students who are statistically more likely to perform well in the workforce.

    Another key point from the article was about the importance of technology in recruiting Millennial students. By expanding your company’s referral network out to students, TA’s or even professors, you have established a presence on a campus without setting foot there. Also, make sure that every web page that you want young talent to see is mobile friendly. To read “The Top 10 Approaches for Winning the ‘War for College Talent,’” follow the link below.

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  • How to Screen for Toxic Personalities

    August 23, 2013
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    People are always on their best behavior on interview day. While this shows you who’s best behavior is expletives and mustard on the tie, the more insidious personality defects in a new hire can lay dormant for months or even years before bubbling up to the surface like so much sulfurous muck. An employee with a toxic attitude can bring an entire team down, or at least make them all hate coming to work.

    So how can you detect a rotten attitude when the candidate is doing their damnedest to keep a lid on it for once? Well, there are a few warning signs that can clue you in to the fact that someone has trouble working with others. The best way to reveal the beast is to spend a good deal of time on candidates’ employment history. Ask why they left their previous 3-5 jobs and be sure to ask follow up questions. Why did you resign? Why did you think you deserved to keep their scanner? Why do you think all of your managers have been out to get you? If you notice a common thread of extenuating circumstances for leaving their last few jobs or a pattern of “evil managers”, chances are that this person is full of nothing but conflict and excuses. But, then again, they could just be unlucky. Always check a candidate’s reverences. Getting a second, third or fourth opinion on someone is worth the time you save on eliminating a bad hire.

  • Why Multitasking Makes You Less Efficient

    August 20, 2013
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    Though people do have 2 eyes and 2 hands, many find it hard to focus on more than one thing at once. In theory, multitasking means that you are able to divide your attentions between multiple tasks. If this were truly true, then we would expect our output to be multiplied by the number of things that we were trying to do: working on that presentation x emails x Facebook x scraping that gum off your shoe x oh look how beautiful it is outside! See my point? Read More…

  • New Technology Can Tell If You’re Actually Watching Training Videos

    August 16, 2013
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    One of the greatest characteristics that humans possess is their ability to appear to be listening raptly while, in fact, mentally rearranging their fantasy football lineup or sneaking in micro breaks on social networks. No matter how boring the presentation, no matter how pointless the orientation video, there’s the option to let the ol’ eyes glaze over and wait for a better half hour. Unfortunately, one of the other great characteristics of human beings is innovation — for example, the recent innovation of eye-tracking technology that makes sure you are actually watching or reading your company’s orientation material. Read More…

  • The HR/Provider Perception Gap in Healthcare

    August 15, 2013
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    If you’ve been in a hospital recently (hopefully as a visitor), you might have noticed that there exists a rather large range of temperaments in the doctors and nurses. There are the pleasant ones, who project warmth and try to keep everyone in the diagnostic loop, and there are the prickly ones, who will generally give you the “not my job” look if asked too many questions. Though patient satisfaction and comfort is one of the top priorities of the Healthcare Industry, there exists a perception gap between HR and direct care givers concerning the efficacy of their organization’s priorities and policies that are intended to contribute to a better quality of care. Read More…

  • Job Boards in Need of a Makeover

    August 14, 2013
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    Though job boards are not as “dead” as many have been claiming, their state of affairs is a far cry from the heyday of the early 2000′s. Social Media is seen as the next step in recruiting and hiring in general, and the paving-over of the antiquated form of job boards as natural as development on a vacant lot. People holding this view, however, forget that much (if not all) of the success of social media platforms and aggregators is predicated on content that is generally from the job boards that they claim are a thing of the past. In an article by Matt Charney from ERE.net, he discusses the importance and continued relevance of the job board for precisely the reason that “content is king”. Charney argues in the article that nothing really differentiates social job sites (like LinkedIn) from traditional job boards besides a superior branding strategy. To read the full article, click the link below.

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  • The Effects of Power on the Human Mind

    August 13, 2013
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    They say that absolute power corrupts absolutely, but does a little bit of power corrupt just a little bit? Well, if we broaden our definition of corruption to include a souring of one’s formerly glowing personality, then yes. A new study from Sukhvinder Obhi, a Canadian neuroscientist, has shown a direct chemical link between feelings of power and a decrease in empathy. In the experiments, the test subjects were asked to either write diary entries about when they felt powerful or when they felt powerless. Read More…

  • Growing Enmity for Generation Y’s Expectations of the Workplace

    August 8, 2013
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    The most recent crop of college graduates has been called many things: narcissistic, lazy, impatient, unrealistic and (most commonly) entitled. But guess what? The Millennials, Generation Y, Generation U, or whatever you want to call them, are rapidly becoming the largest age demographic in the American workforce. By 2020, roughly half of the workforce will be comprised of this so called “doomed” generation. This means, whether you like it or not, everyone is going to have to learn to work with each other. For Millennials, the next decade will probably involve many a reality check and a great adjustment of expectations. For those who already possess tenure in the workforce, the challenge will be one of more hands-on management and allowing for a greater degree of flexibility. Read More…

  • Why You Need a Job to Get a Job

    August 8, 2013
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    The negative effect of long-term unemployment on a candidate’s chances of getting hired is one of the most unfortunate Catch-22′s of our time. It’s the old paradox of “you need experience to get the job and you need the job to get experience,” except that now this experience has an expiration date. When it comes to employers shutting the door on the long-term unemployed, the magic number seems to be 9 or more consecutive months of unemployment, in which the candidate is still mired when they apply. Read More…

  • Onboarding Uncertain Candidates

    August 6, 2013
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    Just because you’ve found a fantastic candidate that seems genuinely interested and excited in the position you’re offering doesn’t mean that it’s time to put the whole hiring thing in your rear-view mirror. The period between the candidate’s acceptance of the offer and the day when their butt is actually in the chair can be just as uncertain and nebulous as the initial search period. Chances are, if they are truly talented, their current employer will not want to let them go without a fight. Read More…