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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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    December 13, 2013
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    If I asked you to give me some of the attributes that make for a successful sales person, you’d probably say that they’d need good at communicating, that they’d need to be confident and that they’d definitely need to have good people skills. This is the typical construction that many of us have concerning sales people, often due to having met many sales people like this. What might surprise you is that more reserved, less people oriented people can do just as well in most areas of sales, if not better in others.  Read More…

  • Contests Are Great Ways to Attract College Talent

    December 12, 2013
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    Recruiting top talent out of MBA programs is becoming more competitive than ever. It’s not uncommon for the most distinguished students to receive employment offers before they’ve even completed their first year. Despite this great demand for fresh talent, the methods that most people are using to recruit them are, well, not so fresh. If you’re still operating exclusively through the career center and job fairs to recruit college student talent, you’re probably missing out on making connections with many of the future top performers in your industry.  Read More…

  • What is in Store For Hiring in 2014

    December 11, 2013
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    With 2014 approaching quickly, it’s important to take a look back at the past year and take stock of the changes that have taken place. Besides the shocking events: global NSA scandal, the government shutdown and the rise of celebrity twerking, 2013 was also a big year for hiring. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, November’s employment figures showed a sharp drop in unemployment from 7.3 percent to 7 percent, a 5 year low!

    In terms of recruiting, 2013 saw a much greater emphasis placed on social media as the emerging holy grail of hiring. Read More…

  • Jobvite’s 2013 Social Recruiting Survey

    December 10, 2013
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    Unless you have been on an extended Antarctic vacation or have been living under a rock, you know that social recruiting was one of the most discussed recruiting strategies of 2013. Not only was it the most talked about recruiting tool of the past year, but it was also one of the most highly utilized hiring strategies. According to Jobvite’s 2013 Social Recruiting Survey, 94% of recruiters use or plan to use social networks in their recruiting efforts and 78% of recruiters have made a hire through a social network. Read More…

  • What You Should Do When You don’t Get the Job

    December 9, 2013
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    Nothing is more frustrating than making it to the final round of interviews for a job, only to be beat out at the last moment. You might agonize about the interview, wondering if that joke about the bear and the hunter actually went over well or if they were just humoring your attempt at humor. Maybe they had a brother in law who got eaten by bears while deer hunting or eaten by deer while bear hunting, and is that even legal anymore? Should you be reporting them as an accessory to fish and game instead of replying to that nice “thanks but no thanks” email you got from that hiring manager?  Read More…

  • Your Clunky Career Page is Isolating Mobile Job Seekers

    December 6, 2013
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    In regards to technology, the overall trend of the past decade has been overwhelmingly geared toward increasing user friendliness. Just look at the success of Apple. Where before they were dominated by the “superior computing” of Microsoft, they’ve now make the point moot, launching easy to use mobile devices like the Iphone and the Ipad. Have you seen Windows 8? Huge icons and “apps” instead of programs. Where before the general population lacked general computer literacy, the mobile revolution has brought browsing to the masses. Read More…

  • Hiring Hot Shots: How Paying Big Salaries Can Pay for Itself

    December 5, 2013
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    When it comes to your employees, you want to be sure that you’re always hiring the best and the brightest that you can find. By holding out during your recruitment process for a little bit longer to find them and springing for their larger than average salary requirements, you’re making an investment that will help to both grow your business and the drive of your current staff. Read More…

  • Market Your Job Like You’re in Marketing

    December 4, 2013
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    Nothing is static. You might believe that there is a “right way” and a “wrong way” to recruit, but I’d suggest that the only “right way” is based exclusively on what works: and this is always changing. The job market is in a rather chaotic state. Where before there was both greater job security and employee retention, now even employees who enjoy their jobs are always on the hunt for better prospects. Thus, your strategy for finding and retaining top talent (those valuable souls that are also the greatest flight risk) needs to be as dynamic as the industry conditions in which you find yourself working. Read More…

  • Testing the Waters With Your Top Talent

    December 3, 2013
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    Passive candidate sourcing is the sharpest double edged sword in the hiring world. The good part of the blade is that you have the opportunity to offer great talent a way out of their current, lackluster job and a way into your company. The downside of this trend is that retaining your key employees is becoming more and more difficult. Now, more than ever before, it is important to understand what makes your top talent enjoy their work and what makes their skin crawl.  Read More…

  • The Importance of Saying “Thank You”

    November 29, 2013
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    Being that it’s the Holiday season, it’s important to take stock of the people that we’re thankful for. Are they the people in your family that you’ve grown up with or your hometown friends that you can reminisce about high school antics? Are they the people at your work that consistently make your life easier? Who ever you’re thankful for most in this life, it’s important that you let them know. Not only is this just a nice thing to do, studies have shown that expressing gratitude towards others for the things that they’ve done for you actually boosts their self worth.  Read More…