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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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  • 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…

  • Spotting Potential in Recent Graduates

    November 27, 2013
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    It’s usually a good thing to be cautious when dealing with unknown quantities, especially when these unknowns have to do with the people that you’re hiring. When deciding whether or not to hire a recent college grad, you need to be able to spot whether their positive attributes outweigh these potentially deal breaking unknowns. Are they secretly lazy? Selfish? Prone to dropping everything to go to music festivals every month?

    We all are aware of some of the supposed stereotypes of Generation Y’s self entitled nature, but don’t let these stereotypes cloud your judgement. If  you believe that the recent grad shows a great deal of enthusiasm for your company and the position that they’re applying for, trust your hiring instincts.  Read More…

  • Leaping the Gaps in Your Employment History

    November 26, 2013
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    After a long absence from the professional world, it can be hard to get back into the swing of things. During the time away, your priorities and preferences may have changed dramatically. You might not even be aware of your new disposition until you land a job in the industry that you left. People are always changing and it’s important to really evaluate what you want out of a job when you decide to go back to work. This doesn’t require a “soul search”, but trying to figure out how your professional and personal needs have shifted during your break from the working world will be one of the most useful things that you can do before getting back to it. Read More…

  • Is Your Recruiting Style Pushing Prospects Away?

    November 25, 2013
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    Do you ever wonder why you missed out on a recruiting prospect? Was it your hair, your halitosis? No, it was a phone interview so that’s impossible, and besides, your hair is probably great. If you have consistent difficulties with closing with prospects or if they all have a nasty habit of getting cold feet the week before you present them, the problem might not just be flighty candidates.

    If you’re having these problems, the most constructive thing that you can do is to take a good look at your pitch and your conversational tactics with potential hires. Read More…

  • Build Your Team Through Building Their Confidence

    November 22, 2013
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    Having a strong team behind you is the single greatest success factor for business leaders. Now, this doesn’t mean that they all have to be geniuses or are so close that they can finish each other’s sentences. It means that they have to be able to work well together and work well in accordance with the goals that you set for them.

    Even if your team isn’t the most cohesive or imaginative, there are few simple things that you can do as a manager to strengthen both their abilities and their bond to each other. For some tips on team building, we have the conveniently titled “5 Tips for Building a Productive Team.” One of the best tips from the article is #1: appreciating your employees. Read More…

  • The Right Sell for Your Employer Brand

    November 21, 2013
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    Maintaining an appealing employment brand is at once a service to your company’s PR and your company’s hiring function. When your organization becomes known as a great place to work, you’ll start to bring in a higher caliber of active candidates and stand a much greater chance of luring passive candidates away from their current positions. The only tricky part is getting there. How do you go about creating positive public opinion about your workplace?

    Well, a lot of it has to do with the stories you tell. According to Jodi Ordioni, branding expert and President of BRANDEMiX, the most important thing to remember when trying to build your employment brand is to keep your audience in mind. To use Jody’s example, “your company may have a customer-service focus — but that’s not necessarily part of a compelling employment offer.” In your employment branding efforts, you want to tell a story. This story could be about your tight-knit company culture, the amazing opportunities that you’ve given employees or that your employees are doing the best work of  their lives. Read More…

  • What Will Be the Fastest Growing, Highest Paying Jobs of this Decade?

    November 20, 2013
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    What will determine the fastest growing, highest paying jobs of this decade? Will it be the expansion of new technologies like 3-D printing? Will it be a need for greater information security in the wake of the NSA scandal? Will we all get jet packs and then need custom decal specialists to help us tell them all apart?  For the answers to these questions, here’s “6 High Paying Jobs of the Future” from Forbes.

    For the most part, these jobs are based on specialized skill sets that are theorized to be in increasingly high demand over the next decade. For instance, so called “Ethical Hackers” will be in ever greater demand as companies bring on these security evasion specialists to poke holes in their current system with an eye towards blocking out not-so-ethical hackers.  Read More…

  • Look Outside the Career Center For College Talent

    November 19, 2013
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    When you’re looking to recruit directly from universities, limiting yourself to the students that show up at the career center or job fair can leave you missing a lot of great potential candidates. Just like in the rest of the labor market, there are active college candidates (the ones that show up with freshly minted business cards on career day) and  there are passive candidates. Though they might not actively be seeking work, these students are far from unrecruitable. Read More…

  • Why Doesn’t Anyone Respond to My Job Postings?

    November 18, 2013
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    The title that you choose to put on your job posting is of great strategic importance for getting the responses that you want from job seekers in a timely fashion. A good job description is succinct, accurate and encapsulates the entirety of the job that you are advertising.

    When job seekers browse boards like Monster and CareerBuilder, they aren’t entering phrases like “motivated”, “career oriented” or “expectations”. If a Web Designer is looking for a job, chances are that “Web Designer” is what they will be entering into their job board search engine. If your job description contains too many irrelevant qualifiers (gifted, go-getter, wizard, etc.) then your ad will be buried under pages and pages of more pertinent results. Read More…

  • Do You Really Need to Meet Your Next Hire in Person?

    November 15, 2013
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    The effectiveness with which technology has the ability to connect people has revolutionized recruiting over the last decade. Where, in times past, you might actually have to know a candidate or seek them through a registry, all you need now is an internet connection and some patience. Well, that’s not all you need; but the point is that it’s possible to find a highly qualified, personable and passionate candidate for a client without ever actually meeting them. Why then, could we not extend this principal to the hiring process itself?  Read More…