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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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  • Recruiting in Flux: New Challenges on The Way

    April 11, 2013
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    Change is the only constant and those who do not adjust to change are operating on conditions that may no longer apply. One of the biggest changes in recruiting and hiring in general is the ever-growing breadth and sophistication of technology. Though the nature of recruiting necessitates a “human touch” in forming connections with talent, the general movement for discovering new hires has been towards data analysis and mining job boards. Today’s source article from ERE.net talks about how technology is both a blessing and a challenge to recruiters, emphasizing that it is merely a condition of the times we live in to be utilized and overcome. The article also mentions a second big shake up to recruiting which is the trend of the expanding temporary workforce, citing studies that say 40% of jobs will be freelance by 2020. While these factors may seem daunting to the future of recruiting, the reality is that they merely complicate the situation. Businesses will always need top talent and in our world that is increasingly saturated with self promotion, recruiters will be needed to separate the wheat from the chaff. To learn strategies of adapting to these changes from the ERE.net article, click the link below.

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  • Big Data = Big Demand For Data Analysts

    April 10, 2013
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    If I told you to name some careers in Science and Mathematics, what would pop into your head first? Chemist? Astronomer? Math Teacher? How about Analysts? Yes, it’s analysts of all kinds that comprise the majority of the most sought-after scientific hires. Sure, we’ve all looked at some graphs before, but not like these guys. In part because of Big Data and the ever expanding field of Bioinformatics, number wizards are needed more than ever before. This means that some specialized data analysts are becoming even harder to find and hire. According to Wanted Analytics, the top 3 most advertised positions in Mathematics and Science are: Operations Analyst, Supply Chain Analyst and Operation Research Analyst. Though it’s anyone’s guess what these job titles denote, the important thing to pay attention to is that demand for these jobs is at a 4 year high and grew 2% in the last 90 days. To find out the easiest city and the hardest city to find Mathematics and Scientific professionals, click the link below.

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  • References: Your Bread and Butter in Recruiting

    April 9, 2013
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    References are one of the most useful tools at the disposal of recruiters today. Unlike comparatively flat descriptions of a candidate’s prowess from a job board, referrals typically give you a better picture of the candidate and statistically lead to a better hire more often than not. While referrals have been used in the past primarily to check that the person that your hiring is not a ticking time bomb, their role has gained more usefulness and added a human assurance to the recruiting process lately. Today’s source article from ERE.net discusses at length when and how recruiters can use references to their advantage.

    One of the simplest ways to get references working for you is to utilize LinkedIn as a reference database and hiring pool. By examining both the endorsements for and endorsements made by a promising candidate, you will be able to gain access to experienced workers who likely have a similar skill set to the one you are looking for. To see the other 7 ways that references can help in your recruiting, click the link below.

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  • A Bad First Day Can Leave New Employees Guarded

    April 8, 2013
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    Having hardworking and loyal employees has just as much to do with the environment that you provide for them to work in as it does with the people themselves. If your employees feel welcomed and included in the company culture, then they are much more likely to stick around. Too often, when a new hire arrives for their first day of work, nobody is whiling to take the time to orient this fresh employee in a way that encourages confidence. It’s important to remember that first impressions go both ways and that a bad start can leave an employee keen on keeping their options open. In an article from American Express Open Forum, Mike Michalowicz lays out the importance of these first days on the job through two examples: the right way and the wrong way. The wrong way, unfortunately, is all too common: leaving the new hire to fend for themselves. Management needs to be present to facilitate the addition of a new player to the team in order to promote lasting professional ties. By giving them a hands-on explanation of what your work relationship will be like, you are helping to make it positive and long lasting. To find out how to make your next new employee’s first day more pleasant for both of you, click the link below.

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  • Hiring Figures for March from ADP

    April 5, 2013
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    According to ADP, one of the largest payroll processing companies in the country, 158,000 private sector jobs were added in the month of March. This is roughly the same slow but steady growth that we’ve seen this year and in general since positive gains were first posted for the job market. Unfortunately, this already sluggish rate of hiring may slow down even more in the coming months. New projections from CareerBuilder show that the hiring rate is expected to decrease further still into the summer.

    As has been the case in previous months, the service industry added by far the most jobs with over 150,000 in March. Professional and Business Services added the second highest number of jobs with 39,000 employees added. Small businesses, with 1-50 employees, continued to reign supreme in hiring as well with 74,000 jobs added. The poorest performing sector in March was construction with a net gain of 0 jobs. To read the ADP job projections, click the link below.

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  • Some Words of Wisdom from the CEO of LinkedIn

    April 2, 2013
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    We all know that it’s important to stop and smell the roses, but when’s the last time  that you actually took some time to appreciate the things and people that you see  every day? Taking this time for reflection and appreciation can be hard to do,  especially if you’re trying to appreciate your morning commute, but it can help  immensely if you’re feeling lost or down in the dumps. If you won’t take my word for  it, listen to Jeff Weiner, CEO at LinkedIn. In today’s featured article, Jeff talks about the difficult position that many professionals face when trying to burn the candle at both ends for their careers and their families. In the article, Jeff emphasizes the importance of compassionate management in the office and compassion at home. While it’s certain that some days won’t leave you with an ounce of patience, let alone compassion, overlooking the qualities that you love in others is sure to get you more worn out still.

    To read the article from Jeff Weiner, click here.

  • Spotlight on First Time Unemployment Benefits

    March 29, 2013
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    While the speed of the economic recovery in the US has been frustrating in its sometimes slow, sometimes inert pattern of improvement, the overall trend of progress signals that the economy and the job market are growing and, more importantly, growing stably. One key data point for gauging the stability of the job market is looking at the number of people who are applying for first time unemployment benefits. Last week, the number of benefits seekers jumped to 357,000 from 341,000 the previous week. These first time unemployment benefits seekers can be seen as representative of large trends of hiring and mass layoffs. Though there was an increase this month in first time seekers, the total number of people receiving unemployment benefits is 5.5 million which is down from 7.2 million last year. According to the AP’s The Big Story, employers have consistantly been adding about 200,000 jobs per month since November. While it may not be a quick recovery, there has been no slipping backwards and for that I am thankful. To read an article on this trend, click the link below.

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  • Determining and Advertising Your Company’s Culture

    March 28, 2013
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    Finding a cultural fit in a company is becoming one of the main factors in how candidates decide which job offer they accept. For this reason, it is more important than ever to both promote a positive/productive work culture and at the same time be aware of how this culture will appear to newcomers. In order for you to advertise your company’s culture as a positive asset to a potential employee, you must first be sure that you know what you’re talking about. According to Randall Birkwood, the best way to find out what your company’s culture is really like is through a systematic surveyal of what your company’s top performers think that the culture is. The logic behind surveying your top employees is that they are the type of people that you are trying to attract. Thus, by finding out what keeps these employees engaged and cooperating, you’ll be able to advertise these cultural characteristics to interested parties. From here, the next step is to research the conceptions that candidates will have of your culture by reviewing the information that job seekers will be seeing. To read a step-by-step guide to a solidified employment brand, click the link below.

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  • Flood of Temporary Jobs Waterlogging Recovery

    March 27, 2013
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    One of the main effects of the recession on the job market was the elimination of a large number of moderate wage jobs such as office workers and manufacturers. This large reduction in decently paying jobs has been coupled with a rapid increase in the number of temporary or part-time positions. These jobs almost always pay less than permanent positions and the lack of cash flow associated with this trend is thought to be a contributing factor to the sluggish pace of the economic recovery. According to Fed Governor Sarah Raskin, a full 25% of the jobs created during the recession have been temporary in nature. This coupled with a reduction in total wage increases, from 3.5% before the recession to 2%, have workers in a more unsure place than ever. The Fed Governor expressed her concern at this trend had contributed to the raise in the overall poverty rate to 15% this year. To read the coverage from ERE.net, click the link below.

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  • The Power of Public Criticism

    March 26, 2013
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    When there is a problem within a team, it is up to the team leader to facilitate the correction of this problem. If the problem is with the performance of a team member, it is up to the team leader to get this person up to speed and smooth out any wrinkles that this under-performance has made between that person and the other members. While sorting out such sensitive issues in public is often uncomfortable and always requires delicacy, Roger Schwarz, a contributor at the Harvard Business Review, believes that the public airing of grievances is much more effective than a private discussion. According to him, isolating an under-performing worker diminishes their accountability to their fellow team members, the one-on-one format bringing the focus to the leader-worker relationship where the worker-worker relationships are the ones that need to be addressed. These one-on-one discussions can also serve to cloud the problem, with the under-performing team member laying the blame at another’s feet and leaving you to sort out the truth. When working with a team under the pressure of deadlines, it is important to keep the big picture of the project in mind and step out of your comfort zone to make the improvements that matter. To read the Roger Schwarz article and see how to handle these public criticisms, click the link below.

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