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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 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…

  • How to Avoid the Crush of Applicant Overload

    August 5, 2013
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    Some problems really don’t sound that bad, not until you’ve given them some thought at least. “I have too many kittens in my house”, for instance, brings to mind literal piles of the fuzzy little babes. Besides pushing the limits your ability to appreciate cuteness, the kitty carpet would still be a totally viable place to curl up for a nap. (Stay with me here!) But when the honeymoon afternoon is over and the patch of sunlight has moved on from the place where you where fitfully sleeping, reality crashes down. There are a lot of logistics to deal with when it comes to a lot of kitties, just like when you’re dealing with a lot of anything.

    When you have “too many applicants interested in my company”, it probably doesn’t conjure any images for you besides a massive pile of resumes. If the constant influx of resumes leaves you feeling like someone buried to the neck at high tide, there are a few things that you can do to keep you above water. Read More…

  • Unemployment drops to 7.4% in July

    August 2, 2013
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    Well, it’s the first Friday of the month, and you know what that means! That’s right, the employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is up for the month of July. It’s been a hot summer and some of that heat may have helped to thaw out the chilly hiring conditions of the last few months. Overall, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.4% or 11.5 million individuals. 162,000 jobs were added in July, mostly in Retail, Food Service, Bars, Financial Activities and Wholesale Trade. However, the total number of discouraged workers (unemployed people who have given up job seeking due to a lack of hope) is up by 136,000 from last year at 988,000. Though the progress has been slow — painfully slow at times — the job market continues to slowly but surely look better and better.

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  • Monster No Longer Seeks Buyout

    August 2, 2013
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    As one of the first major online job boards, Monster.com has long enjoyed the brand recognition that comes with being a household name. Not until the hiring freeze following the recent great recession did things turn from green to grim for the hiring giant. Read More…

  • Can Over-Hiring Help in the Long Run?

    July 30, 2013
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    In today’s economy, businesses are sitting tight when it comes to hiring. Though the unemployment rate has been falling steadily, reaching as low as 3.1% in North Dakota, most businesses are still hesitant to increase the size of their staff. As I’ve postulated many times on this blog before, this widespread hiring freeze has just as much to do with the overblown expectations of hiring managers as it does with the actual state of the labor force in the United States. Read More…