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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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  • Administrative and Support Jobs Going Strong

    March 18, 2013
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    One of the healthiest sectors of the economy in this recovery has been the professional and business services industry. Last month, there were 73,000 jobs added under this umbrella, especially jobs that classified as administrative or support positions. The rate at which positions like Customer Service Rep and Sales Agent are being filled has been one of the largest contributing factors to the drop in the national unemployment rate. According to Wanted Analytics, there were 411,000 job ads posted in February in these industries, an 8% increase from 2012. The fact that these industries have a typically high turnover rate also bodes well, as stability in the Administrative Support industries continues. Wanted Analytics also broke down the most popular job listings for the month of February. The top 3 most in-demand positions were security guards, sales representatives and registered nurses. There’s no such thing as a “security science” prerequisite to wear the vest, so these guard positions have been relatively easy to fill. To find out what kind of talent gave recruiters the most trouble, click the link below.

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  • Unconditional Sick Leave for Workers in Portland

    March 15, 2013
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    The sick day has traditionally been somewhat of a gray area. In some lines of work, sick days can be traded for time off as readily as vacation days with no questions asked. In others, the request for a sick day can be followed by extensive grilling and even refusal on the grounds that they’re “not sick enough”. The option for employers to deny workers sick days, however, may soon be coming to an end. Yesterday, Portland, Oregon became the fourth city to make sick leave mandatory for private businesses with 6 or more employees. Instead of the traditional sick day plan in which a certain number of days are allotted each year, employees will earn 1 hour’s sick leave for every 30 that they put in. The measure will protect workers from being fired for calling in sick. While there can be nothing more obvious and gear-grinding than a convenient case of the flu, employers in Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC will have to sit tight with their objections. To read an article on the subject from the LA Times, click the link below.

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  • Visual Media Boosts Job Description Engagement

    March 14, 2013
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    The job description has been a mainstay for finding employees since the first classified ads appeared in newspapers. Back then, these words behind the sports page were gobbled up by job seekers hungry for a chance to get into the working world. In today’s media-saturated environment, a block of plain text can be forgettable as what you ate for breakfast last Tuesday. I realize that all these words that I’m putting down amount to just that , so, in the spirit of today’s article, here’s a picture that you’ll remember for the rest of the day. According to an article from ERE.net, the problem with conventional job descriptions is not only aesthetic but biological in nature. Humans engage with words with their short term memory while images go straight through to long term. Simply put: we’re hardwired for images. While traditional job descriptions should by no means be abandoned, there is definitely room for improvement. To read about the future of incorporating visual media into job descriptions, follow the link below.

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  • How Online Reviews Can Make or Break Businesses

    March 13, 2013
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    The reputations of businesses, online and otherwise, are becoming increasingly important in determining which companies blow up and which are left in the dust. Reputation can determine who will (or won’t) apply to work at your business. The rate at which reviews and ratings are generated can be improbably fast, a virtual momentum that translates very definitively into the bottom line. This sort of snowballing effect can be a double edged sword, however, with potential floods of negative reviews drowning businesses in a river of…double edged swords? The point is that this stuff’s important. A recent study from Harvard’s School of Business focused on this phenomenon examined the effect that Yelp reviews had on businesses in Seattle, particularly restaurants. After a whole bunch of data adjustment and number crunching it was found that losing or gaining a star on the site translated to a 5-9 percent effect on revenue. While most of the businesses examined by the study were restaurants, the overall effect between online perception of a business and how that business performs is undeniable. To read about 5 ways you can improve your company’s online reputation — and attract the best possible job applicants — click the link below.

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  • Telecommuting: Here to Stay or Out the Door?

    March 11, 2013
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    In the recent telecommuting debate that has taken over the internet in almost every business magazine or publication, the consensus seems to show a backlash against slipping standards of innovation. Many of the companies that have reversed their work-from-home policies say they have done so in order to improve collaboration and teamwork between employees. According to an article from ERE.net, companies that are in the midst of a turnaround or recovery (like Best Buy and Yahoo) want “all hands on deck” in this make-or-break moment of economic uncertainty. Undoubtedly, telecommuting will not vanish completely from the workforce, but it may become a perk of specific industries rather than a widespread alternative to putting in time at the office. In today’s corporate climate, innovation is rapidly becoming the priority over productivity. And while collaboration online works in theory, there will never be a substitute for an actual person-to-person brainstorming session. Those who were previously permitted to work in their PJ’s might find the switch disagreeable, but such are the times we live in. To read an article on telecommunication from ERE.net, click the link below.

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  • A Hopeful Workplace is a Productive Workplace

    March 11, 2013
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    When you’ve worked with chronic negative types — the ones who open the flood gates on you about their problems or have the temperament of Medusa before their third cup of coffee — then you know how nice it is to work with people who are, well, positive. In his new book Making Hope Happen, Shane Lopez explores how employees who keep their eyes on the prize outperform their miserable counterparts across the board. Beyond the fact that hopeful and positive employees are more pleasant to work with, Lopez has identified several ways in which hopefulness correlates to increased productivity. According to him, workers who reportedly had a hopeful outlook actually came in to work more days of the year and were more likely to be actively engaged with the work day. The article doesn’t really go in to what exactly makes a person “hopeful”, but this quality is easier to see than describe. Ambition + Vision + Positivity = Hope. Not only will hiring with these qualities in mind help create a friendlier workplace, but a more productive one as well. To check out Lopez’s work, click the link below.

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  • Stalling Employers Cause Cycle of Sluggishness

    March 8, 2013
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    More is lost through indecision than error. Employers around the country are wasting both their time and the time of the applicants that approach them with extensive rounds of interviews, psychological evaluations and other such excessive testing measures. In The New York Times, a job seeker related his frustrations with the amount of hurdles set in his path by potential employers. This man underwent 6 rounds of interviews for a position that was eventually dissolved for lack of a suitable candidate. This unfortunate trend keeps unemployed consumers from spending, which in turn leads to an economy in which employers fear to make a bad investment in something very unpredictable: a stranger. With the economy still hacking up the last remnants of the financial flu, employers are happy to sit tight rather than settle for someone to their standards. The problem is that these standards can sometimes (often times) be highly unrealistic. Unless employers start to meet job seekers half way, this is going to be a long recovery. To read the NY Times article, click the link below.

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  • ADP Job Report for February

    March 7, 2013
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    A full 2 days before the Bureau of Labor Statistics is set to release data for the month of February, ADP has released their own report on jobs exclusively in the private sector. While some criticize the company’s findings, they are generally on the money and are always on the right side of where a trend is headed. So enough with the preamble. In February, the private sector added 198,000 Non-Farm Payroll jobs total. The services sector continues to make up the majority of hires being made in this recovery with 164,000 total jobs added last month. What is encouraging for the economy is that small businesses accounted for the largest number of hires (77,000). In fact, 47,000 of these hires were made in businesses with fewer than twenty total employees. Medium-sized businesses (50-499 employees) added 65,000 jobs and Large businesses(500+ employees) added 57,000 jobs. What all this hiring also adds up to is a drop in unemployment to 7.8% nationally. To read the ADP report, click the link below.

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  • Banish Evaluating Candidates Based on their Resume

    March 6, 2013
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    Evaluating candidate quality based on a resume alone can eliminate a large percentage of professionals with extremely relevant experience. When evaluating candidates it’s important to look at their “five S’s, standing for Scope, Scale, Sophistication, Systems, and Staff,” according to Lou Alder, the author of today’s source article and a top 10 best seller. By adjusting your recruitment method to evaluate these 5-S’s, you’ll have a much higher probability of determining candidate success.

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