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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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  • Hiring For Skill, Not Appearance

    June 20, 2013
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    There are a lot of things you can do to improve your chances in an interview. You can pick out your best outfit, prepare all your materials and even practice questions in the mirror if you’re that kind of person. But how about losing a few pounds, or even more than a few? According to a new study out of Germany, HR professionals consistently underestimated the workplace abilities of overweight and obese people. The HR test subjects were given photos without any reference to the occupations of the people they were evaluating, and low-balled heavier folks across the board. We can’t help the hand we’re dealt, and passing a candidate up just for aesthetic reasons seems counter productive. In the United States, where 36% of people over 20 are technically obese, odds are that you will encounter plenty of candidates who are overweight. Being fat isn’t unprofessional, but passing someone up because they’re fat is. To read an ERE.net article on the German survey, click the link below.

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  • Value of Critical Thinking Skills on the Rise

    June 19, 2013
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    Employers aren’t happy. Across the board, those in charge of hiring at US companies are dissatisfied with the quality of the applicants that are turning up on their doorstep. If it’s not their lack of education, it’s their lack of experience. If it’s not their lack of charisma, it’s their lack of data analysis skills. A glimmer of hope for both job seekers and employers comes in the form of a new survey from Wakefield Research which suggests that employers are more interested in well-rounded candidates than those with narrowly-focused skill sets. Apparently, 93% of employers say that they value “soft skills” such as problem solving, communication and critical thinking skills. (Score +1 for those of you with Humanities degrees out there!) While this is just one survey that certainly won’t end the job search woes of people with BAs, the take home message here is that when presenting yourself to an employer, highlighting all of your skills is important. Communication skills and problem solving might not seem tough, but these are qualities that not everyone possesses. Stand out from the crowd by highlighting your “soft skills” at your next interview. To read an article discussing this survey further, click the link below.

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  • How to Recruit Gen Y College Grads

    June 17, 2013
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    Now that graduation season is coming to a close, it’s important to consider this new cohort of fresh, educated talent that has just emerged into the working world. While many recent grads are probably still fighting their first hang over in the “real world”, this group of recent grads is a veritable gold mine for passionate and educated candidates. When recruiting from Generation Y, it is important to keep a few things in mind. An article on ERE.net discusses the qualities that typify the generation, which is mostly a love of individuality and special treatment. Generation Y talent wants the perfect match in a company, both culturally and professionally. They are brimming with ideas and expect to be able to share them with those higher up the ladder. When courting a promising Gen Y candidate while they’re still in college, a few personal touches, such as setting up a meeting with a mid/high ranking employee, will grab their attention and hold it on your company.

  • Recent Lawsuit Casts Doubt on Unpaid Internships

    June 13, 2013
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    On Tuesday, Manhattan’s Federal District Court ruled against Fox Searchlight Pictures in favor of two interns employed during the filming of “Black Swan”. These interns had a pretty standard experience: they got coffee, they answered phones, they did heavy lifting and they didn’t get paid. The basic argument of the plaintiffs was that the tasks that they performed were not “educational”, the justification for unpaid internships being that they provide a learning experience, and that many paid employees performed the exact same tasks that they did. So far, it is uncertain as to what the ramifications of this ruling will mean for businesses that use interns. It’s also uncertain whether Fox want to appeal this case to the Supreme Court. According to NBC, one million undergraduates around the country work internships every year, and only half of those internships are paid. In the ruling, Judge Pauley called for the following of the Department of Labor’s guidelines on unpaid internships, which says that the internship should be similar to vocational training and not to the direct benefit of the employer. For companies that use interns, this ruling as well as similar cases in the past year may spell the end of the unpaid internships in America. To read the news brief from NBC, click the link below.

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  • May’s Sleepy Employment Numbers

    June 10, 2013
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    If April showers bring May Flowers, and Mayflowers bring pilgrims, then the logical next step is May’s national employment statistics from the BLS, obviously. May’s numbers were virtually the same as April’s, that is to say, virtually the same as March’s. The number of total non-farm payroll jobs increased by 175,000, leaving the total number of unemployed to the United States at 11.8 million. While positive figures are always welcome, hiring has yet to pick up to its pre-recession pace. One good bit of news was that the number of long-term unemployed, those jobless for greater than 27 weeks, has been reduced by a million in the last year. Many of these job seekers who have been unsuccessful for years in finding a job find their task made even harder by the very time that has passed in their search. Employers haven’t been overly warm to this demographic in the past, so the steady decrease is a good sign for the strength of the job market. To read the report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, click the link below.

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  • Email Headaches and Micro-Management

    June 7, 2013
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    Managers have a lot more of an effect on the productivity of their employees than they sometimes realize. A manager’s policies on methods of communication—specifically email and instant messaging—can sometimes hinder the productivity of their employees. For instance, if a manager expects their employees to respond immediately to every new internal email or memo that gets sent out, their attention is divided in a major way. According to an article from Texas Enterprise, multitasking to such a degree actually leads to less work being done and more errors being made. The article also discusses the effect that micro-management has on employees. Studies have shown that the amount of control that an employee feels that they have is heavily tied into how satisfied they feel at their job, which is one of the largest productivity incentives out there. If a manager’s employees are constantly waiting to be corrected, they will stop being proactive and start being resentful. To read the article on managerial quirks, click the link below.

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  • Qualities for Employees in the Matrix

    June 5, 2013
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    The influence of globalization on business has subverted the classic ladder-style hierarchy that once reigned as the organizational standard. Employees may report to people on a daily basis who they will never meet in person or be switched constantly from one team to another within their company, having a new boss every week. In this new power structure, a “Matrix” as writer and CEO Kevin Hall calls it, employees that excelled under more traditional models are facing difficulties in the flux and flow of Matrix companies. Recruiters need to be aware of the structure of their clients’ operations and not feed them candidates who will be lost in a system that requires more perspective and drive than your typical position. According to Kevin Hall, some of the most important qualities for an employee in a Matrix style firm to possess are flexibility and the ability to see how their work fits into the grand scheme of things. To read more about what makes a good Matrix employee, click the link below.

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  • Walmart’s Employer Brand Nightmare

    June 4, 2013
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    Over the past year there has been a lot of focus on employer branding, both in recruiting and more broadly in the business world. You can scrutinize your methods for searching, hiring and onboarding, and still come up puzzled as to how to improve your image. To make things a little more clear on what makes a good employer brand, we can focus on an example of a company that has a notoriously bad employer brand: Walmart. The staunchly anti-union company is currently facing their first sustained strike, which comes in the wake of a recent toxic waste dumping scandal in California. Let’s call Walmart a worst-case example: for bad press, and for worse employer branding. Being a little rough around the edges is one thing, but Walmart has developed an actual reputation for negativity: everything from intimidation to consistently withholding wages. In order to generate a positive public perception, understand what kind of standards apply in your industry and hold yourself to them. By treating your employees with the respect they deserve you’re helping yourself be attractive to talent. To read an article about the latest Walmart employee strike, click the link below.

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  • Cutting Corners Isn’t Worth the Time You Save in Recruiting

    May 31, 2013
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    When things get hectic at work, the first tasks to be overlooked are usually what you’d consider minor. Waiting until tomorrow to do the dishes, ignoring spam, putting off a few cold calls. No big deal, right? Well, classifying neglected tasks as “minor” is a slippery slope. For recruiters, it is imperative for you to follow through with the candidates that you are responsible for, even after they’ve been eliminated from the running. By failing to notify a candidate that they’ve been deselected, the time that you save is nothing compared to the possible detriment you incur on your employment brand. According to Jen Lliff, skipping this crucial step leads to ill will against your brand from the candidate who’s been left in the dark — along with everyone that they care to tell about their experience. In the age of social media, word travels fast and negative words travel even faster. Not only that, but by leaving candidates in the lurch, you guarantee that they will have nothing to do with your firm in the future. Even if they don’t make it to the final round of interviews, at least send deselected candidates an email. You can’t afford not to.

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  • Seeing the Errors in Your Job Postings

    May 30, 2013
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    When writing job postings, there is a lot of pressure to describe the job in a way that “sells” candidates on the position. Unfortunately, this usually entails a lot of general, wishy-washy nonsense about the fun aspects of the company culture or even things as irrelevant to the day-to-day experience of the job as the annual employee kayaking retreat. Today’s job seeker has to work very hard, and if your description doesn’t engage them, then you will not attract top talent. When Manny Medina of ERE.net conducted a survey of software developers about what could potentially poach them from their current position, the most attractive job aspect for these professionals was “interesting work”. Clearly, this points to more specifics, rather than less. You cannot skip the day-to-day when advertising a position. People care about the primary tasks that they’ll be required to complete much more than about abstract benefits and vague promises of fulfillment. To read Manny’s full breakdown of how to write an engaging job description, check out the link below.

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