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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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  • Initial Jobless Claims Down 42,000

    April 17, 2013
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    Following the broader trend of a slowly creeping economic recovery, the number of initial unemployment claims dropped by 42,000 to 346,000 last week. This figure is near the national average for first time unemployment claims for the first few months of this year, which signals a labor market that is staying a positive course. Though March’s total jobs added was less than encouraging with 88,000, fewer than half of the monthly average from the past year, these unemployment figures suggest that March’s downturn was a mere irregularity. Continued unemployment claims also fell by 12,000 to 3.08 million. Things could definitely be going more quickly for the economic recovery but we must not take stability for granted. At least the United States is posting positive figures for employment unlike Greece, which has reached record levels of unemployment this week with 25.7% of the population currently out of a job. The take-home message here is that things are actually getting better and we should all be thankful that they aren’t getting worse. To read the Market Watch report on jobless claims, click the link below.

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  • How To Properly Welcome New Employees

    April 16, 2013
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    When “onboarding”, (welcoming a new employee to your staff,) it is of the utmost importance that you make their transition into your company as pleasant and smooth as possible. The first day does not have to be disorienting and there are a few easy ways to make new hires feel as if they’ve been working for you for years. First thing is to roll out the red carpet, figuratively of course, and impress upon the new hire the pride they should feel at being selected for the position. This will encourage a strong professional bond between you from the very beginning. The next point to keep in mind is to not overburden your new hires with a barrage of information. Keep it conversational and don’t try to throw everything in the manual at them before they’ve seen their desk. Today’s source article from ERE.net shows management how to optimize the transition for new hires and themselves. To see the criterion for the smoothest onboarding process possible, click the link below.

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  • The Statistical Benefits of Networking

    April 12, 2013
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    We’ve all heard the classic adage “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Well unless you’re a Hilton heiress, you still need to know how to do your job, but this generalization is true in the importance that it places on business connections. Unless you are an unparalleled genius in your field, chances are that some personal connection to the company that you’re applying to will benefit you. Approaching a position as an unknown is liable to get your resume out of the black hole with all the other candidates that didn’t have an in. According to a new survey from ERE.net, the majority of workers in the US got their current position through some sort of networking. The take home message here is reach out and be active. Utilize both social networks and real live business connections to your advantage because, statistically, your job search will probably go better. To read the full ERE.net article on the advantages of recruiting with source of hire metrics, click the link below.

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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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