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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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    March 10, 2014
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    Whether you have a serious employee retention problem or would just like to search for candidates as infrequently as possible (wouldn’t we all?), there’s a simple way that you can make sure that your people stick around for the long haul. Read More…

  • Evaluating a Prospective Employer

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    Have you ever been so focused on getting something, that you never stopped to think about whether you actually wanted it in the first place? While you might think that the nature of being a candidate in the running for a job puts you in a lower power position than the interviewer, just remember that they need to fill that job just as badly as you need one. Instead of only focusing on impressing your next interviewer, try to keep your own needs in mind throughout the evaluation. Is this job a solid stepping stone for your career, or, as the interview goes on, do you see the prospects promised by this position begin to wobble? By interviewing your potential employer during the interview, you can save yourself from being stuck in a job that doesn’t meet your personal or professional needs. Read More…