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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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  • Leveraging Your Cultural Fit in the Cover Letter

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  • Why Experience Makes Us Sloppy

    January 9, 2014
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    Experience is one of the most important things in the hiring world. Hiring managers want to hire people with years of the stuff and they want recruiters with years more of it delivering that quality of candidate. But experience can be a double edged sword. They say that “with age comes wisdom”, but whoever “they” are forgot that years of doing the same thing also means that we feel more comfortable doing it and, therefore, are much more prone to making mistakes. Sure you might know the best conversational practices for enticing and closing with candidates, but are you actually following through with what you’ve learned? Read More…

  • If Someone is Sick, Send Them Home!

    January 8, 2014
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  • DICE Says Tech Hiring in 2014 Will Be Tougher Than Ever

    January 7, 2014
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  • A Useful Trick For Defining Top Performers

    January 3, 2014
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    With it being the New Year and all, it’s a good idea for everyone to take a fresh look at what they are doing day in and day out. You might be exerting all the energy you’ve got on trying to attract high quality candidates, but it doesn’t mean that your efforts will yield any sort of ROI. In a perfect world, hard work would mean cold hard cash waiting for you at the end of the rainbow (gold is so 2012), but misspent effort is just as useless as no effort at all.  Read More…

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  • Making Hiring Allies in the War for Talent

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  • Favorite Interview Questions of Real CEOs

    December 30, 2013
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    Picking the right questions to ask during an interview isn’t as black and white as you might think. There are no “correct” questions to ask during an interview and even conversational engagement with the top candidates in your applicant pool can be very revealing. When candidates are given a question that they didn’t expect, you get to see how they think on their feet. Will they squirm uncomfortably under the unfamiliar constraints of an open ended question or will they disarm you with some on the spot thoughtfulness? Read More…

  • Best Business Jobs of 2013

    December 27, 2013
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    What is a business job? Does it involve lots of long stares, firm handshakes and shark-like cunning? Is it a title so generic that it leaves you baffled and in need of a lot more information? If someone offered it to you as their career at a party, you certainly wouldn’t have a very clear idea of what they did.

    Well, in case this happens to you, here’s Best Jobs of 2013: Business Occupations from Wanted Analytics. Read More…