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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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    There’s been a sort of mythology surrounding entrepreneurs in the United States. A young dreamer, tired of slaving away for an unappreciative employer, decides to strike out on their own with nothing to their name but their billion dollar ideas. After the montage of early struggles and successes (you know, like in every movie about an entrepreneur, ever) they finally overcome the adversity of the marketplace and make their indelible mark on the future of business or technology or whatever. This being the case, it’s no surprise that a lot of people are more aware of the glamorous myths surrounding going into business for yourself than the real conditions that entrepreneurs typically face. In keeping with this week’s theme of ideals in business, we’re going to be talking about many of the misconceptions that exist about entrepreneurship and the truth behind those misconceptions.  Read More…

  • Why You Won’t Find Your Ideal Candidate

    March 11, 2014
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    Even though the recession is fading into somewhat of a bad memory, some effects of the global downturn still linger in the practices of many companies. Nowhere is this recession mindset stronger than with hiring. Many companies had to make tough staffing decisions during the recession and, needless to say,they were more worried about the bottom line than finding great talent. But now that the dust has settled, a new problem has emerged and that problem has to do with hiring. Instead of hiring to make things easier on their shorthanded staff, many hiring managers continue to turn down any applicant that isn’t the absolute picture of perfection, AKA their “Ideal Candidate.” While this sitting-on-your-hands approach to hiring might have been viable back when the sky was falling, passing up great candidates simply because they don’t live up to your “ideal candidate” is plain foolish. Perhaps of the reasons that employee engagement is at an all time low is that these companies continue to sail on with a skeleton crew when they really need to stop at the nearest port and invest in a few good hands.  Read More…

  • What is Your Ideal Job?

    March 10, 2014
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    We definitely don’t live in an ideal world; I don’t even think we’d want to. Just think about it, with so many people’s desires and values running in the complete opposite direction or even clashing on a daily basis, an ideal existence for everyone would have to be seriously drastic. Maybe it would be a bit like the Matrix, where everyone just exists in their own little world: going to your dream jobs (or sitting on the couch) all day and coming home to Mr/Mrs Ideal who just so happened to have cooked your favorite dinner. Well that’s some people’s ideal situation at least. The problem with “ideal” is that it’s about as subjective as you can get. Today’s blog post is all about what conditions would add up to make your ideal job, not your Mom’s ideal and not an ideal based on…well, ideas. When you’re trying to figure out what would make your job ideal, it’s down to you and the things that you want and need out of your professional life. Read More…

  • A Simple Policy That Increases Employee Retention

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    There are few things as frustrating as having your time wasted. From that driver in front of you that skids to a halt for a yellow light, to that client that you’ve wined and dined backing out of the deal at the last moment; sometimes it seems like there are nothing but inconvenient people in this world. This can go doubly so in hiring. You might spend months on sourcing and screening candidates for a position in order to find that one right fit hire, only to have them move on to another company within just a few months of arriving. At this point, you can either: rinse, repeat and hope for the best or try to get to the bottom of what’s making people move on.

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  • Evaluating a Prospective Employer

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  • The Best Ways to Mess up Your Next Interview

    March 6, 2014
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    Everybody takes job interviews too seriously. I mean, what’s the big deal? You dress up, show up and then it’s bla bla bla for half an hour and you’re out the door. Today, throw out everything that you thought you knew about interviewing, because I’m going to clue you in on a little secret: hiring managers are tired of uptight professionals. For years, those in charge of recruiting have been relentlessly seeking out highly qualified, highly boring individuals who are willing to jump through all sorts of hoops just to land some job. This has lead to an overabundance of squares stacked up neatly in every industry in America. But the winds are changing my friend. Soon, very soon, it’s not going to be your references or your industry experience that lands you a job, it’ll be how cool you can play it in the interview. Read More…

  • Interviewing For Cultural Fit

    March 5, 2014
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    If you don’t think that each and every company has a unique corporate culture, then you should probably consider the fact that each and every company is comprised of different people. While there might be a lot of companies with similar cultures, the specific blend of individuals that make up your team will make for a specific sort of person that will fit in with that team. Even if you find somebody that’s completely qualified for a job and has a good chunk of experience doing it in the past, their personality might make them virtually useless when it comes to working with their immediate supervisor or co-workers. Before you extend your next job offer, you need to make sure that the candidate’s personality will mesh well with the people that they’ll be working closely with, if not the company culture at large. Read More…

  • Hiring for Passion and Loyalty

    March 4, 2014
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    Do you wish that your employees showed more commitment and engagement to their work? Do you wish that your turnover would slow down or even vanish like a puff of smoke? While hiring employees that will be committed to your company many years down the line is kind of like trying to predict the weather a few years in advance, hiring for loyalty and passion is definitely possible. Your number one obstacle to separating the phonies from the fans of your company is the tool that you’ll be using to do that separating: the interview. Talk about some Catch 22 mess! It might be hard and it might not amount to anything, but putting in a little extra effort into your job marketing and interview process can help you to attract and hire more passionate, loyal employees.  Read More…

  • Job Boards for Finding Creative People

    March 3, 2014
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    It can be hard to find the complete package in a creative hire. Ideally, you want somebody who has both the vision to innovate for your product or image and the technical chops to implement their ideas. Not that most people in creative jobs (designers, R&D, marketing) are totally without one or the other, but you want to find the people who both have an excellent eye for what’s appealing/professional and a clear technical expertise in whatever design programs they’ll be using to produce their work. While everything usually balances out, some people working on the text of your new website while others work on the layout, it’s important to have someone on your staff with the experience and aesthetics to bridge the gap between the creative and the technical.  Read More…

  • You’ve heard of Outsourced Workers but have You Heard of Crowdsourced Workers

    March 1, 2014
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    When you look at the recruitment process outsourcing industry, you see how businesses have found ways to save on costs as well as improve their existing processes. However, outsourcing work isn’t a new principle. The auto industry and manufacturers are notorious for having outsourced their manufacturing processes overseas to Asia to dramatically cut costs and save millions upon millions in manufacturing. By being able to outsource these processes they’ve been able to cut costs, and as a result these businesses were able to lower the cost of their product for consumers and even increase their profit margins.

    With the latest rise in mobile technology and the sheer number of adopters for mobile apps, it’s no wonder we’re seeing more organizations disrupting business models by providing better services through crowdsourced workers. These companies are able to completely change the game by not just outsourcing their workloads, but by crowdsourcing it – using it’s audience as its employees. Businesses like Lyft, Your Mechanic and “Carkibo have created new business models that have disrupted the existing models.

    Lyft has taken the stagnant cab industry, a market with a reputation for bad service and a penchant for ripping you off, and they have been able to establish a level of trust with users and even added some fun to it.

    Your Mechanic, has done wonders for the mechanic industry. Me personally, I can think of multiple times where my car would not start or something was wrong with it, and when I would call mechanics they would always tell me that I needed to have it towed. Now the problem with towing is a)it’s inconvenient and b)it costs a ton of money. What I love about Your Mechanic is that they’re complete at your service, they come to you when you need them and they’re able to perform almost all of the work right there for you.

    Carkibo, makes it easy to sell your car. They provide all of the services for selling your car for you, similar to what a real estate agent does for your house, and they make sure that you never have to leave your home or meet any sellers. For me, I always dreaded selling my car, which I’ve done 3 times now. Each time the process was more painful than the last, which is why I’m excited to hear about Carkibo and their services. This is undoubtedly a company that is going to change the car selling industry from the previous dealership or private sale models.

    Basically, if you look at the business world, you’ll see that people are always trying to come up with innovative ways to help customers streamline a particular process. We’ve done it with recruitment, but other companies nationwide have been changing the way we outsource work in car sales, cab rides, and mechanics.