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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 lot of talk about “The War for Talent” running around in the blogosphere lately. While no shots are fired, high profile talent are pelted by multiple contacts from multiple recruiters each week. When “re-recruiting” your top employees every 6 months with ever fancier counter offers becomes standard operation procedure, you know that things are a bit hectic. Read More…

  • Favorite Interview Questions of Real CEOs

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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…

  • Figuring Out Which Metrics Are Meaningless

    December 26, 2013
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    When it comes to gauging the level of engagement that your company’s online presence is getting with its fans and followers, there are a lot of metrics out there that really aren’t as telling as you might think. While it’s certainly good if your website receives an increase in views over a month, judging the success of your content and online presence based on shallow metrics like these can leave you with an over-inflated version of your actual user engagement. Read More…

  • How An Improving Economy Will Change Hiring

    December 23, 2013
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    Now that the US economy and the labor market have stabilized to their present, solid levels, it’s safe to anticipate actually passing stability and going straight on to expansion once again. Over the next year, should the economy keep going the way it’s going, we will see a talent market more similar to the one that existed before 2008′s Great Recession. This means, for one thing, that employee retention may start to increase as employees look to advance within their burgeoning companies rather than swap for the next best employer. Read More…

  • How to Put the Viral in Your Viral Marketing

    December 19, 2013
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    Viral Marketing is one of the most useful and one of the most unpredictable tools at our disposal today. Marketing your company’s content through social media sites mostly free, making what you stand to gain (should your content go viral) all the more valuable.  That being said, it’s all well and good to design a piece content for your company that you think will go viral, but there’s no guarantee that it will even make a dent in raising your typical inbound traffic. You might spend weeks or months setting up a giant domino rally that will spell your company’s name or trying to get your cats to do something funny on camera, only to have your post slip quietly into anonymity.  Read More…

  • The Most Overused LinkedIn Profile Buzzwords of 2013

    December 18, 2013
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    Would you describe yourself as a responsible, strategic and creative employee? How about an innovative organizational expert? If these descriptors are leaving you with a bogus taste in your mouth, it’s probably because you’ve got a refined pallet for all of the silly business jargon flooding the professional world, especially online.

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  • What’s in Store for Hiring in 2014 (Part 2)

    December 17, 2013
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    Last week, we discussed some of the emerging and continuing recruiting trends for 2014 based, for the most part, on a 2 part article by Dr. John Sullivan. While part one of The Top 25 Recruiting Trends, Problems and Opportunities for 2014 focused mainly on the opportunities in store for recruiters in 2014, Part 2 is more focused on the problems side of things.

    According to Dr. Sullivan, one of the biggest challenges for recruiters in the next year will result from something we’ve discussed pretty often on this blog: employee retention. Dr. Sullivan suggested including using the possibility of flight risk as one of  the most important criteria to measure in your finalist candidates. Whether or not turnover rates will actually increase by 25 percent (as the article claims it will) remains to be seen. Read More…

  • Where Does Your Careers Page Place Your Company?

    December 16, 2013
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    Are you really getting all that you can out of your company’s careers page? If it’s been months or even years since that page was updated, you need to dust it off and take a good hard look at how your company is representing itself. When properly managed, your career page can leave curious job seekers enticed and ready to apply. If, however, you’ve neglected to update this page for some time or it’s just plain shabby, it can seriously turn people off.  Read More…

  • Give Introverts A Chance At Sales

    December 13, 2013
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    If I asked you to give me some of the attributes that make for a successful sales person, you’d probably say that they’d need good at communicating, that they’d need to be confident and that they’d definitely need to have good people skills. This is the typical construction that many of us have concerning sales people, often due to having met many sales people like this. What might surprise you is that more reserved, less people oriented people can do just as well in most areas of sales, if not better in others.  Read More…