Posts Categorized: Hiring Advice

What Makes a Good Interview Question?

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When it comes to job interviews, people have various ideas regarding what constitutes good interview questions and poor interview questions. The aim of the interview is to get an authentic assessment of a candidate’s skills, experience, character, and work ethic. The best questions, many agree, are those that make the candidate think, ones that do Read more »

Retention Begins with Hiring

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Hanging onto good workers is always a concern for companies. When businesses find that their turnover is higher than they would like it to be, or higher than it should be, they begin by looking at ways of increasing employee retention. What they neglect to look at is the hiring process, which can have a Read more »

How to Conduct a Truly Thorough Reference Check

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Reference checks. All employers make them, but not all employers get the most out of them. Often, they are just cursory communications, where the caller is more interested in having his or her good opinion of the candidate reinforced than anything else. So, how can you get the most out of reference checks? Business executive Read more »

Traits for the Future

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Today, human resource departments are in a constant struggle to find the best talent. Competition from other companies for skilled workers is fierce. But, even more unsettling is hiring for the future. With the pace of change in technology and business, today’s skills might be obsolete tomorrow. The question is, how can businesses stay ahead Read more »

Closing the Sale, er, Job Candidate

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You have a job candidate who looks promising, a high performer who would be a great addition to your company. He looks greats on paper, and when you talk with him on the phone, he appears eager and excited about the opportunity to join the company. So, you set up an interview with the hiring Read more »

Yes, Qualified Job Candidates DO Exist

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Despite the high unemployment, a common complaint of companies is that they still cannot find qualified workers. But research by human resource specialists is showing the problem may not be with the quality of the job candidates but with the unrealistic expectations of employers. According to Peter Cappelli, director of the Center for Human Resources Read more »

Helping Potential Employees Apply for Your Online Job Postings

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A recent survey shows that about one quarter of workers in the United States use social media exclusively to look for a job, rather than more traditional methods such as newspapers and recruiting firms. Worldwide, the number is even higher, with almost one-third of workers saying they rely on social media to look for employment. Read more »

Onboarding and Employee Turnover

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According to one source, the top issue for business during the next decade will be attracting and keeping the best workers. It is an ongoing problem for companies to find the right people. The issue becomes even more significant when you consider the results of a new survey, which shows that one-fourth of all new Read more »

Attracting New Grads to Your Company

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More than 75,000 people applied to work at Google in just one week back in February 2011 (according to AOL.com) many of them new or soon-to-be-new college graduates (Google even has a “student site” for new grads to learn more about career opportunities at the company). But you’re no Google. You’re no Nike or Accenture, Read more »

When to Hire an HR Manager

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How big does a company have to be before it hires a full-time human resource manager? According to Beth Sussman of Dovetail Human Resources, there really is no special number of workers that a company should have before hiring a full-time human resources manager. Instead, she says, what you need to look at are the Read more »

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