Recruiting and Staffing

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

If Google Doesn’t Care About Hiring Top Graduates, Should You?

From the HR blog at TLNT.

By all other accounts, you probably aim to hire the best people for your organization.

This includes targeting those who went to elite universities, were top of their class, and come with a bevy of recommendations from professors and advisors. But, do top grads always equate to the best workers? Not according to Google.

In a recent  conversation with the The New York Times, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, outlined what Google really cares about when it comes to hiring — and it has nothing to do with going to a top-tier school or earning a perfect SAT score. In fact, Bock asserted that students who traditionally have an “easier” time earning top grades are taught to rely on their talent, which makes it hard to fail gracefully. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Top 10 Reasons Why Managers Hate Having to Hire Anyone

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Most managers hate the hiring process because:

10. It takes too much time and they have so many other things on their plates. Many feel screening and interviews just get in the way of getting their “real job” done.

9. When they need someone, they need them yesterday (or even three months ago). So they don’t really have time to do it right – to gather all the information they need to make an intelligent decision – and this makes them feel ineffectual. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

March Job Growth: Not Too Bad, But Not as Good as Expected

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Editor’s note: Weekly Wrap  is taking a week off. It will return next Friday.

U.S. job growth in March was somewhat lower than predicted as employers added 192,000 jobs during the month.

The unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent due largely to the half-million workers who rejoined the labor force.

The March report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also upped the initial numbers for January and February, adding 37,000 more jobs. With the revisions, monthly job growth during the first quarter of the year averaged 177,700 new jobs versus 206,000 for the first quarter last year. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Why Is It a Problem to Hire the Over Qualified?

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It’s a commonly held belief that it’s a mistake to hire the over-qualified.

The reason most folks give me is it’s because they think over-qualified new hires will leave as soon as they find something better.

But what if they decide to stay? (It’s possible, so I urge you to consider it.) Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

The Dirty Little Secret of Talent Sourcing No One Ever Talks About

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Yesterday I read yet another article about how to catch a Purple Squirrel, and right on cue, it got on my damn nerves.

Of course, employers want to hire good (even great) workers. Of course, that won’t happen by accident. And of course, no one wants to expend more resources than necessary to get an employee up and running.

But here’s the unvarnished truth — the “dirty little secret” of talent sourcing, if you will:

No matter how efficient the hiring process, no one knows whether or how well a new hire will work out. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Want to Revolutionize Recruiting? Then Switch to the “3 Minute Hire”

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Let’s look at how 95 percent of people are hired.

Besides a little variability, almost every person, at some point in their career, has been hired in this manner: Interview someone for an hour. If you like them, you make them an offer.

Sound about right? Sure you might actually add some other steps, like phone screening first, a second one hour interview with someone else later, but your reality is that it’s an hour interview and the decision is made! Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

5 Keys to Make Sure That You Get Team Hiring Right

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Stop what you’re doing right now. Collaboration should be the foundation on which your entire hiring process is built.

Hey, if Vanilla Ice can lead off his most timeless classic (we know, Go Ninja, Go Ninja GO! is tough to beat) with a call for collaboration, you can incorporate it into your team hiring.

Here are five (5) ways to stop, collaborate and hire: Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

New York Attorney General Blasts Background Screening Process

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Last week, a press release from the New York Attorney General’s office raised some eyebrows about background screening practices — not an uncommon headline these days.

According to the release, “Four of the nation’s largest background check agencies” entered into an agreement with New York state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman (right) concerning compliance with New York laws designed to protect job applicants from discrimination.

The agreement prohibits the firms from engaging in the automatic disqualification of applicants who have criminal backgrounds — something that we can all agree is a bad practice.

Based on the information contained in the press release, the named companies were called out for sending automatic rejection letters to candidates with criminal records. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

The Recruiting Gap: Why 99% Have Given Up Competing With Google

From the HR blog at TLNT.

First of two parts

If you’re an executive interested in recruiting, here is a scary thought to consider:

For the first time in your lifetime, as a result of their compelling approach to managing talent, the elite 1 percent of firms now have a powerful recruiting brand advantage.

The resulting “recruiting brand gap” between the top 1 percent and the remaining 99 percent of firms is now so wide that most firms have given up trying to match the talent approach of the 1 percent. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Six Interview Questions You Really Need to Ask

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Can you remember all of the questions to ask in an interview?

Hey, nobody could blame you for missing one every now and then. After all, every interview demands a lot and you need to do the best you can with your available time and resources.

To make things a little easier, try these interview questions from Kristi Hedges. She’s an executive coach, leadership development consultant and author. Read more…