Articles tagged 'hiring'

Classic TLNT

Hiring Secrets from Great Coaches and Other Workplace Myths

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

Every so often, someone publishes an article about lessons learned from great coaches offering advice about how to select people.

Sorry, this is useless nonsense.

Why do I say that? Great coaches don’t work with players who pass an interview. Their players are thoroughly pre-screened by skilled talent scouts who watched each and every one of them excel at the game. Only the best and most talented players ever got to meet the coach. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Here’s What Happens When Candidates Go From Passive to Active

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Yes, you do it, too. Don’t deny it.

When you’re gainfully employed, happily or not so, and you actually make the time to update your LinkedIn profile, for whatever reason, you uncheck the box in your account settings that reads:

Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Job Descriptions? They’re a Waste of Time, So Hand Them to Marketing

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Only employment lawyers and HR Pros from 1990 believe that job descriptions are important, legal-type documents that are still needed in 2014.

Most companies have given up on job descriptions (JDs). At best, you’ll find people today using ones from back in 1990 when people thought writing JDs was an important part of human resources.

You’ll also still find a few HR Tech vendors around trying to make you believe this is an important skill to have. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

How Employee Turnover Can be a Source of Long-Term Strength

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Departing staffers can become a source of new networks and competitive intelligence.

Given the effort and expense in recruiting, identifying and hiring talent, organizations want to retain their employees at all costs. But in the increasingly mobile labor market, companies should view departing employees as continuing assets and employee turnover as a source of long-term strength.

A team of researchers from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland studied linkages between the firms on both sides of an employee move and patterns in the way the firms cited patents. They found that after an employee changed jobs, both firms became more likely to cite the other firm’s patents and gained knowledge. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

How to Avoid Job Candidates Who Are “Just Not That Into You”

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Have you ever come across a candidate who you thought was “just not that into you?”

Maybe the candidate was not into your organization or the job, but it most likely wasn’t you personally.

It is very possible that you have candidates who have gone through the application process but are not really interested in the job or in the organization. Maybe they feel like the job is beneath them, or maybe they see the job as a “backup plan,” or simply applied to provide moral support for a friend who was also applying. Read more…

Legal Issues, Talent Management

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: What You Should Know About Ban the Box

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Cue the Western music….

A lot of employers are nervous about a new villain riding into town called “Ban the Box.” It refers a movement that has been successfully convincing legislators to force employers to remove the box on job applications that asks applicants the question “Have you been convicted of crime?

There has been a real showdown between advocates and opponents of Ban the Box, oftentimes with employers caught in the middle.

So what are the pros and cons of Ban the Box, and how do organizations avoid having things turn ugly? Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Turning Your Biggest Recruiting Challenge Into Your Biggest Asset

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What’s your biggest recruiting challenge?

That’s one of the questions we asked 570 HR professionals in our Global Talent Recruitment Survey and the answer we got back wasn’t what we expected. Getting hiring managers to participate in the recruiting process came back as the No. 1 challenge.

Here are the top responses:

  1. Finding qualified candidates — 53 percent;
  2. Finding the right technical skills — 41 percent; Read more…
Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Why You Should Ask “What Was Your First Paying Job?”

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If you’ve ever been late to a movie, you know that trying to figure out what happened before you took your seat can be extremely frustrating.

When you don’t know what led up to what’s now unfolding, the things you see and hear can cause you to make false assumptions and only further confuse you.

The same thing happens when you begin an interview by asking an applicant about their most recent job. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

August Job Growth Is the Slowest So Far This Year

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Editor’s note: The Weekly Wrap is taking one more week of vacation. It will return next week.

Even taking into account the usual summer hiring slowdown, the August jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department can only be called surprising.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said 142,000 new jobs were created in August, a number far off the 220,000 to 230,000 economists forecast. Unemployment inched down to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent.

It was the smallest increase yet this year, and follows six months of gains over 200,000 jobs each. Going into August, the monthly average gain in new jobs was 230,000. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The 3 Most Hated Interview Questions – and How You Can Juice Them Up

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

When you’re asking interview questions day in and day out, it’s easy to fall into a rut.

Even the most intuitive and engaging hiring managers may find themselves rattling off the same set of stock questions every day, and thanks to Google, these prompts are less effective than ever before. Applicants search online for common corporate hiring questions and then simply memorize their responses. It’s hard to learn anything about your candidates when they’re telling you exactly what you want to hear. Read more…