Articles tagged 'hiring'

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

When Should You Ask a Job Applicant About Their Religious Beliefs?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.

In Abercrombie, the company did not hire a woman who wore a headscarf at her interview, because she did not conform to the company’s Look Policy.

The issue before the Supreme Court was whether an employer can be liable under Title VII for refusing to hire an applicant or discharging an employee based on a “religious observance and practice” only if the employer has actual knowledge that a religious accommodation was required, and, the employer’s actual knowledge resulted from direct, explicit notice from the applicant or employee. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: You Need to Recruit Before You Need to Hire

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I guess it’s just plain human nature to not take action until it’s absolutely required.

I say that because few business owners or hiring managers look for new employees until there’s a pressing need. Then they end up hiring the first warm body that even remotely fits the job description, but that’s no way to build a winning team.

What if we thought of human capital as raw materials? Read more…

Classic TLNT

The New Hiring Mantra: Finding Candidates With Great Cultural “Fit”

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

On average, people spend nine (9) hours of their day at work.

Projecting this over an entire lifetime, we face a very big, somewhat scary number. When you consider this number, it should become incredibly and inherently clear just how crucial finding a company that really fits can be.

Being happy and satisfied with your job makes you more productive and allows you to maximize your potential. While we can all agree on the importance of cultural fit in achieving happiness and satisfaction, it’s a little surprising to hear the truth about how fit companies really are. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Rejection Letter Dos and Don’ts: How to Treat People With a Little Decency

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A number of years ago I got rejected for a job.

I know, I know, you are probably as surprised as I was. The funny part is, I got the hard copy, snail mail rejection letter 18 months after I had apparently applied. I went back into my email to try to figure out what really happened.

You see, as a Recruiting Pro, I wouldn’t actually apply through an ATS, especially for an executive position, which this was. My email confirmed that fact; I had sent the Chief HR Officer of a large organization my resume directly. This rejection letter was from that contact. Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

You Shouldn’t Ignore Criminal Records When Checking Candidates

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The scenario may seem familiar, whether through a real life experience or something you saw on TV.

You interview a candidate and it appears as if they would be perfect for a position with your company. But then, it’s revealed through their admission or a criminal background check that they had a past run-in with the law.

In every other way, the interviewee absolutely shines and would be a credit to your organization. You might be tempted to brush the information aside and hire him or her anyway. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

How to Find the Best Passive (or Not Looking) Job Candidates

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Last week, I discussed why using the term “passive candidate” or “passive job seeker” was inappropriate and I proposed a more accurate name —  “not-looking top prospects.”

In this article I highlight the best sourcing approaches that can be used to identify and eventually attract the highly desirable “not-looking top prospects.” Read more…

Compensation, Talent Management

Low-Balling a Candidate: Worth a Pat on the Back, or a Boot in the Butt?

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Picture the scene: Your company is seeking to employ a Department Manager, and the leading candidate is currently “in transition.”

Human Resources has pegged the market value of the job at $75,000, but you suspect that the preferred candidate (Bob) will accept $65,000.

A seasoned and experienced professional, Bob was previously paid $77,000 by his last employer, but was caught up in a restructuring staff reduction. He’s been out of work for almost a year and is getting desperate, worried about feeding his family and paying the mortgage.

When the decision point arrives other, less qualified candidates are already making $70,000 and are asking for $75,000 and up. Some hiring managers would look at this situation as a no-brainer. “Let’s hire Bob and save $10,000 to $15,000” would be the smug decision. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: Whatever You Do, Don’t Treat Your Employees Equally

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The Container Store believes:

  • 3 bad employees = 1 OK employee;
  • 3 OK employees = 1 good employee;
  • 3 good employees = 1 great employee.

And, as you know, it ain’t easy to find great employees, so once you do, don’t treat them equally, treat them fairly! Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Do Recruiters Still Care About the Candidate Relationship?

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Back in the day, while working at my first job out of school, I became bored.

Shocker for a young person, right? I made the decision that since I had one year of real life working under my belt, it was time to move on and change jobs.

I was scouring the Sunday classified ads and snail-mailing my resumes and cover letters — printed on the perfect shade of buff-colored stationery — to companies. No Internet or job boards back then. How painful would that be if we had to do that today?  Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Finding Top Talent: 6 Critical Stats Every Employer Needs to Know Now

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“Where have all the candidates gone?” If you’re among the nearly 40 percent of employers who have an open position for which you can’t find the talent to fill those roles, you’re probably asking yourself this very question.

According to CareerBuilder’s 2015 U.S. Job Forecast, more than a third of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees this year, the best outlook from the annual forecast since 2006.

But many are finding that planning to hire and actually making a hire are two vastly different undertakings. Across industries, the demand for candidates with specific skills far outnumbers the supply, and the old rules of recruiting no longer apply. Read more…