Monthly Archives: July 2015

Interviewing… Its a lot like dating

By | human resources, recruit, recruiting | No Comments

farces-of-nature-too-good-to-be-true-800x600Put yourself in this scenario that would seem all too familiar: it’s the day where you will meet her for the first time. You make sure that you look your best and you rehearse exactly what you’re going to say. Then you meet, flashing your warmest smile and clasping her hand in a firm handshake. This first encounter is where your evaluation begins as you walk along making small talk. What does this scenario sound like: a date or an interview? It could very well describe both events. What other similarities do interviews and dates share from the interviewer’s perspective? Read More

Stop Asking Cliched Questions. Ask These Questions Instead

By | human resources, recruit, recruiting | No Comments

stupid question faceWe discussed some of the most cliched interview questions ever in a previous post (click here to read that post if you haven’t already.) Those questions are so dated and cliched that candidates would be more than willing to say something rehearsed and phoned in instead of showing their true selves. It’s time for hiring managers and recruiters to shake things up a bit and catch candidates off-guards with non-conventional (but still comfortable and legal) questions. So as a follow-up to that previous post, here are the better ways you can glean information from candidates by asking revised versions of those cliched questions. Read More

Why your LinkedIn profile WON’T get you hired

By | human resources, recruit, recruiting | No Comments

2bc0780It should come as no surprise that LinkedIn is mostly used for recruitment, which is why it is SO crucial for candidates to have stellar profiles. However, there is a rotten apple in every orchard and we have come across quite a few. These profiles are literally eyebrow raising as we wondered why these users neglected to follow basic LinkedIn etiquette, such as these two vastly important rulebreakers:

Read More

Cliched interview questions

By | human resources, recruit, recruiting | No Comments

worst_answers_v5jazwWe’ve all heard the common saying “there’s no such thing as stupid questions.” Well, there is such a thing as asking questions that will not yield good answers, especially when it comes to interviews. Whether we are the interviewer or the interviewee, we have all asked or answered a question or two that have been…questionable to say the least. Maybe asking and answering these questions was part of conventional wisdom or a force a habit, but it’s time we made better use of an interview. We owe it to ourselves and candidates to get more value out of the conversation, and we can start by getting rid of these cliched questions from our interview repertoire: Read More

5 Items that are killing off the resume

By | human resources, recruit, recruiting | No Comments

5 years crystal ball questionRecruiters and hiring managers have relied on resumes for years in order to get a better sense of a candidate’s experience and to extract talking points when conducting an interview. But is its prominence wearing thin in the digital age as more and more candidates (from entry-level to executive) are developing a presence online, some of which are ditching the resume all together? Here are five items that could be seen as a supplement to a resume, but they could very well make a resume obsolete if they stand out: Read More

4 Simple Ways to Write a Killer Job Description

By | human resources, recruit, recruiting | No Comments

perfect fit puzzle pieceIn a perfect world, candidates would land their dream job in no time and hiring managers would have their perfect employees that are efficient, likable, and go above and beyond their job descriptions. This perfect world also means that employers know exactly what they want out of their candidates and candidates don’t have to feel like they’re going through an abyss of long applications. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world but there are some steps that can be taken so that we can make recruitment closer to perfect and less painful. And the first step would be the job posting. Read More

Picking the winning candidate – reference checks

By | human resources, recruit, recruiting | No Comments

 

We-need-a-new-person-400x280After screening countless applications, you’ve finally managed to bring in some qualified candidates for the interview phase. And while they may look good on paper and jive well with you and everyone else on the team, you definitely want to cover all of your bases before making a decision on picking the winning candidate. This is where their references come into play. Here’s what you should ask them to ensure that you are getting the complete picture of your candidate, and not the half-drawn one he or she has illustrated through her resume and interview: Read More