Archive for September 2013

5 Types of Recruiting Companies

Human resources departments, hiring managers, and administrative staff may each have roles in recruiting, but when a company experiences a sudden or seasonal hiring need, it can overwhelm existing resources. That’s where recruiting companies come into the picture. There are different recruiting services available to companies who need to source, hire, and develop their staff…

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The 4 Biggest Reasons why Employee Referral Programs Fail

When companies experience hiring and retention problems, a strategic approach from the top down is the best way to address it, but that’s not always easy to achieve. In companies without newer applicant tracking systems with social media and employee referral integration, employee referral programs are often either non-existent or flimsy policies administered inconsistently. This…

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5 Recruiting Metrics That Really Work

Recruiting costs money and any time you spend money, you want to make sure you can justify the expense. Recruiting metrics help communicate the value of recruiting to the organization as well as highlight areas that may need more funding or different efforts. Recruiting metrics measure the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of your recruiting process. They…

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Looking for Recruiter Training?

Recruiting can be as stressful as it is rewarding. Dealing with candidates and clients all day by phone, email, text, and online in social media takes a fair amount of focus and dedication. Add “recruiter training” and “continuous improvement” to your list of things to do as you search for quality leads, learn the latest…

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Jobvite’s Sixth Annual Social Recruiting Survey Results (Infographic)

Jobvite is a software-as-a-service platform with a modular format for social recruiting. The Jobvite modules include Refer for employee referrals, Jobvite Engage for sourcing, and Hire, a total hiring solution to manage recruiting from requisition through hire. Each year, Jobvite conducts a survey of recruiters and HR personnel, asking about their use of social media…

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3 Types of Interesting Interview Questions for a Behavioral Interview

In Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior, Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman discuss how the psychology professor Allen Huffcutt describes “poor” behavioral interview questions such as “What do you consider your greatest strengths and weaknesses?” as providing information that isn’t useful or applicable. Interesting interview questions that tie a candidate’s responses to actual experiences…

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5 Disadvantages of Retained Search

Retained search, also called executive search, is an interesting option for companies that need to hire senior level executives or other key positions with salaries that are well into the six figures. Employers contract with recruiters for retained search who will work exclusively with the company to give full attention to the search. Retained search…

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5 Things to Know About Applicant Tracking Software

Today’s recruiting environment is much different than it was in1998 when applicant tracking software first came on the scene. Job boards eventually overtook print media, and recruitment advertising shifted from the Sunday newspaper classifieds to the Internet. Employers and recruiters started having a problem managing applicants and the first entrants in applicant tracking software space…

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Shine a Light on Candidate Resume Review

Sharlyn Lauby, HR Bartender extraordinaire, has a YouTube video where she briefly but brilliantly discusses how and why job seekers need to tell the truth on their resumes. If you’re an HR manager or hiring manager, or an IT recruiter like me, you can probably relate to the challenges with resume review. You can see…

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Do your Recruiting Solutions Address Culture Fit?

Mona Berberich, Digital Marketing Manager at Better Weekdays, writing for TLNT, discusses corporate culture fit in a recent post. Recruiters and employers today are searching for more than just candidates with the right job skills when thinking about effective recruiting solutions. They must find candidates with passion, intellectual curiosity, and culture fit. But Mona talks…

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Do IT Staffing Companies Help or Hinder?

A recent study by Matthew Bidwell, a professor at the Wharton School of Management, may cause concern among IT staffing companies. IT staffing companies and corporate recruiters often work together in the search for external IT talent. The study by Bidwell highlights the substantial costs associated with external hiring and the results might encourage certain…

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