Although IT recruiters have the same challenges as recruiters of other types of positions and industries, they also face some challenges that are unique to the IT industry and IT candidates. All recruiters needs to find good sources of candidates, find a large enough pool of qualified candidates, attract passive candidates, and find candidates…

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How to Interview a Rock Star Recruiter

  Here at ContractRecruiter.com, we have over the years developed and refined a successful and repeatable process for screening and interviewing corporate-side, contract recruiters that has served us well.  I thought I’d share it with my readers so that you too can think about adopting it for your own organization. I use the term “contract…

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Today’s candidate-driven job market means employers, hiring managers, and recruiters have to take advantage of every effective recruiting tactic they can. One of the best recruiting tactics is using behavioral interview questions, a mainstream method of job interviewing which employs questions about candidates’ past behaviors in specific work situations. The goal of asking behavioral interview…

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The interview is one of the best ways to assess candidates for presentation, verbal communication skills, and culture fit. Recruiting today is different than it was even a few short years ago, requiring a paradigm change, especially in the type of creative interview questions you need to ask. Recruiting experts like Georg Bradt, management consultant…

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Do your recruiters and hiring managers know the first rule of hiring? The law assumes that everything asked during job interviews will be used to make hiring decisions. Every interview question should be prepared with that in mind, and limited only to issues required to assess a candidate’s qualifications for the open position. Always avoid…

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Are you Asking Candidates Illegal Interview Questions? If you want to get caught in the hot seat and have a laser spotlight on your company (not in a good way), ask questions during recruiting like the NFL asked of University of Colorado football player Nick Kasa: “Do you like girls?” Otherwise, you need to conduct…

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RECRUITING QUESTION: “Our hiring managers say they don’t have time to do anything during interviews other than ask about skills. Is behavioral interviewing really necessary?” The Recruiting Division’s Answer: Use Sullivan’s approach to behavioral interviewing to identify relevant skills and experience and insight into candidates rather than just screening out applicants. Behavioral Interviewing the Way…

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Do you recall Barbara Walters asking the “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?” question in interviews in the 80s? Since then, the Tech industry has been the lead in offbeat, creative interview questions, but they have their place in the interview process for any employer. The job interview is…

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The signs point to a strong labor market for 2015, with job growth nearing the 15-year high we saw in 2014. Economists are very optimistic about the stronger economy prompting employer confidence and increased hiring. This is supported by CareerBuilder’s 205 U.S. Job Forecast, which says more than a third of employers said they’ll add…

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RECRUITING QUESTION: One of the ways that our HR team is measured is by the quality of the candidates that we hire for our organization, as well as new employee retention rates.  What are some practical things that we can do to increase the effectiveness of our candidate interview process so that we can maximize…

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After the viral success of our infographic, “The Complete A to Z Guide to Recruiting Smart,” Andy did an interview with Dr. Tracey Wilen, author of “Employed for Life: 21st Century Career Trends”. In the interview, Andy does a deep dive into the problems of employee-employer mismatch. Andy and Tracey discuss how choosing the right hires…

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Whether you’re a recruiter, hiring manager, or small business owner, you need to hire capable, self-motivated people. Recruiting is a process, and interviewing is a key part of the process. Think for a minute and name some of the best interviewers you know. Did your list include Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, and Johnny Carson? Now…

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