4 Hiring Resolutions for 2016

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As you move toward 2016, one resolution to make and keep is to take a more strategic approach to staffing in the coming year. Begin now and you won’t have to scramble once January comes around – you’ll be ready to hit the ground running and tackle any challenge with the best possible candidates. What… Read more »

Is the Best Candidate Always the One with the Most Experience?

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Experience is an important attribute to look for when considering job candidates. But how heavily should it weigh in your hiring decision? Every role has specific qualifications which must be met, but what about the intangibles that candidates can also bring? Begin with a baseline level of required knowledge and experience. Training a candidate from… Read more »

Reference Checking Mistakes Can Get Costly…Avoid These Common Mistakes

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You’ve already spent significant time and energy on hiring: Sorting resumes, narrowing down the list, interviewing candidates, and now it looks as though you’ve made your choice. Do you need to check the person’s references, or can you just assume that the person who seemed so great in the interview will work out? The answer… Read more »

Do the Candidate’s Goals Align With Your Company? Four Questions to Ask

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As you interview candidates for a long-term position, you want to ensure that you hire someone who has clear long-term goals, preferably ones that align with your company’s. You don’t want to take the time to bring someone on who will simply use you as a jumping-off point, staying for a few months and then… Read more »

How Much Does Turnover Really Cost?

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While you should expect some turnover as the price of doing business, if you’re not careful, that price can become awfully steep.  Turnover has a number of causes: Employee motivation and personal reasons, quality of management, work environment, company practices and strategy, and, the primary focus of this piece, hiring practices. Fortunately, you can take… Read more »

Does Your Slow Hiring Send Top Talent Running?

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The business world moves quickly. So why don’t hiring processes always follow suit? Of course, hiring takes time and shouldn’t be done in a hurry…but moving too slowly can mean you lose out on quality hires who don’t want to wait around for you to decide. Plus, it can drain your company of time and… Read more »

Overqualified Candidates: Don’t Count Them Out

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As you put together the job description for your next hire, you will obviously have certain background and experience preferences and requirements that a candidate will have to meet before consideration. You’ll often receive resumes that don’t begin to meet the criteria – but how do you handle a candidate whose background goes way beyond… Read more »

The Importance of Exit Interviews

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When employees leave, especially top employees, you want to know why; could the company have done something differently to make them stay? Hence the importance of the exit interview. When you conduct the interview depends on what you want. Some studies indicate that waiting anywhere from a month to a year to administer it allows… Read more »

What to Listen for in an Elevator Pitch

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Whether we mean to or not, we make fairly quick initial judgments about new people. With regard to candidates, we know that the average resume gets about seven seconds of viewing, a cover letter sometimes even less. When it comes to the interview, while it certainly takes longer than mere seconds, you’re really asking the… Read more »

What are Today’s Top Candidates Looking For?

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A quick Google search entailing a question such as, “What do top candidates want in a position?” will get you numerous posts discussing what employers want in their candidates. As an employer, however, if you want to bring in those top candidates, you have to see things from their perspective as well. It’s not merely… Read more »