This Job Crunch is our Least Favorite Form of Exercise

Guest: Rachel Bitte ATS, Brand Ambassadors, candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Communication, Email, Employment Branding and Culture, Generations, HR Tech, HR Technology, Job Market, Jobvite, Mobile, Mobile Recruiting, Rachel Bitte, Social Media and Talent, Social Networking 0 Comments

Have you heard? For four straight months this year, the number of open jobs outnumbered the people out of work in the U.S. If you’re like most in the talent acquisition biz, you’re probably feeling the squeeze of this historically tight labor market. There are no signs that this trend will slow down soon, which is great news for workers …

The Placebo Employment Brand

Tim Sackett Business Development, candidate experience, Communication, Diversity, Employment Branding and Culture, HR, HR & Marketing, Influence, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Talent Acquisition, Tim Sackett 4 Comments

There’s a ton of research done on placebos. You give one group the real medicine, you give another group the ‘placebo‘ pills, and then tell both groups what they should expect… and amazingly in almost every test, the placebo group will see most of the same effects as the real medicine group. The power of the mind is a crazy …

Your Next Recruiting Goal Should be to Make Candidates Feel “Seen, Heard, and Remembered”

Guest: Rachel Bitte candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Generations, HR, Networking, Pop Culture, Rachel Bitte, Recruiting, Resumes, Social Networking, Social Recruiting, Sports, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, War for Talent

Earlier this month, I joined hundreds of talent acquisition pros in downtown San Francisco for Jobvite’s annual Recruiter Nation Live event (full disclosure: I’m employed by Jobvite). In addition to exchanging some new stories, the best recruiting practices, and winning strategies with our peers, I also had the great pleasure of speaking on-stage with the incredible Molly Bloom. In case …

“Do you like essential oils?” Is NOT a Legitimate Interview Question!

William Wiggins candidate experience, EEO, Employment Law, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Learning, Policies, Recruiting, Risks, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, Working With Recruiters

After being twenty minutes late for our long-awaited connection, she opened the conversation with: “About me, prior to coming here, I worked at a day spa.” “Do you like essential oils?” “I feel like we’ve met before?” “Oh, November is your birthday? That’s Sagittarius, I’m a stereotypical Capricorn.” “Do you have any pets or young children? Good, because we work …

Don’t Be Greedy: An Argument for User-Centric Design in HR

Kylie Quetell ATS, candidate experience, Career Advice, Employee Communications, Employee Development, HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, T+D, Talent Acquisition

Imagine a company that puts its needs before that of their customers. Consider what the shelf life of that organization would be. Picture, if you can, the number of good things that would be said about that organization. Zero – the answer is zero. That’s because no one would choose to work with a company that doesn’t put their users …

Is Sending a Paper Thank You Note Desperate? The New Norms for Evaluating Job Candidates.

Guest: Rachel Bitte candidate experience, Communication, Culture, Email, HR, Innovation, Interviewing, Rachel Bitte, Recruiting, Social Media, Talent Acquisition

When it comes to how recruiters are evaluating candidates, the rules of the game are rapidly changing. Job interviews are becoming more intense, challenging candidates in new ways to eliminate canned responses – not to mention etiquette that was once commonplace for decades is no longer the norm. For most industries cover letters are now a waste of everyone’s time, …

Is Texting Candidate Screener Questions Better Than a Real Conversation?

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, candidate experience, Canvas, Communication, Digital Interviewing, Interviewing, Mobile, Talent Acquisition, Tim Sackett

I think it’s common belief that it’s always best to screen a candidate “live”, either in person or over the phone. We believe that the ‘immediate’ response is always best because it doesn’t give a candidate time to make up the ‘right’ answer, and you get a more true answer of what they really believe. That’s what we all think, …

“I, Too, Am Qualified”: Are Old People The Talent World’s Most Undervalued Asset?

Kris Dunn Business Development, candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Culture, Diversity, Generations, Hiring Bias, Talent Acquisition

Moneyball – A term describing baseball operations in which a team endeavors to analyze the market for baseball players and buy what is undervalued and sell what is overvalued. Unlike a common misconception, it is not about on-base percentage, but whatever is undervalued at that time. It is most commonly used to refer to the strategy adopted by the front office of …

Candidates “Ghosting” Job Interviews? Just More Proof of a Bad Candidate Experience.

John Hollon candidate experience, Communication, Employment Branding and Culture, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, Job Market, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing

Here’s a hiring trend we could live without – job candidates who are “ghosting” (aka, blowing off ) scheduled job interviews, or, failing to show up to work for new positions they had accepted. Last week, USA Today published a story that indicated that this new phenomenon was due to the strength of the job market and our near-record low unemployment. …

When Candidates Lie – Stay or Run?

Corey Burns candidate experience, Corey Burns, Digital Interviewing, Employment Law, Good HR, Interviewing, Sourcing

“Every candidate lies.” This is exactly what one recruiter told me when I was first getting into the talent industry. Naturally, this was an over-generalization and was meant to be funny. However, there is some truth to that statement (though it’s certainly not fair to say that every candidate lies). After gaining years of experience and racking up thousands of …