“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 3 Comments

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 …

A Hidden Pool of Talent That None of Us Think of!

Tim Sackett Candidate Pool, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Coaching, Hiring Bias, in the news, Pop Culture, Talent Management, Talent Strategy 1 Comment

There’s a restaurant in Minneapolis called All Square. They make square grilled cheese sandwiches. They do not have any problems finding employees! Why? They only hire people who have been formerly incarcerated. Yes, you just read that correctly. They ‘only’ hire people who have spent time in prison for committing a crime. You know how you and I won’t hire someone …

The Golden Rule of the Workplace? It’s the No. 1 Way to Avoid Employment Lawsuits.

John Hollon Bad HR, Business Development, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, Email, Employment Law, Harassment, Hiring Bias, Lawsuits, Managing People, Risks 2 Comments

Maybe it’s me, but it seems like legal issues — or the potential for legal issues — have become a bigger and bigger concern for talent managers and Human Resource leaders today. That’s saying a lot, because “keeping my company from getting sued” has popped up at or very near the top of just about every survey that asks HR …

Move Over Millennials – Brace Yourself for EVERYONE’S Opinion on Gen Z

Corey Burns Corey Burns, Culture, Diversity, Generations, Hiring Bias

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” Let’s be clear, this is not my quote! You’ll be surprised to know that this was written by Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher, around 350 BCE. This is a perfect example of the everlasting topic of …

“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 …

Would You Use Your Snap Bitmoji to Recruit Talent via Text Message? @goCanvasHQ

Tim Sackett Generations, Hiring Bias, Mobile Recruiting, Networking, Profiles, Social Media and Talent, Social Networking, Social Recruiting, Sourcing, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy

Okay, for those who are under the age of like 25 I probably need to first do some explaining! What the heck is Snapchat and what the heck is a Bitmoji!? Okay, I’m only joking a bit because I know you all know what the heck Snapchat is! Every younger person from like ten to mid-twenties is seemingly spending most …

Soccer Is Destined To Fail In The U.S.! Just Like Your Hiring Strategy…

Tim Sackett Candidate Pool, Hiring Bias, Tim Sackett

If you didn’t see it last week, and you probably didn’t because about 17 people in the United States care about soccer (or Football in every other part of the world), the U.S. Soccer team failed to qualify for the World Cup. The World Cup for soccer is like the Olympics for every other sport. It’s the single largest soccer …

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Turn Your Chairs With These 4 Blind Recruitment Tools

Kathy Rapp Diversity, Hiring Bias, Kathy Rapp

Don’t you love “The Voice“?  Blake and Adam’s banter over why a contestant should pick one over the other.  The jokes, the art and the contestant’s ultimate joy over being selected. Or just looking at Adam.  Or Blake. While “The Dating Game” likely pioneered the concept of blind auditions, “The Voice” has absolutely highlighted the relevance in modern society.  As studies …

Hiring Former Athletes as a Recruiting Strategy – Genius or a Cop-Out?

Kris Dunn Hiring Bias, HR & Sports, Kris Dunn, Performance, Talent Strategy

Was with an SVP of a pretty cool company a couple of months back and he lamented what he considers to be a broken recruiting strategy—hiring former jocks for sales positions.  He considered the approach broken due to the track record of the “usual suspects” his company hired for AE spots—former jocks—but outlined that the primary reason for the systematic …

Here’s a Hollywood Lesson on Diversity — If You Don’t Get On It, You’ll Get Behind It

John Hollon Diversity, Hiring Bias, John Hollon, Recruiting, Selection

FOT Readers: It’s great to be here — finally! — and able to provide my perspective on HR and talent management from the West Coast.   Let me be clear about this up front: I believe that there is great value for companies that have a diverse workforce. But, building one takes a helluva lot of work. And, if you’re under big pressure …