3 Things You Never Want To Hear At The End Of An Interview

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Negotiation, Tim Sackett 1 Comment

Don’t ask me how this idea came up. You know there is that awkward time right at the end of an interview when you know the interview is done, you’ve asked all of your questions, but one more thing still needs to be said from each party. It could be as easy as a “Thank you for interviewing,” but many times …

If You Aren’t Hiring People With Soft Skills, You Just Aren’t Hiring Right

John Hollon Communication, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy 2 Comments

If you’re a little fuzzy on the definition of just what “soft skills” are, well, join the club. Here’s one that I like from a website called SearchCIO: “Soft skills is a synonym for ‘people skills.’ The term describes those personal attributes that indicate a high level of emotional intelligence.” Here’s why soft skills really matter According to Wikipedia, soft skills are “a combination …

Candidates Who Over-Talk May Need To Work Elsewhere

Dawn Burke Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, HR, Selection, Talent Strategy 0 Comments

“You talk too much. You never shut up.” – Run DMC To shut a candidate up or not to shut a candidate up? That is the question. A question, as an interviewer, I’ve contemplated for many years. A question I admittedly flip-flop on. But here is where I am with this now. Candidates, you need to control your explanations. You …

Playing The Guitar Is Good For Business

Ben Martinez Business Development, Culture, Dress Code, Hiring Managers, HR, Leadership, Pop Culture, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition 2 Comments

I learned how to play the guitar a couple of years ago, ironically at the same time, I decided to start my own business. I can play about three songs on the guitar before I have to seek outside help. With my recruiting and HR consulting business, I can handle about three clients before I have to look for outside …

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 3 Comments

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. …

Your Secret Weapon In Candidate Interviews

Ben Martinez Bad HR, candidate experience, Culture, Digital Interviewing, Hiring Managers, HR Tech, HR Technology, Interviewing, Recruiting, Resumes

Listen – It is the hardest thing to do in an interview. It’s almost as hard as showing up to work after a late night eating grilled meats and watching fireworks. Happy Birthday, America. #4thofJuly Recruiters and hiring managers pay thousands of dollars to training firms to become the best interviewers. They buy pricey technology that is supposed to predict …

Sometimes You Just Need To “Burn” A Hire

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, HR, Tim Sackett

I love baseball. There is a concept in baseball where a pitcher will “burn” a pitch, here and there. Basically, it means that the pitcher isn’t actually trying to throw a strike; they are using this pitch to set up another pitch.  For all intents and purposes, the pitcher is wasting that pitch for the greater good. Have you ever …

Recruit Like A Marketer: A/B Test Your Job Descriptions

Holland Dombeck McCue Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, Holland Dombeck, HR & Marketing, Recruiting

If you’ve read it in a blog post once, you’ve seen it re-tweeted, re-shared and re-posted 1000x. Recruiting=marketing. Or to some degree, recruiters should adopt elements of marketing into their strategy for continued success. But any marketer will tell you, all that glitters isn’t gold. While it’s easy to want to do the fun, shiny and WOW factor things, most …

What We Mean When We Say “Talent”

RJ Morris Employee Coaching, Good HR, Hiring Managers, Leadership, RJ Morris, Talent Strategy

We catch a fair bit of grief in HR for using the term, Top Talent. The problem, of course, is that talent means different things to different people. Folks cannot articulate what top performers really do or they get caught up in using tired clichés. I’m gonna try to fix that for you. I think the challenge is that companies …

Kiss My Grit: Why Grit Should Be a Consideration When Hiring

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Development, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Performance, Recruiting, Selection, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, War for Talent

Growing up in the 1970s, I watched the t.v. show Alice.  Each time over-the-top waitress Flo would tell diner owner Mel to “Kiss my grits,” I’d laugh.  I loved grits,  so as a kid couldn’t understand why she used the phrase as a put down or shove off as opposed to a wonderful invitation.  I get it now. GRIT, like …