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 0 Comments

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, …

5 Truths About Detail Orientation In the People You Hire

Kris Dunn Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Kris Dunn, Organizational Development, Recruiting 0 Comments

My company gets the opportunity to be involved in thousands of hires every year. It’s an interesting test tube, especially since we help other companies hire. So, it’s not our culture we’re hiring for most of the time, but the individual cultures of the clients who partner with Kinetix. As part of that, I’ve grown up a little bit when …

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 …

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 …

Why are Organizations Still NOT Texting Candidates?

Tim Sackett ATS, Candidate Pool, HR Tech, Mobile, Networking, Recruiting, SHRM, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, Tim Sackett 2 Comments

So, I spoke at an SHRM state conference last week. Great group of folks and I talked quite a bit about recruiting technology. It was a room of about 300 HR and talent pros/leaders who were struggling with hiring talent for their organization. I asked them this question: “Raise your hand if you’re texting candidates to try and reach them.” …

It’s as Simple as Hugging a Goat

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Communication, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Interviewing, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy 1 Comment

Petting zoos are a staple at small-town rodeos. Chicks, bunnies, ducks, pigs – and of course, baby goats. I’m beginning to believe goats are the new avocados. Stay with me, here. For the last few years, avocados have been the “it” food. Smashed, sliced, spread – every way you can top toast with avocado has been featured on menus at …

What do your candidates Google?

Ben Martinez Audacious Ideas, Ben Martinez, Google for Jobs, Recruiting, Selection, Talent Acquisition 2 Comments

Seriously. Find out. Ask your next prospective hire if you can see what they Google… Relax if you are the one who has something to hide on Google. Even with Google’s hiring product Google Hire, they will not release this information to an employer. If you really want to dig deep into someone, ask a sales rep for his/her last …

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. …

Cognitive Assessment Scores in Selection – Can You Handle the Truth?

Kris Dunn Assessments, Candidate Pool, Good HR, HR, Kris Dunn, Recruiting

“Pick the shape that best represents a continuation of the pattern displayed below.” What the… Oh boy – if you’ve seen these instructions recently, odds are that you are one of the following: 1. An industrial psychologist geeking out in the lab while creating some new assessment designed to protect the world from bad hires.  Godspeed to you, Skippy.   …

The Trick to Getting Candidates to Respond!

Tim Sackett Candidate Pool, Canvas, Career Advice, Communication, Email, HR, HR & Marketing, job postings, Networking, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Social Networking

Okay, I get it, we don’t really want to ‘trick’ candidates into responding, but it’s critical to our success in recruiting that we get candidates to respond to our messages. It doesn’t matter if it’s email, phone messages, or text messages, we need a response! Now, some will say that you really only care about positive response rates, but I …