“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 2 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 …

WEBINAR: How to Hire When Unemployment is at Historic Lows

Tim Sackett Business Development, Candidate Pool, Canvas, Communication, Hiring Managers, Hourly Hiring, HR & Marketing, HR Technology, Job Market, Mobile Recruiting, Networking, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, Tim Sackett, Webinar 0 Comments

Gather ‘round talent buffs and let me tell you a story – of a time not so long ago in a land not so far away. A little agency called The Bureau of Labor Statistics (you may have heard of them) released a report claiming that the unemployment rate dropped below 4% for the first time in 15 years. Did …

The Ball Is In Our Court

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, HR & Sports, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Managing People, Pop Culture, Sports, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession, Training and Development, Women 2 Comments

This isn’t a post about women vs. men. Nor is it about the color of someone’s skin or ethnic background. It’s not even really about tennis. This is a post about teaching moments, and how frequently they seem to occur (and blur) in our professional and personal lives. The U.S. Open Women’s Championship match was one of those moments. As …

Recruiting Tech Stack: Yes, it’s a Thing.

Corey Burns Corey Burns, HR Tech, HR Technology, Talent Strategy, Tech Talent 0 Comments

Enabling teams and leveraging resources is at the core of what we do as leaders, whether that’s in TA or another capacity. Early on in my role, I was challenged to help evaluate and finalize our tech stack for the recruiting team. Rather than reinventing the wheel, I took a lesson from our Chief Operation Officer and simplified things by …

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 …

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.” …

Employer Branding Lessons From Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Guest: Abby Cheesman Employment Branding and Culture, HR & Marketing, Leadership, Performance, Pop Culture, Recruitment Marketing, Succession Planning, Talent Strategy 2 Comments

I’ve been listening to Beyoncé and Jay-Z longer than our youngest intern has been alive. There, I said it. It’s a serious fandom, too. If you can hear “99 Problems” without singing along, I don’t know if we can even be friends. Don’t forget all of the Destiny’s Child classics like “Say My Name” or Beyoncé’s first solo album. I …

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 …