Do You Call Out The Candidate That Lied During the Phone Screen?

Elizabeth Dickerson Candidate Pool, Elizabeth Dickerson, Recruiting

Storytime. What had happened was… There was this candidate who lied about never having previously applied to the company before the recruiter submitted him. The hiring manager came back to the recruiter saying, “This guy has applied 7 other times and we denied him. Not interested.” All while making the recruiter look dumb to the hiring manager—because why would you …

Candidates Who Over-Talk May Need To Work Elsewhere

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

“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 …

Sometimes the Job You Really Want Just Isn’t Obtainable

Tim Sackett Smashfly, Talent Management, Tim Sackett

We’ve all been told since we started school in pre-school or kindergarten (grade 1 if you’re outside the U.S.) that if we worked really, really hard we could become anything we wanted to be. A doctor, a lawyer, even President of the United States! Okay, not you foreign-born folks, you can’t be President! But, you understand where I’m coming from—dream big …

Looking Back at What May Just Be the “Ballsiest” Cover Letter of All Time

John Hollon Candidate Pool, John Hollon, Pop Culture

Remember the old military concept of “shock and awe“? It got a lot of attention during the Iraq War, and is defined as rapidly dominating an opponent “by the initial imposition of overwhelming force and firepower.” But “shock and awe” isn’t just for the military; it’s useful whenever you want to overwhelm someone quickly and unexpectedly. In fact, I think …

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Watch Your Body Language in an Interview & Save the Head Bobbing for Bonnarroo…

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Interviewing

So… I’ve noticed a new and frightening phenomenon.  And I think I may be a perpetrator (heaven help me). In an attempt to stage a preemptive intervention, I thought there could be no better time than the present to address this odd and interesting tick – one that HR professionals, interviewers and interviewees abuse unabashedly.  The head nod.  Or as …

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Hire the Overqualified to Maximize Talent ROI

Guest: Ed Baldwin Candidate Pool, Ed Baldwin

Virtually all companies want to hire the very best talent available.  Most have some version of this statement proudly displayed on their careers page. But we all know that there are constraints in terms of the price you can afford to pay for that available talent.  That’s the crux of achieving your company’s talent strategy, maximizing the talent you bring …

New School Podcast: Kerri Mills from Indeed on Getting Candidates to Respond To You

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Recruiting, Sourcing, Tim Sackett, Udacity

On the latest edition of The New School Podcast: Have trouble getting candidates to respond to you? Maybe it’s time to rethink your approach. On this episode of The New School Podcast, sponsored by Udacity, host Tim Sackett and guest Kerri Mills, an executive sourcer with Indeed, cook up their secret sauce recipe for raising the response rate bar. (email …

Your Candidate Experience Sucks, Fix It With These Changes

Guest: Ed Baldwin candidate experience, Ed Baldwin, Employment Branding and Culture, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing

Yeah, that’s right. If you’re a recruiter and your company is part of the chorus of employers that sing the ‘our greatest asset is our people’ mantra, then you owe applicants who show interest in working for your company something – you owe them a great candidate experience. It amazes me how many recruiting shops out there suck at creating …

The FOT Primer On How Candidates Can Win In Interviews

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Coaching, FOT Mail Bag, Influence, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kris Dunn

That’s right. Mostly HR people and recruiting pros read this, but I’m still doing a post on how to make sure your responses in interviews as a candidate don’t suck. After all, HR people and recruiters interview too.  At least that’s what I’ve heard. If someone sees you reading this, just tell them you’re putting together a professional development course …

Falling In love With Candidates!

Tim Sackett Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, candidate experience, Candidate Pool, HR, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Smashfly, Tim Sackett

A weird thing happens in most Talent Acquisition shops around the world. There is a love/hate relationship with candidates, and let’s face it, that relationship tends to stay on the hate side too much! The thing with candidates is they are the solution to our problem and our problem all at the same time! Everything you hear at conferences and read …