“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 1 Comment

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 …

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 …

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 …

PODCAST: A Most Politically Incorrect Hiring Process

Tim Sackett Canvas, Recruiting, Tim Sackett

Welcome to Recruiter Confessions! On this episode, Tim Sackett brings in Jim D’Amico, Global Talent Acquisition Leader at Celanese. Jim shares some hot takes on the following: What happens when the hiring process becomes overtaken by politically incorrect madness The difference between an edgy candidate and a candidate with a face tattoo Why your best silver bullet is just going …

PODCAST: Merry Christmas Eve…Now Get Us An Offer Acceptance By The End Of The Day

Tim Sackett Canvas, Recruiting, Tim Sackett

Welcome to Recruiter Confessions! Sponsored by Canvas and brought to you by the talent pros at Fistful of Talent, this podcast is made for recruiters, by recruiters. Every month, host Tim Sackett will bring on a different recruiter co-host to share: Hiring horror stories The secrets recruiters keep to themselves during the hiring process Silver bullets you can take back …

Talent Over AI: Which Fast Food Chain’s People Will Outperform Automation?

Kris Dunn A.I., Kris Dunn

I was driving back from vacation last week and saw the scene pictured below in a routine McDonald’s – many of you have seen the same thing, right?  Take a look (email subscribers click through to see the IG post below) and we’ll break it down after the jump: So here we are.  You’ve stopped into a McDonald’s and you’re …

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 …