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 1 Comment

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, …

Is Texting Candidate Screener Questions Better Than a Real Conversation?

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, candidate experience, Canvas, Communication, Digital Interviewing, Interviewing, Mobile, Talent Acquisition, Tim Sackett 6 Comments

I think it’s common belief that it’s always best to screen a candidate “live”, either in person or over the phone. We believe that the ‘immediate’ response is always best because it doesn’t give a candidate time to make up the ‘right’ answer, and you get a more true answer of what they really believe. That’s what we all think, …

How Should I Dress for My Interview?

Tim Sackett Career Advice, Coaching, Corporate America, Dress Code, Tim Sackett 2 Comments

Have you noticed that this is becoming an issue for both candidates and employers? It used to be pretty simple. If you got an interview, for almost any position, you showed up in your ‘Sunday’s Best’. That usually meant some kind of suit and tie for dudes and some kind of dress/skirt/pantsuit for the ladies. Then ‘Business Casual’ happened and …

The Honeymoon Is Over, AKA “The Employee Experience”

John Whitaker candidate experience, John Whitaker

“Candidate experience.” Google that term and you get just over 11 million hits. I’m guessing a fair percentage of those can be traced back to the contributors on this site, myself included, as sharing the gospel of the candidate experience is a pretty cool thing to do, don’tcha know? Here’s my concern about the avalanche of material you find about …

New Law Coming to a State Near You

John Whitaker Compensation/Cash Money, John Whitaker

“So, [candidate-person], how much do you currently make?”  How is it that something so obviously inappropriate to ask in any social or professional setting is one of the boilerplate questions asked of every job candidate? “What do you currently make?” Excuse me, but what in the hell does that have to do with the price of grits in Charleston?* I …

Be Deliberately Innovative

John Whitaker Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, HR, Innovation, John Whitaker

Here’s a tip for you, prospective job-seeker… grab a scratch pad and start describing your talents in terms of “innovation.” Look at your list. Now ask yourself this question— “Am I innovative?” If you are one of the 50% of Americans who do consider innovation/creativity as a strength, you could be selling yourself short if that competency is not readily apparent in your …

Driving in The Fog

John Whitaker Recruiting, Selection

I love my guts. Seriously. I’m the first to admit that for much of my career, a large part of my success as a staffing professional and/or generalist relied on instinct, “feel,” or some other non-tangible determinant; and, frankly, I was good at it. I didn’t invent the term “gray area” as it relates to HR, but it is certainly applicable. …

What’s Your Special Sauce?

John Whitaker Candidate Pool, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, John Whitaker

One of my prouder childhood achievements was beating the 30-second BigMac “challenge” as a 9-year old in desperate need of a promotional “Hamburglar” glass. Dad took me into the local McDonald’s, I took a few calming breaths, then wove a tapestry of hamburger ingredients so seamlessly that it was if I was on autopilot…“twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonionsonasesameseedbun…” 4.3 seconds, gents. I can’t even explain …