Stupid Interview Questions – If You Were a Cooked Potato, What Type Would You Be?

Maren Hogan Culture, Interviewing, Maren Hogan, Recruiting

Bad Interview Questions: They have been fodder for lots of columns, and recently Workforce Weekly’s John Hollon dropped the lowdown on M$’s questions, and pointed out a few issues with related lines of questioning: “the superhero question presupposes that everyone has a deep knowledge about the pantheon of superheroes and their unique qualities, and that’s a highly doubtful premise at …

That Rumor About Your Company? It Has To Be True…

Jessica Lee Culture, Jessica Lee, Recruiting

As the interweb becomes more and more sophisticated, the tools for your average joe, sitting in cube-land, seemingly multiply, as well. You have veteran sites like salary.com where your most disgruntled can do some misguided salary research and come up with reasons why you should be paying them more. (Of course, they don’t understand quartiles, or what TCC is, nor …

Company Culture – More Than A Custom T-Shirt and Flip-Flops…

Jason Pankow Culture, Jason Pankow, Recruiting, Retention

Culture is a word you hear thrown around a lot.  Seems nowadays, everyone is talking about theirs. But, what does it mean to the average candidate, and how can we, as recruiters, work it to our benefit? Barry Phegan explains company culture essentially as interests, values and attitudes shared by employees to help them “work together in harmony.” But, to …

Internal Vs. External Talent – You’re Asking the Wrong Question….

Kris Dunn Culture, Interviewing, Kris Dunn, Recruiting, Retention, Succession Planning

Admit it, you’ve debated the issue at some point in your company.  Do you go outside for talent or do you grow it from within?  Related questions include the following: –How do we provide a career path for the employees within our company? -How can we hire externally when we require so much knowledge of our business to be successful? …

The Gay Experience and Your Employment/Recruiting Brand…

Jessica Lee Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Retention, Sourcing

The best question a candidate has ever asked me during an interview, hands down, was this: “I’m openly gay. How are gay employees treated here? And is the culture receptive to GLBT staff?” In the conservative corporate world of Washington, DC, a candidate asking this question showed some chutzpah in my book. Not because this was a difficult question to …

The 5 Worst Reasons To Quit Your Job…

Kris Dunn Culture, Kris Dunn, Retention

I’ve been on the phone with many candidates over the last two weeks and have this conclusion – it’s amazing what people will tell you as a recruiter, if you have the moxie to frame the question in the right way and then S.H.U.T.U.P.   Seriously, stop talking.  You’re ruining the brutal honesty that is forthcoming, if you would only use …