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Watch Your Body Language in an Interview & Save the Head Bobbing for Bonnaroo.

Dawn Burke Communication, Dawn Burke, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing 0 Comments

I’ve noticed a recent, 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 some others call it, …

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They Did Not Suck: 5 Rules For Saying Why You Got Fired or Left Your Last Job

Kris Dunn Coaching, Culture, Employee Coaching, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, Kris Dunn, Personal Brand, Selection 1 Comment

Gather round the monitor kids, because I’m about to break off some knowledge that a lot of you don’t fully understand. Let’s start with a general rule: If you’re interviewing for a job you really want and you’re not currently employed, the elephant in the room is why you aren’t still employed with that company.  Now let’s enhance that a …

Crappy Job Postings Don’t Click with Candidates.

Katrina Kibben Hiring Managers, HR & Marketing, job postings, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Talent Acquisition 0 Comments

How you tell a story matters. Don’t believe me? Keep reading. It’s within the intricacies of navigating the details and following the hints that we find a connection. The cliffhangers. The next page. Stories are where we start to imagine instead of merely reading. They push us to connect, create, and conspire instead of just digesting a simple plot line. …

Is it Time to Fail, OR is it Time to Fill?

Ben Martinez Always Be Closing, Communication, Hiring Managers, job postings, Making Offers, Metrics, Negotiation, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, Working With Recruiters 2 Comments

More often than not, work takes longer than we think… In recruiting, “time to fill” is the number of days between when a job posting is approved, and the day the offer is accepted by the candidate. I’ve seen average time to fill rates range anywhere from 41 days to 62 days. Sometimes waaay longer. The problem with focusing too …

I’m Getting Too Old For This $***

Ed Baldwin candidate experience, Change, Ed Baldwin, Executive Search, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Old School, Recruiting, Selection, Uncategorized

My pre-interview checklist. Hugo Boss suit. Check (although it fits a lot tighter than I remember it fitting a decade ago). Conservative tie. Check. Polished shoes. Check. Ironed and starched shirt. Check. Fresh shave, cleared hair out of nose and ears. Check. And perhaps most importantly, investing several hours getting to know as much as I can about the slate …

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How to Beat Weak Hiring Managers When You Interview

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, candidate experience, Career Advice, Hiring Managers, HR, Kris Dunn, Recruiting

If you’re like me, you’ve routinely got friends, family, and colleagues asking you for career advice.  When it comes to the topic of interviewing, I’m on record as saying that you should let the person interviewing you for a job talk as much as they want. The more you let the interviewer talk – even encourage her to talk (that’s the …

Need a New Year’s Resolution? How About Resolving to Hire More Older Workers in 2019.

John Hollon Benefits, Business Development, Career Paths, Culture, Diversity, Employee Development, Employment Branding and Culture, Generations, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Uncategorized

I’ve never met my Fistful of Talent colleague Rachel Bitte, but her recent post on the big changes recruiters had to make (2018 Was the Tipping Point For Recruiting) to deal with “the current job market reality,” tells me she knows her way around a recruiting department. I’m also sure her insights are spot on for recruiters and hiring managers …

The “Real Hire” Shows Up in November

Ben Martinez Candidate Pool, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, Holidays, HR, Influence, Interviewing, Leadership

Welcome to November. New month. Same game. October is gone and Halloween is over – take your mask off, no more trick or treating here. If you ate all the Halloween candy last night, get back on the path…we have work to do. When Halloween ends and November begins it reminds me of hiring. When it comes to hiring, once …

“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

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

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 …