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 0 Comments

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 1 Comment

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 4 Comments

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 …

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

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

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

“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 …