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How to Ask Three Uncomfortable Interview Questions

Posted by Eric Friedman

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For HR professionals, a hiring decision is often the most uncertain and costly one they make. The whole point of interviewing a candidate is to gain information that will give the company more insight into the person’s personality, character, work ethic, and potential. There are so many interview questions, assessments, or job preview strategies available, that you must be really “picky” about what you choose. Traci Wilk, former HR chief at Starbucks, says that asking interview questions about challenging work experiences can help discern whether a candidate is willing to learn from their mistakes and reveal if they have a growth mindset. In this article, we will share three interview questions + a BONUS one that can predict s [...]
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Make Your Skills Testing Strategy More Profitable with These Tips

Posted by Kristina Minyard

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Skills testing candidates can save your business time and money. These savings are exponentially increased if you are doing high volume hiring like third party staffing companies. Similar to other business decisions though, if you lack a detailed strategy for skills testing you could be missing out on substantial profit saving opportunities. Consider the following tips to improve your strategy and increase your bottom line with the right talent the first time you hire. Check out how this company saved 64% in selection costs with skills testing. Upgrade to a customizable skills testing option. An “off the shelf” solution for your skills testing is hindering your opportunity to specifically assess skills relative to your positions [...]
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How to Find Your Next Microsoft Office Specialist in 2019

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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Microsoft Office suite is still the most widely used set of desktop applications across all industries. and candidates will often list Microsoft Office skills on their resume. However, as a hiring manager, this doesn’t tell you much, especially since there are so many different versions of MS Office that include different programs. Because a hiring manager’s and candidate’s idea of “proficiency” in any given software system can be two very different things, it’s important to be able to select candidates with strong Microsoft Office skills effectively and test if a candidate really has the skills listed in their resume. It’s also important to you and your human resources department to have a documented process for the ski [...]
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How to Use Skills Testing to Develop Your Workforce

Posted by Eric Friedman

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With an unemployment rate of 3.7%, the lowest in the U.S. Labor Market since 1969, companies are competing to hire from a small talent pool, making it more challenging than ever to find the right people to fill your openings. In a tight labor market like this, investing in your current staff’s knowledge and development is easier than hiring new people. According to SHRM, 60% of a company’s entire workforce will leave a company within four years if the company has no formal process for ongoing training and career development. SHRM also found that companies with an engaging onboarding program retain 91% of their first-year workers. So how can companies retain employees longer and create a professional development program for them? [...]
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How to Select New Employees Through Social Media Recruiting

Posted by Lucy Benton

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Today, everything is possible with social media. Seriously. Even recruitment. If someone told me five years ago that people will be hired based on their Facebook or LinkedIn profiles, I would have been shocked. But yes, social media has made everything and everyone more accessible. If a company is looking for a specific character type, with a specific set of skills and knowledge, social media is there to help out. But how popular is social media recruitment? Let’s talk numbers: 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn and 55% use Facebook to look for new employees. So how can you make social media work for your company in terms of recruitment? How can you leverage social media to select new employees and recognize their skills? Let’s t [...]
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How You Can Engage Test-takers by Making Tests Realistic, Predictive, and Fun!

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Skills testing offers a reliable way to pinpoint the best candidates, increases hiring accuracy and validates hiring decisions. Therefore, when hiring in a tight labor market, you want to create a positive relationship between you and your job candidates so as not to lose their interest. How can you make skills testing that engages, rather than bore, your candidates? How can you create employment skills tests that candidates actually have fun completing? Engaging skills tests need to be relevant to the job (and aligned to EEOC compliance rules!), and they need to be constructed in a way that won’t make candidates feel as if they are wasting their time.  Engaging skills tests also need to have easy-to-understand questions or tasks th [...]
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The Hidden Implications of Bargain Pricing in the Skills Assessment Industry

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Everyone wants to save a buck.  We’re always looking for that next best great deal.   Unfortunately too often, despite all the hype surrounding great deals, we find cheaper isn't always better.  In this article, we will uncover what price bargains really mean in the skills assessment industry, what the most common questions are that people ask before choosing a skills assessment vendor, and why are organizations willing to pay more. The Hidden Costs of Price Bargains in the Skills Assessment Industry When choosing a skills assessment provider to help you screen candidates at the beginning of the hiring process, streamline the hiring process or legally defend hiring decisions, the wrong choice can have a dramatic effect on your bus [...]
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5 Tips to Ensure Your Employees Will Upskill

Posted by Kristina Minyard

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If you were to conduct a brief google search on “benefits of upskilling employees” you would discover article after article covering benefits from saving money to improving employee morale. Thought leaders and vendors alike agree that upskilling can improve your retention rate, increase customer satisfaction, attract new talent, and contribute to strategic succession planning. It’s a widely accepted idea that upskilling your employees is a benefit to both you and your employees, but how do you go about upskilling in a strategic way? 1. Make it part of your culture. Make upskilling part of your culture so that it is accessible for all employees. If it’s hard for employees to take advantage of your benefits/resources, they won’t [...]
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