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How One-Way Video Interviews Boost Your Recruitment Flow

Posted by Eric Friedman

As a recruiter, one of your goals is to increase the efficiency of your work, while selecting the best-qualified candidates. Of course, to do this, you need to eliminate some candidates as early as possible in your recruiting flow. Nearly half of recruiters say they typically conduct three interviews per candidate.  On average, filling a new position using traditional hiring methods takes 45 days and costs between $1,500 and $5,000 — a  waste of time and money. Have you used one-way video interviews yet? They are productive, convenient and economical. Three Benefits of One-Way Video Interviews The ease of sending and reviewing video interviews enables recruiters to expedite the screening process in two major ways. First, recru [...]
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Adverse Impact: What Is It, Why It Matters, and How to Avoid Selection Bias

Posted by Paul E. Spector

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Bob owns a mid-sized engineering firm. In the past year, he hired 20 men but only 5 women for technical positions. Does this mean there is a problem with Bob’s selection processes? This might be the case, but it should be considered that what is most important is not the numbers hired, but the selection bias against some groups over others, such as men over women. To understand selection bias, we need to look at the concept of adverse impact, which has to do with the percentage of people hired from each group of applicants. In Bob’s case, we would be comparing the percentage of female applicants hired to the percentage of male applicants hired. Supposed in the past year, Bob hired 20 out of the 80 men who applied for a position [...]
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Develop a New Skills Selection Process: Talent Acquisition for Remote Employees

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

The remote work trend shows no sign of abating and for good reason: study after study shows us that a remote workforce decrease costs and increases productivity. According to Flexjobs.com, remote work grew 115 percent among U.S. employees during the past 10 years. As a result, HR professionals everywhere are having to adjust our approach talent acquisition. Hiring a remote team is quite a bit different. We’re having to solve for different skill sets over and above what the typical role requirements are. Plus we have to factor in the reality that the employee isn’t going to be shoulder to shoulder with their boss on a daily basis. Six Skills Remote Workers Need to Have  Here are six skill competencies remote job applicant should [...]
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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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