Recruiting Tools

What’s Wrong With Reference Checking? Pretty Much Everything (Part 2)

This article addresses five questions raised in response to Part 1 of this series published last week. It addresses the best ways to assess candidate performance pre-hire and when to use references. Question 1 — What are the most accurate indicators of past, current and future performance? Finding accurate real world predictors of future performance is difficult but not impossible. Professional sports …

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What’s Wrong With Reference Checks (Part 1)

Employment reference checking and background screening should win recognition as the weakest of all corporate HR processes. A validity meta-analysis study conducted by Aamodt & Williams in 2005 found that the corrected validity coefficient for reference recommendations and actual job performance was a staggeringly low .29. Despite the facts, 96% of organizations use reference checks as a screening and selection tool, …

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Real Time Location Recruiting: Using Emerging Technology to Meet Prospects

The scenario goes like this: while on your way to grab lunch you check out one or more of the location-based social networking apps (a.k.a. prospect locator apps) to see if any of the top talent you have been courting happens to be in the area. Within seconds, you have identified that a candidate you have been talking to for …

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Factors That Degrade Employee Referral Program Performance — Reducing Results from Great to Good

The Top 20 Employee Referral Program Performance Degraders Loss of a program manager — losing or failing to replace a program manager charged with championing the program and keeping it active can lead to disastrous consequences even for a short period of time. Solution: a resource, hold them accountable, empower them with program metrics, and educate them on key ERP …

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Championing Employee Referrals During Reductions in Force

The Important Role Employees Can Play In Acquiring Talent Whenever you want someone else to help you accomplish something, it makes sense to make the business case for them to do so.  Helping employees understand why their participation in the referral program is critical to the organizations recovery is key.  Select from the following list the specific reasons that are …

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Advanced Employee Referral Programs — Best Practices You Need to Copy

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40 Practices That Distinguish Great from Average The following list is separated into eight categories, based on what the composite practices are trying to accomplish. Benchmark firms are highlighted in parentheses. Improving the Business Case for ERPs The best referral programs are well-funded because they have convinced business leaders and managers on the business impact of employee referral programs. ERP …

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Crowdsourcing: A Red-Balloon-Finding Contest Shows the Future of Recruiting

A Contest to Identify the Most Effective “Finding Tool” This story begins with a famous government agency, DARPA, wanting to test the effectiveness of the available tools/approaches to locate missing objects or individuals, i.e., pieces of downed aircraft, wanted criminals, or missing children. Because this task was so large in scope, it turned to a labor model growing in popularity …

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Understanding the Available Social Media Recruiting Strategies — Leveraging Your Employees’ Time (Part 1 of 2)

Social media presents progressive organizations with a plethora of recruiting-centric opportunities. Every day, new ways to directly source talent, support the engagement of people with the organization, market employment opportunities, and influence the employer brand arise. The sheer volume of potential directions to follow is confusing, daunting, and at times, just plain overwhelming. While some organizations have stuck a stick …

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Understanding the Available Social Media Recruiting Strategies – Leveraging Your Employees’ Time (Part 2 of 2)

Last week I introduced this series by stating that a majority of social recruiting initiatives currently in progress in organizations around the world would fail primarily because they relied solely on the limited resources of the recruiting function to establish visibility online, engage an audience, and service that audience throughout a multi-stage conversion cycle. This week my attention turns to …

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Improving Interviews by Using Forced-Choice Questions to Replace Yes-No Questions

Most managers share the fear of hiring a bad fit, no matter how technically qualified the candidate might be. Unfortunately, most attempts to measure fit suffer from a fatal flaw: that being the way cultural screening questions are asked. Too many managers and administrators-turned-recruiters ask binary questions that make it easy for candidates to guess the most desirable answer. For …

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