Recruiting Tools

Bold and Outrageous HR Practices That May Indicate Your Approach Is Too Conservative (Part 1 of 2)

  The Top 10 Bold and Outrageous HR and Talent Management Practices Here are my selections for the top 10 bold approaches that define the current “bleeding-edge” of HR practices. Outrageous benefits – Google recently revealed that it offers amazing death benefits to every U.S. employee. Should any of its U.S. employees die, their surviving spouse or domestic partner will …

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Exciting Job Titles Can Be Powerful Recruiting and Retention Tools

The Power of the “Genius” Title You certainly don’t have to be a genius to get the “genius” job at Apple. There are no stated IQ or degree requirements for the job, and knowledge of Apple products isn’t even required. The title of “genius” at an admired firm like Apple is by itself compelling. Any Apple store manager can tell …

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What’s Wrong With Using Resumes For Hiring? Pretty Much Everything

If you’re getting low quality hires, it’s time to realize that the blind and uneducated use of resumes may be a main contributing factor (note that earlier this year I completed a similar analysis on interviews, the second major contributor to low quality hires). Resumes are the currency of recruiting. Job sites, recruiters, and hiring managers all require them and …

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What’s Wrong With Interviews? The Top 50 Most Common Interview Problems

What’s wrong with corporate job interviews? Pretty much everything. Interviews are the second most used and “flawed” tool in HR (right after performance appraisals). They are used and relied on around the world for hiring, transfers, promotions, and for selecting leaders. After studying and researching interviews for over 40 years, I find it laughable when people think they can become interview experts simply …

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Remote Work — Why Geography Is the #1 Factor That Limits Applications

It’s a fundamental law in recruiting that you “are limited to hiring individuals who have applied for a position” (even direct sourced candidates will at some time will be requested to acknowledge application). Assuming you want an applicant pool that is bulging with superior talent, a logical question would be, ‘What factors restrict qualified individuals from applying?’. Prior to the …

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RIP – Announcing the Death of the Corporate Careers Website

Five years ago someone asked if the adoption of social networks would lead to the demise of job boards. It was a great question, one that forced a number of people to ask: “Why would they? What value were they not delivering? How should they evolve?” Today there are more job boards than there were five years ago, some of …

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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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