September 22 , 2018

Screening & Assessment

The Top 10 Reasons Why Social Media Background Checks Are a Dumb Idea

The latest addition to the modern recruiting process, social media background checks, may be the dumbest element. Unlike most background checks, they don’t verify positive job-related information. Instead, they are used almost exclusively to reject candidates based on a subjective reaction to things that the candidate did while off the job. If you are among the whopping 70 percent of employers that …

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How to Screen Out Sexual Harassers During the Hiring Process

As seen on ERE Media, February 5, 2018. Recruiting leaders must realize that they are exposing their firm to “negligent hiring” charges if they fail to do everything possible to prevent the hiring of candidates who later go on to sexually harass. Prevention is key, because once sexual harassment occurs in your workplace, irreversible damage has already been done to …

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Whiteboard Tests Can Improve Your Hiring Results in Many Jobs

As seen on ERE Media, January 22, 2018. Improve Candidate Assessment by Adding Problem-Focused Whiteboard Tests Let’s look at the data. The current state of hiring and candidate assessment is problematic because research shows that 46 percent of new hires fail in their first 18 months on the job. Because most firms don’t track this important “failure rate” metric, they can’t really …

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Not Hiring Exceptional Candidates Is Extremely Damaging but It’s Preventable

Note: This article is part of a continuing series covering high-impact business practices that recruiting should be doing, but it doesn’t!  Losing Exceptional Candidates Is Damaging Your Firm Learning specifically why exceptional candidates were not hired can be added to the list of the many things that corporate recruiting functions, unexplainably, don’t do at all. Most in recruiting are more …

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Kick-Start Your Firm’s Growth By Hiring Candidates With Game-changer Competencies

This article covers how you can directly accelerate your firm’s growth rate through recruiting. If you’re skeptical about whether that is possible, be aware that data reveals that human capital has a much greater impact on kickstarting a firm’s growth than any financial or capital investment. And of all human capital functions, recruiting by far has the highest measurable impact …

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When Hiring for Attitude — Catch ‘Attitude Fraud’ Because Candidates Fake It

“Attitude fraud” – when candidates with an undesirable attitude, purposely deceive and act as if they have a great one to get hired. Even though it is a major problem, few in recruiting make any attempt to detect or avoid it. Most interviewers think that they can accurately spot deception. Unfortunately they are wrong because data reveals that even sophisticated …

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Need More Strategic Thinkers? Here’s How to Hire Them

What firm doesn’t need to be strategic? In fact, what could contribute more to the success of an organization in today’s fast-changing world of business than having a large cadre of strategic thinkers? As a result, CEOs would love to have as many of them as possible at all levels of the organization. And when polled, in a survey of executives, a …

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6 Ways to Screen Job Candidates for Strategic Thinking

As seen on Harvard Business Review. Every organization needs strategic thinkers. In a 2013 Management Research Group survey, when executives were asked to select the leadership behaviors that were most critical to their organization’s future success, 97% of the time they chose being strategic. This is because people who are able to think strategically add value in four ways. First, by being …

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Need Innovators? Recruit Those Who See the Glass as Half Empty … and Leaking

Corporate employees can be classified into two categories. The majority of employees must be classified as “the glass is half full” people, who when they look at an existing process or product, they assume that everything is fine. However, a handful of employees can be classified as “the glass is half empty and leaking” people. These individuals are much more …

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Recruiting Trends For 2016 And Their Supporting Best Practices, 2 Part series

What could be more important in a fast-moving world than keeping up with developing trends? Unfortunately, many in recruiting are so busy that they forget to set aside time to follow or act on these important emerging trends. The Many Benefits of Tracking Emerging Trends in Recruiting Not following trends can be a mistake because being first provides your firm …

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