May 19 , 2019

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Speed Interviewing: Lessons Learned From Speed Dating

The basic process of interviewing candidates for open positions hasn’t changed very much in the last century, despite radical changes in how people socialize and interact both in and out of the workplace. Traditional interviews continue even though no one enjoys them! There is little argument that traditional interviews are time-consuming for all parties involved, often repetitive, and highly subjective. …

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Using a Contingent Workforce Strategy to Avoid Layoffs

When economic times are volatile and businesses are facing a downturn in revenue, many CFOs turn their attention to cost-containment. A logical place to start cutting costs is labor, given that in many industries labor costs account for an average of 60% of all variable costs. The volatility in the business climate not only dictates that labor costs be contained, …

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Talent Management Analytics

The subject of analytics is often discussed but rarely executed well, even in the most well-established talent management functions.   While most organizations collect data, manipulate it, and produce reports from it, few could honestly state they are leveraging HR data to drive business performance by making better decisions about how the organization’s largest variable expense is managed. Instead of …

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Understanding Why Fast Hiring Is Critical to Recruiting Success

I have been writing on the need for increasing the speed of hire for nearly a decade. During that time, many corporations have begun to realize the benefits of fast hiring. Unfortunately, too many rely on a single time-to-fill metric as their way of measuring hiring speed. There are many reasons why you should hire quickly in certain cases, but …

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Using Messaging Campaigns to Spur Employee Referrals

Employee referral programs are a lot like bottles of wine. Most companies have at least one, the vast majority of which are average or less than average, and only a few ever truly become exceptional. But the similarities don’t stop there.   When the blend of features is perfect, everyone talks about their experience with friends and family, and the …

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Employee Referral Program Killers

Employee referral programs are the most powerful corporate recruiting tool, bar none. They can produce a high volume of quality hires who have been statistically proven to have lower rates of attrition. When designed well, they can not only be cost-effective, but they can produce one of the highest ROIs in the entire HR function.   Firms with well-designed referral …

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The Future of Recruiting: It Won’t Be Anything Like Today (Part 2 of 2)

Most corporate recruiting functions are far from strategic, and most recruiters are intensely resistant to change that. It’s a fact that the business world is rapidly changing, and how organizations recruit talent will be forced to change dramatically as well. The corporate recruiting function of the future isn’t likely to be created from scratch, because the risk of failure is …

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The Future of Recruiting: It Won’t be Anything Like Today (Part 1 of 2)

A while back, I was asked to give a presentation at Google’s main campus in the heart of the Silicon Valley on the future of corporate recruiting. The audience was a combination of Google recruiting staff and recruiters from other organizations in the community that Google was interested in getting to know better. Looking back, I realize that there is …

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Corporate Recruiting: Action Steps During a Recession

Anyone who has worked in corporate recruiting for any period realizes they work in a profession that has dramatic up-and-down cycles. Unfortunately, the down cycles following rapid growth tend to be the harshest. Who can forget the literal “implosion” of world-class recruiting functions like those at Cisco, Nortel, and Trilogy after the 2001 downturn? Those dominating recruiting functions have never …

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Best Practices in Recruiting: 2008 ERE Award Winners

One of the challenges in the fast-moving profession of recruiting is how to keep up with the latest evolutions in best practices at the best firms. Fortunately, it’s a little easier to learn about the emerging benchmark best practices as a result of ERE Media’s Recruiting Excellence Awards, which honor the most strategic and innovative global recruiting practices developed throughout …

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