Tag Archives: Interviews

12 Effective Ways to Assess Candidates’ Soft Skills

  As seen on LinkedIn Talent Blog, July 25, 2017. When asked, recruiters say that screening candidates for soft skills are one of the top areas they want to learn more about. That’s because soft skills (think leadership, relationship building, communications, adaptability, strategic thinking, learning and interpersonal skills) take up to 25% of the skills required to do the job and …

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Begin Your Next Job Interview With Just A Text Message

As seen on PSFK by Laura Yan she quotes, Dr. John Sullivan on his insight with text interviews. Canvas is a startup that seeks to change the job recruiting process, screening candidates through text conversations before proceeding to real life interviews. The startup capitalizes on millennials’ evident preference for communication over text rather than phone calls and voice mails. It’s …

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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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7 Rules for Job Interview Questions That Result in Great Hires

As seen on Harvard Business Review. Some of the long-held ideas about how to conduct interviews are no longer accurate. For example, there’s no such thing as a surprise interview question anymore. With sites like Glassdoor.com, candidates can identify each of your likely interview questions and expected answers ahead of time. With that information, candidates now routinely prepare and video their …

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How to Reduce Hiring Bias Against Women

As seen on The Wall Street Journal.  JOHN SULLIVAN: Unfortunately, there are many barriers that limit the job opportunities for professional women. Firms should use surveys of past women candidates or hires and quality of hire data to determine which factors unnecessarily restrict the hiring of women at their firms. The barriers that often have the greatest negative impact include: 1. …

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Death by Interview: Revealing the Pain Caused by Excessive Interviews

“Death by interview” is the harsh but unfortunately all-too accurate name that I give to the majority of corporate interview processes because of the way that they literally abuse candidates. Death by interview is worth closer examination because harsh treatment during interviews impacts almost every working American, simply because each one of us is subjected to many interviews during our …

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Stop Interviewing – Hold A Professional Conversation

Going to an interview is a daunting task — even the most qualified candidates have been known to sweat at the possibility. Often it is viewed by candidates as being equivalent to “going to the dentist,” so it’s not surprising that many firms experience a high “no show” rate for their interviews. If you are going to sell the candidate …

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