Imagine that you have recently interviewed for the position of your dreams and walked away confident that you would receive a job offer. Professionally, there are very few greater feelings than sincere optimism about obtaining a role that could significantly advance your career. Now consider that, despite your outstanding qualifications and presentation, you find out that another candidate has been selected for the position. As you contemplate what could have possibly gone wrong, you…Continue
During the interview your goal is to gather information so you can make a solid hiring recommendation. It is important to remember that candidates come from a variety of sources. Not all candidates want to interview with Your Company. In some cases, we have persuaded them to consider Your Company and come meet with you. Always read the mail from the staffing consultant on the morning of the interview to learn more about the circumstances of this candidate. Perhaps they are a referral, a…Continue
And how to integrate video interviewing into your hiring process
Video interviewing will never replace the in-person, one-on-one, final interviews needed to ensure a potential employee is the right fit for your company's culture. But it can be an extremely valuable tool to find top talent faster and improve the overall quality of hires.
In an upcoming webinar hosted by MBA Focus, in partnership with InterviewStream, employers will…Continue
Added by Ryan Pratt on May 11, 2012 at 3:55pm — No Comments
Since 1981, I have worked with over 3000 hiring managers across the United States. Most of whom have never been trained how to interview. Therefore, they bring their own unique interview techniques and questions to the interview party.
This is the beginning of a series of quick stories that my candidates have experienced. The names have been changed - if there is even a name attached. Of course, the candidates bring their own special treats to the interviewing party and I…Continue
As executive recruiters we are frequently tasked with facilitating the hiring process for employers. Making the right hiring decisions is critical for employers, especially with respect to senior-level positions. Of course, in practice, it is impossible to guarantee that the right decision is made 100% of the time, but following some simple guidelines can help increase this probability. The Abacus Group has compiled a list of mistakes made by employers during the applicant selection process…Continue
Added by Gregory Saukulak on May 1, 2012 at 11:48am — No Comments
“Give me a job, give me security… give me a chance to survive…”
I don’t normally let candidates get to me. I’ve recruited in good times and bad, been screamed at, threatened, called names, and Lord knows what else by candidates who don’t handle rejection well. It’s rare, but it happens. I typically respond with a shrug and go on about my business. My experience with frustrated job seekers is, sadly, pretty broad (maybe it’s me?). Even still, this latest meltdown was…Continue
If you’re talking in more than nine second soundbites, you’re wasting your words, losing the attention of buyers, and positioning yourself as just another long-winded person trying to make your case. From soundbites on broadcast news to politicians delivering provocative statements to posts on Twitter, we’ve become a society that consumes information in smaller and smaller chunks. According to research at the University of California, the incredible shrinking soundbite has gone from 43…Continue
Added by Scott Wintrip on April 16, 2012 at 2:26pm — No Comments
We have all been there:
You have spent too long trying to fill a key position. At long last, someone emerges who appears to be an ideal fit. You are certain that she meets all of the technical qualifications. She has spent her career with an industry leader in your space where she gained ideal experience. She presents as very intelligent, capable and even has a sense of humour. She seems genuinely excited about all aspects of the business and is very happy with how you describe the…Continue
This post originally appeared on the SkillStorm blog: www.skillstorm.com/blog
The longer you are out-of-work or are looking for a new position the more desperate you become. The more desperate you feel the more willing you are to do things you wouldn’t ordinarily do: things like work for lower pay, take a position that you know you are…Continue
Added by SkillStorm on April 5, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
Hiring managers in many companies do not understand the value of an effective job description. One client said, “Just find me C++ programmers.” When I asked if he was mostly interested in application programmers or software engineers, he simply looked at me. If we found the right people, we would not waste his time reviewing resumes. After taking the time up front, he was happy with our results.
The job description is the foundation of an effective recruitment process. …Continue
We can see what the resume says. But who is this person really? Is he or she a dog or cat person? Are they more like their German Shephard or their Tabby?
Don’t scoff. For all you extremely talented recruiters out their schooled in the latest behavioral role playing or SWOT-style interviewing techniques, are you really delving into this candidate’s hidden psyche from a fresh angle?
Answer: Don’t Waste Their Time!
You can stop reading now since I already gave the answer. If you read on, I will talk about best practices for interviewing candidates whose time is limited, since someone in their infinite wisdom has already given this person a job.
Recruiters and hiring managers all want to hire the person who is currently working, yes? Why then do we waste so much of their time, and treat them like our company is God’s gift to their career?…Continue
I cannot tell you how many times I have received calls or emails from great potential candidates about the terrible experiences they have had during an interview. Managers endlessly…Continue
Added by Francois Guay on September 19, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
Stumbled across this BNET article about what What Hiring Managers Really Look For. Sure, there are lots of points made in the article I agree with, a few things I could probably argue against, but overall a decent read. The author writes from his personal experience, and I have no doubt…Continue
So you have been looking for a new gig for a while and finally you find one that is worth checking out. You get on LinkedIn and see if you know anyone in your network working there now or even in the past. You find out the company is indeed a place you could see yourself in the future and continue to take the next steps. You ask your colleague to make an introduction for you with the hiring…Continue
Preface: This post is written less as my opinion and more as a culmination of all the feedback (use cases) some four thousand high-end technology professionals have given me over the past three plus years.
We are in one of the tightest, if not the tightest candidate markets since, well…forever. More open positions than qualified candidates and new companies sprouting up every day (like the dot com). That said, the technical community has maintained a very high bar…
Added by Erin Wilson on August 12, 2011 at 11:33am — No Comments
I’ll say up front that the subject matter of this post is a bit unreal. Great interviewing can’t be boiled down to a list of questions. It’s a combination of helping a candidate feel at ease, listening, observing, talking and, yes, asking the right questions. And what a recruiter or potential employer does (or asks) in any given interview depends,…Continue
Next week I throw myself back into recruiting (this time, corporate – something new!). I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’m going to handle the candidate experience. Surely some things are out of my control – I will be working with a recruiting coordinator, flexing to the needs and schedules of my hiring managers, and of course the whims of the candidates themselves. (Of course I want to work for your company. Unless this other offer comes through. I can interview anytime. Except…Continue
One of Hung’s arguments is that, for…Continue
On my team's blog Insights from the Riviera, we have been featuring a series called "Weird Interviewing Experiences". Normally, we feature quick 1-2 minute interviews from Human Resources, Recruiting, and Staffing professionals on their weird, strange, and bizarre interviewing experiences from their own career. Today, we thought it would be fun to go back in time,…Continue
Added by Jeremy Eskenazi on June 2, 2011 at 3:23pm — No Comments