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When Good Interviews Go Bad

Peter Clayton recently posted "The Job Interview..." where he discussed the ubiquitous Candidate Experience. After a few decades of recruiting, I know that the CE is a by-product of both sides of the fence. The Good, the Bad, and the really freakin' Ugly.

Perhaps using humor is a better strategy for teaching the Do's and Don'ts of interviewing. Do any of…

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Added by Steve Levy on June 19, 2014 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

And Your SnapChats Disappear Too

No one really checks the Internet for my past stuff

But that was five years ago – I’m a different person now…

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Added by Steve Levy on June 3, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

25 Funniest Résumés of ALL TIME

I really can't improve upon the work of the author who put this together - which one is your…

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Added by Steve Levy on May 18, 2014 at 1:24pm — 4 Comments

HR and Recruiting "Huh?"

Here in New York City there's one of SHRM's major chapters: HR/NY. In correspondence and on conference badges, it is typically shortened to "HRNY."

Now if you're like others, you have learned to pronounce the acronym for the Society for Human Resources Management as "sherm"; how might you pronounce "HRNY"?

Yes, HR thought leaders at their finest...

My friend works at Management Recruiters in Vancouver, WA; their toll free number is 877-695-4688. I just called…

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Added by Steve Levy on May 6, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Recruiting Haiku

Twitter Chats

“Experts” roar –

Leaves fall from the trees

No one hears barren limbs

Linkedin InMails

“Love” works –

Matching buzzwords with more love

Sorry…not enough…

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Added by Steve Levy on May 4, 2014 at 2:30pm — 16 Comments

#TChat Hates Recruiting

Does #TChat really hate recruiting? Frankly, I don't know. What I do know is that my original post has caused many people to voice their strong opinions one way or the other - which in a sense is what I wanted to accomplish. The #TChat team heard the opinions of an especially vocal faction and are in the process of making a few changes that in my opinion will make their product better.

So - we'll see...

Added by Steve Levy on May 1, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

The Modern Recruiter

What is a modern recruiter? Someone who is honest first, knowledgeable second, consistent third, humble fourth, helpful fifth, personable sixth, and resilient seventh – of course these are equally valid in other arrangements.



Too many people who call themselves recruiters don’t take pride in their…

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Added by Steve Levy on April 6, 2014 at 11:30am — 12 Comments

A Recruiter's Night Before Christmas

[Hello RBC - Long time no see]



‘Twas the night before Christmas and somewhere online

A recruiter was puzzling over which webpage to mine

With visions of revenues and managers content

This recruiter was no ordinary Clark Kent



Dark horn-rimmed glasses covered his eyes

He was better than any of the CIA’s spies

His fingers were dancing on his silent keyboard

Looking for instances of names he could hoard



His Boolean strings would always… Continue

Added by Steve Levy on December 26, 2013 at 11:32am — No Comments

Phishing for Desperate Jobseekers

The recent closure of SpamIt.com in Russia has successfully reduced global spam by 20% over the past few days. It's bad enough that spammers are shilling ED drugs - as if sexual potency were the solution to the world's ills - but I've recently seen an uptick in jobseeker spam. This is simply insidious and unconscionable because the senders…

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Added by Steve Levy on October 27, 2010 at 1:56pm — No Comments

No so fast on leaving New York State

Back on May 22, I noted that Tom Golisano, founder and billionaire owner of Paychex, decided that New York statutory environment was driving businesses out of the state. Under the now - and hopefully single term - Governor Patterson, New York is becoming a place that is unfriendly towards business; unfriendly to business means unfriendly to recruiting.



Yesterday saw an old fashioned coup up in Albany… Continue

Added by Steve Levy on June 9, 2009 at 7:05am — 1 Comment

Potential hiring pact rankles rusing recruiters!!!

Restraint of trade? Violation of the Sherman Anti Trust Act of 1890? I'm sorry but you can keep your best people - we don't want them!!

Oh Lord take me now! What is a recruiter to do???

Da Syndicate awaits da response from da FOKs...

Added by Steve Levy on June 3, 2009 at 11:23am — No Comments

Forbes wants people to reinvent their careers

Eight people who were once big earners before seeing pink are profiled by Forbes as an indicator that anyone can reinvent themselves and become more fulfilled.



We see a Senior Vice President at Wellpoint who refused to relo from New Hampshire to Indiana - and the company acquiesced; a web development consultant who fiddles with code on his cell while the barber trims his locks;… Continue

Added by Steve Levy on May 22, 2009 at 8:45am — No Comments

Involuntary P/T workforce - a leading indicator

Involuntary part-time workers account for "...almost one in three of all part-time workers. Almost all the new involuntary part-time workers were formerly full-time workers accepting cutbacks in hours. Part-time employment invariably rises during recessions, but...the magnitude of the rise in this recession has been unprecedented since records were first kept in the 1950s. It also suggests that the jobs numbers and unemployment rate underestimate the extent to which employers have cut costs… Continue

Added by Steve Levy on May 19, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

You're a Thought Leader - A Song

Sung to Pat Benetar's Heartbreaker.



Your thoughts are like a tidal wave, injecting into my mind

Takin’ me to another place where, recruiting isn’t maligned

You're a leading recruiter, you’re someone who I want to be

Will you be my tutor, and take me on a thinking spree



You're a Thought Leader

Mind reader, Idea breeder

Sumser cannot disagree!

You're a Thought Leader

Mind reader, Idea… Continue

Added by Steve Levy on May 15, 2009 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

Ann Taylor cuts the fat

Ann Taylor claims there aren’t any overweight – sorry, big boned - fashion conscious women anymore who can afford the company’s size 16 couture so they’ve made a decision to stop carrying the clothes in their stores only online (sure, women who pay $200 plus for a blouse will happily order it online without first trying it on for fit). Analysts on the other hand see an obvious strategy –… Continue

Added by Steve Levy on May 14, 2009 at 7:03am — No Comments

You have no idea how to really interview candidates

Kris Dunn wants to waterboard candidates and as a mutual fan of 24, I say it's high time we Jack Bauer potential employees (you'll notice my Jack Bauer facts on the right side of my RBC page).



I just don't call it asking for negative information as Kris puts it; what he's referring to is… Continue

Added by Steve Levy on May 1, 2009 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Our catty whompus 'conomy - why?

As Sandra McCartt might say about the government pointing to all the positive signs in the economy, "Just because a chicken has wings don't mean it can fly." Today we found out that Ken Lewis, the teetering CEO of Bank of America, testified that Bernanke and Paulson and "...the government wanted him to keep quiet while the two sides negotiated government funding to help BofA absorb… Continue

Added by Steve Levy on April 23, 2009 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Wondering @Wharton

Food for thought...

For the past decade, a job at an investment bank has been coveted. Now the implosion of Wall Street has not only shaken a generation's ambitions, it has also unleashed them.

Click here for the NY Times video

Added by Steve Levy on April 23, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Can't plan a workforce without good numbers

Robert Rivet, CFO of Advanced Micro Devices, reminded analysts during recent conference calls that "the current environment is pretty murky, visibility is pretty low."

It's not easy trying to plan your future workforce trends when even the CFOs are having a difficult time making sense of it all...

Added by Steve Levy on April 22, 2009 at 8:25am — No Comments

Pet smart - maybe - but not much more

A few hours ago I stopped in to PetSmart to pick up a few pet items. The total came to $12.42; I pulled $15 out my wallet, counted out 42 cents, and handed the currency to the cashier - who in the transfer, dropped one penny onto the floor. She attempted to bend over to pick it up but didn't.



I turned away for about four seconds and she handed me $2.99 in change; the receipt noted that I gave her $15.41. I took the two dollar bills in my right… Continue

Added by Steve Levy on April 20, 2009 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

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