About Heather Huhman

Heather R. Huhman is the Career & Recruiting Advisor for Spark Hire. She writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets, and is the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle (2011), and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010). Connect with Heather and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter.

March Madness: How to Keep Your Corporate Culture Productive

The craziest part of March Madness might be how many productivity hours and how much money your company could lose. You’ve worked hard to establish an attractive corporate culture, so you’re not crazy about the idea of cracking down on Internet usage just in March. You trust your employees, and that trust is part of what makes your corporate culture so great. However, ignoring the NCAA Division I championship tournament, with all its betting and brackets? That might just be madness.  Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

How Do I Video Interview…Candidates With a Negative Digital Footprint?

Every candidate comes with their own set of unique interviewing challenges. That’s why we’re tackling how to video interview different types of job seekers with this how to series. Today, we’ll be talking about how to connect with job seekers with a less than ideal digital footprint. Who hasn’t Googled themselves from time to time? Doing a quick Google search of a top candidate’s name is just second nature in today’s digitally-connected world. The online presence of your top talent can certainly tell you something about the individual’s personality and responsibility level. In today’s world, leaving your Google results to Continue reading

Credit Checks and The Video Interview: Know the Laws

In today’s competitive marketplace, employers are looking for ways to find out more about the job seekers applying for an open position. One of the tools employers are using to connect with great candidates and find out more personal information is the video interview. Another tool, and one with some tricky legal restrictions, is the credit check. Hiring managers are using credit checks to see if potential employees are responsible when managing their own finances. A candidate with a bad credit score can be a warning sign for employers, especially if this candidate is looking to land a job dealing Continue reading

Does Your Corporate Culture Spark Career Passion?

Most recruiters and hiring managers understand the importance of a top-notch corporate culture. After all, implementing a culture with great corporate values will make your company more attractive to the kind of job seekers you need to walk through your company’s front doors. These perks can range from nap rooms and unlimited vacations to free lunches. While great perks might nab you more applicants for your open jobs, will these benefits also nab you long-lasting talent? Employee turnover can be very, very expensive. In fact, a recent long-range study found the cost of employee turnover tended to be about 21 Continue reading

How Do I Video Interview… Unemployed Candidates?

Every candidate comes with their own set of unique interviewing challenges. That’s why we’re tackling how to video interview different types of job seekers with this how to series. Today, we’ll be talking about how to connect with unemployed candidates in the video interview. Too many companies automatically discount candidates who are currently without a job. But perhaps these unemployed candidates are exactly the kind of motivated job seekers you need in your organization! Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

The 4 Crazy Video Interview Questions You Should Be Asking

The job market is absolutely flooded with candidates right now. With 7.9 percent unemployment, many of these job seekers are without jobs and looking for a steady paycheck. But a good portion of the candidate flood has a current 9-to-5 job, as well. In fact, one in five employees admit they plan to start looking for a new job in the next 90 days. With so many job seekers flooding the marketplace, how can you use the video interview to narrow down the competition? Maybe it’s time to go a little bit crazy. That’s certainly the strategy many companies are Continue reading

How Mainstream Are Video Interviews in the Hiring Process?

It’s no secret we at Spark Hire see the video interview as the hiring tool of the future. But has the video interview really become a mainstream hiring technique? Let’s look at some numbers about online video in general and video interviewing to find out: Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

How Do I Video Interview…Recently Fired Job Seekers?

Every candidate comes with their own set of unique interviewing challenges. That’s why we’re tackling how to video interview different types of job seekers with this how to series. Today we’ll be talking about how to connect with a recently fired job seeker in the video interview. Is this job seeker all wrong for your position because another company cut them loose? Or are they exactly the talent your company needs? In today’s tough economic landscape, where 7.9 percent of Americans are currently unemployed, there are more candidates than ever before hitting the job search after a firing. While companies Continue reading

Is the Video Interview Like a First Date?

Your palms are sweaty, your heart is pounding, and your stomach is doing back flips. Quick question: is this a first date or a first interview? The truth is, your candidate might be just as nervous to talk to you in the video interview as they would be meeting their potential soulmate. In the month of February, thanks to Valentine’s Day, it feels like love is all around us. Mostly this is because every store is putting out a display of hearts, chocolates, and cupids pointing their arrows in your direction. Finding a job seeker you love, however, is not Continue reading

Office Romance Guidelines to Maintain Corporate Culture This Valentine’s Day

In the month of February, it feels like love is all around. This just might be because February is the home of Valentine’s Day, the one day of the year put aside to appreciate your special someone. Along the way you’re also expected to buy flowers, chocolates, and probably even one of those little teddy bears holding a heart. Though some people might consider Valentine’s Day a commercial holiday, it can still inspire cupid to strike in your office. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.