Most candidates are well aware that recruiters and hiring managers are giving their social media pages the once-over prior to making a hiring choice. Yet some potential employees seem to disregard this fact as they take to Facebook and Twitter. From drunken pictures to rants about their current employer, it is more common than you would think for a candidate to make serious missteps on social media. Prior to recruiting someone, look for these social media red flags. These actions may indicate that your recruit isn’t the right candidate for the job: Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest Continue reading
When you’re a recruiter, your job is to find the best candidates for that particular company. However, this becomes a challenge when unconscious biases come into play. Fortunately, there are a number of strategies that you can employ in order to shut down bias before it starts. Keep these tips in mind as you talk to potential new hires: Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.
While often overlooked, an employee handbook is an important part of any organization. It helps to set the tone of that company, and let’s new hires and veterans know what is expected of them. However, many recruiters often forget that an employee handbook can also serve as an important recruiting tool. When a person knows that they will enter a job with a clear idea of what is expected of them and how that organization operates, they’re likely to feel more comfortable coming on board. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh Continue reading
Imagine this: your company has just hired your best friend or roommate. What used to be a relationship that was carried out after working hours has become a ride to work together, 9 – 5, hang out after work constant companionship. You even dream about them. Yes, this is a worst case scenario, but in most instances, this is what you can expect when you hire a friend. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.
We all love Starbucks, or love to hate Starbucks (HOW DO THEY GET ALL MY MONEY?). What we should be doing is hiring like Starbucks. Starbucks is a global company with thousands of employees: they need to have a great system for hiring top talent. I’m sure we all have our favorite story of a terrible interaction with a Starbucks employee, so get that out of your system right now. Write a nasty letter, tweet, or Facebook status to that terrible employee who spelled your name wrong. Done? Okay. Like any major, and successful, company, Starbucks has a set of Continue reading
We’ve all read job advertisements like this one (this is a real ad, changed slightly to protect the innocent): Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.
Like other hiring giants in our So You Want to Hire Like… series, Google has a reputation for innovative and successful hiring practices. Their internship program is the subject of a recent film, and the inspiration for last fall’s book Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? Intelligence tests are only one part–in fact, an increasingly smaller part–of Google’s interview questions and hiring strategy. Other secrets to success include finding good matches for company culture and taking chances on less qualified candidates. So you want to hire like Google? Here’s what you should do. Like this article? Subscribe to Continue reading
So You Want to Hire Like… is a Spark Hire series focusing on the interview tactics of companies who have unique and successful approaches to the interview process. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.
Background screening is a critical task when you hire employees for your small business. No longer can you really take the chance on hiring someone for your company simply based on the information they put on an application or resume. Consider the fact that, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 30% of small business failure is due to employee theft. The Society of Human Resource Managers reported in 2012 that 53% of resumes and job applications contain false information. Today, you need to make sure that you are pre-screening employees before you bring them on, even if they look Continue reading
The hiring process can be daunting, especially when so much of it has to do with subjective factors. Sure, years of experience and college degrees are measurable variables of employability. But measuring problem solving ability, communication skills, and even basic technical know-how can be tricky. This is where a variety of pre-employment tests can seem like a life-saver. Pre-employment tests come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they are all designed to make your hiring process easier. So, do they? Let’s take a look at a few different types of pre-employment tests, and how they can help (or Continue reading