Good Recruiters with a Bad Side

What makes a recruiter good or bad? While bad recruiters could learn plenty from good recruiters, you wouldn’t think there could be much that a bad recruiter could teach a good one. But you’d be wrong. While hiring managers and job candidates may cringe to hear this, there are some bad habits that even good recruiters should start implementing, according to Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Should You Hire People Like You?

You just got promoted, and are on the committee to hire for your old position. You are unbelievably bored with or annoyed by every candidate until…you find “The One”. She’s smart, her shoes are from your favorite department store, she went to your alma mater… she’s just like you (guys adjust the above scenario accordingly). It can be tempting to hire someone that reminds you of yourself. However, it might not always be the best idea. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

The Importance of a Background Check #INFOGRAPHIC

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Does your company, or just you, do background checks on all of the employees you hire? If not, do you ever think about whether or not you should? Well, according to the statistics presented in this infographic from and First Contact HR, doing a background check is way more important than you think. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

When Hiring Managers Disagree on a Candidate

Finding that person perfect for the job can be a difficult task. Hiring managers and employers know that all too well. It is especially difficult if there is more than one person in on the decision. You have to agree on what you think is most important in a candidate and whether or not any of your candidates fit that description. You might think that Candidate A is best, but your colleague might believe Candidate B is better suited. What’s even more difficult is disagreeing with a superior. Perhaps you are hiring for a marketing assistant and believe you found Continue reading

Spark a Conversation: Lying Candidates in Video Interview

Here at Spark Hire, we want to help companies utilize the power of online video to find the best candidates. We get a lot of questions from readers about best practices for using online video in the hiring process. These posts will address those questions about how to find your next superstar employee. Question: How can I tell if a candidate is lying in the video interview? -William from Itasca Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.

Tips Hiring Managers Can Learn From Santa

With Christmas right around the corner, holiday season is in full swing and jolly old St. Nick is sprucing up his long, grey beard for the big night. The naughty or nice list is being drafted and checked, elves are preparing themselves and countless hours of preparation are coming to a head. Wait a minute, is Santa getting ready to hire new employees or is he getting ready to deliver millions of gifts and Christmas cheer to the well-behaved children of the world? Well, we all know the answer to that question, but there is actually much and more hiring Continue reading

How to Create a Great Candidate Experience

Just the other day, Spark Hire talked about what candidate experience is and why it is so important for your company to focus on. Now that you know what it is, do you know how to create a great candidate experience? Thankfully, you are already on the right track by knowing what it is. Companies that are completely unaware of what the candidate experience entails can’t really work towards creating a great one. Fortunately though, creating a great candidate experience isn’t very difficult. All it takes is some attention to detail and the desire to create a great candidate experience. Continue reading

Email Mishaps Hiring Managers Make

Halloween is almost upon us, but that’s no reason to partake in scary hiring behavior. There are so many mistakes that job seekers and candidates can make in the hiring process that cause you to think, “This is definitely not the candidate for me!” That’s simple enough. Especially since it is your job to find mistakes in your candidates. Have you ever thought about the mistakes you are making in the hiring process though? More specifically, the email mistakes you might be making? Before you meet a candidate in person, what you say and do in your email correspondence is Continue reading

Checking Job Seeker References

It’s no secret that references are an important part of the job search for job seekers. In fact, references can make or break a job seeker’s chances of getting the job. As a hiring manager, you are already well aware of this. You may have had what you thought was a great job seeker, but when you called up their references you weren’t so sure anymore. The call you make to the references of job seekers is important and you have to be ready to ask the right questions. Before you pick up the phone to contact your job seeker’s Continue reading

Why Employers Should Consider the Video Resume

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It’s well known that employers get a large bulk of applications and resumes for one simple job posting. Since we are all living in this fine age of advanced technology, most of these applications are received via email. With the high possibility of receiving close to one hundred resumes for a job post, it can become very difficult to weed through all of the job seekers. It may be even more difficult to take the time to click on an added link in an email or resume. However, that link may be leading you to a candidate’s video resume- and Continue reading