Many companies today are turning to behavioral based interviewing, also called behavior description interviewing, or BDI. In this kind of interviewing, questions generally require the candidate to describe a situation they have faced personally and interviewers focus on their specific response to these cases. A typical BDI question could be something like, “Tell us about a time when you disagreed with your boss. What did you do?” The general idea and goal behind this type of interviewing is that those doing the hiring might be able to predict how a candidate would respond to situations they might face in the Continue reading
When crafting effective hiring strategies, employers consider cost, resources and the benefits of using various resources. HR departments spend countless hours developing comprehensive onboarding programs to train and develop new employees efficiently and expediently. The goal: attraction, retention and motivation. Yet few companies consider their firing, or termination, strategies in this process. But effective and respectful firing strategies play an important role in the hiring process. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.
There are two kinds of work tasks: those that need to be done on a regular basis, ‘the routines,’ and then those that appear every now and then unexpectedly and need to be dealt with, ‘the outliers.’ Like the matching section of your old elementary school history tests, you will sometimes need to decide which type of employee you need to solve the problem at hand. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.
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.
At Spark Hire, we see so many great articles, blog posts, videos, photos, and even memes every month. So we decided to take a moment to share some of our favorites from around the wide world of the web. This is our way of highlighting the best…and sharing them with you! The list might not contain any grumpy cats, but it is filled with top-notch information to help you hire the right people. Without further ado, here is some of the best HR content you might have missed this February: Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive Continue reading
When trying to fill a particularly difficult position, the right candidate can seem mythical. Sure, it’s easy enough to sort out people who have the right qualifications on paper, but finding candidates with “that special something” can leave you feeling like Cinderella’s prince, running around with a glass slipper. Luckily, we at Spark Hire like to take some of the guesswork out of the hiring process. “That special something” is often code for “soft skills.” Soft skills are candidate qualities like conversation skills, tactfulness, cooperation, and self-awareness. These subjective traits can be difficult for hiring managers to evaluate, so we’ve Continue reading
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.
Are you ready for some football? Last weekend was Super Bowl XLVII, which pitted brother against brother and Baltimore Ravens fans against the fans of the San Francisco 49ers. You don’t get into the Super Bowl unless you recruit the best players for your team. Like hiring for your company, recruiting a great football team takes time, effort and smarts. After all, the Ravens couldn’t have clinched the win at Super Bowl XLVII without a talented team of players and coaches leading the way. Getting the big W on game day comes down to recruiting the right talent and trusting Continue reading
When someone gets fired from their job it’s usually an ego-crushing situation. Perhaps they knew it was coming or they were completely blindsided- either way, it’s difficult to recover. However, it’s not like employees that were fired are never going to work again. Eventually, these job seekers will pick themselves up out of their rut and get back on the job search bandwagon. What does that mean for you? Well, that means that as a hiring manager or employer you are probably going to be interviewing at least a handful of job seekers that were fired from their previous position. Continue reading
Did you know that employers can conduct 10 video interview screenings in the time it takes to conduct one phone screen? The benefits of using video interviews in your hiring process are undeniable. And if you’re already using the video interview in your hiring approach, you likely already know how much time and pain it can save in your hiring process. But there are a few ways you can make sure you’re getting the most out of video interviewing as a technique rather than just a platform. If you’re looking to optimize your video interviews for your hiring process, take Continue reading