Most likely, every hiring manager has experienced the blank stare of a candidate who doesn’t know how to respond to this question: “So, do you have any questions for me?” Often, you probably are asked questions related to the hiring process, upward movement in the company, or possibly you’ve had a candidate with no questions at all. However, if you believe the interview is as much a time for a candidate to interview a company as it is for the company to interview the candidate, you’d like to be fielding questions that show the candidate is seriously considering whether or Continue reading
Last week we talked about the importance of taking your internship job postings seriously. It is important to come up with and post a thorough job description, make contact with local colleges, and have a clear idea of the type of compensation you can provide. Once this process is complete, you will (hopefully) have a manageable quantity of applications trickle in… which then leads to the interview process. Like advertising for interns, interviewing interns should be taken as seriously as a full-time employee. This is because good summer help can often turn into good full-time help—not to mention the fact Continue reading
The point of an interview and the hiring process is to get to know the candidate and see how well they would work within the company. While it is very important to make sure the impression is right, there is no need to go overboard with the amount of time spent interviewing during the hiring process. There are several ways to streamline the hiring process to keep from wasting valuable time. This is especially important if you are a new company and need all of the man hours you can get. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to 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
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 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
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
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 use the video interview to improve employee retention? – Gerard from Chesapeake Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.
So you’ve started using video interviews and noticed right away how awesome and convenient one-way video interviews are for your hiring. Not only that, but they are way better than those pesky phone interviews you are used to conducting. Are you not sure on what questions you should be asking job seekers in these one-way video interviews though? No worries, Spark Hire has got you covered. Take a couple minutes to watch our vlog below to see what kinds of questions you should be asking in your one-way video interviews. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive Continue reading
With 2013 right around the corner, it’s time to start looking at your current hiring practices. The new year is the perfect time to overhaul outdated practices and embrace new ways to find the best candidates quickly and easily. The virtual interview is a great way to connect with talented job seekers with less time and money wasted. In 2012, video interviews gained some real traction. In fact, according to a survey from Office Team, six out of 10 companies are utilizing video interviews as an everyday part of their hiring process.This technology’s increase in popularity makes 2013 the perfect Continue reading