HR professionals are the ones who are on the front lines when it comes to bringing in new people to join the workforce. They are also the ones who have some pretty funny stories to tell. When dealing with people, you just never know what to expect. Here are just a few tales of interviewing gaffes to make you smile.
Sharon Armstrong is an HR business consultant and author of The Essential HR Handbook. She recalls one candidate who greeted his interviewer by saying, “I really (more…)
Long-term unemployment continues to vex us. And even though the numbers have thinned after peaking in 2010, it lingers on. One academic study from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that job applicants who have been unemployed for six months get 45 percent fewer callbacks than people out of work for just one month. Diminished skill sets and lack of job training are among the reasons given for tossing their resumes into the circular file.
It’s simple. The longer people are unemployed, the less attractive (more…)
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There’s a lot of buzz today around sales onboarding and sales enablement. You may be wondering if sales onboarding (the development program designed to get your new salespeople up to speed fast) should be on your executive team’s priority list of corporate initiatives. Here are nine reasons why it should be high on the list.
1. Investment protection. When companies hire salespeople, they are making a significant revenue investment. Onboarding, not only protects (more…)
Special thanks to our friends over at Recruiter.com for a great piece on the problems with reference checking and the overall talent selection process and how Chequed.com can help solve them.
On paper, and then in person, he was the perfect candidate. However, after doing a little reference checking, Mr. Right, just turned into Mr. Wrong. What happened? How could your gut instincts and professional acumen been so far off base? Well, there are certain intangible factors that are difficult to determine from a handshake, smile, resume scan, or in-depth interview. And references can dial it in.
One-of-a-kind Data Shares the Inside Scoop
Are you an employer who is curious about why good candidates get bad references? Are (more…)
Now that graduation time has come and gone, it may be time to ramp up your hiring practices and scoop up some of that fresh and eager talent. But how do you know who’s the best fit? Their resumes may be short, but they could be long on potential. Predictive data can help you to quickly – and accurately – sort it all out.
What do Employers Want?
A recently-released survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reported that college graduates should have an (more…)
A flawed culture can literally kill people as recently demonstrated by General Motors (GM) Co. The ignition recall crisis is at the heart of the matter. The defects led to the deaths of at least 13 people as reported in a 325-page report presented by attorney, Anton Valukas. And, while the report spares those at the top, it does expose the fact that lower-ranking employees acted without communicating to senior leaders. As a result, 15 employees have been let go, while another five have been (more…)
Common hiring mistakes. We know what many of them are, but what can be done about them? We talked with a few HR technology leaders to ask them about their tackling techniques and here’s what they had to say.
Deep Six the “Muda”
A self-described recovering recruiter, Joel Passen, co-founder, Newton Software, a technology company that develops popular, cloud-based recruiting solutions for small and medium-sized employers, has always been interested in the intersection of technology and talent.
He says that the greatest hiring mistakes he sees companies make (more…)
Big data – it’s the latest buzz phrase. But, little data is the real key to hiring success. Little data makes big data more powerful. Collecting discreet data points on each candidate at each step is what really matters.
Let’s first define big data. It’s the sum of its parts. In a nutshell, data is aggregated from multiples sources and then studied for patterns. It allows businesses to do more targeted marketing, improve customer service and more.
In contrast, little data focuses on the parts within the (more…)
Great new video post on ZDNet with GroupM’s Michael Wright on how data-driven cloud technologies are affecting HR. Definitely worth a watch from one of the most innovative talent acquisition pro’s out there.