Online Reference Checking Solutions: Ask These Questions First (Part 1 of 3)

[Note: This is part 1 of a 3 part series to be posted weekly. Hope you enjoy!] If you are reading this, likely you’re thinking about making the move to using an online reference checking solution. That‘s great news, but you need to do some prep work first. In this first part of a three-part blog series, we pose 15 questions you should ask and why. Here are the first five: Does the solution allow for an easy and intuitive candidate and reference experience? Checking references is a (more…) Growth Story Featured in Newspaper

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | | | |
We like to think that we are doing good things here at, but it doesn’t hurt to see others notice now and again. Nice coverage in today’s Albany Times Union (one of our local papers here in the Albany, NY area) newspaper on the success of Take a read for yourself!

How Much Time Are You Wasting on Reference Calls?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | | | |
Research from the Society for Human Resource Management shows that 96 percent of human resources professionals check references, yet less than 25 percent of those checks are able to produce adequate information beyond employment verification. In addition, think about the time spent playing phone tag with potential references. With the traditional phone call method of checking references, more often than not, past employers are slow to return calls. And who can blame them? With all the tasks busy professionals need to juggle these days, responding to (more…)

A Huge Congrats to Board Member Martin Babinec and TriNet Group

Friday, March 28, 2014 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | | | |
A massive congratulations from the whole team at to Martin Babinec for the very successful of IPO of his previous startup TriNet Group, Inc. Martin has been a longtime investor and board member in Congratulations to Martin and his whole family and great job to the team at TriNet!  

Is “Selection” The Next Big Thing in HR?

Like most things in life, human resources is a work in progress. Hiring managers must continue to keep up with recruitment and retention trends or risk falling behind. So, what’s on deck for 2014? Once again, there’s a little redesign on the horizon to maintain relevance and value. A Bersin by Deloitte report, Predictions for 2014: Building a Strong Talent Pipeline for the Global Economic Recovery, says that the way HR selects candidates is under the microscope. It’s working to reinvent and expand its focus on (more…)

Recruiting with a Human Voice Webinar Series: Session 2 – How to Humanize Your Recruiting Process and Win the Talent Wars

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | | | | | |
Did you attend session 2 of the Recruiting with a Human Voice webinar series with Liz Ryan and me (Greg Moran) yesterday (3/12/14)? Good on ya if you did. If you didn’t, you missed some bombs of wisdom that could revolutionize your career and your industry. So, I’m given to a bit of hyperbole, but not much. Here is what I learned from Liz … The biggest competitor for your talent may not be other companies, it’s a candidate starting a business. We have to do a better job of (more…)

Does Candidate Experience Really Matter?

On paper, he’s a dream come true. He has the skills and the experience, but does he have the right attitude to make it long-term in your workplace? At first glance, he seems to be a perfect fit, only to crash and burn a few months after he’s hired. What happened? How did dreamy morph into a fiasco so quickly? While screening for technical savvy and career longevity are fairly straightforward, personality, character and attitude are more difficult to screen for up front. And, by the (more…)

Hire Today for Tomorrow

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | | | |
Successful hiring is not just about filling a need today. It’s about building an organic team that grows and adapts with changing circumstances for tomorrow’s long-term success. Hiring top talent ensures that your organization is well positioned when it comes to meeting your mission and sharing the same visions for attaining long-term profitability. That’s why it’s important to have a systematic and consistent hiring process in place. But how is this accomplished? How do you know that the hire you are making today has your same (more…)

Do policies refusing to provide references do more harm than good?

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | | | |
Love this article by Liz Ryan. If your company has a policy of refusing to provide references for past employees, PLEASE take a moment to read this article for a new perspective. She makes such a great point when she says to imagine if your customers did the same thing to you that you are doing to past employers. Do you feel policies like this do unnecessary harm to our past colleagues (you know … the people we have worked with for years in some cases) (more…)

Better Candidate Screening Equals a Better Recruitment Brand

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | | | | |
Build it and they will come. It’s true. Employers that have strong recruitment brands have an easier time of it when it comes to recruiting and hiring. And, there are many ways in which to do it that include proper use of social media tools, referrals and more. But what about improving your candidate screening? You may be scratching your head and wondering how this can help. Well, put on your thinking cap. We’re about to rock your world.   CareerBuilder reports that designing an effective (more…)