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Career Builder Survey Reveals 1 in 5 Employers Have Asked Illegal Interview Question

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | | | |
Job seekers are often the ones sweating to ask the right questions, but hiring managers also need to mind their p’s and q’s. In a recent CareerBuilder survey, 20 percent of hiring managers said they have unknowingly asked an illegal interview question. And while intentions are harmless, a risk for legal action remains. More than 2,100 hiring and human resource managers across industries participated in the nationwide survey and it was determined that the following are interview questions that should be eschewed: What is your religious affiliation? Are (more…)

The Perfect Employee. Say, What?  

The perfect employee. Does he/she exist? What traits or combination of technical skills and personality characteristics indicate that a person will be a good fit (or not) for the long haul? Take Five Ken Sundheim, founder and CEO, KAS Placement, a sales and marketing recruiting firm, says that when hiring for any size business, it’s not what the candidates know today. Information can always be taught. The most intelligent companies hire on future success and heavily weigh personality when determining the most apt employees. Regardless of industry, pay, (more…)

Validity vs. Reliability. Do You Know the Difference?

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | |
While validity and reliability go hand in hand when it comes to personality assessment or other forms of employment testing, they do differ. Validity basically refers to research that provides evidence that a test actually measures what it is supposed to measure. Reliability is more of a consistency measure. How reliable is it? Consider this: You measured the length of your dining room table. It was 72 inches long. What if you measured it the next day and it was 68 inches? You would have to find (more…)

Do You Need a Retention Refresher?

At the end of 2014, CareerBuilder conducted a survey of more than 3,000 employers from multiple industries to figure out what will affect employee retention the most in 2015. According to the results, 30 percent of employees regularly search for jobs and 23 percent of employees in the 18-34 range expect to have a new job by the end of the year. You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again – employee retention is the key to company success. Just in case you need a (more…)

What Makes a Great Leader?

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | | |
When hiring for upper management positions, do leaders look for proven entrepreneurial spirit, management ability, a track record of growing companies or all of the above? Surely, it depends on the job at hand, but what are some of the most coveted qualities to have and how do you ensure you are hiring the right people who have these traits to get the job done? Attitude Is Everything Kenneth Hanifan, principal, Slater Hanifan Group, Inc. (Las Vegas, NV), a 119-person, multi-disciplined civil engineering/consulting firm, says that they (more…)

Three Studies That Make You Say Hmmm…

In the last few years, a handful of studies have shed light on the way recruiters hire and think about candidates. Below are three that may inspire you to rethink your talent acquisition strategy. 1)  MRI Network Recruiter Sentiment Study: This 2014 survey examines recruiters’ confidence in the economy, their hiring activity and job acceptance rates. According to the report, recruiters are confident in the U.S. economy and are stepping up the pace in how they source and interview. However, talent acquisition leaders are struggling to (more…)

Lie to Me

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | | |
If you’ve ever said, “It’s easy for me to read their body language,” you may want to think again. Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D, the author of more than 100 books, book chapters, and research articles in the areas of leadership, assessment centers, organizational psychology and social psychology, says there are many misconceptions about nonverbal communication. Here are just a few research-based findings about nonverbal communication: Body language is actually not a “language.” Nonverbal communication can be very tricky. The meaning of a particular nonverbal cue, such as a (more…)

Ready For Spring? Spring Into Action… 

We are a winter-weary nation. A large part of the country has been slammed with snow and rain and for those who have not – we salute you! We are ready for spring – a time to regroup and get ready for balmier days ahead. So, what are you planning to do? Do you want to spring ahead or stay behind? We thought so… Bersin by Deloitte recently released: 10 Top Disruptive HR Technology-related Trends Poised to Reshape the Workplace and Drive Organizational Success and it (more…)

Hit the Easy Button

Recruiting is often an expensive proposition, but Dr. John Sullivan, an internationally known HR thought-leader from the Silicon Valley, says that there are several budget-friendly, and easy-to-implement recruiting tools that will make your life much easier. Here are a few to get you started:   Give me five. Referrals are number one in producing quality hires, and Sullivan says that this approach is the most effective. How does it work? Ask your top-performing employees to identify the top five people who they know in their field in each (more…)

Crossing the Digital Divide

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | | |
While technology can help HR teams to gain deeper insight into potential hires, how do you get people interested in using it in the first place? Whenever a new technology is introduced, a learning curve is present. So, how do companies tackle and overcome tech challenges? The most important factor is to communicate how the change will help them in the long run. The University of Toronto has a paper, Methodology for the Introduction of New Technology in the Workplace, that suggests a few steps that (more…)