One Question That You Can’t Ask Job Applicants

Overlapping Caution, Warning, Danger and Hazard Tape BackgroundIn an effort to continue working toward closing the gender wage gap, more states are enacting laws that prevent an employer from asking a candidate or applicant for compensation history.

Delaware is the most recent state to sign a law (effective December 2017) restricting employers from asking for compensation history. They can however, consider a candidate’s salary history should the applicant share that information voluntarily. It will still be legal for employers to share the salary range of the positions they are hiring for, and to ask a candidate what their desired salary range is.   Continue reading

Algorithims: Efficient Recruiting or Risky Recruiting.

Algorithms and Your Recruiting SoftwareAlgorithms are everywhere. They’re determining who we hire, which friends’ status updates we see online, and the rate you’ve been given on your car insurance. They may have even had a hand in how you landed on this article.

Imagine having a lower credit score simply because you shop at a store in a neighborhood deemed “lower income” or “unsafe” because it’s on your way home, or close to where you work. If this seems unfair, that’s because it probably is. Though they’re being used everywhere, algorithms aren’t infallible.

While it may be less concerning as it relates to the social media posts you see as you scroll through your phone, there is cause for great concern as we consider the role algorithms play in our hiring processes. Continue reading

Five Strategies to Effective Recruiting in a Candidate Driven Market: Making the Final Selection

This is part five of our five-part series about effective recruiting in a candidate driven market.

By: Edna Nakamoto and Jessica Barrett
making-the-final-selection
This week wraps up our five-part series on recruiting in a candidate driven market. We’ve covered strategic planning and determining need, and internal and external recruiting. In our previous installment, we looked at external assessment tools. As promised, today we’ll be talking about the final step in the recruiting process: Making the Final Selection.

Making the Final Selection

There is one key thing that that should happen even before the prescreening process begins, and that is for you to remember that you are the expert on market conditions. It is your job to educate your hiring managers on what is going on within the landscape of a candidate-driven marketplace. Don’t expect them to already be aware of that, especially those managers who rarely do any hiring. This will make the expectations going in to the interview process clear, and the process that much smoother. Continue reading

External Assessment Tools: Part Four of a Five Part Series on Recruiting

This is part four of our five-part series about effective recruiting in a candidate driven market.

By: Edna Nakamoto and Jessica Barrett
external-assessment-toolsIn part three of our series on recruiting, we discussed internal screening. Today, we’ll be looking at some of the assessment tools available to us when our search for talent takes us outside the organization.

With the average cost of recruiting, hiring, and training being $4,000, and the cost of turnover being $16,000 for entry level employees and $120,000 for mid-level associates, it’s easy to see why employers care so much about making the right hire the first time. When putting candidates through the assessment process, having the right tools is critical for employers. Continue reading

Internal Screening: Part Three of a Five-Part Recruiting Series

This is part three of our five-part series about effective recruiting in a candidate driven market.

By: Edna Nakamoto and Jessica Barrett

help-wantedIn part two of our five-part series on recruiting, we took a look at resources, strategies and processes. We’ve already briefly touched on the topic of internal screening, but today, we’re going to further unpack this important topic.

All too often, as soon as an employee gives notice that they are leaving, organizations quickly post the open role to fill the vacancy as soon as possible. It’s a natural reaction as losing someone means lost productivity, lost revenue, and a heavier workload for their colleagues. However, taking a step back and examining your current talent pool may prove to be the best first option.

Continue reading