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

The Human Element of Recruiting Cannot Be Replaced by Artificial Intelligence

human-element-of-recruiting-replaced-by-aiRecently, I read an article with a title that caught my eye, “Startups are making the rejection letter a thing of the past”. The author’s viewpoint was essentially that Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) gives companies the ability to pass human recruiting tasks on to tools like Mya. Not only does this delegate the prescreening process to a robot, it can also prevent would-be candidates from even becoming applicants. This would effectively reduce the need for “turndown” or rejection letters, at least within the initial phase of the recruiting process. 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
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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

Resources, Strategies and Processes: Part Two of a Five-Part Recruiting Series

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

By: Edna Nakamoto and Jessica Barrett

resources-strategies-and-processesTwo weeks ago we started our five-part series on recruiting, where we began by examining how we determine recruiting needs and establish strategic processes. This week, we’re going to take a look at recruiting resources, specific strategies, and more on processes.

Recruiting Resources

Obviously one main focus of every recruiting team is where and how they will find candidates. In today’s recruiting climate, the opportunities for sourcing are significant. Let’s take a look at some of the tried and true, and some you may not have considered.

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Five Strategies to Effective Recruiting in a Candidate Driven Market

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

By: Edna Nakamoto and Jessica Barrett

5 strategies to effective recruitingRecruiting today is not the same as it was even a few short years ago. The market is candidate driven, meaning the talent you’re seeking is receiving multiple offers at a time, being contacted by recruiters regularly, and in the position to change employers easily when their work stops being fulfilling. If you or your team are looking at making your recruiting more effective as you navigate these market changes, or are just jumping into recruiting, join us for our five-part series about effective recruiting in a candidate drive market.

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Biggest Isn’t Always Best – Choosing the Right Applicant Tracking System for Your Business

dog doorThere are times when we assume that bigger is, of course, better. A bigger house, a bigger car, a bigger office. Through experience, we come to learn that bigger is definitely not always better. Just like a bigger house isn’t necessarily the best fit for a single person, or a sports car the right choice for a family of eight, your Applicant Tracking System (ATS) isn’t necessarily the better fit, just because it’s the biggest option on the market.

In the world of Applicant Tracking Systems, there are three different profiles companies generally fit into:
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Do popular interview questions actually work?

panel interviewThroughout the years, several popular interview questions have surfaced as the “most common”, many of which are regularly used by companies and businesses to assess whether or not a candidate is right for the job. It’s easy to default to these popular questions we’ve always used because they’ve been around for years, and they’re what everyone expects and prepares for. But are those questions really effective? Let’s unpack that question by taking a closer look at a few common interview questions:

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9 Recruiting Resources You Won’t Want to Miss

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As a recruiter, it’s easy to get so buried in the weeds at times that we forget there are thousands of other people out there having the same challenges and asking the same questions. Indecisive hiring managers, frustrating candidates, too many requisitions to fill, and not enough hours in the day. The good news is that in those moments when you come up for air, or at least another cup of coffee, there are resources available to not only support you, but to remind you that you are never in this recruiting gig all alone.
 
There are some fantastic sites and blogs out there that if you’re not already familiar with, are worth your time to check out. The following list is made up of resources that provide a world of information on recruiting and Human Resources, but not in the most traditional way, which is just one of the many things that make them so enjoyable. Continue reading

The Reality of Glassdoor – Have you seen what your employees are saying about you?

5-25 imageYears ago, companies could hide behind their impressive buildings and stock earnings, leaving potential employees wishing for a glimpse behind the marble-tiled foyer to find out how it might feel to be one of “them”. Knowing someone who worked there might be the lucky break that could give them the inside scoop they needed to find out bits of knowledge regarding salaries, corporate culture, and advancement opportunities.  This would sometimes be all the first-hand information available to a job-seeker before deciding to interview with a company they admired from afar.

Those days are over.

Not only are companies more purposely transparent through the use of websites and a heavy social media presence, but because of sites like Glassdoor, a TAM Integration Partner, their current and past employees have the opportunity to share anything they care to about things like pay, benefits, working conditions, hours, growth potential, and leadership. (see below information on the upcoming Glassdoor webinar)

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