Is That Candidate Irresponsible? Disloyal? Or Your Next Great Hire?

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At the height of the Great Recession, US workers were thankful to have jobs – and held onto them for dear life. What a difference a few years makes! In today’s market, it’s not unusual to encounter candidates who change jobs frequently. But is regular job-change a sign of ambition – or is it just… Read more

Implicit Bias – Are Your Interviewers Guilty of this Mistake?

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What do doctors, hiring managers and referees have in common? They’re all guilty of implicit bias. Implicit bias is a form of prejudice that occurs when someone consciously rejects stereotypes and discrimination, but also holds unconscious negative associations in his mind.  Implicit bias does not mean that an individual is hiding his racial prejudices –… Read more

Are Your Criminal Background Checks Legal?

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Hiring decisions are critical to your company’s success.  Logically, you should do everything in your power to make sure your candidates are upstanding, law-abiding citizens with spotless criminal records, right? Maybe, maybe not. While it may be reasonable for you to not want to hire an axe murderer, you need to be careful about your… Read more

More Tips to Improve Your Hiring in 2012

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:  effective interview methods significantly increase your odds of hiring a top performer. But just how, exactly, do you do this? A few months back, I posted Five Tips to Help Improve Your Hiring Process to get you started.  As promised in that post, here are a… Read more

Five Tips to Improve Your Hiring Process

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Want to really improve the quality of your hires?  Then make like a Boy Scout and “be prepared.” When it comes to interviewing, preparation is critical.  Failing to do so can lead to a host of interviewing problems, including: Biases – quick judgments can interfere with assessment quality and accuracy. Inconsistencies – lack of structure… Read more

Common Hiring Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them

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Planning to hire in 2011? As optimism creeps back into our market, many small- to medium-sized businesses plan to increase their direct headcount.  If yours is among them, avoid these roadblocks to hiring success: Not pre-screening candidates.  Many hiring organizations skip this step, assuming that the interview process will weed out unacceptable candidates.  But in… Read more

Hiring: Tips for Writing Effective Candidate Rejection Letters

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These days, with a greater number of candidates vying for the same openings in your company, you may find yourself having to say “No” more often.  Needless to say, writing rejection letters can be an unpleasant and stressful part of the hiring process. But even when you can’t offer a job applicant the position, you can still… Read more

How Southern PA Employers Can Identify High Performers

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Superstars.  Overachievers.  High performers. Whatever you call them, you know your company’s success depends on hiring and retaining them.  The following list will help you identify what sets the best and brightest apart: They have found their focus.  High performers know their strengths and have found an expression for their talents in the workplace. They are… Read more