Pitfalls to Avoid When Evaluating Hiring Candidates

Posted by Paul Grewal on Nov 27, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Every time you hire a new team member, you are making a significant investment of time, money and resources. Therefore, it is vitally important that you consistently choose the best candidate for the job. Many companies are still struggling to adapt to the changing landscape and as a result, they are not able to attract the correct candidates for their requirements. Many companies are still careless when it comes to recruiting and they do not understand the monetary and intangible effects that a bad hire has on their business. Here are some common pitfalls to avoid when you are hiring candidates. 

Unprofessional behavior

This can be extremely damaging to a company’s reputation. Those companies who talk badly about candidates, are rude and show favoritism are quickly deteriorating people’s desire to work with them. In the internet age, reputation can be damaged instantly and stories that were previously confined to local areas are now available with the click of a button. There is no reason why a company should not follow up with candidates when they say they will and act in an unprofessional manner during interviews. 

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Topics: Candidates, Career, Hiring, Recruiting

How Job Applications are Evolving

Posted by Paul Grewal on Nov 25, 2015 9:00:00 AM

The hiring landscape is evolving at a rapid rate. Even in the last couple of years, it is almost unrecognisable. No longer are people sending resumes by post and by a hand to potential employers. The process is becoming much more competitive for both companies and candidates. While the supply and demand axis is constantly changing, the basic characteristics that make a good candidate remain the same. Here are some of the ways in which the world of job applications is evolving. 

Social media

The world of social media has exploded over the last number of years. It is hard to find candidates that do not utilize some sort of social network. Both employers and candidates are aware of the importance of social networks in order to increase their exposure. Employers are putting heavy investment into processes that involve recruiting through social media. At the moment, LinkedIn is the leading social network in terms of hiring and getting hired with many companies using the profiles as part of their hiring strategy. 

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Topics: Career, Hiring, Work, Recruiting, Jobs, Applications

How to Include Your Employees in the Hiring Process

Posted by Paul Grewal on Nov 24, 2015 9:00:00 AM

When you are looking to hire new workers, it is always a good idea to include your current employees in the selection process. Nobody wants to work with people that are difficult to get along with and are not a right fit for the team dynamic. It also shows the trust you have in your employees by involving them in this key process. As well as lifting the morale around the office, it can also save you money, as the employees know exactly what type of person is needed for the specific position. Here are a few of the many benefits associated with including your current employees in the hiring process.  

They know the exact requirements of the job

While members of the recruiting team may have some knowledge of the job role, it is the employees currently working in the position that know exactly what is required of the candidate. The position may be highly technical and specialized. The hiring team knows what to look for in terms of overall skills and fit for the company, but it is the employees that are in the trenches each and every day that know the exact fit. Knowing what is required, they can help you further narrow down the candidate shortlist. 

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Topics: Hiring, Leadership, Recruiting, Organizational Psychology, Employees

Why Some Stellar Hiring Candidates are Not Great at Interviews

Posted by Paul Grewal on Nov 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Sometimes, the best candidate for a job may also be the best at interviewing.

However, it is surprisingly common that some people who aren’t good at interviews are the ones that should be hired. This can be for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the interviewer conducts a poor interview and biases the conversation in a certain way and doesn’t allow the interviewee the time and clarity to sufficiently answer the questions.

A lot of candidates in highly technical jobs can also be quiet introverted, and may not come across amazingly well during an interview -- but they have a complete skill set. When the position does not need a lot of direct contact with clients, these candidates can be the right fit for the job. Here are some more reasons why some of the stellar candidates are not always good at interviews.

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Topics: Career, Hiring, Work, Interview, Recruiting

What Attributes Make an Ideal Hiring Candidate?

Posted by Paul Grewal on Nov 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

While most companies know the bare-bones basics of what they consider to be key candidate attributes, some very important aspects of what makes a great candidate are often overlooked. This can be devastating to an organization over time, as time and resources are used up on candidates who aren't right for the company, quit early, or whose actions are detrimental.

While there is no ideal employee for all companies, there are attributes which ideal candidates usually possess. Here, we've collected some key attributes of the ideal candidate for your next hire.

Emotional Intelligence

The concept of emotional intelligence is more complex than we may realize. Some people are book-smart – they are obviously well-read, keep abreast of current events and can launch into detailed conversations (within their realm of expertise) at a moment's notice.

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Top Mindfulness Apps

Posted by Paul Grewal on Nov 19, 2015 9:00:00 AM

The concept of mindfulness is everywhere these days, and with good reason. This ancient practice of slowing down and appreciating the here and now has incredible benefits for your health, mental well-being and overall productivity. An app for mindfulness may sound strange, but in reality they can be huge helpers in keeping your mind on the right track. Read on for the best of the best.

Setting the Scene 

A huge part of mindfulness involves meditation, or simply slowing down. This can be very hard to do at work, especially if you don't have the luxury of a private office. This is where the free app Relax Melodies saves the day. With loads of customizable background sounds from which to choose, you can meditate to virtually any sound you can imagine. This allows your brain to disengage from work, even if it's just for a few moments, and get the full benefit of mindfulness meditation.

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How to Organize Your Schedule as a Job Recruiter

Posted by Paul Grewal on Nov 18, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Recruiters face a lot of challenges during a workday, with the most important being the regular and high-quality flow of potential new hires.

While organization is important at any job, recruiters often wear several hats in their positions, often all in the course of a single day. Read on for the most effective organizational tips and tools to help you optimize your productivity. 

Create and Utilize To-Do Lists 

Creating lists is one of the top habits recognized by highly productive people as being an essential tool. However, many of us ignore list-making, or do it wrong. Thankfully, there is a host of helpful tools and apps available to get you on the right track. 

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Topics: Career, Time Management, Recruiting

How Mindfulness Can Make You More Courageous

Posted by Paul Grewal on Nov 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

The concept of mindfulness is extremely popular these days. As with many new trends in the field of body-mind connection, it's based in ancient wisdom and practices. The practice was originally Buddhist in origin, but over the centuries, it's beneficial application has spread across the globe.

Practicing mindfulness can do many things. One of those things is increasing your courage. Read on for tips on becoming fearless through the gentle art of meditation.

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Topics: Meditation, Mindfulness, Stress

Why Indeed and Monster are Not Ideal for Sourcing Top Candidates

Posted by Paul Grewal on Nov 13, 2015 9:00:00 AM
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Topics: Career, Talent, Hiring, Recruiting

How to Build a Talent Pool Before You Need It

Posted by Paul Grewal on Nov 12, 2015 9:00:00 AM

A strong talent pool is among the top resources and assets a company can have. Regardless of the size of your organization, building and maintaining a strong talent pool gives you the ability to tackle virtually any situation. Having this talent pool in place before you need it is crucial, since hiring during a crisis or huge project is not likely to land you the very best workers.

What Constitutes a Great Talent Pool?

A talent pool, loosely defined, is a group of highly skilled and motivated people within an organization. You may think of them as your top employees, your go-to people when certain situations arise, or simply your best workers.

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Topics: Career, Talent, Hiring, Recruiting, Jobs

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