As humans it’s in our nature to avoid what is uncomfortable. We want to be liked, enjoy life, and turning down a candidate is not on a list of most businesses must-dos. You don’t wake up in the morning and shout from the rooftops, “I can’t wait to turn down a candidate today!” According to hiring managers communication is often the number one most important trait they look for in candidates, and yet many companies don’t provide thorough communication for the job seeker to move on.
The title of “Project Manager” is one of the most nebulous you’ll hear. It means many things to many people. In the technical world, there are several characteristics that typically provide a great foundation for any variation on the Project Management theme. The overall role of a great Project Manager is to lead an idea from concept to implementation, on time, on budget, and without wreaking havoc in your company. The Project Manager’s style is as important as the hard skills in creating and managing a project plan. You need a good product. Picking the wrong person can spell disaster. Here are certain interview questions you can ask that will help you hone in on the right person:
Is there one talent strategy? I ran across an interesting article this week on Harvard Business Review titled, “One Talent Strategy for Asia Isn’t Enough.” The article discusses the different global talent strategies that different cultures and countries employ as they compete in the growing. Interestingly, the same company with offices in three different countries had very different priorities on talent acquisition and management:
Said the Singaporeans: “Clearly, we put resources into our most talented employees as they will bring us the farthest the fastest.”
This investment is a strong validation of our disruptive free SaaS model. It will allow us to continue to work toward making the most efficient recruiting website ever. SmartRecruiters has a simple goal: we want to make hiring easy; for you and for the millions of businesses that want to create jobs but are struggling to find good talent.
It’s an exciting time, and we are thrilled you are a part of it.
Mobile recruiting pracitices different approaches and techniques with different people. But mobile recruiting is increasing and at its core it is the use of a mobile device to communicate with the job seeker. This can be accomplished through a smartphone device like an iPhone or Android phone, a tablet like an iPad, or a cell phone without all the bells and whistles.
For the masses, mobile serves as a form of a virtual and research assistant, providing us instant access to directions, product reviews, and social connects. So why not jobs? It starts with a mobile career site. Read more
Let me say, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Take a moment to reflect on what could be equality and peace.
A lot has changed since the life of Martin Luther King Jr. There has been much progress in social rights, but the socio-economic divide continues to grow, as Paul Krugman points out in “How Fares the Dream?” Remember, this is a day to celebrate his life, and continue his cause. MLK’s mission of racial and socio-economic equality continues at the hands of his disciples, long after his assasination. Happy Birthday Reverend King (the next day we still celebrate).
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” Read more
Interviewing is difficult. It is very difficult to know – based on an interview or two – whether a candidate has the right skills and personality to work for your company. Every job has it’s own nuances. If you have a good interview technique for a specific job you have been hiring for, please consider sharing it.
SmartRecruiters is starting a blog series: “How to Interview a _____ .” With this series, SmartRecruiters hopes to provide helpful advice for an interviewer of any position. We want practitioners to help practitioners in order to make recruiting more social.
Tweet: ”Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower
Comment: As is, this tweet is a great quote for human resources. In HR, you must hire for and promote the goals of a company such that they are also the employee’s goals. Dwight led a whole country, so you just might be capable of motivating a single company. Keep in mind, every motivation needs a bottom-line to survive.
Modified Tweet: “Production’s the art of getting employees to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” @AcademiaHR
One of the most common questions I receive when discussing social media for recruiting and candidate engagement beyond return on recruitment investment is, “How do I manage it all?” Social media is a tool to communicate and build relationships similar to email, the fax machine, or telephone. Like building a community through any communication tool, social media recruiting requires training, preparation, and most importantly, boundaries, in order to be effective.