Category: Job application process

No Degree, No Problem: Updating the approach to candidate qualifications

Professional services firms Ernst & Young (EY), Deloitte, and PricewaterhouseCoopers made headlines recently when their U.K. affiliates publicized the decision to de-emphasize formal education in the recruitment process. Deloitte will be hiding the name of the candidate’s university from recruiters in its search for entry-level talent and EY eliminated the requirement of a college degree altogether. Both of the firms cited the need to diversify their talent pool as the impetus for their policy shift, as well as a desire to focus on the candidate’s attributes that positively correlate with strong job performance....  read more

Are Behavioral Interviews Still Relevant?

Everyone knows most fads come and go, but every once in a while, a fad catches gold and is still relevant all these years later. So where do behavioral interviews fall in the industry? Behavioral interviews — where hiring managers ask questions of job candidates that elicit insight into how they may act in certain situations — are much more common today than 10 years ago. But much like any interview method, it can lose its effectiveness as candidates learn to work around it.

Jason Berkowtiz, VP of Client Services for Seven Step RPO, offers his insights on the current status of behavioral intervivews in an article in Talent Management Magazine, titled “Are Behavioral Interviews Still Relevant?”

“The best behavioral interview questions are going to ask somebody about a time that they had to do a task that is required for the role they’re in,” said Jason Berkowitz, vice president of client services at Seven Step RPO, a recruitment outsourcing firm. “If you’re hiring a writer, ask them about a time they had to produce a lot of content on a tight deadline. Their answer will give you a hint of their ideas of ‘a lot of content’ and ‘a tight deadline.’ ”

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Some emerging apps for recruiters

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Thanks to smart phones, we live in an app dominated world. It’s not just for personal use or fun games. Businesses release new apps for their customers every day, and it’s impossible to go to a networking event without seeing people check LinkedIn on their phones. Recruiters are huge proponents of the benefits of using apps to help win the war on talent, but it’s important to know which ones are right for what you’re looking for. Mike Weil, Sourcing Specialist, provides insight on what apps to use before jumping to the app store and improving recruiting efforts.

HR Review: Technology evolves faster than anything else on earth. The websites, social platforms, and apps available for recruiters and job seekers are no exception. Just because Monster, CareerBuilder, Facebook, and LinkedIn are some of the most popular websites right now for those services, they’re not the only ones out there or the newest. And they will eventually be replaced. So, as a recruiter, it’s important that you keep abreast of what’s emerging. A bit of time spent regularly searching for new Apps and job boards could well be worth your time and give you a “got there first” advantage to finding great candidates....  read more

What You Can and Can’t Ask a Veteran in a Job Interview

For some reason, when interviewing military veterans, hiring managers and recruiters seem to be at a loss when it comes to certain issues. We’re not really sure why – veterans are just like any other prospective employee who hasn’t proudly served our country. There are some sensitivities around their background and experience that is classified (for different reasons), and other information that can be discussed at great lengths. However, where do you draw the line between what is appropriate and what isn’t? Strategic Director Krista Williams discusses on Recruiting Trends what you can and can’t ask veterans and the rationale behind each of these points.  

Recruiting Trends: Hiring managers and recruiters need to be aware that there are certain questions they can and cannot ask military veterans during job interviews. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects the rights of veterans during civilian job interviews....  read more

You’ve Been Asked to Start a Veteran Hiring Program. Now What?

With Memorial Day coming up, military veteran hiring is a very topical subject matter within the HR industry. There are a lot of benefits when hiring veterans, as they have strong leadership and teamwork skills, character, structure and discipline, and loyalty. Companies also really enjoy promoting the fact that they hire veterans. Strategic Director Krista Williams used her background in veteran hiring to write about the next steps and potential tips for companies who have implemented a veteran hiring program, as featured in Recruiting Trends.

Recruiting Trends: If you’ve been asked to start a veteran/military hiring program, there are some important issues to be aware of before you put your program into place. In my work with clients, I help them develop effective strategies to create veteran hiring initiatives that tap into the great source of talent that our ex-military community offers. One thing I’ve seen, though, is a tendency for companies to think hiring vets is as simple as deciding to do so. Not so! ...  read more

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