Returnships, Rewards, and More Creative Sourcing Strategies

Posted by  Amy Barnes

creative sourcing strategies

The changing labor market is affecting the way that many companies approach sourcing strategies, recruitment, and selection. 60% of U.S. employers have job openings that stay vacant for 12 weeks or longer, based on a survey in 2017 by CareerBuilder. In the survey, HR managers say that the average cost from having extended job vacancies is $800,000 or more annually. So, it’s clearly important to stay in front of these changes with a unique approach to sourcing and hiring. Here are some creative strategies you can add to your recruitment process to help fill positions with the right candidates.


Design a Positive Candidate Experience to Support Your Hiring Process

Posted by  Trevor McGlochlin

candidate experience hiring process

A healthy talent pipeline, better company reputation, candidates becoming customers, less turnover, are among the many benefits that come from providing a positive candidate experience. Even though you can’t give everyone a job, you can still give everyone a good experience in your hiring process. In a survey of 1200 professionals, CareerArc discovered that 60% of candidates have had a poor experience. Here are 5 ways to ensure a positive experience in your hiring process:


The Future of Employee Assessments: Predictions from SIOP

Posted by  Lindsey Burke

future of employee assessmentsThe future of employee assessments was a big trend at the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) annual conference in 2018. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, name it, it was discussed. Many employers and assessment creators have an interest in how these “tools of the future” can further enhance the predictiveness of current selection systems, but much of this is still unknown as we have only just begun in these areas compared to other assessment methodologies.


Should You Provide Applicants With Feedback During the Hiring Process?

Posted by  Jaclyn Menendez

employee assessment feedbackWhen I was in graduate school, I applied for a competitive summer internship. The application process was intensive: a cover letter, multiple recommendations, a work sample, and a series of assessments and interviews. The entire process took nearly a month to get through. I made it to the final round and I was feeling fairly optimistic about my chances, until I received a generic rejection email from the human resources department. Just like that, my chances were over—and worst of all, I had no idea what their rationale was. Not only was I disappointed, I was frustrated: what had gone wrong?

Most people have a similar story of applying for a job that they didn’t get. It’s not a great feeling, and one of the toughest parts is the uncertainty of why exactly we weren’t selected. Did we mess up the interview? Or was it our testing score? Did we ever stand a chance? During times like these, it may seem downright cruel that most organizations do not provide any sort of follow-up feedback on a candidate’s performance throughout the hiring process. But now that I’m on the other side of the equation, I’d like to defend this trend and shed some light on its rationale.


3 Strategies to Hire Quality Employees in a Tight Labor Market

Posted by  Steven Jarrett, Ph.D.

iStock-497523726The national unemployment rate is 4.1%. A big part of this is due to the growth in manufacturing in the US. When you add in the impact of the skills gap, it's becoming more and more difficult to find top talent to fill open jobs.

With this, 58% of HR leaders say their hiring volumes are increasing. However, even with the increased hiring volume, HR leaders don't necessarily expect their recruiting teams to grow correspondingly. So, how do we find individuals who will meet our needs and who have the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that will help your organization succeed? It's time for organizations to rethink how they attract, hire, and retain talent. Here are three ways you can do more with less: 


Tips to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Resume Review Process

Posted by  Cassandra Walter

Tips to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Resume Review Process

The hiring process can be long and taxing. The part of the process that seems to be the least favorite for recruiters is the resume review. That’s not surprising, though; recruiters spend hours sifting through hundreds of resumes with varying formats and information. It can easily become overwhelming.

Furthermore, research shows that resume reviews are less valid and less reliable compared to other processes like structured interviews or assessments. Something that may stick out as a red flag may in fact not be as big of a concern, but you may have already tossed the resume and moved on. Yet, reviewing resumes continue to be a very common step in the hiring process. So, if we are going to continue to use resume screens, how can we make the process more efficient? 


How to Conduct Better Interviews in the Current Job Market

Posted by  Megan Why


As recruiters and HR professionals, your jobs certainly haven't gotten any easier over the last few months with the low unemployment rate and stable job climate. While these aspects make this a positive time for the country and the economy, when you make your living by hiring the best employees for your organization, your job just got tougher. Many organizations are struggling to find candidates to fill open positions and often look to the hiring process for ways to help get people in the door more quickly and efficiently. This is a great time to make your process more effective in this changing job climate. 


How to Maintain a Positive Candidate Experience During High-Volume Hiring

Posted by  Cassandra Walter

positive candidate experience high volume hiringDuring periods of high-volume hiring, your job as a hiring manager can get very stressful. You have multiple open positions and you’re likely receiving a lot of pressure from other stakeholders to get those positions filled ASAP. With a high demand and heavy workload, it’s not surprising that some things start slipping through the cracks, like maintaining a positive candidate experience. Candidate experience refers to how job applicants perceive and react to their treatment during the hiring process. Maintaining a positive candidate experience is critical. A recent survey conducted by the Talent Board found that of candidates who had a positive experience, 61% would actively encourage others to apply to the organization, while 27% of those who had a negative experience would actively discourage others from applying. Furthermore, for candidates who had a positive experience, 50% would share their positive experience with others, while 32% of those with negative experiences would publicize their negative experience. Thus, candidate experience can greatly impact your organization’s public image and either aid or hinder your recruiting efforts.


What Shouldn’t Change in Your Hiring Process Despite Low Unemployment

Posted by  Ted Kinney, Ph.D.

What Shouldn’t Change in Your Hiring Process Despite Low Unemployment.jpgRecruiters and hiring managers have it tough, especially lately. While the record low unemployment rate is a positive trend for the U.S., attracting talent in this climate is no easy feat. There aren’t as many people looking for jobs, so companies have to capitalize on the available talent that they do get access to. This sometimes leads organizations to the knee-jerk reaction that the selection process needs to be easy and steps should be eliminated in order to reduce a candidate's time in the process to nearly nothing. 


A Mobile-Friendly Assessment Process Helps with Hiring for Diversity [Video]

Posted by  Ted Kinney, Ph.D.

mobile friendly assessment processMore than 8 in 10 internet users used their mobile phone to access the web regularly in 2017. This has an impact on your hiring process in that offering online and mobile applications will bring you a higher candidate volume, increase the candidate experience, and portray your company as up-to-date on technology trends. But, there are some less commonly recognized benefits to using mobile assessments. 



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