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Never underestimate your first phone interview

Never underestimate your first phone interview Your first phone interview with a prospective employer or a recruiter is a lot more important than you may think. Slip up here, and it’s a good chance you’ll never make it to a “face-to-face” interview. Candidates can be too relaxed or nonchalant in their first phone screen. Since […]

Make it a great day for your new employee

Make it a great day for your new employee Is there anything worse than arriving for your first day in a new job, and nothing seems ready for you? Someone points you to your desk, but the chair isn’t a good fit. Your computer isn’t ready, and messy folders from a previous employee are scattered […]

Bad LinkedIn photo? It’s a dead end for an interview

Bad LinkedIn photo? It’s a dead end for an interview Too many times when reviewing candidates on LinkedIn, we see profile photos that aren’t only unprofessional, but will deter a recruiter from taking the next step. Hiring directors also are checking out LinkedIn profiles, even before approving a first phone screen of a candidate referred […]

Four recommendations for a great candidate experience

Four recommendations for a great candidate experience As an Executive Recruiter, I get to hear firsthand every week how candidates view their interviewing experiences. As you might imagine, what we hear really runs the gamut from great to poor, with a few surprises sprinkled in between. But if I were to recommend to a CEO […]

Make sure your references are top notch

Make sure your references are top notch Too many job candidates disregard the importance of having past supervisory references ready from the very start of their job search. Recruiters and hiring managers agree that a lack of quality references – or even worse, no references at all – can end a potential interview before it […]

Work-at-home option not realistic for HR

Work-at-home option not realistic for HR With technology allowing a greater number of companies to include home workers, it’s not uncommon to hear the question from Human Resource candidates if they, too, could work remotely, at least part-time. But for most businesses that hire our company, SHRS, for recruiting services, the HR role typically is […]

Get creative for employee referrals

Get creative for employee referrals Employee referral programs are a valuable Human Resource best practice, and companies need to ramp up their creativity to be as competitive as possible. Here are a few top-of-mind tips for a high-quality program. Incentives: Cash, non-cash or extra holidays can all work. U.S. tech giant Intel, wanting to increase […]

The funniest resignation letters (and cakes)

The funniest resignation letters (and cakes) Employees sometimes save their best creativity for their resignations. If only they had been as inspired and inventive while they were on the job. Here are some of the best resignation letters (and other communication techniques) — guaranteed to give you a chuckle. Enjoy! You can’t go wrong with […]

Why a great offboarding can help you meet your hiring goals

Why a great offboarding can help you meet your hiring goals This article title almost sounds like we didn’t mean to write it that way. That is right, we said offboarding, not onboarding. In today’s hot candidate market, with more jobs available than great talent, a positive and thoughtful offboarding process has become more important […]

Say Yes! to faster meetings

Say Yes! to faster meetings Have you seen the coffee cup around your office that says, “I survived another meeting that should have been an e-mail”? Smart companies – and this is backed up by research – know that speedier, more creative meetings are more productive. Keep in mind the adage “Work expands to the […]

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