How to set your candidates up for interview success

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 25, 2014 @ 10:24 PM

Make more placements by properly preparing your candidates for interviews.

Interview_DeskWhen it comes to the interview process, many argue that the onus is on the job candidate to do all the preparation. “If they don’t know how to prepare for an interview, I don’t want them on my team.” I’ve heard more than one hiring manager say these very words. However, I beg to differ with this sentiment.

You’re not hiring the person to be a professional interviewer; you’re hiring them to code your site, manage your budget or sell your product. While you want them to demonstrate their interest in the position by doing their homework, not everyone is a natural in the interview room. It never hurts to provide some helpful guidelines to ease the nerves and allow your candidates’ true talents and personality to shine.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

5 common hiring mistakes that prevent firms from recruiting top candidates

Posted by Guest Contributor

June 17, 2014 @ 03:07 PM

By Ken Sundheim 

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Hiring great employees is as is crucial as it is complex. Organizations around the world spend countless amounts of money, time and energy pursuing top candidates. While some consistently land the candidates possessing passion, audacity and intelligence, others continually fall short of their staffing goals. 

The main reason for their shortcomings is not an external factor such as availability of applicants, but rather, it stems from common hiring mistakes that can easily be avoided. Firms can make alterations in their processes to increase the odds of staffing dedicated, competitive and engaged employees.

Below, you’ll find five common mistakes that prevent many organizations from hiring top candidates.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Recruit top talent by channeling your inner marketer

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 10, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Ask yourself these questions to improve your recruitment marketing strategy.

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Today’s job market requires recruiters to become marketers and brand ambassadors for their employers in order to successfully find and attract the right candidates to fill their positions. Here’s how to define and market your company’s employer brand.

What exactly is an employer brand?

In its simplest terms, an employer brand is the way an organization is perceived by its prospective applicants, candidates, and employees. While company culture plays a major role in defining an organization’s employer brand, it’s not the only contributing factor. Your company’s reputation on and off-line and the candidate experience also influence this perception.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Screen more candidates by mastering the virtual interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

May 28, 2014 @ 03:01 PM

Apply these tips to help your entire recruitment team perfect their video interviews.

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During our JobMobile event series, the topic of virtual interviews regularly pops up. Thanks to the advancements in technology, recruiters and job applicants can come together for “face-to-face” interviews even when they’re hundreds of miles apart. And when you’re competing for top talent, it makes sense to widen your search parameters beyond the local talent pool.

If you’re just beginning to dabble with video interviews – or trying to convince your team and clients to join suit – here are a few tips to help you get started.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Elements of a successful candidate recruitment

Posted by Guest Contributor

May 27, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

by Aiden Rotton

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The key to successfully recruiting a candidate is knowing beforehand what you want to achieve.The idea sounds self-evident, however, many companies do not have any idea as to what their goals are, leading to an unsuccessful, redundant or fragmented recruitment process. This mess is avoidable by structuring the recruitment process and focusing on these key elements:

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

How to let your company’s culture shine online

Posted by Amanda Augustine

May 15, 2014 @ 11:14 AM

Attract more candidates by digitally showcasing your employment brand.

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When the competition is fierce, your company’s culture could give you the edge needed to win over top candidates.

Here are a few ways you can highlight your corporate culture online to attract the best candidates.

Make your employment brand social

Create separate social media accounts for your employment brand on sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. When choosing a platform (or platforms), consider which ones your employees currently use – you’re going to need their help spreading the word! Also look at your corporate brand’s social media presence and determine which platforms are most successful. This will help you to prioritize your efforts.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Creative ways top companies recruit with video

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 29, 2014 @ 07:40 PM

Leverage video like the pros to boost your recruitment efforts.

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More and more employers are turning to video to differentiate their employment brands and engage with prospective candidates in a powerful and mobile-friendly way. Below are some of the many ways you can leverage video to enhance your recruitment efforts.

Job descriptions

Who says job descriptions have to be boring? Companies like HubSpot are redefining the traditional job description by incorporating video for their featured positions. Now prospective candidates can watch 60-second clips to learn exactly what the hiring manager is looking for in a candidate and why they should consider working at HubSpot. Better yet, the job seeker is immediately introduced to the hiring manager and what it might be like to work for that person before an application is ever submitted.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

How to spot the best recruiters for your business

Posted by Guest Contributor

April 24, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Having a great recruitment professional on your side can help to shape your company. Here’s how to spot the best ones. 

By Janine Davis

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Having a great recruiter in your corner can make hiring simple. Everyone should have at least one go-to recruiter that becomes their career partner in crime. Someone who has known you for years, tracks your career and business, provides advice just to be a nice person, and knows your personality and quirks when it’s your turn to hire. I’m not talking about the used car salesman type that only remembers you when they need you. I’m talking about a professional that is your sounding board, keeps you in mind and calls you when something of interest comes in, and knows your career motivations and passions. 

Fetch came up with this “List of Qualities that make Successful Recruiters” as part of our internal hiring process. Here I’m sharing a slightly modified version of it, since I’m often asked how someone can assess a good recruiter (whether you are a client or a candidate). There are nuances depending on which side of the hiring equation you are on, but the basics apply regardless. Be on the lookout for these qualities. The ones that are soft in nature are obviously harder to gauge (The Soft Stuff), but there are also three solid tangible barometers (The Hard Stuff) you can use.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Responsive web design: The one question for businesses to consider

Posted by Guest Contributor

March 26, 2014 @ 08:49 AM

JobMobile NYC panelist shares his organization's transition to a mobile-responsive website.

By Jay Woodruff

Affinity_Resource_GroupHere’s the only question you need to answer in deciding whether to move to a responsive-designed website:

Do you want to stay in business?

About two-thirds of Facebook users now gain access via mobile devices, and for sites like Pandora and Instagram, the number is approaching 100 percent. As more and more people migrate to mobile as their primary access to digital information, you can't afford to not put your best face forward on portable devices.

At Affinity Resource Group, our recruiting practice focuses on digital technologists, so for us the move was a no-brainer. And still we dragged our feet. Our website is important, but it is not our primary revenue driver, so during those first couple of years we were focused on establishing relationships, attracting clients, and making placements. 

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, Social & Mobile Trends

In a time crunch? Contact candidates faster with this new feature

Posted by JP Park

March 18, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Recruiters, you’re getting 10 minutes of your day back with TheLadders new candidate messaging feature.

Between interviews, conferences and career fairs, talent acquisition professionals don’t have a lot of spare time. Do you sometimes wonder how you do it all AND find and contact the best candidates for your difficult roles?

Our job at TheLadders is to make sourcing and connecting with top talent as quick and easy as possible so you can spend more time getting them hired. That’s why we’re excited to share a new product update with you: Mass candidate messaging. You can now compartmentalize your work on TheLadders by searching for and saving quality candidates, then sending a personal, individualized message to each of them at once.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, TheLadders Announcements