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4 Places to Find Job Candidates You Probably Never Considered

In IT, there are always seats to be filled, which means talent is always in demand. One way to find more job seekers is to look in unorthodox places. Andre Lavoie shares four examples in an article for Entrepreneur: Former employees: When people leave the business, keep tabs on how they are doing over time. There may eventually be a good opportunity to entice former employees to come back to the business. Website visitors: Include …

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Four Unique Ways Businesses Are Finding Job Candidates

If you are really willing to do anything to find the right people for the job, then you are willing to get a little zany. In an article for Fast Company, Stephanie Vozza shares four ways businesses have attracted the right candidates: Wine-and-cheese parties: If a job candidate gets the green light at interviews, then the final step in the process is having the candidate attend a wine-and-cheese party with current employees. The candidate only …

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You’re Looking in the Wrong Place for Job Candidates

In an article for Inc., Abigail Tracy acknowledges that, yes, job candidates are looking for jobs on LinkedIn. However, a lot of people are also looking for jobs on Facebook and Google+. Yes, honest-to-God Google+! Yet the same study that has revealed these findings has also found that less than one percent of businesses are using Google+ for recruiting (not surprising). Thus, you may want to reorient your recruiting efforts to keep the (otherwise completely …

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5 Steps to Giving Quality Interviews

Narrowing the field of job applicants to a worthwhile few is difficult. Narrowing those few down to just one through interviewing is even more difficult. But an article at CareerBuilder offers five steps to make it simpler: Do your homework. Study their resume and any other materials they provide. Likewise, see what dirt they might have hovering out there on Google and social media. Do not rush to judgement based on appearances. Bias will inevitably …

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The Best Way to Prepare to Conduct an Interview

The best laid plans of mice and men… sometimes work out pretty well! And if you want to conduct a really useful interview, planning factors heavily into it. In an article for Business News Daily, Jennifer Post describes what you must do. Begin by researching candidates thoroughly. Scan their social media to make sure they are not insane, and craft some questions that dig into the pertinent information they put on their resume. That being …

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Ace Tips to Conduct the Most Effective Job Interview

Often, the price of hiring the wrong person for a job is worse than hiring no one at all. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Rebecca Knight outlines the tips for conducting better interviews that hire the best person every time. First, compile a list of interview questions that address whether applicants fit the core criteria you have in mind for the job. If you need help forming criteria, think about the top-performers in …

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How to Hire a Millennial

In an article for Forbes, Joseph Fuller briefly examines the trends in how businesses attempt to cater to Millennials as potential employees. General Electric for instance is planning to move from Connecticut to Boston in order to appease Millennials that want to work in big cities. This is a big step, and not every step businesses take in order to attract fresh talent needs to be this extreme. For instance, offering flexible work hours outside …

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Traits of the Awesome Employees

In case you somehow forgot, Peter Economy spells out the traits that make for a great new hire in an article for Inc. For instance, an excelsior candidate will display a great work ethic, taking pride in the work and eager to get it right. Such people will also come prepared to interviews, having researched the organization beforehand and aligned their resumes to fit the position at hand. You are looking for the people who …

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3 Hiring Tips that Work

Business owner Tucker Max (who is famous in frat boy circles) realized earlier in his career that the use of fancy hiring tools cannot actually guarantee high-quality hires. In an article for Entrepreneur, he shares three quick tips to remember instead. First, understand the exact skills the job requires and make sure candidates have them; do not hire based off who gives the air of being most impressive during an interview. Second, ask candidates for …

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How to Hire with Algorithms

Welcome to the cold, miserable future, where computers decide who gets an interview or a job. Want to get in on that action? Oren Danieli, Andrew Hillis, and Michael Luca share some tips in an article for Harvard Business Review. They share five principles for working with hiring algorithms: (1) Pick the right performance metric, because the algorithm will doggedly and absolutely pursue whatever goal you give it—and nothing else. (2) Collect the right variables …

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