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6 Rules For Using Candidate Sourcing Tools

Candidate sourcing tools can  – and should – be a recruiter’s best friend.

In a perfect world, we’d be able to find the absolute best candidate for an open role, whether that candidate is active or passive. Unfortunately, we know that approximately 50% of new hires fail.

So where’s the disconnect between the tools being used and the effectiveness of hiring? How do you know what features you need?

Here are 6 rules to follow when selecting a candidate sourcing tool.

Rule 1: Keep your hiring model in mind

What are you trying to accomplish specifically?

If you are a company that does a lot of high volume hiring, that will require different technology and functions than a company that might hire three times total per year. Continue reading

Guest Post: 6 Essential Interview Tips For Recruiters

Most recruiters nowadays focus on the interview itself. What I haven’t heard many recruiters ask, “What do you do before the interview?”

Like with any successful marketing campaign, there’s the pre-marketing campaign that introduces the concept and builds up anticipation.

Brian Tracy once said, “One minute of planning equals ten minutes in action.” To recruit great employees and be as efficient as possible while holding interviews, you need to start preparing before each interview.

Here are my 6 recruiter interview tips to help prepare for a great interview:

#1 Establish exactly what you’re looking for

Before any interview, you need to have an in-depth understanding of your company’s needs. Continue reading

Guest Post: 3 Steps To Writing A Job Posting That Stands Out

Hiring is an incredibly exciting time. So why simply write a cut-and-paste job posting that insinuates that you’re suffering from a real shortage of creativity?

These days, the focus on providing an enjoyable candidate experience means a dry, uninspiring job posting just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Here are 3 steps for attracting the best candidates through a distinctive job posting.

Step #1: #EndTheBuzzwords

When searching through resumes or applications, how many times do you read ‘Passionate and Enthusiastic’ or ‘Works well both within a team or independently’?

You’d rather see facts, evidence and a spark. This is exactly how job seekers feel when reviewing a job posting. Continue reading

Guest Post: 5 Best Practices For Using Social Media For Recruitment

Glassdoor reports 79% of job seekers use social media to research companies they’re interested in.

If you’re considering the idea of using social media for recruitment, make sure you understand what applicants are looking for in an employer and abide by legal employment regulations first.

To help attract candidates, here are 5 best practices for recruiting on social media the right way.

Best practice #1: Share the right number and mix of posts

The goal is to find top talent, but the number of times to post will make a significant difference.

Network and engage with your entire audience.

A conversation about a trending topic in your industry might spark an online conversation where a person with the skills you need posts something you find profound. Continue reading

4 Steps You Can Take To Remove Recruitment Bias

Recruitment bias has been a major topic in talent acquisition circles lately, including global discussions on pay gaps.

Recruitment bias can take many forms such as unconscious biases like confirmation bias and the halo effect.

Although there’s an increasing awareness that the 50% failure rate for hiring is linked to pre-existing biases, only 68% of companies are measuring diversity and inclusion in their hiring processes.

If we know that recruitment bias is a problem and increased diversity and transparency is a goal, how do we remove it? Is it possible?

Short answer: yes. But it requires a high degree of commitment. Continue reading

4 Promising Ways AI Is Helping Diversity In Recruitment

The role that AI plays in diversity in recruitment is still being debated.

Critics of AI are worried it will replicate human biases that already exist. Supporters believe AI can help us avoid unconscious bias and increase diversity in recruitment. I’m biased (of course), but I’m a supporter of using AI in recruiting.

Here’s why: knowing AI has the potential to replicate an existing bias means we can monitor for it. And if a bias does occur, we know how to remove it.

Here are 4 promising ways in which AI is being used to help diversity in recruitment.

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3 Simple Steps For Improving Your Candidate Engagement

Candidate engagement has become a big topic in talent acquisition recently.

Although there isn’t an official definition, candidate engagement generally refers to how responsive candidates are and how well they feel they were treated during the recruiting process. 

In various surveys, the majority of job seekers – around 60% – have indicated they received poor treatment during their job search.

A CareerBuilder survey found when job seekers have a bad candidate experience, 42% of them would never apply to that company again and 22% said they would tell other candidates not to work at that company.

With competition for talent tougher than ever, candidate engagement matters. Continue reading

5 Facts About Using A Recruitment Chatbot

With today’s tighter labour market, candidate experience has become increasingly important to attract talent. Will the next wave of recruiting involve the use of a recruitment chatbot?

Randstad found 82% of job seekers believe the ideal recruiter interaction is a mix between innovative technology and personal, human interaction. 

Workopolis found 43% of candidates never hear back from a company after one touchpoint. 

This applicant black hole is a problem because over time it will weaken your employer brand. If prospective employees hear from their friends and colleagues that your hiring process is generally unresponsive, some of the best candidates may simply not apply. Continue reading