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AI for Recruiting: News, Tips, and Trends

How To Conduct An Interview In 6 Simple Steps: A Pocket Guide

You’re hiring a new employee and you’ve done the hard work of attracting, prescreening, and shortlisting your candidates. Now for the last crucial step in the process: how to conduct an interview.

Figuring out how to interview candidates the right way can be stressful and confusing.

That’s why I created this handy pocket guide on how to conduct an interview in 6 simple steps, including a list of sample questions at the end.

Step 1: Develop job-related questions by talking to employees currently in the role.
    What are the employee’s daily responsibilities? What are the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KSAOs) required for success?
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How Predictive Recruitment Analytics Can Save You 23 Hours [Infographic]

Predictive recruitment analytics promises to make recruiters’ lives easier by automating the low-value admin work of recruitment and hiring.

Experts suggest “the best approach to hiring could be using predictive analytics to better inform human recruiters.”

But what does that mean for you as a recruiter practically speaking?

A simple way to quantify the value of predictive analytics is how much time it can save you per hire.

Take a look at our new infographic below to see how much time you can save using predictive recruitment analytics to screen and shortlist candidates.

The time savings might surprise you. Continue reading

7 Best Recruiting Tools Of 2017 [Infographic]

Hiring volume is predicted to increase in 2017, which means recruiters will need better and faster recruiting tools.

Here’s a list of the 7 best recruiting tools poised to take off in 2017 summarized in an infographic.

Recruiting tool #1: Automated resume screening

Automated resume screening promises to be one of the best recruiting tools of 2017 because it helps solve a major challenge with resume screening: volume.

Jobvite’s recruiting survey reports the typical high-volume job posting receives more than 250 resumes. On average, 65% of these resumes are ignored.

Automated resume screening is part of a growing recruitment tech category designed to reduce — or even remove — low-value, administrative activities like manually screening resumes. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Why Engaging Staff is Crucial for Retention [Infographic]

Whose responsibility is it to motivate employees? You might say that job belongs to the team leader’s, or the department as a collective, or maybe just the individual employee.

But your answer should be, “Mine!”

No matter who you are and what you do in a company—whether you’re an executive, HR professional, or team lead—motivating employees is your job. That’s because when employees are unmotivated, they leave companies. And turnover affects everyone. It disrupts the team, plus costs time and money to find a replacement.

Motivated employees, on the other hand, are more likely to stay at their current company because they find fulfillment in their work. Continue reading

5 Game-Changing Recruiting Trends In 2017 [Infographic]

It’s time to assess our recruiting wins and losses and to look towards the recruiting trends of the new year.

There are three major themes I believe will shape the recruiting trends of 2017.

The improving economy: Recent economic gains have translated to increased job openings going hand in hand with decreased unemployment. These gains have created a candidate-driven market that will make competing for talent even tougher this year.

Innovations in recruitment technology: Hiring volume is predicted to increase in 2017, which means time-constrained recruiters need better tech tools to enable their success. This year, look for advances in recruitment tech that will automate or streamline parts of the recruiting workflow that were previously difficult or impossible to do. Continue reading

Talent Acquisition Memes: The 20 (Hilarious) Memes That Are Way Too Accurate

The Top  20 Talent Acquisition Memes

Share this with all your peers and friends who feel the pain of #TalentAcquisitionProblems!

This is you:

Tell me about yourself…

The look of true happiness.

Preeeetty serious.

Trust us.




Do it for Ryan.

Said no recruiter, ever, ever, ever.

Why you can’t sleep at night.


I’d love to…

The horror:

I have a very particular set of skills…

 Just no.

Why your inbox says 2,355 unread messages:

Classic Dilbert


It all makes sense now!

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5 Reasons Candidate Rediscovery Is Recruiting’s Next Big Thing

Glen Cathey calls it the #1 mistake in corporate recruiting: the failure to leverage candidate rediscovery.

Candidate rediscovery is the practice of mining your existing resume database to find candidates for open reqs.

Although most ATSs have had a rudimentary form of internal search for a while, it’s only recently that advances in software have allowed recruiting teams to find and match previous candidates to an open req easily, quickly, and accurately.

In 2017, there are 5 reasons why this type of talent rediscovery is poised to become the next big thing in recruiting.

Reason #1: Employers state one of the biggest mistakes recruiters make is failing to look at candidates in their own database

A recent CareerBuilder survey found that one of the biggest complaints employers have about recruiters is the failure to look at candidates in their own database. Continue reading

What To Look For In A Resume When Screening Candidates

When a job posting for a high-volume role receives more than 250 applicants, it’s essential to know what to look for in a resume to find qualified candidates.

LinkedIn’s data tells us 69% of talent acquisition leaders report their hiring volume has increased, but only 26% say the size of their recruiting teams increased.

Having an organized system for resume screening will save you time and make your life a lot easier.

Here are 4 things to look for in a resume to find qualified candidates.

1. Work experience

The qualifications for a job should be based on which skills, traits, and behaviors are necessary to be successful in the role. Continue reading

The Future of Recruitment Tech: A Tale of Two Podcasts

Automation in recruitment tech is getting a lot of attention from recruiting experts these days.

Case in point, I recently listened to two podcasts on AI for recruiting and the future of recruitment tech, one on ERE called For Recruiting, Is There Life After Automation? and the other on RecruitingDaily called Don’t Jump: AI Can’t Kill Recruiting.


Both podcasts have some interesting – and similar – takeaways about the future of recruitment tech that I summarize below.

Podcast #1: For Recruiting, Is There Life After Automation? Host

ERE’s Editor-in-Chief Todd Raphael


Jason Roberts, SVP of Strategy and Standardization at Randstad Sourceright


30 minutes 20 seconds


Todd and Jason discuss machine learning, artificial intelligence, and automation and what they mean for recruiters, recruiting, and the whole hiring process. Continue reading

4 Ways Technology Can Improve Your Recruitment Process

Every organization’s recruitment process tends to have its own unique spin for attracting, selecting, and hiring candidates.

With hiring volume predicted to increase, but recruiting teams staying the same size or shrinking, investing in recruiting technology that streamlines the recruitment process will be a top priority in 2017.

Here are 4 ways technology can improve every step of the recruitment process.

Step 1: Creating an open req

This first step in a typical recruitment process involves identifying a vacancy in terms of responsibilities, type (e.g., full-time or part-time), and compensation.

This step also includes creating a job description based on the knowledge, experience, and skills required for the job. Continue reading