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How To Encourage Executive Buy-In For Quality Of Hire

Most advice on improving quality of hire will mention “getting executive buy-in” on both the importance of quality hiring and what types of people they think the organization needs or where the strategy is going.

As many recruiters know, however, getting executive buy-in for recruiting efforts can be a challenge. 

The biggest ways for a recruiter to improve their quality of hire are to do some of the following:

    Use technology wisely Look at the data: where in the hiring funnel are things dropping off? Revisit the metrics associated with someone defined as a quality hire Build better relationships with hiring managers

Those are the “big four” ways to improve quality of hire. Continue reading

The Psychology Of Candidates For Financial Institutions

Many recruiters don’t consider the psychology of how to approach different industries and verticals, even though they’re recruiting human beings, so psychology is going to play a role somewhere.

Here are 5 steps to understanding the psychology of candidates for financial institutions.

Step 1: Make sure you’re undeniably professional

While financial services are now embracing digital and mobile and tech overall, it’s still a traditional industry in terms of processes and behaviours.

And because salaries for early-stage career hires are higher than in many other industries, there’s an expectation of professionalism throughout the process. This means making sure you’re on time to all meetings, presenting well physically for any in-person appointments, and having strong grammar in any email correspondence. Continue reading

8 Features Of An Applicant Tracking System To Help Your Recruiting Today

In 2018, employers are looking to hire more than ever before, while many employees are looking for a change.

According to a recent study by CareerBuilder, an astounding 40 percent of employees reported that they plan to change jobs in 2018. With so many candidates applying to jobs, companies are going to have to step up their game to attract the most qualified applicants and organize them once they’ve applied.

That’s where finding the best Applicant Tracking System comes into play.

What is an Applicant Tracking System?

An Applicant Tracking System, also known as an ATS or talent management system, is an easy-to-use computer-based hiring tool that can help recruiters save time and stay organized as they search for the best candidates. Continue reading

6 Tips For Improving Communication Among Your Recruiting Team

Communication among recruiting teams can be a pretty messy situation. Ask 100 recruiters about their least favourite thing about their job. The answers would probably include:

    Poor or a lack of communication in the workplace Too much task work and top-of-funnel activities

We’ve already talked several times about reducing task work (e.g., automate the top of funnel activities), so let’s discuss communication.

There are two major issues around communication on teams:

    The caring aspect: Communication in the workplace drives everything — how can you know what to do if someone isn’t communicating it? — but it’s often viewed as a “soft skill.” As a result, many people ignore communication and focus on tasks or revenue-facing activities.
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How The Best Recruiters Spend Their Time

What should you be doing as a recruiter? Most would answer this by simply shifting the word: You should be recruiting, of course.

Makes logical sense. But recruiting involves lots of different things:

    Relationship-building Sourcing Screening Scheduling interviews Conducting interviews Working with hiring managers Moving through the process Working with HR on an offer Onboarding

It’s a lot. There are theoretically 40 work hours in a work week, although many of us do work more.

Science has shown that about 55 hours/week is a hard ceiling on productivity. That’s 10+ hours/day Monday to Friday.

A percentage of that time will be taken up by calls and meetings. Continue reading

4 Departments Talent Acquisition Should Partner With

To most people, recruiting is “a HR thing.” That’s the silo it belongs to. Silos are very prevalent in business. In fact, Machiavelli discussed silos in 1513.

But we also work in a time when collaboration is super important. Teams are scattered all over the country or even the world, and the strategy often involves a “road map,” which means A needs to be finished before B gets started. Groups need to come together to hit goals.

The “knowledge economy” we often reference is really a “collaboration economy.” Collaboration and silos don’t typically go well together.

All this said, what other departments should talent acquisition be working with the most? Continue reading

Is Time To Hire Still A Key Recruiting Metric?

If you work in a tech-driven atmosphere, time to hire is still important, even increasingly so. A lot of tech organizational planning is based on road maps and sprints with sequential budgets (e.g., Project A must be finished before Project B can commence).

If this how you’re doing planning and budgeting, speed in hiring is crucial. You need to get the right people – and fast. This means thinking really strategically about remote workers, salary bands, how to source effectively, and everything else that would go into a quality hire discussion.

But there’s another school of thought, embraced by people such as Malcolm Gladwell, that recruiters have too much of a focus on speed, and should slow down and think more about what they actually need. Continue reading

3 Facts To Know When Recruiting Women To Your Company

A recent analysis of 500 million candidate profiles by Entelo found that 18 percent of tech roles are held by women in the U.S., while only 10 percent of tech executives are women.

The difficulties of recruiting women aren’t just limited to the tech sector, however. 

Here are 3 facts to understand when recruiting women to your company.

Fact #1: Women are attracted to equal opportunities more than workplace flexibility 

A new survey by Indeed found only 49% of women feel that both genders are treated equally in the workplace. 36% of women surveyed say they’re paid less and 59% of them report receiving fewer opportunities than their male counterparts. Continue reading

3 Effective Ways To Collect Candidate Experience Feedback

Recently, I read an amazing HROS case study by Johnny Sanchez, Head of Recruiting & Onboarding at Hot Topic, on how he and his team completely transformed their onboarding process. One detail that stuck out to me on how he did it was by “surveying hires over the previous six months.”

With all the attention being paid to improving candidate experience, one obvious strategy should be top of mind: are you collecting feedback from your actual candidates? Here are 3 effective ways you can collect feedback to improve your candidate experience.

1. Using a chatbot as a candidate feedback tool

Sutherland, an IT service provider, built its own chatbot, Tasha, as a communication tool for their  candidates. Continue reading

Guest Blog: 5 Powerful Tips For Guaranteeing Diversity In Your Hiring

When we don’t prioritize recruiting and obtaining a diverse group of employees, we lose the benefits that diversity carries – a variety of viewpoints with equally varied ideas for innovation, strategic familiarity with more representative populations of society at large, a positive reputation, and perhaps even happier customers.

Diversity in the workplace is a positive variable in the effort for long-term organizational sustainability and prospects for growth.

Despite such benefits, acquiring a diverse workforce is challenging. Fortunately, there are several hands-on practices and approaches available to ensure that your organization can find and retain diverse talent. No system will be perfect; consistently prioritizing diversity is a dynamic process, so it is worth revisiting your methods and processes routinely. Continue reading