Have you been wondering if your recruiting horror stories are things that only happen in your company? Trust us, they aren’t.
There are any number of recruiting horror stories in the world. The whole reason that “candidate experience” has become such a big concept in the last 3-5 years is that, well, oftentimes candidates were receiving either no experience or a very negative one, and that was harming companies. They were losing access to top talent and harming their brand and bottom-line. Now more people are discussing how to treat candidates, and that’s a welcome change.
We decided to comb LinkedIn and the Internet (and some of our friends and family) for recruiting horror stories, then show you how they can be fixed with better processes and products. Continue reading
Is a candidate experience platform really a thing?
Indeed, it’s becoming one. Increasingly in the HR Tech and Human Capital Management System market, you’re seeing companies design candidate experience platforms, which are recruiting solutions with a focus on the candidate’s steps foremost in mind.
To understand this market shift, we need to unpack a few ideas first. First: let’s define candidate experience.
What is candidate experience?
The basic idea is treating any job applicant (candidate) to your company in a respectful, transparent manner. This includes:
Letting them know where their application stands
Communicating with them and answering questions about the process
If they don’t get the job, offering some degree of context or explanation
Not spamming them with product/service emails just because they’re in the database as a candidate
Showing up for interviews and other appointments during the process
All of the buzz surrounding the idea of “ghosting” in the hiring process is the opposite of candidate experience. Continue reading
Is there a best practice when using AI to hire for insurance roles?
What is the current situation?
In general, hiring in the insurance industry across North America has stabilized in recent years, with 58 percent of employers saying they plan to expand jobs into 2019. As with other white-collar industries, though, there’s still a perception of a “skills gap,” i.e. key roles are hard to fill. This can often be solved by increasing wages, but not every insurance company has the ability to do this.
As Monster.com has noted, however, insurance is often the “Rodney Dangerfield” industry, i.e. “can’t get no respect.” One of the issues is candidates not fully understanding the scope of roles. Continue reading
Bullhorn recently published their 2018 North American Staffing & Recruiting Trends Report, a survey of more than 1400 staffing professionals.
Compared to 2017, the majority of staffing professionals – 67% – are less confident about the future. This is likely due to the tension between the potential opportunities presented to staffing agencies vs. the challenges they face in 2018.
I’ve highlighted some important findings on recruiters’ priorities for 2018 from Bullhorn’s report below.
Increases in hiring and operating budgets
Whether internal or external, recruiters are experiencing the same challenges from the tighter labor market.
While 70% anticipate an increase in hiring needs, 64% of staffing pros say their top challenge is the talent shortage. Continue reading
Are flawed recruiting tactics truly fixable?
It’s the same thought all over: “Good talent is hard to find.”
However, why this old saw holds true for today’s employers varies. Candidates drive today’s market as unemployment is at a 30-year low, and 60 percent of job seekers are finding positions within two months of beginning their search. The truth is this: the market is tight for companies looking to attract and retain the best employees possible.
Employers have to bring their A-game when it comes to hiring the most qualified team members. However, a significant hurdle for many companies may be that they are holding onto harmful and flawed recruiting tactics. Continue reading
Is hiring for CPGs – consumer packaged goods – roles any different than hiring and sourcing in general?
So is it different?
First, by way of quick definition: CPG typically refers to merchandise that customers use up and replace on a frequent basis; examples include packaged foods and household items like Oreos and Tide. The CPG industry is one of the largest in America, with an annual value exceeding $2 trillion.
At the 35,000-foot level, hiring and sourcing for CPGs is similar to other industries and verticals. But CPGs also have a need for very specific skill sets, which we’ll address first. Continue reading
Candidate experience is a top recruiting priority this year and there’s no better source of data on it than the Talent Board.
Their extension data collection has created invaluable benchmarks for organizations big and small. Overall, the winners of the CandE Awards demonstrate these best practices:
Listen and communicate more often.
Set clear expectations about the recruiting process from pre-application to onboarding for candidates.
Hold themselves more accountable for candidate experience and talent acquisition performance while measuring it regularly and consistently.
Be perceived by candidates as having a fairer process (e.g., candidates believe they have been able to share why their knowledge, skills and experience deserves consideration for the jobs to which they have applied). Continue reading
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
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
The process of building out a very strong recruiting team is often one of the biggest challenges managers face.
How can your recruiting team be more effective? Here are a few things to consider.
An intro to effective team-building
Here’s a useful article detailing five strategies for a high impact team.
There’s some good stuff in there including the power of simplicity in business. They also talk about vulnerability and humility, which are very good traits, especially for the team leader.
One interesting thing in the article is an idea that “team-building is not a cocktail party.”
What does that mean? Continue reading