4 Tips for a Positive Candidate Experience

by RecruiTips 20. July 2012 09:29

As hiring managers know, simply getting candidates on the phone or receiving their resume from a recruiter no longer cuts it. The “candidate experience” is now essential for successful recruiting and hiring. Carrying out traditional steps no longer provides the right candidate experience, says Katy Smigowski in an article from Business2Community. Third-party recruiters can often focus too heavily on the client side to heavily and unfortunately neglect the candidate and his or her expectations. This causes problems for hiring managers, who often see a decline in applications. OneWire focuses on the candidate experience and gives candidates more control in the job seeking process, making the hiring manager’s job less stressful and much easier!

  1. Be the one to schedule: Make sure to be hands-on and think one step ahead. Just because you have received a resume or message from a recruiter for an interested candidate does not necessarily mean they will continue to follow up. Find a time that works best for the candidate to have a conversation. Make sure to indicate how long the conversation will approximately be so the candidate can prepare accordingly.
  2. Don’t jump off the phone: Even if immediately you realize this candidate is not qualified for this position or it simply isn’t the right fit, make sure to still engage in the conversation. Otherwise, you will come off as rude and unprofessional. On the flip side, do not give the candidate false hope about landing this opportunity. Just remember to be considerate, polite, and professional—the candidate may very well end up being a great fit for a future opportunity.
  3. Pay attention: Even if you’re making numerous calls throughout the day, try to dedicate your full attention to every candidate! Make sure to focus on the call. If you are distracted with emails, Facebook, or other tasks, this could leave the candidate with a poor impression of you and the firm you represent. Provide your candidate with the utmost attention, because more likely than not they have been thinking about this call all day.  
  4. Follow up: Don’t say something you don’t mean. If you tell the candidate, “I’ll get back to you by the end of the week,” make sure you do so, even if you don’t have any update for the candidate. If you do not have time for this, and the candidate truly does not fit the position, explain the situation immediately so follow-up is not necessary. Do your best to manage the candidate’s expectations.

In general, no matter how qualified a candidate is, you should ensure a positive experience. Not only will this affect their perception of you, but it will increase your chances that they recommend you to a friend. You will be promoting the company in the most effective way possible.

Jobless Claims Below Expectations Could be Good for Finance Professionals!

by RecruiTips 9. July 2012 05:13

The US Department of Labor report for June 2012 indicated that number of individuals filing for jobless claim benefits decreased during the last week of June. This news could suggest that fewer individuals are losing finance jobs.

The Labor Department statistics indicated that approximately 375,000 individuals filed an application for these benefits during that week—a total of 14,000 fewer people than the preceding week. This total was also significantly lower than a weekly figure predicted by a survey of economists by Bloomberg News. This survey consisted of 46 market experts who estimated that the number of individuals to file for benefits would be between 371,000 and 400,000 for the period. Additionally, the four-week average for jobless claims has declined by 1500.

Market experts further forecasted that the Labor Department’s monthly report on jobs, which was released on July 6th, would indicate that the world economy would add approximately 90,000 new jobs for the month of June. The May reports specified that the nation increased payrolls by 69,000 in May and 77,000 in April. While job growth during the past few months was only perceived as moderate by most market experts, it could correspond with an increased creation of jobs in the finance sector.

How to Answer One of the Hardest Interview Questions

by RecruiTips 9. April 2012 13:16

One of the most basic interview questions can often be one of the most difficult to answer: “Tell me about yourself.” Where do you begin and where do you end? According to career expert, Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio, people offer rambling, incoherent answers to this question all the time.  What’s the trick?  You must prepare and practice for this question in advance; you need to have a 15 to 30-second “elevator pitch” that you can pull it out at a moment’s notice.  Thanasoulis-Cerrachio recommends starting the creation process by writing down a full page of things you would want to say to an interviewer.  Then, cut down those notes by 50 percent, keeping only the most important points.  Then keep cutting until you are down to a quarter of a page.  From those points, pull out three bullets that offer a solid summary of your career.  

After that, it’s time to practice!  Experts suggest practicing in front of a mirror or a friend.  Make sure your presentation sounds enthusiastic, even if you’re bored from practicing it so much.  Delivery can be just as important as content.  Once you’ve mastered your pitch, you can use it in networking situations in addition to your interview…You never know when it may come in handy!

How to Hire 2012 Graduates

by RecruiTips 4. April 2012 06:46

Looking to hire top talent from the graduating Class of 2012?  Learn where and how Millennials are searching for jobs!  Experience, Inc. and Achievers recently surveyed 8,000 students to learn more about their job search behavior.  The survey determined that 83 percent of Millennials currently use social media in some capacity, and an increasing percentage is turning to social media for job searching.  LinkedIn, in particular, is becoming far more popular in Millennials’ job search—35 percent claim to use LinkedIn as a primary source for their job hunt, compared to only five percent two years ago. 

However, the Class of 2012 is not overlooking more traditional methods.  About 88 percent of those surveyed said they plan to submit applications directly to employers, and 73 percent will be using their college career centers.  In addition, 72 percent want to attend networking or recruiting events.  When asked what they think is important when choosing a job, most Millennials said career advancement opportunities (54 percent) was the most important factor, followed by interesting, challenging work (51 percent), and salary (51 percent).  So if you’re looking to hire young talent, take this knowledge into account!  Hiring the best talent can be a challenge these days.

Happiest Jobs in the US

by RecruiTips 29. March 2012 10:31

In a fluctuating economy where a person might considering taking any job that he or she can get, it makes you wonder…are people actually happy with their jobs?  According to CareerBliss, an online job site that recently conducted a survey evaluating career happiness, the answer is yes.  It was found that those people who are happiest with their jobs, often have the same type of jobs.  CareerBliss surveyed over 100,400 employees with varying careers (excluding executive level jobs) from February 2011 to January 2012.  Employees were questioned about factors such as their satisfaction with employee-boss-coworker relations, company culture, growth potential, wages, responsibilities, and control of their job tasks.  From this, the Happiest Jobs in the US were determined:

1.    Software Quality Assurance Engineer
A Software Quality Assurance Engineer evaluates and reviews a product prior to the final product being released.  They are often involved in software development from beginning to end.

2.    Executive Chef & Project Manager (Tie)
An Executive Chef performs tasks such as cooking, creating the menu, and training staff.  A Project Manager coordinates buying, selling, and the entire transaction involved in real estate.

3.    Bank Teller & Warehouse Manager (Tie)
A Bank Teller works with customers and handles the cash.  A warehouse manager coordinates supplies, distribution, and the overall supervision of a warehouse.

Although the top 5 jobs may seem surprising, many people cite their happiness as being a result of the people that they work with. Other jobs that made the happiest jobs list such as Accountant, Human Resource Manager, and Customer Services Representative can also be attributed to the people factor.  This finding is further emphasized upon discovering that people who hold jobs with regular people interaction, tend to be happier employees.  People spend the majority of their time at work so whether you are currently employed or looking for a new opportunity, this is definitely an important finding to consider.

More Jobs in February

by RecruiTips 12. March 2012 12:10

This past Friday, the Bureau of Labor announced a new job growth record: the best six months for payroll job creation since 2006!  The U.S. is estimated to have added 227,000 jobs in February—and around 1.2 million over the past six months.  The unemployment rate remained at 8.3 percent, which remains the three-year-low.  Still, experts are concerned about the long-term unemployed—many of whom have been forced to take part-time jobs or have become so discouraged that they have stopped looking for a job entirely.   Hopefully we will see these figures improve in the coming months.  Which industries hired the most?  The industries that experienced the most growth in February were professional and business services, followed by education and health. 

Job Searching on Vacation

by RecruiTips 7. March 2012 10:28

With Spring Break just around the corner, many job seekers find themselves torn between a leisurely beachside vacation and a dedicated, focused job search week.  But is it possible to find a compromise?  Here are four relaxing ways to advance your job search while on vacation:

1.    Put business cards and a couple resumes in your suitcase.  You never know who you could run into on vacation, and you need to be prepared!  Powerful executives take vacations too, and they may be open to a friendly conversation.  It might be worth practicing your elevator pitch on your way to your destination as well.

2.    Build out your online profiles.  Grow your connections on LinkedIn, and complete online profiles to help you connect with relevant employers.

3.    Schedule some informational interviews.  Know anyone who works at a company you’re interested in?  Ask them to join you for coffee!  If you schedule it in advance, they’re more likely to oblige.

4.    Take some time to yourself.  Sometimes, a little relaxation can go a long way.  You may leave your vacation feeling clearheaded and ready to tackle your job search head on!

More Jobs in Technology

by RecruiTips 5. March 2012 12:27

Wondering why the jobs numbers have been looking so good lately?   A lot of it can be attributed to the technology industry!  Job postings on technology job board Dice.com have risen by 12 percent in the past year, and general online job postings for computer and mathematics positions increased by 2.1 percent in the past month!  Some of the most highly desired workers right now are those who have experience with mobile applications—positions needing these skill sets have increased by more than 100 percent in the past year.  While large technology companies haven’t all been successful—IBM recently let go of 1000 employees—many smaller tech companies are looking to expand.  With over 500,000 software programs for the iPhone alone, there are clearly a number of opportunities in technology.

Benchmarking and Employee Productivity

by RecruiTips 29. February 2012 07:15

How do you motivate your employees? Mangers have used many tactics over the years, from monetary incentives, to positive feedback, to employee competition, to general fear.  But some of these approaches may be more effective than others.  According to a recent study, “Rankings and Social Tournaments: Evidence from a Field Experiment,” by Iwan Barankay a management professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, ranking employees against each other might not generate the results that many managers believe it to.  While some managers are of the impression that publicly benchmarking employees will motivate them to work harder, Barankay found that in reality, it often reduces employee productivity. 

In the study, employees who were identified as top-ranking tended to become complacent as the result of their success—their productivity suffered considerably.  Meanwhile, those ranking at the bottom became tremendously discouraged and unable to perform to the best of their ability.  In an experiment involving 330 employees, Barankay determined that 66% of employees who were not ranked offered to do more assignments, while only 42% of employees who were ranked came back to do so.  

Of course, every work environment is different, so make sure management style is catered to your employees.  Know how your employees will respond to feedback; while some may thrive in a competitive environment, it’s important to remember not everyone does.  Great managers are able to take the individual into account.

Job Market Continues to Improve

by RecruiTips 28. February 2012 13:26

According to a recent private survey, the job market will improve in 2012 more than economists estimated!  Economists predicted an increase in payrolls by 127,000 per month back in November, but now predictions are near 170,000 per month.  In addition, unemployment will average 8.3 percent, compared to the 8.9 percent forecast in fall 2011.  The improved outlook for the job market is linked to strides in business investment and homebuilding.  Consumer spending is also expected to rise by 2.4 percent.  Some recent economic predictions even suggest that the unemployment rate could drop to 7.8 percent by 2013!  Let’s hope we see more people find employment in the coming months. 

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