5 Mistakes to Avoid as a Job Interviewer

5 mistakes to avoid as a job interviewer

“How’d your job interview go?” “Not so good.” “What happened? Did someone else get the job?” “No, I was offered the role. But there’s no way I would ever work for those people.” Mistakes made by interviewers during the recruitment process not only impact the candidate experience but will ultimately lead to poorer hiring outcomes.…

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How to Tell if You’re Being Catfished by an Employer

How to tell if you're being catfished by an employer

It’s not uncommon for people to stretch the truth in their online dating profiles. Perhaps they add an inch or two to their height, remove a year or so from their age, or claim to like classical music when the reality is that they couldn’t distinguish Beethoven from Berlioz. In some cases, people go full-catfish…

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Unlocking the Hidden Job Market

The “hidden job market” refers to the significant number of job openings that are filled without ever being advertised. It’s difficult to estimate the size of this market, although it’s probably nowhere near as high as the oft-quoted figure of 80% that has been thrown around since the 1980s. The fact is that private-sector employers…

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How to Humanize Recruitment in an Automated Industry

How to humanize recruitment in an automated industry

Thank you for applying for this position. Your candidate number is 000642. Please do not respond to this email. Automation in recruitment is here to stay. Used intelligently, AI saves time and money, makes high-volume hiring a breeze, and can automate sourcing, resumé assessments, skills assessments, candidate communication, background checking, and interview scheduling. Automation can…

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Time to Retire the Unnecessary Cover Letter

What is it with online recipes? All readers want is to jump straight to the ingredients and cooking instructions, yet most of the time we have to scroll through hundreds of words of unnecessary backstory from the author before we get to the content that matters. What are cover letters good for? Let’s start by…

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Counteroffers Don’t Work Unless They are Accompanied by Meaningful Change

We’re well into 2022, and organizations in several sectors are still facing a talent crunch. Bloomberg recently branded this situation the “Great Talent Recession”, while Korn Ferry warned that talent shortages have moved to a chronic problem in the new year. A September 2021 survey (also from Korn Ferry) revealed that 55% of companies expect…

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How to Attract and Retain Purpose-driven Candidates

How to Attract and Retain Purpose-driven Candidates

Companies that can draw a line between a specific role and how it contributes to the organization’s purpose have an advantage in hiring candidates looking for meaningful work. But how can an organization incorporate a sense of purpose into its employee value proposition without falling back on vague statements? A 2018 study reported in HBR…

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Speed up Your Hiring Processes or Miss Out During a Skills Shortage

Faster hiring has its challenges, but getting it right will enable your organization to snap up top talent ahead of your competitors. When I wrote about the possibility of a post-Covid resignation surge back in June 2021, I never expected a skills crisis of this scale. The latest Job Openings and Turnover Data (JOLTS) revealed…

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5 Questions to Help Determine Your Next Career Move

5 Questions to Determine Your Next Career Move

What five questions should you ask before deciding your next career move? According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, the following questions can help ensure that you achieve your definition of career success: 1) How fulfilled am I? To what extent do you find meaning and purpose in your work? Values are what…

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