November 30, 2022

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Domain Knowledge in Recruitment

Olympic judges know exactly what to look for when assessing the world’s best sportspeople. Often former Olympians themselves or coming from an elite coaching background, they can spot imperfections in a performance that a casual fan like myself would regard as perfect. Then, the judges draw upon their highly specialized knowledge to score, rank and…

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October 29, 2022

Navigating the Train vs Hire Conundrum

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the train vs hire question. Some companies will only hire as a last resort if there are no internal candidates for a vacant role, while others strike a rough balance between training up and hiring in. It depends on several factors unique to your organization, including the makeup of your…

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5 mistakes to avoid as a job interviewer
September 23, 2022

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
August 26, 2022

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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July 29, 2022

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
June 30, 2022

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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May 20, 2022

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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April 28, 2022

Managing a Team for the First Time? What to do in Your First 30 Days

Managing a team for the first time is an exciting opportunity but it can also be a little daunting. In this article, I share some tips for reaching your leadership potential in the first 30 days as a newbie manager. But where to start? Many would be tempted to begin with the practical activities that…

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March 25, 2022

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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