Staffing Advisors Blog

Will the Hiring Manager Remember Your Interview Responses?

Posted by Mitch Corlett on July 12, 2016


Too many people forget the key to a great interview: what the interviewer remembers about you.

The vast majority of what happens in any given interview is pretty forgettable...for the interviewer. As the candidate, you have one experience of the interview question. When the interviewer asks about your greatest weakness and you cleverly reframe a strength by saying, "Gosh, Jim, you know sometimes I work too hard." You probably feel like you nailed it.

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Why the CAR/STAR Interview Method is So Effective

Posted by Mitch Corlett on July 7, 2016


When you're looking for a new job, an interview offer is exciting. It's a chance to make your case for why someone should hire you. Sadly, most people are terrible at doing so.

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Defining Business Outcomes: The Critical Linchpin in Successful Recruiting

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 30, 2016

Some executives mistakenly think of hiring as an HR function. But hiring cannot be thought of as solely an HR issue, as something separate from the "real work" of the department. Whenever a new hire fails to make a significant business impact, it is a business problem.

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5 Simple Ways to Lower Hiring Risk and Hire Better People

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 21, 2016


The hiring process seems familiar to most managers. Everyone has been through the process. It seems like hiring should be simple---everyone involved wants the same thing. Executives want to hire the best people. Candidates want a job where they can be successful. Everyone wants a recruiting process that accurately predicts performance on the job...and yet hiring is often disappointing.

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4 Hiring Process Questions That Improve Employee Retention

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 16, 2016

HR professionals often treat recruiting separately from employee engagement and retention, but recruiting and retention are two sides of the same coin, with the same basic ingredients. The right recruiting practices can also "bake in" long term employee engagement and retention.

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Ten Warning Signs of a Broken Hiring Process

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 7, 2016

A hiring process does not fail suddenly and for completely mysterious reasons. Most searches fail for fairly predictable reasons, with quite a few warning signs along the way. Or, as Ernest Hemingway put it in The Sun Also Rises:

"How did you go bankrupt?" Bill asked.

"Two ways," Mike said. "Gradually and then suddenly."

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3 Ways Smartphones Make Your Recruiting Strategy Look Stupid

Posted by Mitch Corlett on June 3, 2016

If you are still posting job advertisements today the same way you did five years ago, I would not be surprised if your hiring process results are disappointing. And there’s a good reason why. Candidate behavior has changed more in the past 5 years than at any other time in the past 30 -- especially when it comes to how everyone uses smartphones and tablets. People are on their phones more than ever. According to Comscore, smartphone usage alone now exceeds total internet usage 4 years ago.

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Better Job Descriptions: The Overlooked Hiring Process Step That Improves Your Business Outcomes

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 26, 2016

The only reason to hire is to achieve a business impact. Your hiring efforts should shorten the distance between having a job opening and hiring someone who makes a big impact. The first step on the path toward business impact is attracting the right candidates. In all likelihood, most job seekers first impression of your company will be your job description. But most job descriptions actually get in the way of your hiring and recruiting efforts.

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3 Reasons Your Recruiting Process is 15 Years Behind the Times

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 18, 2016

Do you use a smart phone? Read restaurant reviews on Yelp? Search for things on Google? Of course you do. Today, Google, mobile devices, and reputation sites are just part of your day. But 15 years ago, smartphones and reputation sites didn’t even exist, and Google was still largely unknown.  Unfortunately, the recruiting practices at most organizations are trapped in a time warp. Most HR teams recruit about the same way they did in 1999. But these now-familiar technologies have fundamentally changed your behavior...and the behavior of your current and future employees.

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How Bad Glassdoor Reviews Affect Job Advertising Response Rates

Posted by Mitch Corlett on May 11, 2016

With the rise of employer reputation sites like Glassdoor, overwhelming dread has overcome HR and senior leadership -- a feeling of Glassdoor Angst. Anonymous reviewers are publicly posting "insider information" outside of management’s control.  In 2014, most CEOs we spoke with didn’t seem to know or care about Glassdoor. But now more than half of the CEOs we speak with mention their Glassdoor reviews in our first meeting.

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