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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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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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3 Mistakes Hiring Managers Make With Job Descriptions and Postings

Posted by Mitch Corlett on May 6, 2016

Every time a dull job description is posted as a job advertisement, your hiring process is already headed down the wrong path. The language used in most job descriptions actually prevents candidates from understanding your job. This slows down your hiring process, wastes your time by interviewing the wrong people, and creates unmet expectations which can lead to high employee turnover.

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Make "Time to Fill" A More Useful Recruiting Metric

Posted by Bob Corlett on February 19, 2016

This article originally appeared in The HR Examiner, you can read it here.

HR professionals often disagree about the value of "Time to Fill (TTF)" as recruiting metric. The debate is largely pointless -- like TTF or not, it’s here to stay. TTF endures because for executives outside of HR, it measures outcomes in a readily understandable way. But measuring your recruiting performance by TTF is like measuring your marketing department by the time from wanting a sale until making a sale.
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How Big Goals Can Destroy Motivation

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 26, 2016

My client Bill has a unique yardstick for measuring results. It has no markings between one inch and 36 inches. Every project either measures up as a total success or a total failure, with nothing in between.

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5 Easy Assumptions That Lead to Hiring Failures

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 19, 2016

This article originally appeared in the HR Examiner. You can read the original here.

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