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Todd Raphael

Todd Raphael is Editor-in-Chief of ERE.net , and he works on ERE's conferences, the ERE website, the ERE daily email newsletter, the ERE awards, and more. Contact him at todd@ere.net.

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62 Interview Questions People Said Were Their Favorites

by Aug 19, 2014, 12:58 am ET

war bonds.govA contest for people to submit their favorite interview questions yielded the interesting, the odd, the useful, the insightful, and the obscene. They included such questions as: “What is your favorite palindrome?” and “Why did America stop selling War Bonds?”

And some I can’t publish without washing my own mouth out with soap.

The contest, put on by VoiceGlance, ran in a 10-week period in May, June, and July. Most of the answers came in via LinkedIn groups, and were sent in by HR managers, recruiters, and some job seekers in the U.S., India, China, Nepal, Malta, the UK, and Canada.

Here are the questions turned in, and at the end of this post, some of the questions the judge — me — selected as winners.

(I generally tried to pick questions that were related to actual success on the job. Suffice it say, I didn’t pick any questions about your favorite barnyard animal, and I didn’t pick the one about “what does family mean to you?”)

The Questions Submitted keep reading…

New Sites Offer Employee Referrals and Job Screening Tools

by Aug 18, 2014, 4:06 pm ET

Believe it or not, not everyone’s been at the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, or running around getting the kids’ school supplies this month.

Canon Europe told me it launched a new career site, and a company called STIHL told me it did too.

There are even a couple newer recruiting-technology companies you may not know of: keep reading…

Finder’s Fee for This Job: $100,000

by Aug 7, 2014, 3:37 pm ET

NRGThe crowdsourcing referral bonus for helping find a president of a solar-power developer has been set at $100,000. keep reading…

In Selling Its Jobs, Dropbox Is Selling Its Location

by Aug 1, 2014, 7:43 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 4.37.22 PMIf you’re young, like music, and the outdoors, Austin’s the place for you.

That’s the message from a new video playing up jobs at Dropbox in Austin. keep reading…

New Sites for Military Veterans, Doctors, and Crowdsourced Referrals

by Jul 30, 2014, 6:31 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 11.10.43 AMA handful of the new websites and spinoffs entering the recruiting field: keep reading…

McKinsey Midway Through Career Site Upgrades

by Jul 29, 2014, 2:15 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 11.10.37 PMIn a case of a shoemaker’s kids getting shoes, the company that coined the phrase “war for talent” in 1997 is working on updates to its career pages.

McKinsey is working on the site internally. It’s  only partway through a series of changes. keep reading…

Gay Cop: ‘Believe It or Not, We Exist’

by Jul 23, 2014, 5:35 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 2.22.47 PMIn a new recruiting video below, a self-described “30-year-old white guy” tells you why he’s diverse: he’s a gay policeman in Texas.

Chris says that being a gay detective in Ft. Worth isn’t the big deal it used to be. And, he says, he hasn’t had a single problem at work. keep reading…

Pinball Parties Working for Austin Software Developer

by Jul 22, 2014, 5:20 pm ET

pinballzAn Austin software developer called Q2 says it’s having success — “record attendance,” according to a senior recruiter — holding events at a local arcade, and its event last week will net maybe 8-10 more hires. keep reading…

TeamPlayer Wants You to Hire People Who Are Compatible

by Jul 17, 2014, 2:54 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 9.26.12 AMI went to a Jobvite “roadshow” networking event in Los Angeles this week, and the first attendee I met — well, dedicated ERE.net readers can guess exactly what he said to me: “I’m starting a recruiting technology company!”

In this case the guy’s name is Jim Lanas. He’s a Vietnam-era veteran and a recruiter in the medical field, whose new company, TeamPlayerHR, is in the assessment field. But it’s not exactly a personality or psychometric assessment (and it drives Lanas bonkers when people assume it is).

Let me explain how this works. keep reading…

Here Are the Countries and the States Where People Want (and Don’t Want) to Work

by Jul 16, 2014, 12:01 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.40.15 AMWhat countries do job seekers most want to move to? How about away from? In the U.S., where do they most want to go … and what states do they want to leave?

Where People Search for Jobs, a new report from Indeed Hiring Lab, takes a stab at those questions.

Let’s take a look (click to enlarge any of them). keep reading…

Charles Schwab’s New Site Is for Feeling, Not Just Transacting

by Jul 15, 2014, 3:39 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 11.09.10 PMBig photos and a big emphasis on diversity, women, and veterans highlight Charles Schwab’s new careers website.

The new career pages, part of a larger “about Schwab” series of pages — play up the “people business” — not just the financial services business — that Schwab is in. keep reading…

U.S. Govt Updates Info on Pregnancy-related Discrimination

by Jul 15, 2014, 3:08 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 11.47.11 AMThere’s new info out from the EEOC in the U.S. about pregnancy discrimination, the first big explanation of federal pregnancy-related rules in 30 years.

It’s not all recruiting related; much of what the government is spelling out deals with employees already on the job.

But, there are some sections on applicants. keep reading…

It’s the U.S. Peace Corps’ Turn to Improve the Candidate Experience

by Jul 15, 2014, 9:36 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 6.31.27 AMEven the 50+ year old Peace Corps is getting a job-application makeover.

The application is shorter; what used to take eight hours and involve 60 printed pages should now take less than an hour.

On top of that, there’ll be clear dates for applying and for finding out if you’re accepted.

The process is explained in this PDF.

Finance Hiring Site ‘Street of Walls’ Rebranding as ‘Vettery’

by Jul 14, 2014, 10:00 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 1.15.21 PMStreet of Walls, a recruiting company for the financial field, is relaunching and changing its name. keep reading…

Passive Candidates Are the Target of Two More Startups

by Jul 14, 2014, 3:28 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 9.57.53 AMSpeaking of pipelines, passives, and prospects: there’s more where that came from.

Two new recruiting technology companies are launching with passive candidates in mind. keep reading…

LinkedIn’s New Rules for Big InMail Senders

by Jul 10, 2014, 12:37 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 9.30.03 AMLinkedIn has new rules out for people who use its recruiting product to send a lot of emails, but who don’t get a lot of people opening those emails. keep reading…

More Recruiting Startups and Other Critters

by Jul 7, 2014, 3:31 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 10.04.26 AMAs mentioned before, out of Brazil, another startup (what else, right?) is blooming.

“There’s competition … every day we find a different one,” Joel Stern, a recruiter, says about human resources technology startups. “But no one has the market cornered.”

Stern is creating a startup of his own, one with a very interesting history. For that and info on a few other new companies, read on: keep reading…

‘Job Gains Were Widespread’ in June, Says U.S. Govt

by Jul 3, 2014, 8:51 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 5.57.22 AMThe foreshadowing from yesterday turned prescient. That bad-weather, bad-economic-news first part of the year behind us, June saw job gains in a variety of industries.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says 288,000 jobs were created, about 75,000 more than expected.

Gains were “widespread,” it reported. Indeed, a variety of industries looked strong: keep reading…

Air New Zealand Launches Career Site on Mobile

by Jul 3, 2014, 2:29 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 10.53.57 PMA very brief follow-up on Air New Zealand, which I’d said was “working on its mobile offerings.” (The company received the 2014 ERE Recruiting Excellence award in the “best corporate careers websites” category.)

Air New Zealand’s now live with the first iteration of its new mobile site. keep reading…

Grading Hiring Managers

by Jul 3, 2014, 12:09 am ET

We already talked about the letter grade you give corporate recruiting departments.

Let’s take a look at the grade you gave managers. keep reading…