How much recruiting can be done virtually rather than face-to-face? Video interviewing, online simulations, talent communities, and the use of tools such as Twitter or Snapchat are heatedly debated for their value versus a face-to-face encounter. Is one way better than another?
What’s the real story? Can a recruiter effectively recruit top-quality people from entry level to mid and senior levels without any in-person interaction? keep reading…
HireVue’s $25 million investment announced this morning comes from the legendary VC firm, Sequoia Capital, and earlier investors in the video interview firm. But in a larger sense, the credit goes to broadband Internet, without which, candidates would still be traveling to in-person interviews and companies would be spending tens of thousands and more on recruiting travel.
It wasn’t that long ago that a company with a strong, but remote prospect, had two choices: Fly the candidate in; or, arrange for a video interview at a business center. Today, thanks to the ready availability of high-speed Internet service in most urban, and many rural areas, employers are saving real money and time.
Perhaps even more importantly, video interviewing expanded the field of potential candidates beyond the geographical limits imposed by budgets or candidate unavailability. Candidates who might have once had to forgo an opportunity because of work or family situations can now interview from their living room. keep reading…
Competing for tech professionals is tough enough for an established company, let alone a startup. Even those with a sexy idea, angel funding in place, and promises of stock option wealth have a hard time finding developers. Now imagine you’re a startup in the storage unit rental business and you need to add staff, including tech help. And, oh yes, you’re in Austin, one of the U.S. premier tech centers.
In today’s roundup we tackle the complicated and totally interrelated issues of lunchtime neighborhood shopping and the retention rate of hourly workers.
And then we’ll grab a beer.
But first, there’s the matter of office gangs. Got your attention with that one? Actually it’s about the workplaces where 43 percent of employees say cliques exist. (A clique is a gang you can leave without fear of your life.)
CareerBuilder’s survey de la semaine says your colleagues who were high school athletes, class clowns, or geeks are the most likely to wind up in a clique. And just like high school, these cliques exert their own peer pressure; 19 percent admitted they “Made fun of someone else or pretended not to like them.” Almost half went out drinking with the group, which, according to 46 percent of the surveyed workers, counted a boss in the gang. keep reading…
Are you a rockstar recruiter? Can you sell a Facebook developer on a future with My Space? Or charm an NSA gatekeeper out of a list of cryptanalysts with top secret clearances?
You might have a shot at an appearance on Top Recruiter. (Assuming the FBI doesn’t get you for that little bit of NSA rusing.) The job req isn’t at all detailed. But anyone who has watched the online-only show will immediately see that it helps to be attractive, talk in clever sound-bites, and pretend you’re only goal in life is to help the jobless get work. keep reading…
By now everyone knows that the future of recruiting will require the effective use of both the mobile phone and social media. However, you may not be aware that new features on social media giants Twitter and more recently on Instagram now provide the opportunity to effectively sell recruits with short micro-videos that are sent to their mobile phones. keep reading…
The online recruiting world is a noisy place. One search on Indeed for “developer” yields more than 145,000 job postings — all of which look remarkably similar. On the flip side, great people are being constantly bombarded with messages, thanks to LinkedIn Recruiter.
How does a company stand out from the sea of bullet points and template messages? By creating and sharing remarkable content.
Here are three ways that companies are using creative content to attract top talent. keep reading…
The New England Patriots say that Tim Tebow’s “spirituality” was a factor in his hiring … as a football player. Yes, his spirituality.
Sure, a person’s personal life can play a role in hiring. But we don’t always admit it. Ron Katz and I talk about this in the video below. We also get into how Tebow’s signing may be a sign of the times in terms of:
The blurring of work and life
Employers’ greater knowledge of job candidates’ personal lives
The tension between hiring for “fit” and hiring for diversity
I don’t know Edelman’s Cassel Kroll — VP of digital media strategy — but I know he looks really cool in a hat. So does Jimmie Stone, EVP and creative director.
They and a half-dozen other employees of PR giant Edelman star in this new video about working at Edelman. Edelman’s global and U.S. marketing teams came up with the idea for the video, and made it in about three weeks. The goal was to showcase the variety of new sorts of jobs that recent hires are doing at the firm.
During the newly reinvigorated and exciting ERE conference, two attendees posed related but powerful questions to me. The first was “What advanced topics should be on the agenda of recruiting leaders at elite firms?” Or as another put it “What should Google be planning to do next in recruiting?”
At least to me, future agenda items are an important topic. Because after visiting well over 100 firms, I have found a dramatic difference between the agenda items that are found on 95% of the firms (cost per hire, ATS issues, req loads, etc.) and the truly advanced subjects that only elite recruiting firms like Google, DaVita, Sodexo, etc. would even attempt to tackle.
So if you have the responsibility for setting agendas or recruiting goals, here is my list of truly advanced recruiting topics that elite leaders would find compelling but that most others would simply find to be out of their reach. If you want to be among the elite, you should select a handful for implementation. However, even if you are currently overwhelmed by your current agenda, you might still find them to be interesting reading.
I’m not talking some automated software process like an ATS ranking algorithm. I’m talking a Robot & Frank, R2D2 cute kind of robot the Aussies have built that conducts interviews and assesses what the candidates say and their emotional response to the questions.
Sophie the robot, and her pals, Charles, Matilda, Betty, and Jack, are a joint project between La Trobe University Business School in Melbourne and Japan’s NEC Corporation, involves students and faculty from management, health sciences, sociology, psychology, and education. keep reading…
We’re all familiar with the funny image that goes by various names, but is basically “Social media explained with donuts.” As a reminder, the full list is here.
Companies, including my own, use the “Donut List” to simplify the major social sites to novices. But as these sites add features and move to our mobile devices, the differences aren’t all that clear. keep reading…
If you aren’t already using video for interviewing, what are you waiting for?
More and more employers all the time are finding that conducting at least an initial, live interview can save them both money and time, and can give them a better sense of their candidates than even an in-depth phone screen.
The heaviest users of live video interviews are the biggest employers; 80% of those with more than 10,000 workers have used or use video interviews. But even employers as small as 100 workers are giving it a try.
A GreenJobInterview survey of corporate leaders, most of them in HR, found that nearly half of all employers with fewer than 100 workers have conducted a video interview. And almost six out of 10 employers with 1,000 to 5,000 employees use remote video interviews.
This isn’t one of those shiny new object trends. Unlike the video resume, the use of video interviews is steadily growing as the technology has become both more affordable and easier to use.
Many search engine marketing experts today agree that videos and images drive more traffic in search engines than simple text-related results. In fact, a study done by Socialbakers, a leader in social media marketing and statistics, showed that as of December 2012, image-related posts led Facebook interaction by a whopping 89 percent. In 2012, according to Reuters, YouTube had an average number of four billion views per day.
With a multitude of free mobile image and video posting apps that are available for smartphones today, the ability to reach the public through multimedia has grown significantly, and today many companies take advantage of these major marketing channels. So what does this information mean for recruiters? keep reading…
You want to talk office culture? Having fun at work?
Go ahead and try to sell that system admin you’re courting with the foosball game in the lunchroom, and free pizza Fridays. Really?
Over yonder there in San Antonio, where salsa is almost religion and Rackspace is headquartered, they take their fun seriously. (Add that oxymoron to your list.) The Rackspace folks, who inhabit an abandoned shopping mall so big it’s huge (this is Texas after all), have posted a Google Street View of their workplace. It’s almost 28 acres, making it bigger than some neighborhoods.
Still selling that foosball thing? Well, grit your teeth, because one of the coolest features of what might be the world’s coolest workplace (not counting the ISS) is the slide between the first and second stories of the place. Which, of course, all but demands slide contests. Which, of course, Rackspace happily accommodated. Strike that. Sub in “encouraged” and made part of the whole branding thing. keep reading…
As a kid, I had a farm job. Among the tasks was cleaning out stalls and spreading manure. One of the less experienced, but know-it-alls among the summer help jumped on the tractor after I hooked it up, but not before I disengaged the spreader. The rest of us just stood there watching as he went down the driveway, spreading manure on the road, splattering the barns and everything else, enroute to where he was supposed to spread the load.
That’s the idea behind a website called You Had One Job; spreading workplace detritus around the world. In pictures — lots of them — it tells the story of workplace errors great and small. From the “oops” kind to the “what are you, an idiot” kind. If only I had a video of that manure spreader.
Having fun at work today? Leaving voice mail for every call you make? I mean, really, is there a hiring manager who actually wants to hear from you?
So take a time out and enjoy today’s roundup, which, I promise, is low cal, purely intended as entertainment, and has no particular message (unless you happen to recruit lawyers, in which case, I’m so sorry for you).
Some Recruiter I Used to Know
From the land next to the Land Down Under, comes proof that like love, the recruiter/candidate relationship is universal. (It also suggests there are too few lawyers in New Zealand, which, you would think, would be a good thing.)