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Finding Diamonds in the Rough: Q&A with Bethany Perkins, Software Advice

We recently caught an article by Austin Merritt, COO at Software Advice, a company that helps buyers find the right software, that shares their unique hiring strategy of finding “diamonds in the rough.” The strategy focuses more on candidates’ raw talents rather than their relevant experience. In fact, some of the top employees were previously bartenders, servers or baristas. We decided to catch up with their HR Manager, Bethany Perkins, who herself went from pouring shots to calling them. 1. Since you transitioned from being a “diamond in the rough” to an HR manager, do you think this has influenced how you evaluate potential candidates? Absolutely. Before I...

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Social Media for Recruitment – Infographic

Staff.com – Connecting Great Companies with Global Talent

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Guest post: Should You Hire an Overqualified Applicant?

Hiring managers are receiving more applications for open positions than ever before. One reason is the recent economic recession: the U.S. and other countries around the world saw their unemployment rate rise. Additionally, the use of online applications makes it easier for job seekers to apply to more jobs faster. As a hiring manager, it is relatively simple to eliminate the applicants who don’t meet your qualifications, but should you also eliminate the overqualified applicants?  Recruiters typically do so, but there are several factors to consider: First, how long would you like this applicant to stay in the open position?  There is evidence to support the common...

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Top 25 Most Difficult Companies to Interview; McKinsey #1 for 3 Years on Glassdoor Report

Glassdoor just released its third annual report of the Top 25 Most Difficult Companies to Interview, revealing which companies stand out for putting job candidates through the most difficult interview process, entirely based on tens of thousands of interview reviews shared by candidates over the past 12 months. Highlights Top 3 Most Difficult Companies to Interview: McKinsey & Company (3.9), Thoughtworks (3.9) and Boston Consulting Group(3.8). (Interview difficulty ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1= very easy, 5=very difficult). McKinsey has also topped this Glassdoor report in 2012 and 2011. Of the 25 companies...

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Guest post: Talent Management Success: Hidden Benefits of a Well-Executed Strategy

I really liked Amanda’s post How Proper Talent Management Helps a Business Succeed. I think it makes some great points about the benefits of talent management. There’s lots of research that says that companies with mature, integrated talent management programs have better business results. McKinsey: companies with strong talent practices outperformed their peer group, earning 22 percent higher shareholder returns. Watson Wyatt: good people practices can increase a company’s value by as much as 30 percent. Russell Investments: firms on the Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work for” list outperform the S&P 500 and the Russell 3000 by as much as 10...

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Guest post: How to Handle Applicants With Felony Convictions

Maryland became the ninth U.S. state to “ban the box” in early May. This initiative means that public sector employers can no longer ask applicants about their criminal history – at least not until later on in the hiring process, according to Employment Screening Resources. Since the Senate Bill 4 was signed, Maryland joins nearly 50 U.S. cities and eight other states in “banning the box” from job applications. All indications point to many more states and municipalities following suit in the coming years. In other words, more efforts are underway to make private and public sector employment opportunities fair to those who have a criminal record. Formerly...

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