Candidate Experience

Go Forth and Spam No More

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The debate rages on at conferences, meetings, online media, and in just plain gossip. Why does everyone say they hate spam and then engage in the same practices they deplore? This is especially puzzling when the spaminator is a recruiter who is not only supposed to know better but also needs to woo a target audience, not turn them off. Is it the fault of the individual generating the spam or the people that encourage… Read More »Go Forth and Spam No More

The Ethics of a Candidate Experience

This is condensed from an earlier post “The Candidate Experience – Part 2: People Interacting with People” from May 30, 2012. It was edited to tie in with the series on business ethics because in justifying our relationships with job seekers it becomes a matter of just doing the right thing when it is not required. A quote from former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a… Read More »The Ethics of a Candidate Experience

Talent Selection – Part 5: The Interviewing Paradigm

Not all interviewing methodologies are broken. If you subscribe to the theory that “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!” then you won’t have to worry about change until repeated problems force you to look deeper. The lack of apparent problems by current measuring standards could mean nothing is wrong. Conversely, it could be a sign that we are using the wrong benchmark to measure it. The biggest problem with today’s patchwork methods of interviewing… Read More »Talent Selection – Part 5: The Interviewing Paradigm

Talent Selection – Part 4: Interviewing Tradeoffs

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Anyone with more than a few minutes of experience working in a corporate staffing office knows that certain things are not negotiable. I once worked at a start-up that was a spinoff from a large corporation with a lot of inherited baggage in the form of policies and procedures from the parent company. We had to change everything that didn’t fit. An example of a non-negotiable item when hiring new employees was vacation time. Many… Read More »Talent Selection – Part 4: Interviewing Tradeoffs

Talent Selection – Part 1: Interviewing Crosscheck

“Flight attendants, prepare for arrival and crosscheck.” I have heard that over the aircraft cabin PA systems for years and thought that it had something to do with counting people. I remember eons ago on school outings teachers would walk down the aisle of the school bus and count heads to make sure the number of heads that got back on the bus was the same number of heads that got off. On a recent… Read More »Talent Selection – Part 1: Interviewing Crosscheck