3 Ways Pre-Employment Assessments Can Reveal Red Flags

Jenna SpinelleChecking Candidate References, Checking References, Finding Top Quality Candidates, Interview for Attitude, Personality

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Recent incidents of violence around the country remind us of the fact that people can have dark qualities to their personalities. Those tendencies can hamper performance on the job and interpersonal relations within an organization. Aptitude tests can help uncover potentially threatening or relevant information about a candidate’s attitude as part of the interview process. … Read More

Excuses, and the Dog That Ate My Homework

Stephanie TroianoCandidate Selection Process Strategy, Checking References, News1 Comment

dog with homework

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”  ― Benjamin Franklin This post isn’t really about dogs eating homework. It’s more about excuses, but isn’t that dog with glasses picture up there really cute? Excuses come in many shapes and sizes. When confronted with the threat of a reference check, candidates … Read More

How Many Years of Experience Do You Seek from Applicants?

FletcherCandidate Selection Process Strategy, Checking References, Closing the Deal with Candidates, Finding Top Quality Candidates, Interview for Achievement, News, Preparing for a New Hire

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Deciding how much work experience to require from your applicants can be a confusing issue. Hiring experts can disagree about the amount and type of experience you should demand. Your own knowledge should be supplemented by the latest research, but it is important to take a close look at experts’ pronouncements. Although situations and opinions … Read More

Great Questions to Ask Your Candidate’s References

FletcherCandidate Selection Process Strategy, Checking Candidate References, Checking References, Closing the Deal with Candidates, Listening and Communication, News

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Checking candidates’ references is an essential but occasionally carelessly completed step in the hiring process. At the most basic level, you want to verify employment dates and the job title(s) associated with a reference. More importantly, getting feedback from past supervisors can be invaluable. Their input can support or contradict your impressions, in either case … Read More