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Skilling Them Softly: How to Evaluate Candidates’ Soft Skills

Looking for candidates with soft skills? There’s one type of question you must ask.
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Action Required: Do’s and Don’ts for Rejecting Candidates

If there’s one thing hiring managers and HR professionals need to know about today’s candidates, it’s that they take to rejection the same way Taylor Swift does: They don’t go down quietly.

Though they may not write chart-topping pop songs about the employers who scorned them, they do take to social media to publicly vent their frustrations, putting a dent in those companies’ employer brands – and even their bottom lines. Continue reading >>

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Sorry, Pink Floyd — More Than 1 in 4 Want Increasingly More Educated Workers

Even if you don’t remember the rest of the Pink Floyd anthem, the lyrics “We don’t need no education!” are probably emblazoned in your brain. Turns out if you want to land a job in 2014, you DO need an education — and a pretty good one at that. Just ask the 27 percent of employers who have increased their educational requirements for job seekers over the past five years. Continue reading >>

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Think These Are Red Flags? You’re Probably Overlooking Great Candidates

Are These Red Flags — Or Are You Overlooking Great Candidates?

Remember when you dated and the guy asked for separate checks or showed up an hour late to your first date? It may have been a red flag, but you gave him the benefit of the doubt and he actually turned out to be a great guy your husband. (No, just me?) Similarly, there are so-called “red flags” in the world of hiring, which are sometimes unfounded biases that cause hiring managers to overlook great candidates. Continue reading >>

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What ’80s Films Teach Us About Finding the Perfect Candidate

If you’re anything like me a friend of mine, you probably consider ’80s teen movies the source of some of life’s most valuable, eye-opening lessons: how looks aren’t the most important thing in life, that popular people have problems, too, and the healing power of Peter Gabriel and boombox…just to name a few.

The lessons of ’80s movies extend far beyond love and relationships, however. Continue reading >>

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Check Out Amazon’s Process of Screening New Hires

Amazon made headlines recently with talk about drones swinging by your house and even taking telepathic steps to get you your package before you even decide that you want it. (WHAT?!) It’s less likely you’ve heard about “bar raisers,” members of the online retailer’s stringent process of vetting new hires — but it’s almost as fascinating.

As we all know, cultural fit can sometimes be just as important as a candidate’s skills when determining if he or she will make a good match. Continue reading >>

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7 Questions You’ll Want to Ask International Candidates

Hiring an international candidate comes with its own set of unique challenges. There are the work visa legal hurdles, but what’s most important is finding a candidate who is both qualified and excited for the opportunity to embark on an international adventure.

Thanks to the skills gap, the war for talent is raging — and employers, recruiters, and staffing companies are starting to consider expanding hiring borders in order to find the best people. Continue reading >>

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Outrageous interview mistakes

FAIL! You Won’t Believe These Outrageous Job Interview Mistakes

If you’ve watched one of those reality TV singing competitions like The Voice or American Idol, you’ll know that the contestants barely have a few minutes to make their mark and impress the judges with their talent if they expect to move on to the next round. Turns out job interviews are similar in that it’s a race against time to impress the hiring managers. Continue reading >>

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Orange is NOT the New Black: Best and Worst Colors to Wear in a Job Interview

Women in orange jumpsuits may have won over Netflix audiences everywhere, but wearing orange to a job interview won’t win over too many hiring managers. Voted for by 1 in 4 employers, orange topped the list for the worst color to wear to a job interview and was most closely associated with unprofessionalism.

Good old fashioned blue (23 percent) and black (15 percent) — probably the most staple, conservative colors for business attire — topped the list of colors employers want to see candidates wear during job interviews. Continue reading >>

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How to Put Your Candidates at Ease and Negate Interview Fears

Even though Halloween has past, fall can still feel like a spooky time of year, especially for interview candidates. According to a recent study for Everest College conducted by Harris Interactive, 92 percent of job seekers fear something about the interview process.

Scaredy cat candidates are unlikely to impress in the interview, which doesn’t mean they couldn’t actually add value to your company.

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Employers' resume pet peeves

The Biggest Resume Mistakes: Global Edition

Kim Kardashian’s Met Ball getup, Lena Dunham’s Emmys gown, pretty much everything Helena Bonham Carter wears – I’m talking, of course, about the biggest fashion gaffes of the year. You wear one wrong dress and the fashion police have tongues wagging.

It’s not terribly different in the world of recruiting, where one faux pas from even a stellar applicant has the power to turn off hiring managers instantaneously. Continue reading >>

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