Second Level Interviews: Important Process or Necessary Evil?

Companies involved in hiring often narrow down their candidates to a “short list” and ask finalists to return for another interview before deciding who to choose. Some clients even request a third interview – spending valuable time and annoying job seekers in the process. Are multiple interviews the result of management indecision or do they serve a purpose? Candidates/position applicants sometimes feel they are pieces on a chess board, and they ask why they should be required to re-qualify for a position following their first successful interview. It is possible to conclude the hiring company (or the recruiting firm!) is Read More

The look of being Pulled Together at Work is important and does not have to cost a lot of money.

Our output at work is important, our work ethics, commitment, adaptability, and we take a lot of care to make sure our presentations look great but what about how you present yourself? It is  amazing people take the time to look nice for dinners, weddings, dates, etc. but do not take into account that the workplace is also an occasion to put your best foot forward. True, work environments are different and some require a more business professional look, while others a more business casual approach. However, whether business professional or business casual, it is important to make sure you Read More

Candidate Responsibilities on Temporary Assignments

So, you have registered with a staffing agency and now have been assigned to work in a temporary position. All you have to do is get the job done, right? Temporary assignments may not be permanent opportunities, however, your responsibilities as a worker should not diminish because of it. It should be common sense but responsibilities are just that, responsibilities. And no matter the position, it should be in your best interest to perform well. Temporary assignments may not be your ideal situation but it does give you income, a place to use your skills and hopefully, build your skills/resume Read More

Smart Phones: Workplace Heaven or Hell?

According to a 2015 Gallup poll, more than half of iPhone owners said they couldn’t imagine living without the device. And, whether we admit it or not, many of us keep our phones within easy reach at work. In addition to phone and data, we use them for tasks like reminders, alarms, calculators, or planning our route to happy hour. So, it’s all good, right? Some new evidence has surfaced to suggest our devices are actually stealing our intellect, negatively impacting our work productivity and damaging our bodies while we are staying connected. Several recent studies tracked brain focus and Read More

The Intersection of HR and Artificial Intelligence

Algorithm-powered devices (Artificial Intelligence/ AI) are being successfully used in numerous business applications, but what about HUMAN RESOURCES? Intelligent Assistants or “chatbots” simulate human conversation for recruiting and HR-related transactions and are being harnessed by numerous companies with mixed results. In a recent survey of 400 Chief Human Resources Officers by IBM, over half agreed that AI has the power to transform human resources, but the early results are mixed. On the plus side, AI programs, chatbots and virtual assistants used in human resource departments can improve efficiency by: reducing information overload focusing on a smaller candidate pool to improve Read More

Cultural Fit: The Best Predictor of Job Performance

By Helen Hopkins, President, Hire Standard  & Blue Zebra What makes some employees succeed beautifully and others fail miserably in their new jobs? Especially when skills have been measured and meet or exceed the employer’s requirements, employment verifications are consistent, and – in some cases — the new hire may even have been referred by a current employee. It may be surprising to learn that only 11% of new hires fail due to skill deficiencies. Recent studies by management consulting firms and human resource specialists confirm that 89% of unsuccessful new hires were unable to fit into the “company culture”. Read More

Minimizing Hiring Costs for Businesses

by Helen Hopkins, President, Hire Standard  & Blue Zebra Now that the economic engine is sputtering back to life, companies tell us they need to hire but are hamstrung by budget concerns. Many companies have squeezed as much as they can out of existing staff and must add new talent – but executives are still approaching spending with a conservative eye. How can your company bridge the gap? Try these cost-conscious solutions that you can implement quickly. Set Realistic Goals for the Time and Money: Finding a great Staff Accountant will take more than one day, but should not take Read More

The Importance of a “Thank You” Letter

Did you know that most candidates don’t send a post-interview “Thank-You” letter? Even if you think the interview was a slam-dunk, you can always improve your chances of getting the job if you send a “Thank You” letter. In a recent survey of employers by CareerBuilder, 20% of hiring managers said they are more likely to hire a candidate whose interview is followed up by a “Thank You’ letter. And, 22% of hiring managers said they are less likely to hire a candidate who does not follow up with a “Thank You” letter or note. In this electronic age, writing a Read More

The Role of the Client in the Recruiting Process

Employers are all looking for candidates that are the right “fit”, knowing that making the right hiring choices will save them money and time in the long run. But with so many things to handle, how can companies get the help they need to fill their available positions? Carefully choosing a staffing partner can alleviate some of the frustrations you are feeling of not being able to find the qualified candidates. However, there are a few things to consider when working with external recruiters. Careful preparation will enable your company to get the best value for the money you spend.

2013 Employment Forecast

Many people are happy to say goodbye to 2012 and look forward to a better year for jobseekers and employers alike. The Federal Reserve predicts our economy will improve slightly in 2013 (about 2 – 2/5% according to Kiplinger and CNN). Hurricane Sandy took center stage for weeks in October and left a trail of devastation for thousands in the northeast. And while the contentious election cycle is over, the latest crisis is the “fiscal cliff” our country faces (who decided on that term, anyway?). The Congressional Budget Office has predicted that our long-term debt and additional taxes will send the economy Read More