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Recruiter's Guide to Interviewing Sourcers

December 19, 2014 at 11:54 AM Rob Stevenson

You've hired engineers, designers, marketers, and salespeople. They all have wildly different skillsets and have forced you to understand each team at your organization. In an ideal world, they've all worked out incredibly well, so well in fact that your organization is hiring even MORE and you need some help just to keep up. Time to hire yourself a sourcer! Unlike the other roles, here you're hiring explicity for your own team, and having performed the role yourself you know exactly what makes someone successful. So where do you draw the line in your deep understanding of recruiting to give a sourcer a fair shot while still nailing a comprehensive interview? Glad you asked.

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In Defense of Recruiting the Job Hopper

December 18, 2014 at 12:35 PM Kathleen de Lara

Ask anyone in the workforce about their ideal career timeline and you’ll find the concept of the strong, linear job path no longer exists. The times they are a-changin’, and if there’s one group of candidates potentially getting the short end of the stick, it’s the talent pool you’ve neglected and rejected – the job hoppers and the resumes you’ve dumped straight to the can.

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HCI Webcast Takes on How to Fix Candidate Experience

December 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM Rob Stevenson

If you've never tuned in to the material provided by the Human Capital Institute, you are severely missing out. In addition to their yearly conference, the fine folks at HCI regularly provide best-in-class webinars, podcasts, and deep research. This morning, HCI paired with Ivan Casanova and the delightfully blunt Matt Charney for a webcast digging in to the issue of candidate experience and what recruiters can do to make your company's hiring process as smooth as possible. Didn't get a chance to tune in to the webinar? You're in luck, because many attendees took to Twitter to provide commentary and key takeaways. Have a look at the most insightful nuggets below!

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6 Techniques for Curating a Top Talent Funnel

December 16, 2014 at 12:33 PM Kathleen de Lara

Even the best recruiters and hiring managers lack the incredible ability to decide on a candidate on their first pass. Flair and gifts aside, it’s unrealistic. 

While there isn’t a magical formula for reducing your time-to-hire, companies can fine-tune their knack for bringing in candidates who are qualified and excited about the company by refining their methods for sorting out and ranking potential hires.

Read on for tips on improving your team’s ability to manage a more selective talent funnel to bring in more candidates who are interested and qualified for your opportunities. 

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Revisiting Neglected Areas of the Hiring Process

December 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM Rob Stevenson

When you're facing 10 open positions for hard-to-find roles, trying to please a finnicky hiring manager, and haranguing a slow moving HR department to get an offer letter together, the different stages of the hiring funnel all seem to blur together into one indistiguishable, insurmountable blob. While any time spent away from the actual act of recruiting can be costly, if you can take some time to revisit and streamline the hiring process, your future self will thank you. Let's take a step back and stop missing the forest for the trees by assessing some under-visited areas of the hiring funnel.

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What to Say to Engage Candidates with Your Emails

December 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM Kathleen de Lara

One way to a candidate’s heart is through your subject line, and if that’s not attractive enough to get ‘em to click through, your message has been archived, trashed, and their attention's shifted to the next email in the inbox.

In our recent stream of blog posts, we shared some year-end techniques and practices to fill your open reqs, get candidates in your funnel, and to prep for the new year. 

If you’ve decided to go the route of engaging candidates the team was recruiting earlier this year, read on for 10 sample subject lines and tips on editing your outreach to keep your message from being condemned to the circular file.

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4 Recruiting Groups and Communities to Join Today

December 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM Rob Stevenson

When it comes to honing your recruiting skills, where are you looking? You could attend a webinar each week. You could follow top influencers on twitter. You could read the Entelo Blog all day (and you should). But the best way to sharpen up is to learn from the experience, wisdom, best practices, and failures of others. If you're going to engage with the recruiting community, it's best not to merely lurk, but to bring something to the table and open some real conversations. Below are a handful of recruiting groups and communities you can frequent to learn from your recruitment comrades.


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4 Interview Questions to Build Your Referral Network

December 10, 2014 at 10:36 AM Kathleen de Lara

A few birds, one stone? Try using the candidate interview as a platform for finding hires to fill your open reqs and to leverage your talent’s networks to make even more connections.

Here’s a tag line we’ll try to coin: If you’re not using your network, you’re losing your net worth. In other words, recruiters, if you’re not curious enough to comb through deepest trenches of your network and your network’s networks, someone else will be, running the risk of losing out on undiscovered qualified talent.

Build your connections and measure someone’s qualification for the role by poking around during the candidate interview. Try these questions to start:

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The Unmissable Recruiting and HR Conferences in 2015

December 9, 2014 at 12:08 PM Rob Stevenson

As you close the books on 2014 and peer across the office at all the bright talented faces you placed, think back on all the tools, professionals, and information that helped shape you into the stud recruiter you are today. Where'd you learn about those tools? Where'd you network with all those awesome recruiters who helped you hone your craft and maybe even sent a candidate or two your way? If you were lucky, you may have rolled all of that into 48 hours at one of the many Recruiting and HR Conferences over the years. 2015 is chock full of events featuring the most insightful speakers, the biggest companies, and the brightest and most exciting new tools on the market. Below, we've compiled the details on the year's unmissable events, so get out your calendars and book your flights!

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6 End-of-Year Techniques to Build Your Talent Funnel

December 8, 2014 at 6:00 AM Kathleen de Lara

Know who you’re hiring in 2015?

Even if you just filled the last open req for the year or if the team’s activated a hiring freeze, stocking up your company’s funnel with qualified candidates is one of the smartest ways to get ahead of competitors. Having a talent pool prepped and at your disposal before the new year kicks in takes some weight off your sourcing team and can give you the extra support to hit the ground running as soon as the open reqs start coming in.

Before turning on vacation mode for the holiday season, run through this checklist to help your team meet their hiring goals for the upcoming year.

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