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These Bad Hiring Practices are Turning Off Candidates

February 26, 2015 at 12:45 PM Kathleen de Lara

Yes, recruiting is very much like dating.

The incessant metaphor is one you’re probably familiar with, one you love to hate because it’s hackneyed and true.

Courting people is an art, but charming candidates comes with higher risk. As a recruiter, the courtship represents you and the company, success relies on who you hire, and emphasizing quantity over quality simply isn’t smart or cost-effective. No pressure, right?

Avoid these five candidate pet peeves to hit the hiring home run.

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Nailing the Interview Scheduling Sweet Spot

February 25, 2015 at 11:21 AM Rob Stevenson

You've spent hours sourcing, engaging, and light-selling your candidate, and finally, they agree to come in and meet the team. Unfortunately, as you know, your job is only half done. As a Recruiter, your troubles start even before you consider the question of whether the candidate will impress the team, fit in with company culture, and be smitten enough with your organization to want the job. You've got to complete one of the most time consuming and frustrating tasks of the hiring process: scheduling.

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4 Hard-to-Find Skills to Look for in Recruiters

February 24, 2015 at 12:12 PM Kathleen de Lara

A recruiter who’s good at recruiting doesn’t cut it anymore.

New tools and tech may be perpetually emerging to spot even the most covert candidates, but likewise, an increasing number of skilled people are finding alternate ways to communicate their abilities, get their resumes under more recruiters’ eyes, or to hide from them.

To make any hire these days, the modern recruiter has to think and behave like the modern candidate.

Check out these four knacks and hacks to look for when building your all-star hiring team.

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Underemphasized Qualities of a Great Recruiting Email

February 23, 2015 at 12:51 PM Rob Stevenson

Like it or not, sending emails has become the most widespread way to engage with potential hires. Though it lacks the immediacy of a phone call and is easily ignored, talent actually prefer to be contacted via email, so if you're going to engage someone the way they want to be engaged, you've got no choice but to craft a meaningful, personal, effective recruiting email. To get some insight on the preferred type of messages, we asked our engineering department to forward us their favorite recruiting emails and tell us why they were so good. Below, we've pulled out the overarching themes and common denominators of great emails, as told by the tech talent who received them. Ready, go!

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How We’re Building Our Dream Team

February 20, 2015 at 7:00 AM Vivek Reddy

For every company, growing the perfect team is a work in progress. A push and pull. Trial and error. Hiring, and unfortunately, firing.

Identifying people who could be right for the job is a small portion of what it takes to successfully build an ideal workplace. Keeping them around for the long-run is the part everyone’s working to fine-tune. In other words, what’s the key to finding the balance between growing a happy, satisfied team and a thriving company?   

If you're no stranger to the Entelo Blog, you know we share a great deal on how recruiters and hiring managers can be better at finding talent. Similarly, we're constantly working on finding our own sweet spot for hiring people.

At Entelo, we’re creating a culture excited to build a product that helps others improve the way they work. What’s our secret formula?

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How to Prod At Overwhelmingly Positive References

February 19, 2015 at 11:58 AM Rob Stevenson

"She's a real team player." "Needs minimum supervision". "Positive self-starter". I'm sure you've heard this schtick from listed references before, and when it comes to assessing candidates, it's not really going to help you. When a reference is too overwhelmingly positive to be of real use, you're going to need to dig a little deeper and prod at them to get something worth learning about. In this sort of conversation, it's all about how you frame the questions. Try the below methods to learn something about your candidate that your reference might not otherwise tell you.

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26 Books Every Recruiter Should Read

February 18, 2015 at 12:22 PM Kathleen de Lara

Reading resumes, job descriptions, and candidate requirements may be part of the job, but if you’re looking for a change of scene, we have just the thing to one-up your hiring game.

We spoke with The Sourcing Institute President Shally Steckerl to get his list of must-reads for talent pros determined to change, improve, and learn the ins and outs of effective outreach, engagement, and hiring.

What we came up with is the official World’s Greatest Sourcer collection of 26 books that should be sitting on your nightstands, packed in your work bag, marked up and tagged on your desk, passed off to every recruiter you know – you get the idea. Here’s the grand list.

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Check Out These Insightful Quora Recruitment Threads

February 17, 2015 at 12:16 PM Rob Stevenson

Quora is a magnificent place to ask specific questions, see the quick-fire expertise of professionals you normally wouldn't have access to, and squander hours  of your work day. It's more than just clever anecdotes, though. If you want to learn more about your field, Quora has a host of insightful discussions answered by experienced pros willing to pass on their knowledge.

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Why 25:1 is an Important Number for Fast-Growing Start-Ups

February 13, 2015 at 9:58 AM Jon Bischke

One of the things I love about my job is that we get to see how hundreds of companies are approaching building their teams.

Over a number of years of doing this, you start to get good at pattern matching. What is it that the best companies are doing on the talent acquisition front that the not-so-great companies aren't. There are a lot of things of course but there has been one that has stood out to me lately.

The ratio of employees to people whose full-time job is to recruit.

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These Culture Killers Can Torpedo Your Company's Personality

February 12, 2015 at 12:35 PM Rob Stevenson

Since you're a thoughtful, invested Recruiter with your mind on building a great workplace in addition to filling desks, the notion of company culture will have a permament space in your mind. Building a great company culture starts with great recruitment, and your involvement with it's development shouldn't stop there. Even once new hires are fully onboarded, it's everyone's job to help them make the transition to engaged employee and in so doing propogate the emerging culture. In this pursuit, there are a variety of common culture killers that can torpedo your company's personality and leave it a dull, uninspiring workplace. Avoid these mistake when cultivating culture.

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