The Two-Minute Exercise to Boost Your Team’s Productivity

It’s finally come. The flow of talent into your funnel is reaching a screeching halt and the team is scrambling to find ways to make up for lost time, aloof candidates, and unanswered emails. 

Before you start making a list of all the things you coulda, shoulda, woulda done better to prepare for the seasonality, take a breather for 120 seconds and try approaching your Monday worries using this quick trick.

AMA: Why Should I Hire Contractors?

AMA: Our company is interested in decreasing hiring costs by bringing in contractors. What are some things my team should be aware of?

AMA: Hiring a Company's First HR Manager

Last week, we launched our AMA: Recruiter Edition series and the questions came piling in. We pulled one from the rick and put on our Ann Landers caps. 

AMA: I'm recruiting candidates for our company's first HR manager and have no idea where to start. Any tips on hiring HR for a small company? 

Open the Floodgates! Introducing Entelo's AMA — Recruiter Edition

Happy Friday, folks. I'm pretty stoked to announce Entelo's latest series, "Ask Me Anything: Recruiter Edition!" 

Every week, we'll get to talkin' about the biggest challenges faced by recruiters, HR, and other talent acqusition pros staying up all night to get great talent.

We want to hear from you. 

What to Say When Candidates Ask the Darndest Things

Recruiters usually have the upper hand when it comes to interviewing, right? You've broken the ice with an open-ended question along the lines of, "Tell me about yourself," and your interviewee is on his way to sharing a revealing tale of trial and error.

Then, out of nowhere, a left-fielder. The candidate floors you with a strange question about the company, and you're stuck between a rock and a hard place. Cat's got your tongue. You struggle to deal with the rude awakening and mumble something passive.

We've rounded up several of the most outlandish questions asked by candidates and put them to the test with Entelo Recruiter Evangelist Loni Spratt. Read on to get her advice on dealing with awkward interview questions. 

Dear Recruiters, Why Do All Your Employees Look the Same?

Adding diversity to your company's hiring strategy isn't as simple as layering another tool or solution to automate the sourcing process. It's a big step that takes careful planning, research, sensitivity, and smarts, and if the team isn't prudent about their outreach, it's possible your organization could lose out on more than just a handful of top performers. 

Entelo guest blogger Maebellyne Ventura weighs in the pros of hiring for diversity, because perhaps the only con is — you guessed it — that you don't already practice it.

How to Get Shy Recruiters to Be Better Networkers

For some reason, you have probably been trained to believe that being vocal, loud, and assertive are signs of strength and good leadership. But that ideology isn't entirely true, and realistically, there are recruiters who got into the game and didn't exactly embody spirit squad-like traits at the start.

Bill Gates, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, and Albert Einstein were all regarded as introverts at some point of their lives. Whether or not they eventually developed more gregarious traits, however, they all GSD.

Uh-Oh, Underperformers? Here's the Most Effective Way to Give Negative Feedback

"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

Despite how impractical and delicate the phrase may sound today, there is truth and good management advice to take away from the familiar adage.

You probably had a specific team member in mind after reading this post's headline. But let's pump the brakes before questioning your hiring decision and planting the seed that you're a terrible recruiter.

Guide the team back to that golden path of success everyone talks about by using one unforgettable structure for giving negative feedback. 

What It's Like to Recruit for Box

Take a look through Box's Facebook account, and you'll unearth what may perhaps be one of the most praiseworthy company cultures in Silicon Valley.

One would think an organization that boasts kegerators, Nerf wars, and cool parties with Blink 182 would require little to no effort in recruiting more talent, but there's actually a hiring algorithm that gets the right candidates through Box's front doors — every single time. And it isn't complicated.

Why Hiring More Women Will Change Your Business

Gender bias — the two words that could be keeping your company from better performance, and equally, the two that could be bolstering a soapbox prepped for a lawsuit. 

Whether or not it's a matter of unconscious doing, the bias against hiring women is not a new weed in the grapevine. 

Organizations today probably wouldn't need a step-by-step guidebook on hiring more women, but the lack of a diversity hiring strategy is still a problem many recruiters (sometimes unknowingly) face. Research studies prove that having more female employees can increase productivity and company growth, so where are all the women?

Box Shares Techniques on Hiring for Diversity

Hiring for diversity can help you build a company that's more creative, more productive, and less likely to turn over.

Just take it from Box.

We sat down with Sarah Lovelace, the company's senior manager of technical recruiting, to hear her insights on hiring from under-represented groups, and how the team at Box grew their renowned team of diverse tech talent.

Announcing Entelo Diversity

It’s with great pleasure that we’re announcing the launch of Entelo Diversity.

The genesis of Diversity occurred well over a year ago when we surfaced a recurring need among our customer base: More powerful tools to ensure that they were recruiting a diverse mix of candidates. Specifically, a common request among many of our customers was a desire to improve the gender balance among their engineering teams. 

Diversity is a hot button issue. In fact, there’s a pretty large segment of the population that might think that what we are doing with Entelo Diversity is wrong or possibly even a violation of employment law. We knew when we started talking about this product that it could generate some controversy and thought for a long time about that. In the end, we felt very strongly that the potential good of a tool like Entelo Diversity far outweighed any potential negative commentary we’d receive.

Why Do People Think Diversity Hiring is a Good Thing?

In the early 1990s, the United Colors of Benetton caused quite a stir for their controversial ads featuring ethnic and racial diversity, among other topics, in their marketing campaigns to promote clothing. (Although knitted goods hardly made an appearance in their pictures.)

For recruiters, it's a lesson in company image. Diversity hiring can't simply be defined as mass-hiring a group of diversified candidates for the sake of appearing diverse. 

If looks power your team's recruiting tactics, check out these tips to assess the company's initiatives in hiring for diversity.

Is It Okay to Text Candidates?

“R U free 2 intrvw at 9 am, Fri?”

With mobile recruiting grazing new pastures, this may be the future of sourcing, perhaps sans the chatspeak.

Recruiting talent in this century demands that recruiters keep up, but all the way through to candidates' cell phones?

45 Ways to Improve the Way You Lead Your Team This Week

Learning how to be a team leader can feel like an uphill battle, but bringing your recruiters to success doesn't always have to be a dreadful case of the Mondays.

Successful companies are built on behaviors that encourage working smarter to have a powerful influence on how an organization grows and develops through industry challenges.

Feeling stuck? Try these techniques to get you out of the leadership rut, and to make your team more effective at making decisions and improving performance.