Category: Recruiting

  • Adjusting your recruitment strategies: How to fit a square peg into a round hole

    Can recruitment strategies change with the job market? Is it always necessary to find just the right person for a job—or can a square peg be reshaped to fit into a round hole?

    Currently, with record low unemployment, hiring managers might need to consider candidates who are short on desired skills but are a good company fit. On-the-job training can often fill the gap. But what else can help to ensure success?

    Kate and Rob: A study in recruitment strategies and outcomes

    Kate and Rob started the same day in customer service positions. Neither had the related experience the hiring manager had in mind. But they appeared eager to learn new skills. At the end of a six-month probation, Kate had enjoyed her customer interactions and was respected by team members. She was a shoo-in for a permanent job. But Rob struggled to address customers’ concerns adequately, and he didn’t manage staff well. He and his employer both realized he was in an ill-fitting role and agreed to part ways.

    Neither Kate nor Rob were ideally experienced for their jobs. So, why did Kate succeed in her new position, while Rob didn’t last?

    Kate thrived because her personality was well suited for it. Rob’s, however, ... Read More

  • Best practices for interviewing: 5 do’s and 5 don’ts from our skilled job recruiters

    How you interview job candidates can make a big difference in the success of your most important hires. Knowing what and what not to do, as well as what and what not to ask, can also keep you out of hot water.

    Interviewing is time-consuming and requires organization; it can be frustrating and even stressful. It’s not surprising, then, that so many companies depend on job recruiters for their most significant hires. Whether you decide to go it alone or hire a professional recruiter, you will eventually be interviewing candidates. So, equip yourself now with good interviewing skills to assess your finalists.

    You are likelier to make the right hires if you interview smartly and effectively. And as you no doubt have learned, the wrong hires cost time and money, and the hiring process restarts at square one.

    Make our 5 do’s and 5 don’ts for interviewing part of your recruitment strategy

    Do’s:

    1. Look over candidates’ resumes before interviews. Well, of course, you say? You might be surprised at how many people don’t. Be organized and know what you plan to ask before interviews start.
    2. Be positive and make candidates feel at ease. This builds a better rapport with them and encourages them to respond openly and honestly.
    3. Ask candidates the same set of questions. This allows you to compare ... Read More
  • Watch for these seven red flags when recruiting employees

    Did you hear the one about the job candidate who texted with his mother for responses as he filled out a job application? Or the one about the guy who didn’t remove his motorcycle helmet for his job interview?

    These aren’t jokes missing their punchlines, but rather real stories about candidates who raised red flags before they could be hired. (We’ll give the biker credit for flipping up his visor.)

    When you’re recruiting employees, pay attention to red flags that can signal trouble ahead should certain candidates be hired. If you encounter red flags during the recruitment process, it’s best to heed them and not wish them away.

    So, what are the most conspicuous warning signs? Do frequent job changes still matter? Maybe. Do typos on resumes still matter? Yep.

    These issues should raise concerns when recruiting employees

    1. Resume issues – To be sure, spelling and grammar still matter because good written and verbal communication skills remain important. But resume issues can go deeper and include poor organization, vague experience, incomplete information, and lack of measurable results.
    1. Questionable work history – While frequent job changes can have valid reasons, particularly with younger employees, inquire to find out why. Be alert to large gaps in employment ... Read More
  • When recruiting, assess for personality to fit the position and your company

    You’re recruiting candidates for an upper-level management position and are preparing to interview the top prospects. All have the experience and education that should qualify them for the position. But beyond their names and current work titles, who are they really? And how can you determine who is most likely to succeed in the position?

    Nearly all employers have confidently hired people who were great fits professionally and academically and seemed nice enough during the interview. But for one reason or another, they didn’t work out and, before completing a year on the job, were gone. The results? A sidetracked career for them and a loss of money for your company.

    Can this be prevented? While impossible to avoid completely, these unfortunate hires can be reduced by assessing candidates for personality as part of the job recruitment process.

    Assessment for personality during job recruitment can help screen out unsuitable candidates and result in more successful hires. Personality has been shown to be a strong predictor of satisfactory job performance.

    In job recruitment, test and look for personality traits that will lead to success

    Once you have your initial pool of candidates, you can whittle it down to a manageable number of those who are most ... Read More

  • Five mistakes to avoid when finding candidates for key positions

    At a time of nearly full employment, recruiting employees who are high performers can be tough. That’s why employers should watch for missteps that can cost them a leading candidate or cause them to hire the wrong person. Such avoidable errors can send the recruitment process back to square one at the company’s expense of valuable time and money.

    In order to get the most out of your recruitment efforts and land the candidates you need, plan ahead. When formulating your recruitment strategies, avoid making these mistakes:

    1. Assessing only for skills and knowledge – Evaluating a candidate’s skills and qualifications is vital, but so is assessing for personality and compatibility. Yet many companies never do this. Knowing that a candidate is a good fit for both your company and the position will result in a higher placement success rate. See our blog post on recruiting for personality as well as skills.
    2. Prolonging the recruitment process – If a recruitment process drags on too long, great candidates are lost and internal projects get delayed. If other employees pick up the slack for too long, morale can suffer. Don’t wait for the perfect candidate who may never materialize. Now, I’m not suggesting you rush ... Read More
  • Looking for experience when recruiting employees? Consider older workers

    With the low unemployment rate coinciding with many older adults working longer, it would be wise to be more open to the skills of well-experienced workers when recruiting employees.

    The unemployment rate in southcentral Pennsylvania ranges from 3.7 to 4.2 percent, and businesses remain challenged by the difficulty of finding skilled workers. At the same time, employees age 55 and up have been the fastest-growing segment of the American labor force for more than 20 years. The U.S. Department of Labor expects this trend to continue through 2026.

    A 2016 Gallup poll showed that one in every three employed adults intends to work until age 68 or older. But despite the tight labor market, many of them have been downsized from their jobs and have had difficulty finding a new one.

    Include qualified older workers in your plans for recruiting employees

    About 60 percent of older workers who lose their jobs retire involuntarily because they can’t find new ones, according to a report from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. So, why don’t they want to retire early? Of course, some older persons need to work for financial reasons, but not all. Some prefer to keep working because they are healthy and ... Read More

  • When should you hire a recruiting agency? Take our five-question quiz to find out

    Company hiring managers may be uncertain as to whether to engage a recruiting agency or handle the challenge of recruiting themselves. But with most professionals currently employed and reasonably satisfied, finding candidates for key positions is proving more difficult than ever.

    As 2018 began, 86 percent of highly qualified candidates for job vacancies were employed and not actively seeking new jobs, according to a survey by Talentnow, a recruitment software company. On the management side, 73 percent were struggling to find suitable candidates. As we near the end of the year, the situation remains much the same.

    If you need to find the best candidates for a key position, don’t procrastinate. Your search could take even longer than it would have a year or two ago.

    Take the quiz—then learn what recruiting agencies can do for you

    Below for your consideration are five questions to help you decide whether to embark on recruitment independently or contact a professional recruiting agency.

    The more “yes” answers you have, the greater the urgency for you to contact a job recruiter.

    1. Is this position particularly vital—one that has an effect on company performance and profits?
    2. Are you consumed with other responsibilities, giving you little time to devote to a search?
    3. Do you ... Read More
  • Seven job recruitment strategies the pros use for finding tech talent

    As low as the unemployment rate is in our area (incredibly, 2.9 percent in Lancaster County), it’s even lower for some technology categories. So, if you’re looking for tech workers—as TriStarr recruiters do for clients—I can sympathize. The need is great, and the competition to find candidates is tough.

    With more jobs available than skilled professionals over all industries, workers are leaving for greener pastures. A recent report from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that 2.4 percent of Americans are leaving their jobs this year, the highest level since 2001. That’s one in 42 workers.

    Tech workers are on the move for the right positions, but they can be selective due to the high demand for their skills. And while some of the highest-paying jobs for recent graduates are in the tech industry, you might have to entice experienced tech workers with more than a nice paycheck to get them to work for you.

    How can you be smarter about recruiting tech professionals? Here are seven job recruitment strategies the pros use:

    • Watch subscription-only specialized job boards and websites to reach the best tech professionals in their fields.
    • Attend conferences, trade shows, and meetings where tech pros gather to get to know and network ... Read More