Reference Check Questions that Work!

I am heartbroken. Anna McCarthy has gone off to college. My life has just taken a turn and I feel it may not be for the better. Let me explain. I have known Anna since she was five years old when her family moved onto our street. I met her on Halloween when she came…

5 Signs a Candidate Is Lying or Exaggerating

For most recruiters, taking candidates at face value is second nature. With multiple, urgent roles to fill, tons of resumes to go through and dozens of interviews to schedule, you don’t always have the time to dig into a candidate’s background as thoroughly as you would like. Most of the time, this isn’t a problem…

6 Must-Ask Interview Questions for September

Meaningful interview questions, like a gourmet birthday cake, are layered with flavorful sub-questions and ingredients that combine to provide a richer outcome. In other words, delving into the candidate’s mindset, energy level, achievements history, etc. and then connecting the dots as to how the candidate specifically will help solve the company’s problems is imperative for…

Three Ways Every Company Should Prepare Applicants

You’ve been in this situation before. As a recruiter or hiring manager, you burn hours hosting screening calls and scheduling interviews while trying to find the very best candidate for an open role. When the candidate arrives at your office for the next phase of the process—an in-person interview—you ask the question, “So what interested…

6 Must-Ask Interview Questions for July

For July’s “Must-Ask Interview Questions,” I sought out Jennifer Spencer, Owner/Recruiter at The Spencer Group, Inc., in Kansas City, MO. Her favorite questions traversed a variety of topics and ferreted out crucial insights related to candidates’ passions and strengths; culture fit, abilities to align with management style; and much more.  Read on to discover six…

Is a Lengthy Interview Process Hurting Your Company?

While reviewing resumes is the first step on the road to vetting potential hires, it’s meeting with those candidates that’s generally the most cumbersome aspect of filling open positions. The interview process lasts 23.8 days, on average, in the U.S., but in some industries, it can take considerably longer. But that’s problematic for a number of reasons.…