While hard skills are fairly easy to evaluate, soft skills are harder.
The soft skills are rather intangible: communication, leadership, critical thinking, creativity, team collaboration, attitude, common sense, and relationships, amongst others.
Coding and problem-solving tests are fairly straightforward ways to gauge hard skill level, but how do you measure a candidate’s soft skills?
Evaluating Soft Skills
Almost everyone in the United States has at least one social networking profile at this point, so researching a candidate’s online presence is fairly easy. Social media and websites provide an interesting window into a person’s soft skills. Of interest is everything from how thoroughly and professionally people present themselves, to the content and comments that they choose to post on online media.
Some companies solicit video responses as a filtering mechanism that quickly gives a sense of a person’s soft skills. A company may ask candidates to answer a few questions in a video format to be submitted along with a resume or as the next step in the pre-interview process. There are obviously a lot of efficiencies gained by getting a peek at talent, although some people are fairly shy of performing in front of a somewhat anonymous audience. (more…)
The Results of the Third Quarter Candidate Satisfaction Survey are in!
- Redfish Technology Candidate Satisfaction Survey Results Q3 2014
As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, this on-going survey asks candidates placed by the high tech recruiters at Redfish Technology for feedback on the recruiting process. Candidate experience and satisfaction is of great importance to Redfish, as recruiting is a partnership and must be a win-win proposition. The feedback was very positive overall with some areas for improvement identified; most candidates were directly recruited while about a quarter of placements found Redfish opportunities via the company’s marketing efforts.
Placed candidates were asked:
- How well did your recruiter understand your personal goals for job placement?
- How would you rate the match for the position you were hired for?
- During which stages of the recruiting process did you have the best communication with your recruiter?
- During which stages of the recruiting process did you have the least effective communication with your recruiter?
- Did your recruiter give you an accurate and thorough understanding of the hiring process, role, company?
- How would you rate your overall experience with Redfish Technology?
- How likely are you to recommend Redfish to other colleagues or hiring managers? (more…)
By Heidi Clark & Rob Reeves
Feeling the Love?
“When you are doing it right, your staff will let you know,” asserts Rob Reeves, CEO at Redfish Technology – an award-winning nationwide tech recruiting company. “If you aren’t hearing appreciation and feeling the love, you need to take a look at what you are creating.”
Return on Investment
The focus on company culture is an investment worth making on many fronts.
Attracting and retaining talented, dedicated staff is all the more easy when people know about your company and want to work for you. “Recruiting is a tough business, and it takes very intelligent and motivated professionals to do the job well,” reflects Heidi Clark, CHO at Redfish. (more…)
Saying ‘I Do’ to the Recruiting Process
It’s a Commitment
The hardest part of recruiting is not finding the specific purple squirrel. It is not sourcing and screening candidates. It is not communicating the corporate culture or the company mission. It is not coordinating telephone and onsite interviews. It’s not even negotiating the employment package. It’s getting the commitment of the hiring powers.
Funny how this should be the easy part. Once a decision to hire has been made, once the method by which that hiring process will be conducted has been decided, the company should be ready to roll. But it is not always the case.
“Companies and hiring managers need to understand and give themselves to the hiring process knowing it will take time away from everyday operations,” states Mike Curry, Tech Recruiter (more…)