Hiring the Right Candidate: Set Bait, Cut Bait

Filed under: Best Practices, Employer, Interview, Talent Acquisition

Shannon Tinker

Shannon Tinker

Hiring the Right Candidate:
Set Bait, Cut Bait

By Shannon Tinker

While staffing industry pros are acutely aware of the ins and outs of finding and closing candidates, I’d bet the rest of the world doesn’t spend much time contemplating the hiring process. In fact, during a candidate rich market, employers may land their dream candidate by skipping a bunch of hiring “steps,” including “the close.” But what happens when the market shifts?

An improving job market isn’t all roses and smiley faces. Simple supply and demand dictates, and unfortunately a flourishing job market also, lead to losing more candidates to competing opportunities. While tragic, some losses are unavoidable. Yet, other times a quick re-read of the “Closing Candidates 101” handbook may give you the upper hand.

Closing the right candidate really requires little or no sales ability whatsoever and is remarkably simple. Really. Read more »

Employers Beware: When Social Media Says Too Much…

Filed under: Employer, Human Resources / Capital, Talent Acquisition

Shannon Tinker

Shannon Tinker

Employers Beware:
When Social Media Says Too Much…

By Shannon Tinker

This month, Redfish explores the importance of background checks and references before extending a candidate a job offer. Responsible hiring decisions usually include basic steps to double-check that a candidate’s credentials are legit.  With an applicant’s consent, employers can quickly get reports about a candidate’s credit and criminal record, and this is perfectly legal.

In addition to old school, traditional background and reference checks, employers now have access to data that would make even the most seasoned Private Investigator blush.  Social media has opened the playing field making it fairly easy to gather personal information about most of the computer using public.  Employers can learn a lot about a job seeker through her online profile, in fact, if they’re not careful, they can learn too much. Read more »

How to Hire the Best Candidate: Get Out of Your Own Way

Filed under: Employer, Hiring Strategies, Interview, Talent Acquisition

Shannon Tinker

Shannon Tinker

How to Hire the Best Candidate: Get Out of Your Own Way

By Shannon Tinker

Last month, I offered some pre-resume reviewing steps for preserving time and sanity during the hiring process.  Hiring isn’t rocket science.  You get approval, decide what you want and need and then go about finding “It.”  What’s surprising is what happens when you do find “It.”  Managers make tough decisions daily, yet when faced with a viable candidate they don’t always make their move.

Even veteran managers accumulate reasons for why they shouldn’t extend a job offer to the right candidate. I’m not suggesting that you should jump on any candidate with Java on his resume and a pulse.  (This isn’t 1999!)  But it is interesting and heartbreaking when “best practices” and fear get in the way of hiring your next star employee. Read more »

Things to Know Before Reviewing Your First Resume

Filed under: Best Practices, Employer, Hiring Strategies

Shannon Tinker

Shannon Tinker

Things to Know Before Reviewing Your First Resume

By Shannon Tinker

Hallelujah!  You’ve been given the green light to add employees to your team and not a moment too soon.  Your team has been in the trenches since the economy’s infamous downturn and despite your efforts, your hiring budget has remained nonexistent.  Your new hiring breakthrough is exciting and it’s tempting to start the candidate search ASAP.  Evaluating some key elements before jumping into the candidate pool with both feet can ensure a successful search, and minimize the level of frustration for you and your team. Read more »

Putting the “Human” in Social Media…the Increased Importance of Good Recruiting

Filed under: Employer, Hiring Strategies, Recruiter / Recruiting, Talent Acquisition

Putting the “Human” in Social Media…the Increased Importance of Good Recruiting

by Shannon Tinker

Social networking and recruiting has expanded beyond our wildest dreams and offers a gazillion (roughly) free ways to connect with people.  If predictions are accurate, we can expect 50% of web marketing and sales to attribute their growth to a social presence by 2015. Considering the number of free resources, it’s natural to question the need for recruiters and recruiting agencies altogether.  How do you quantify recruiting and justify recruiting costs, when most everyone is visible to the googling public? Has technology and the Internet posed a threat to the recruiting world, as we know it?  Or, has it made professional recruiters more valuable than ever? Read more »