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Recruiting News Roundup #FridayReads

Happy Friday! You made it! Take a look at the latest recruiting news that popped on our newsfeed this week:

Want to get hired? Don’t do what these people did (Read @ CBS News)
Pro tip: Don’t come to your job interview dressed like Darth Vader. That’s one of the interview-killing moves reported by hiring managers surveyed by CareerBuilder, which asked human resource managers to tell them the oddest things they’ve seen from job candidates. Other candidates have asked for a cocktail or broken out in song. Needless to say, those behaviors aren’t likely to endear a candidate to a hiring manager.

Background Screening Policy Helps You Avoid Hiring Pitfalls (Read @ Verified First)
Background screening has become almost universally adopted, and according to the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM), more than nine out of 10 companies screen candidates. This rising trend exists for good reason. Failing to make safe hiring decisions not only puts people at risk but also carries heavy financial penalties. According to the Human Resource Management Journal, the average settlement for a negligent hiring lawsuit is nearly $1 million.

10 Useful Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Your iRecruit Account: #4 Compare Applicants
Over the next several weeks we’re going to be reviewing the 10 Useful Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Your iRecruit Account. Comparative Analysis is a reporting tool that combines applicant data, the applicant summary, labels, ratings, weighted search, scores into one flexible report. This allows you to search and sort applicants to compare.

4 Ways Recruiters Can Get on the Same Page as Hiring Managers (Read @ Indeed)
As a recruiter, you always want to find the best possible candidate for a position—and your hiring managers share the same goal. But although you are working towards identical ends, it doesn’t always feel that way, does it? Yes, your hiring managers want you to fill their open roles, but they also have their regular responsibilities to think about. As a result, they just aren’t focused on the task in the same way that you are. Maybe they only think about it when you check in with them. This can lead to misunderstandings and frustrations.

WOTC Questions: Are there Spanish language WOTC forms available? (Read @ WOTC Blog)
CMS Says: For employers who have a heavily Spanish speaking employee population, both the 8850 and 9061 forms are available in Spanish on the Department of Labor website. However, please note that they are only used for reference purposes to aid in completing the forms. The State Workforce Agencies will ONLY accept English forms for WOTC.

Where Job Candidates Most Research You (Read @ ERE)
There are so many different solutions for “employer branding” out there. You can invest in review sites, social media, employee testimonials …it’s really hard to figure out what is and isn’t “employer branding.” Furthermore, it’s hard to understand how these various efforts will help overall talent acquisition efforts.

The Right and Wrong Way to Attract Young Workers to a “Boring” Company (Read @ HBR)
I spend much of my time with senior executives from organizations in, shall we say, not the most glamorous fields: community banks, electrical distributors, heartland manufacturers, and, perhaps least glamorous of all, insurance companies. These executives are rightly proud of what their organizations do, and they can get people like me excited about their plans for growth and change. But they have one huge problem that literally keeps them up at night: Young people find their companies dull and don’t have much enthusiasm for a career in their field. I hear it time and again — How can we compete with Facebook or Google for young engineers? How can we attract digitally savvy marketers against Starbucks or Amazon?

The Demand for Degrees Is Screening Out Too Many Candidates (Read @ ERE)
A recruiter’s job has never been easy. And it’s getting harder with the economy producing jobs at a furious pace and lots of competition for available talent. But is it getting unnecessarily more difficult to fill jobs because of an increase in degree requirements that doesn’t match a change in the work?

Why an External Hire Is Not Always Your Best Bet (Read @ Recruiter.com)
Many companies jump immediately to outside hires to fill vacant management positions. Unfortunately, internal candidates are often overlooked in favor of new blood. Including interested internal candidates in the sourcing process can pay off in major ways – including a manager who already knows your operation and can hit the ground running. “There is a finite number of exceptional internal candidates and a potentially unlimited number of exceptional external candidates,” says Steve Hrop, vice president of organization development services at talent development …


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