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Recruiting News Roundup #FridayReads

Happy Friday! Take a look at this week’s must read articles for recruiters, hiring managers and everyone in between:

Is the Candidate Always Right? (Read @ Lead with Indeed)
You’ve probably heard the old customer service saying, “The customer is always right.” In today’s hiring landscape, we must ask ourselves a similar question: “Is the candidate always right?”

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11 Must-Ask Behavioral Interview Questions (Read @ Glassdoor)
Behavioral interviewing uses strategically-composed questions to share how a candidate’s past performance might support a hiring company’s future needs. Focusing in on both hard and soft skills, the questions drill down into several layers of a job seeker’s value proposition, unearthing interview gold.

Reengineering the Recruitment Process (Read/Listen @ HBR)
The Covid-19 pandemic has upended many traditional business practices. When it comes to recruiting, the crisis has not so much disrupted as accelerated shifts in the talent landscape that were already under way, leaving many companies poorly served by their current hiring practices.

Getting Beyond the Minimum Wage Debate (Read @ Inc.)
The interest in raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, as President Joe Biden has proposed, has never been greater — even as the timing couldn’t be worse for America’s small businesses.

interviewers want to know how I’ve been spending my time out of work … during the pandemic (Read @ Ask a Manager)
I was laid off in May 2020 (along with so many others, of course). Recently, probably since I’ve been unemployed so long, interviewers have started asking (sometimes in multiple, probing ways) what I’ve been doing since being laid off.

Demand for Remote Work Opportunities Far Outstrips Supply (Read @ ZipRecruiter)
A ZipRecruiter survey of more than 2,500 job seekers suggests that the Covid-19 pandemic has created a stark mismatch between the types of jobs Americans are looking for and those that are available. 60% of respondents said they would prefer to find a job where they can work from home. Yet only around 9% of vacancies advertised on the ZipRecruiter platform in December, 2020 and January, 2021 provided that opportunity.

Older Workers Are Being Pushed Out Of The Job Market (Read @ Forbes)
The number of people over the age of 55 who are participating in the workforce is down by 2 million, compared to pre-pandemic levels. The Great Recession of 2008 didn’t even result in this huge of a loss of senior, experienced workers.


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