The Importance of Candidate Experience for Hiring in a Competitive Market

candidate experience On average, positions are sitting open for 30 working days, the longest on record. Amidst the current candidate-driven market, being aware of job-seeker needs is crucial to remain ahead of the competition. By making candidate experience a major focus of your talent acquisition strategy, you’ll also lower internal costs and improve talent retention. Continue reading

Here’s Why You’re Asking the Wrong IT Interview Questions

Here's Why You're Asking the Wrong Interview QuestionsBusinesses that successfully acquire their favorite candidates satisfy a need for speed without sacrificing quality. In one interview, they can gather enough important details to elevate one candidate above the rest. Other businesses hold several interviews to come to the same conclusion, losing their bid for the best IT talent in the process.

The difference often comes down to questioning. Asking anything but the best IT interview questions delays your choice. How do you separate the right from the wrong questions? Evaluate your standard questions with these considerations in mind.   Continue reading

Which Different Types of Interviews Are Best for Your Company?

What Type of Interview

What matters most when hiring a new employee for your company? Past experience? Future actions? Logical thought processes? Quick thinking? An ability to withstand pressure? Odds are good you have a mixed criteria. With that being the case, why would you stick to the constraints of one type of interview?

Let’s be realistic: no single interview style surpasses the rest. And it’s likely your company has different candidate expectations than your competitors. Interviewing in a way that’s contrary to your needs and ignores what’s a cultural fit draws out the interview process.

Since candidates in the current market are being scooped up like Black Friday doorbusters, each interview needs to quickly assess a candidate’s critical qualities without getting bogged down in nitpicky deliberation. That often requires a more hybrid interview approach. Here’s what different types of interviews reveal about your prospects and how you can mix them together. Continue reading

How to Determine a Candidate’s Cultural Fit in an Interview

Determine a Candidate's Cultural Fit

In recent years, there has been a noticeable struggle to fill direct hire IT positions. As the market experiences a polar shift, the demand for qualified IT professionals has increased beyond the talent supply. Fierce competition has arisen from that talent scarcity and has split most employers into one of two groups: those who move fast but overlook cultural fit and those who linger on culture without filling positions.

The problem is that both tactics are counterproductive. Filling job openings with incompatible employees leads to high conflict and employee turnover. Waiting for almost mythic, idealized candidates leads to a large loss in productivity and revenue. Yet there are ways to quickly identify a direct hire’s cultural fit without wasting time. Best of all, most of it can be done during the interview. Continue reading

Interview Styles: Help or Hinder

When it comes to the personal interview, there are a variety of techniques and styles that can be successfully utilized. For the IT candidate marketplace, interviewing can become repetitive and grueling, as very few interviewers effectively discriminate themselves above the masses. The interviewer’s style and technique can significantly influence a candidate’s decision, as the experience is typically their first impression. The technique and style of the interview can make or break a candidate’s decision. Continue reading