You have an open technology position at your company that needs to be filled quickly. The role requires an experienced candidate with certain skills and an IT background. You put together a job description, confer with relevant teams and managers for input, and begin your search for the perfect candidate. Soon, the applications are pouring in. You narrow down the field, conduct phone interviews, and are finally ready for the last step in the search process – the in-person job interview and, hopefully, a job offer. But how do you conduct a job interview that will ensure your chosen candidate is the right fit?
In today’s competitive job market, the search for top talent can sometimes feel like a reality TV show with all the characters, plot twists, and drama to match. But ensuring a satisfying conclusion to the hiring process doesn’t have to lead to a dramatic finale. With these 3 tips, you can conduct a more effective job interview, ensure you hire a great candidate and write the perfect ending.
Not every talent acquisition expense is set in stone. Certain costs, like salary requirements and benefits, almost have a minimum buy-in due to the competitive nature of the talent market. Other expenses relating to the actual hiring process allow for more wiggle room, if business leaders know which processes to streamline and where the average cost per hire can be cut down. There are several ways to lower the average cost per hire in a market where compensation shows little sign of slowing. Continue reading
There’s a term that IT recruiters use to describe the otherworldly technical talent needed to fit the extravagant job descriptions some companies create: purple squirrel. These candidates have the exact background, skills and education that fit a position’s many complex requirements. And in reality, these fantastical animals don’t exist and neither do those 100% flawless dream candidates.
However, there are ways to convince employers you are the best answer to their mythic purple squirrel and get them to ask for you by name.
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