Since our founding, ATR has been committed to utilizing technology and process improvement wherever possible to improve our client and candidate experiences and to work more efficiently and effectively. Too often technology seems synonymous with impersonal, but it doesn’t have to be so, and we strive to ensure that it isn’t because there is no denying the benefits of employing technology in the right way. Efficiency, happy candidates, satisfied customers are all part of using technology properly.Read More
It’s not easy looking for a new job. Who better to give you advice than people who work with job candidates every day – our recruiters! They spend their time helping people to write better and more effective resumes, research companies, and prepare for interviews. Staffing 360 talked to our team of recruiters, as well as talent sourcers, account executives, and others, and as you’ll see below, they are full of helpful tips gleaned from years of experience.
Making great hires is often viewed as a bit of an art form, when what we’re really looking for is a recipe for success, a proven process that works. Companies often bring in a number of candidates, interview them, make a “best guess” hire based on the team’s input, and hope for the best. But it doesn’t have to be this subjective. There are fact based studies and long term trends that can make hiring more straight forward and objective.
1. Industry experience NOT required
ATR International has been hiring and training recruiters and account managers for over 25 years. And what we have found is that industry experience is often a negative predictor of success, not a positive one. The reason is that candidates with staffing industry experience are often not happy or successful in what they are doing and think moving to another company in the same industry will help. It usually doesn't. The best approach is to hire for ability, past success, and problem solving abilities. Next, train them yourself and educate them about your industry and you will have much better luck.
2. GPA is meaningless
Google collects data on, and analyzes nearly everything that goes on within their daily operations. This includes their hiring process. And what they found is that a correlation between GPA and an employee’s on the job performance simply does not exist. In other words, a candidate's performance at school is completely unrelated to how they will perform at work. The reason for this is that it takes a different skill set to be successful at school than it does to be successful at work. Read about it in more detail here.
3. Facebook? Yes, Facebook
Facebook is often used as a resource to screen out job applicants who are spending their nights getting drunk at the local watering hole or making questionable “social” decisions. But a new study by a trio of universities has found that Facebook can be used to predict success on the job as well. Researchers at the three universities used 5 personality traits, conscientiousness, emotional stability, agreeableness, extraversion and openness. New hires who received the highest scores from independent evaluators of their Facebook presence in these categories received the highest scores in relation to their job performance 6 months later.
4. Problem Solving
A thirst for knowledge and an ability to solve problems is a proven key for a successful hire. But these traits are often not teased out in an interview. Ask questions like these to get at a candidate’s natural ability to solve problems:
As I said in a column a few weeks ago (The Future of Staffing), the elimination of the recruiter and the demise of the staffing industry are frequently predicted, particularly when a new technology emerges. It seems not a day goes by when I don’t see something being touted as the greatest way to source candidates and proclaiming that it will now replace the need for a human recruiter. I am actually a huge fan of some of the latest tools and technologies but I also have 30+ years of working in the industry, as a technical professional and as a staffing firm owner, and I am not worried that the “human” part of the recruiting process is going to disappear any time soon.
A few weeks ago a new company, GetHired opened for business. GetHired lets job seekers post video resumes, and gives those hiring the opportunity to review a candidate in a more personal way, certainly a different experience than a paper resume. Here are two articles that discuss the new venture: