6 Must-Ask Questions To Hire Stars

You and your hiring team need to quickly and accurately assess the merits of a given candidate without involving them in a prolonged interview process, during which time they’re likely to find work elsewhere or lose interest. It all starts with asking the right questions. Don’t waste time on surface-level conversation; instead, develop a series of thought-provoking prompts that, when used effectively, will naturally reveal your candidate's character, values, skills, and motivations.

1. "Tell me about an instance where you’ve been #1" 

School, sports, work - this prompt can be taken in a number of different directions depending on the person you're interviewing. Regardless of how they choose to answer, the response will clue you in to their relationship to hard work, commitment, and success. Can they put in the hours, the effort, the emotional investment in order to be the best?

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The ghosting phenomenon: how to read the signs

After multiple phone-screens and in-person interviews, the candidate accepts your offer. You begin to schedule on-boardings and trainings with various managers. The office is buzzing with excitement not only for the new addition, but for the opportunity to offload the extra work the team has taken on to compensate for a long-vacant position. Day one comes and no one shows up. Day two, three, four - no word. Sound familiar? According to a newly released Indeed survey, one in five workers will ghost on their first day. This statistic is backed by my own recruiting experience - in the past month I’ve personally had two professionals completely disappear after accepting an offer. I know what you’re thinking; those ghosters must be low-skill workers accepting junior positions. Yet Proven Recruiting’s last two perpetrators were both Senior Accountants. In fa...
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How-to guide: writing engaging job posts

Failing to spark someone’s interest in the span of a few short seconds can mean a perfectly qualified professional will skip your job and apply for another. Writing fun, smart, incisive job posts is part of our everyday work as recruiters. Given that it takes, on average, 80+ days to fill a professional role, you can’t afford to miss out on the right person. We’ve developed a system to make each post unique and engaging without the need to spend unnecessary time or energy crafting a literary masterpiece for every role. Here’s how it works: First, consider the big picture

Branding

Job posts don’t exist in a vacuum - they’re a vital extension of your company that will be seen and judged by thousands of people in your industry. Maintainin...
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LA’s Trendiest Offices of 2019

In true Los Angeles fashion, LA businesses have taken a concept that is by definition over the top - elaborate, out of the box office designs - to a whole new level. Think massive indoor murals, so-called ‘innovation centers,’ and office-wide skate parks. We’re not just talking Fortune 500 companies; small and mid-sized businesses are making a serious play for this year’s trendiest office. Which offices made the cut this year?

1. Hutch

In 2017 Hutch was forced to move offices, giving them the perfect opportunity to put their interior design app to the test. Could it help them to create a bright and inspiring office spac...
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5 proven ways to increase diversity hiring

Hiring for diversity doesn’t happen by accident. Left to their own devices, most companies will simply replicate their current workforce, whatever that means for them. It’s only natural for Managers, Directors, and Executives to want to surround themselves with that which is familiar - to do otherwise requires concerted effort, strategy, and self-awareness. That’s where the Diversity Hiring Checklist comes in. This checklist has worked for us and for the companies we work with. If you follow it carefully, it will help you quickly boost your diversity efforts and start to effect real change:

The Diversity Hiring Checklist

1. Create an original diversity statement

It doesn’t need to be complex, but it does need to be unique to your company. Retire ...
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Remote work vs. engagement: the trick to motivating your remote workforce

Want to get in the head of your remote workforce? First you'll need to better understand what they're up against; what drives them, what puzzles them, and what (sometimes) prevents them from fully integrating into your team. Numerous studies have shown that remote workers are more productive, more loyal, and work longer hours than their office-bound counterparts. In fact, a recent study saw productivity READ MORE

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How much will a recruiter cost my company?

Almost all recruiting websites have one thing in common: they are conspicuously silent when it comes to pricing. We’re no different. Until now, we’ve never shared what you as a client should expect to pay. In the past we’ve been guilty of the same manipulations as other agencies - offering prolonged sales pitches and only very broad estimates. But we’ve come to see the light. Sales pitches are clearly not what you want, so why pretend? What you want is simple - an answer to your question. That’s what you’ll find here.

What you can expect to pay

Think of your most recent hire - was the person easy to find? Probably not. That’s because unemployment has held steady at a 50-year historic low for most of 2018 and 2019. Job seekers have all the power and they’re exerting it to leverage better salaries, benefits, and bonuses. That’s what we both - you as a hiring manager and us as recruiters - are up against. And that’s what is determining and dr...
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Do consultants pose a threat to your company culture?

Combined, Americans spend over one billion hours freelancing or consulting each week. One in three Americans have worked as a consultant in the past year, and 61% of those people say they do so by choice - likely due to the flexible hours and competitive pay (for more information, read Upwork's "Freelancing in America" report). On the flipside, companies are relying on consultants more and more to lead complex projects, bridge the gap following an employee’s resignation, or provide support for a very specific skillset. These businesses are taking advantage of a highly skilled, ready-to-start workforce that can quickly make a big impact and relieve pressure on the rest of the team. But what happens to that culture you’ve carefully cultivated when you add a bunch of consultants to the mix? You’ve codified your guiding principles, invested thousands of man hours in...
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Savvy companies take a different approach to negotiations

Every fresh headline strikes new fear in the hearts of leaders and hiring managers nationwide; ‘2.4 million jobs projected to go unfilled in the next ten years;’ ‘45% of employers reporting extreme difficulty filling roles’; ‘unemployment at lowest rate in five decades’ - the list goes on. In this crazy competitive climate, skilled candidates are empowered to bid up offers, pit companies against one another, and ghost as they please. Hir...
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The death of the pre-employment marijuana test

While drug tests may have, at some point, served as a litmus test for which people are dedicated, focused, and – with no better way to put it – law-abiding, it is now an expendable and potentially unethical measure that does little but limit your candidate pool. To be clear, Proven Recruiting does not condone drug use of any kind. I’ve built a company that is fiercely dedicated to employees’ well-being. And yet, this company – a company whose sole purpose is to identify and engage talented professionals – does not drug test our internal workers. From a business perspective, it doesn’t make sense to unquestioningly reject a huge portion of the population - especially in today’s tight labor market. A 2018 Gallup poll found that two-thirds of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. While it’s unlikely two-thirds of Americans actually ...
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