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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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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Why you should let your best employees leave

To be completely honest, our industry lives off of your company’s attrition. When you lose your best employee, we as recruiters gain a highly marketable candidate. So yes, if you think we have a vested interest in the topic - you’re right. But that’s not why we’re writing this article. Recruiting has one of the highest turnover rates of any industry. With every new year, multiple star recruiters will leave our ranks - destined for something or somewhere else. And while upsetting, this has made us experts of attrition, both the good and the bad.

Few people will retire at your company.

Even the best companies - the ones that win all the ‘best places to work’ awards and offer in-chair massages and free daycare - are plagued by higher than desirable turnover rates. Not every company can be every person’s perfect match, and that’s perfectly okay. Even you, as a hiring manager or executive, will likely leave your current business someday. You will do t...
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The interview process is broken & a better way to interview

No, we’re not talking about how impossible it is to form an accurate judgment of a person’s skills and character in under an hour. We know that, you know that, the entire internet has pontificated on that. It’s no secret. And no, we’re not talking about how easy it is to ‘game the system’ - or how we ourselves have multiple articles specifically geared at training people to succeed in interviews, regardless of their professional merit. That goes without saying. What we’re talking about today is how the whole unstructured interview process can be overhauled and replaced with a leaner, smarter, minimally biased program. We’re talking about the future of interviewing and how the incorporation of a few easy changes into your company’s workflow can make a world of difference in terms of the quality and staying-power of your new hires.

Do unstructured interviews actually work?

Seems like an obvious question - yet few companies pause to consider it. T...
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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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The surprising benefits of workplace nemeses

An office without some level of disaccord is essentially impossible; it seems to be a rule of nature that every Jim has a Dwight. And it’s easy to see that as a negative - especially if your workplace rival has an annoying tendency to roll their eyes or speak over you in meetings. Here’s the thing: a simple mindset shift can help you to not only outshine your competition, but to drastically increase your workplace satisfaction while reducing unnecessary anxiety. Many people talk about the value of workplace friends - few discuss the benefits of workplace enemies. Follow these tips to make the most of your rivals. The basis of workplace competition. Competition at work isn’t just inevitable - it’s actively encouraged. READ MORE

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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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