Recruiting in a Fluctuating Hiring Market

by Veronica Blatt

road sign that indicates changes at the next exitToday’s guest blogger is Patti Steen with The Pelsten Group located in Seattle, WA. The Pelsten Group is a recruitment firm that focuses on all levels of positions within healthcare and medical device organizations. The majority of their clients are in the Seattle area but they actively support NPAworldwide across the US. Patti is currently serving on the NPAworldwide Board of Directors.

2023 is starting off with a lot of change! Companies are right sizing, flattening management structures, repositioning in their markets, and limiting hiring. With all this change do we need to look at how we, as recruiters, change to meet the customer’s needs? Will the candidates or strategies for hiring change? Yes, and yes! Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping The Hiring Process Fair For All Candidates

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Justin Lowe. Justin is the director of global marketing and business development at McQuaig, a global leader in talent management solutions. McQuaig assessments are designed to provide a deeper insight into a candidate’s personality, cognitive, and behavioral attributes. With over 50 years of experience, McQuaig assessments provide a comprehensive view of a candidate and their potential to succeed in a organization while shedding light on the most important areas of employee development. Read the post below for some ideas on how to increase fairness in your hiring process.

Who you choose to bring into your company will shape the way your organization develops. Employees are, after all, the heart of any company so it stands to reason that hiring new ones can be an involved and important process. But not all hiring strategies are created equal and how you structure your approach to talent acquisition might be costing you strong candidates along the way. If your process isn’t fair to all, candidates might slip through the cracks before they even reach you. Next time you need a few new employees, take a moment before you go off to hire and think about the unintentional barriers that may be built into your process. Prioritizing fairness for all job applicants doesn’t just improve your candidate experience, but it can also help you truly find the right person for the right role. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Reducing Hiring Bias is Good for Business

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Certn, the leader in human risk intelligence solutions, focusing on providing real-time comprehensive background checks and ongoing risk monitoring for employees, contractors and tenants in 200+ countries.

Used by leading employers, staffing firms, property management companies and the gig economy, Certn returns domestic and international criminal background checks, credit reports, reference checks, education verification, employment verification, motor vehicle records, identity verification and more in minutes. Through innovative, friendly, and compliant technology, Certn is advancing trusted connections around the world.

It’s time to reduce bias in your hiring process. Hiring is a key activity within any organization, but it can be riddled with unintentional bias that prevents you from finding the best candidate for the job.

Hiring bias can lead to lost productivity, higher turnover rates, and a less diverse workforce. While more recruiters and hiring managers aim to create a diverse workforce and are always looking at innovative ways to create an inclusive space, bias may still be present during the hiring process. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways to Speed Up the Hiring Process

by Liz Carey

Top talent is hard to find. So when you do find it, you don’t want to lose out on the candidate because your hiring process was too long and they moved on to another offer elsewhere. Time/speed is a huge factor when hiring, so if your hiring process drags out for weeks or months — Glassdoor estimated that the average hiring process takes nearly 24 days — it’s time to speed it up.

Candidates have a time window within which they’ll interview as well as make a decision. If you are able to speed up your process and decrease your hiring process time, you’ll compete with fewer companies and fill positions quicker! But it is important to balance speed with ensuring the candidate has a favorable experience throughout the process. Here’s some tips on how to do so: Read the rest of this entry »

5 Tips for Hiring Remote Workers

by Veronica Blatt

As the talent shortage continues, many employers hiring remote workers. As more organizations offer remote or hybrid work options, it’s no longer necessary to have a totally local workforce. Hiring remote workers requires you to rethink your “traditional” hiring process. Here are some tips to help you succeed. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Proven Ways to Speed Up Your Hiring Process

by Dave Nerz

Great candidates are difficult to locate these days. Top talent is receiving multiple offers from employers. Job seekers are in the drivers seat when it comes to salary, work location, vacation and benefits. Fulfilling on the hiring process is tough work. Do yourself a favor and make it a bit easier with these proven methods to improve hiring.

Define the Position Well

OK, position description (PD) creation sounds as exciting as watching paint dry. Done well, it will make your hiring process go more smoothly. For example, how many times have we written in a PD, “Bachelors Degree Required?” Now is the time to challenge this, not when the candidate has been interviewed and we see that an experienced candidate is a few credits short or has adequate work experience but not the right degree. Read the rest of this entry »

What Does a Recruiter Do?

by Veronica Blatt

If you’re a job seeker who has tried unsuccessfully to work with a headhunter, you may find yourself wondering, “What does a recruiter do?” In the simplest terms, I often say that recruiters help companies find employees, they don’t help people find jobs. You may be thinking that’s the same thing, but it’s an important distinction to make because the employer (company) is paying for the recruiter’s services. And ultimately, that means the recruiter is working for the employer. Certainly during the process the recruiter is also talking with various candidates, and if the recruiter is successful, one of those candidates will be hired. But most recruiters, most of the time, are working to fill a specific opening and are only dealing with candidates who are highly qualified for that opening. Read the rest of this entry »

Whose Perspective?

by Veronica Blatt

Our guest blogger is Pam Robison of J. Gifford Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. J. Gifford Inc. is a small, quality conscious firm providing highly individualized recruiting services to clients on a local, regional, national and international basis. The firm’s recruiting activities are focused on professional, technical and managerial placement, as well as contractor and international staffing for clients. Pam is a member of the NPAworldwide Board of Directors.

Isn’t it interesting how several people who share the same experience can have such different perspectives from one another? As a professional recruiter, I observe at least three sides to interview perspectives. There’s the employer (company), the candidate, and the recruiter side. I could probably write a book about this, but I’ll keep it short and sweet for now. Read the rest of this entry »

Improving the Hiring Process

by Veronica Blatt

We are continuing to hear members complaining about an employer’s broken hiring process, too many interviews, and great candidates who “got away” or removed themselves from consideration. With more and more companies lamenting the dearth of qualified candidates, it’s even MORE important to make sure that good candidates don’t become disillusioned and drop out. Qualigence created an infographic that points out some of the factors that have contributed to the current hiring environment: Read the rest of this entry »

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