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5 Secrets to Hiring the Right People

5 Secrets to Hiring the Right People

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Leonie Barnett from Media Vision. Her opinions are her own.

One of the keys to achieving business success is by hiring quality employees. The right people can make or break any profit-making enterprise, as they are the foundation upon which a company’s profitability depend.

It only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch, so much so that a single bad hire could potentially ruin the whole team’s motivation. This will negatively affect productivity, and ultimately, impact the bottom line.

However, bringing in the perfect candidate to fill a role in your company is not an easy task. Potential hires that look good on paper do not always guarantee the right fit.

Someone who doesn’t shine during the interview might prove to be a better performer, even when compared to someone else who passes it with flying colors. Finding candidates for the right role goes beyond technical skills or the perfect CV. Other factors must be considered as well.

Here are five ways to help improve your team recruitment efforts moving forward.  Read More…

6 Ways to Conduct a Backdoor Reference Check

6 Ways to Conduct a Backdoor Reference Check

“Deep reference checks”, “informal checks”, or “background checks” tend to generate a bit of controversy on the recruitment scene, but are still widely used, particularly for higher executive roles.

A backdoor reference check refers to obtaining information about a candidate from a source other than those referees specifically listed on the candidate’s resumé. It used to be that reference checks were the only way of determining a future employee’s personality and past experience levels based on conversations with previous supervisors.

With the advent of social media and web footprints, it’s now easier than ever to get an idea of the real candidate behind their CV. Read More…

12 Signs You've Made a Bad Hire

12 Signs You’ve Made a Bad Hire

Editor’s note: This is a guest post written by Sue Lingard – Marketing Director at Cezanne HR Software. Her opinions are her own.

Recruitment actually starts the moment you decide you need a new employee. Whether this is happening because your company is expanding, or because someone is leaving, there’s a lot to consider – creating an engaging job description, advertising the role, short-listing candidates, interviewing and much more. Read More…

6 Ways to Ensure Your Candidate Turns Down Your Job Offer

6 Ways to Ensure Your Candidate Turns Down Your Job Offer

Sometimes getting your candidate across the line (and then to sign on the dotted line) isn’t as easy as you might think or hope.

After all, just because you believe you have identified the perfect candidate, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the candidate feels they have found the perfect employer. Read More…

8 Signs You're About to Lose Your Top Candidate

8 Signs You’re About to Lose Your Top Candidate

Monday 9:00am: “Hi Nathaniel, it’s Paul here. Hope you’re well. Just checking in to see if you’d had a chance to think about the offer over the weekend. Give me a call any time today. I’m around and definitely keen to chat. Thanks …”

Monday 3:00pm: “Hi Nathaniel, Paul again. You’re probably having a crazy Monday. If you can’t chat at work, I’m happy for you to call me any time tonight. You’ve got my mobile number – I’ll be working late. Really keen to talk through any questions you might have re the offer we spoke about at lunch on Friday. Chat soon …”

Tuesday 2:20pm: “Hi Nathaniel, it’s Paul Slezak again. I’ve left you a few messages and I also sent you an email this morning. Hope everything’s OK. Please give me a call when you have a moment. I just want to see if you’re still interested in our role. Really hope to hear back from you. Thanks …”

Wednesday 8:45am: Straight to voicemail again.

Don’t worry; this blog post isn’t just going to be 8 voicemail transcripts where the tone of my message gets slightly more direct each time. But I have a funny feeling that Nathaniel is avoiding me and probably no longer interested in the role.

What do you think? Read More…


7 Tips for Conducting a Proper Reference Check

The other day I received the following email:

“Hi Paul … I tried calling your mobile but it just rang out. You may be traveling. I was hoping to take up 2 minutes of your time to grab a quick reference on Liz Jennings who used to work for you. No problem if you can’t call back. But could you please just shoot me through a few sentences about Lizzes’ work performance while she reported to you. Thanks …”

Hopefully I’m not the only one who thinks there are so many things wrong with this situation. Read More…

Candidates with other offers

9 Ways To Close Top Candidates With Multiple Offers

You have finally made an offer to a rockstar candidate only to have them turn around and tell you that they are considering a couple of other offers.

Time to panic, right? After all, if they turn you down, you’ll have to start the process all over again.

To make things even worse, while they compare your opportunity against their other options, your other candidates are accepting jobs elsewhere. If you’re not careful, you’ll be back to square one. Read More…

9 Things To Avoid During Backdoor Reference Checks

9 Things To Avoid During Backdoor Reference Checks

The job of any hiring manager is to do due diligence on anyone being seriously considered for an offer – and backdoor reference checks are a legitimate way of ascertaining the suitability of a person for a role.

Provided they are conducted in an ethical and legal manner, backdoor reference checks – asking for information about a candidate from someone not listed as an official referee – can give you a deeper insight into the personality and performance of a potential employee.

There are some potential land mines waiting for you if you step in the wrong spot, however. Here’s what to watch out for to ensure your backdoor reference checks are legal, productive, and don’t cause any damage to the reputation or the careers of either party. Read More…

The Importance of Reference Checking

The Importance of Reference Checking

In recent years, the concept of reference checking hasn’t only been thrown around HR departments and recruitment agencies. It’s even hit the mainstream media. Last year in Australia we learned about the scandal involving one of its largest retailers and a bogus reference check. And of course there was the Yahoo! scandal that hit the press a few years ago.

Conducting reference checks is an absolutely vital part of any recruitment process. And no matter how amazing a candidate may be on paper, and regardless of how impressive they may have been when you interviewed them, no recruiter should ever let the reference checking process slip through the cracks. Read More…

8 Ways To Avoid Stereotyping While Recruiting

8 Ways To Avoid Stereotyping While Recruiting

It may be true that a thousand years ago white English speaking males ruled the world.

The fact they managed this by marching around with clubs and sophisticated archery, burning and pillaging everything in sight, can perhaps be explained by a limited ability to “use their words”. But the Elizabethan period gave us William Shakespeare, who single-handedly increased the English vocabulary by some 10,000 words, so in the years since then we can only assume it was a superiority thing going on.

Or perhaps they just couldn’t read Shakespeare!

But despite our desire to dominate, we recognised and availed ourselves of the skills and talents these “lesser beings” offered. Thank goodness for the Romans and their plumbing or England would still have toilet pits in the street. The Chinese gave us silk of the highest quality and we gobbled up the spices of India. The list of wonderful discoveries from far off lands was endless. Read More…