How to Be a Great Boss: 7 Tips

How to be a great boss

Some bosses, like those in Paul's stories, are truly great. Others are more like broken analog watches - right twice a day, but horribly wrong the rest of the time. And, honestly, it's easier to be a bad boss than a good one. And some days we all have to forget about being a great one (or at least before coffee). But one thing that Paul's stories teach us is that his great … [Read more...]

How to Interview a Salesperson & Avoid the Hot Air

Interview a salesperson without the hot air

Salespeople can really talk the talk.  That’s good.  That’s what they’re supposed to do.  If you’re not careful though, their natural ability to talk anyone into what they want can lead to their taking over the interview… sometimes without you, the interviewer, even realizing it. When a salesperson wants something, they will, quite literally, go into sales overdrive, … [Read more...]

5 Reasons You’re Not Filling Roles

Are you a hiring black hole?

I once worked in a department that literally had as many open roles as we had people. With each day, we got further behind on our roadmap (despite everyone working a truly obscene number of hours). Our stakeholders and customers were cranky about it; and at budget cut time, we'd constantly lose one or two since we couldn't fill any open positions. It was a bit mystifying, … [Read more...]

How to Stand Out to Passive Candidates

How to Stand Out to Passive Candidates

Ever heard the adage “It’s easier to find a job when you have a job?” From the employee’s side that’s probably true. But what do you do if you’re the employer looking to hire someone who already has a job and is not actively looking for work? This type of candidate is referred to as a passive candidate–someone who is not necessarily looking for a new job, but would be open … [Read more...]

3 Steps to Building a Candidate Shortlist

Where is Waldo?

Let’s face it - no one enjoys the hoops you have to jump through to try and find the right person to fill a position. Candidate sourcing is a daunting task. Trying to find that one person that is a perfect fit for your company is time consuming and challenging. You need someone who has the right experience, skills and personality to excel at the position, yet to find that … [Read more...]

Top Interview Questions for All Candidates

Top Questions for All Candidates

Previously, we posted top interview questions for sales, marketing, IT, and admin candidates. We also asked our awesome recruiters what questions they would ask of all candidates, and here's what they came up with (I particularly like the tornado one): Lesley MacKenzie Give an example of an occasion when you used logic to solve a problem. Give an example of a goal you … [Read more...]

The Dos and Don’ts of Personality Testing

The Dos and Don'ts of Personality Testing

Personality testing was all the rage, oh, about 5 years ago. While the trendiness has worn off a bit (does that mean it’s hipster now?), personality tests can still give you an insight into how someone might behave (especially under stress). This can help you figure out whether they are naturally inclined for the specifics of your open role. There’s a lot of debate around … [Read more...]

Top Interview Questions for IT Candidates

Top Interview Questions for IT Candidates

When I was in Information Technology, I loved interviewing Help Desk candidates. Not only did they have more personality in general (having to talk to people all day helps with that), but I got to ask them my favorite question: "Tell me how to tie my shoes." The best candidates would ask whether my shoes had laces! After all, people who call for tech support don't always ask … [Read more...]

Top Interview Questions for Marketing Candidates

Questions for marketing candidates

Today's interview questions are near and dear to my heart - questions for Marketing candidates! Marketing roles have changed a lot since the "arts & crafts" & branding orientations of old-fashioned marketing. Whether you call us growth hackers (a phrase I completely despise) or inbound marketers, we have to handle a huge number of tasks, including content creation, … [Read more...]

Why Recruiting Should be Just as Much About Candidates Interviewing You About Your Business

Why recruiting should be just as much about candidates interviewing you about your business.

Editors Note: This is a guest post written by Alon Tamir - Founder & Director at Studio Proper. His opinions are his own. Recruiting is one of the greatest challenges faced by most businesses, be it a startup or a thousand-strong team. More than a challenge, it’s also the greatest opportunity a business has to shape its destiny. Assemble a killer team of designers, … [Read more...]