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The Latest in HR Technology and Pre-Employment Testing

How to Identify High-Potential Candidates

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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In today’s challenging labor market, companies are struggling to find job candidates with the right experience or the relevant skills – according to a report from CareerBuilder, 45% of employers have jobs they can’t fill because they can’t find qualified candidates.

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Company Dress Codes: Professional or Passé?

Written by Karli Kendall

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In an era in which dress codes are quickly going out of fashion, many companies are hesitant to jump on the no-dress-code bandwagon.  In 2017, only 10% of companies had no official dress policy.  However, 30% had business casual every day, 23% had one casual dress day per week, and 22% had casual dress everyday, indicating a shift toward less-formal workplace attire.  Though this transition started back in the 1980s, its momentum has yet to slow; in the last decade alone, there has been a 10% increase in companies that permit casual attire.

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An 11-Point Checklist for Choosing the Right Testing Provider

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding which pre-employment testing provider is right for your hiring goals. 82% of companies use some form of assessments in the hiring process. Use this checklist to better understand what your needs are and how different testing options can provide solutions:

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Why Low Turnover Isn’t Always a Good Thing

Written by Karli Kendall

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Turnover is a dreaded but unavoidable part of human resources.  Less than half of current employees believe that their company is skilled in retaining its top talent.  Turnover can be problematic for any business… that is, if it’s too high and impacts the best employees.  However, while lower turnover is typically considered the ideal, zero turnover should never be the goal – turnover can be healthy for your company in the right doses.

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5 Interview Tips for Small Businesses

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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Anyone who is part of a small business knows that you often have to wear many different hats on a day-to-day basis. When it comes to hiring, you may have limited time and resources, but hiring is just one of those things you have to do to keep the business running.

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Hiring for Soft Skills: Webinar Recap

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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Throughout the hiring process, it’s not as easy to find out if your candidates have soft skills than it is to tell if they have the required hard skills. Hard skills are acquired abilities that a candidate knows how to do based on experience – things like how to use Excel, how to code in a particular programming language, or how to do mathematical analysis or statistics. It’s pretty easy to tell if a candidate has these competencies, either through their resume, interview, or through a skills assessment.

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What Customer Success Means to Us

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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Customer service is core to who we are as a company. We strive to deliver an exceptional level of support to all of our customers, and our amazing team of Customer Success Managers makes this all possible.

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5 Reasons Why You Can’t Get Enough Job Applicants

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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Companies are in a crunch to find the right candidates for their open positions, and one of the biggest reasons for this is that they simply aren’t getting enough applicants in the first place. Factors like the skills gap and the low unemployment rate are having an impact on just about anyone who is in the business of hiring. But these widespread trends don't change the fact that you still need to fill your open positions.

When your goal is to hire the best person for the job, you don’t want to feel constrained by a tiny applicant pool. While there’s no easy solution to a lack of applicants, here are a few things that might be preventing you from getting as many applicants as you possibly can:

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3 Ways to Trim Down the Requirements in Your Job Descriptions

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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In the current job market, companies are struggling to find enough qualified candidates for their open positions. According to research from Glassdoor, 76% of hiring professionals find that attracting quality applicants is their #1 challenge. The problem may be felt even more strongly by small businesses, for which over half say they receive “few or no qualified applicants” for their open positions.

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Looking to Revitalize Your Interview Process?  Look No Further than These Creative Interview Questions

Written by Karli Kendall

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Interview questions feeling stale?  Looking to hire more creative talent?  Adding some inventiveness to your company’s hiring process can showcase the ingenuity and personality of your candidates in a way that cliché, expected questions cannot.  Oftentimes, the interview is one of the last steps in the hiring process, after you’ve already gathered a lot of important information on your candidates through things like resumes, pre-employment assessments, background screening, and more. The interview is an opportunity to learn more about a candidate’s qualifications and get a sense of how well they’d work on your team. Here are a few creative interview questions you can throw into the mix:   

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