Tag Archives: candidates

“Hire Slow, Fire Fast” is Bad Advice

by George Blomgren I recently read an article promoting this advice, here on LinkedIn in fact. It’s the worst type of advice — the kind that sounds pithy and wise, but is really quite destructive. Underlying this advice is the idea that hiring decisions have a huge impact — financially, and on your company’s culture […]

The Lost Art of Courting Candidates

by George Blomgren Recruiting for a local electrical contractor, I recently lost a candidate (she withdrew) after she showed up for two one-hour interviews and learned that the employer had tacked on a third. The employer didn’t think it was a big deal — it was the end of the day. In contrast, the candidate […]

3 Reasons You’re Missing The Best Candidates

by George Blomgren This article is inspired by a fantastic article written by Dr. John Sullivan. My version covers some different territory. Employers often talk about the cost of bad hires. But we don’t talk about the cost of missed hires — the great employees we fail to recruit/hire. In a talent shortage market, that […]

Your Newest Employees Are Your Most Vulnerable

by George Blomgren I used to know a headhunter who specialized in recruiting candidates away from new jobs. His success reflected his belief that employees in their first 30 days in a new job were the easiest to recruit. If this is true, a lot of employers are sitting on a significant risk, one that […]

Are Your Hiring Expectations Ridiculous?

by George Blomgren Admission: the following story is absurd. So, why are these sorts of requests a typical part of a recruiter’s day? The phone rings — a call from a client. “Our Controller is leaving. We need to replace her ASAP.” “When you say ASAP, what did you have in mind?” “The end of […]

eHarmony as a Job Board: DOA

by George Blomgren There’s some buzz about “Elevated Careers by eHarmony,” set to launch in December. As this article explains, they apply the same model that has worked for their dating site, to a new job board. Here’s why it’s not likely to work. (It’s been tried before, and failed for the following reasons.) The […]

Filter Unqualified Applicants The Smart Way

by George Blomgren In my recent article “Good Job Postings Are Love Letters,” I acknowledged the fear that prevents a lot of employers from turning up the sugar in their job postings. They are already getting deluged with applications from overtly unqualified candidates. Therefore, making their job postings even more attractive sounds like an exercise […]

Great Job Postings Are Love Letters

  by George Blomgren There’s not much to miss about the old help wanted ads that used to dominate the recruiting space (and sell a lot of newspapers). Then again, those ads tended to be written a lot better than most job postings you see today on job boards. Back when employers had to pay […]

What Questions Should A Candidate Ask In An Interview?

You sit in an interview and answer every question the interviewer asks you with thought and precision. Now the last question has been answered, and the interviewer turns the table to you and asks if you have any questions. Now’s your chance! Now’s the time to dive into what it’s really like to work there. […]

Talent Search

“Talent won’t fall into your lap.” – Overheard at a talent development conference. There are tens of thousands of new graduates that enter the workforce each year. Companies are answering the influx of candidates by posting their job opportunities on their career page. The problem – these postings are forgotten about and left to die […]