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  • Ask These Interview Questions Instead

    April 16th, 2015 by Jackie Doherty


    Although most HR professionals know questions to avoid in an interview, you would be surprised how many managers don’t. In some cases, asking the wrong question is not only awkward—it can be illegal. Read here for alternatives to some common questions you should NOT ask candidates.

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  • Five Tips to Improve Your Job Acceptance Rates

    February 24th, 2015 by Jackie Doherty


    Nobody likes rejection. Have you ever seen a marriage proposal refused? It’s painful to watch—much like getting all the way to the offer stage and having the candidate decline your job. At JCSI, we’ve worked with many clients to implement best practices and help them improve their ability to close. See these five tips to increase your job acceptance rates and your chances at your own happy ending...

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  • Assessing Job Hoppers in Today's Market

    December 9th, 2014 by Jackie Doherty


    In the old days, employees would take a job and stick with the same company for decades, a lifetime even. Nowadays, especially with younger workers, you're lucky if they last a few years. How do you define job hoppers and what role should it play in assessing a candidate? Well, it depends…

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  • What Candidate Questions Reveal

    November 24th, 2014 by Jackie Doherty


    If you’re like most hiring managers, you use interview questions to gain insight about candidates. But what about questions candidates ask you during the interview? What do their questions reveal about their personality, work ethic, or suitability for your role? Read more to find out:

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  • Four Tips for Hiring Sales Stars

    September 4th, 2014 by Jackie Doherty


    Hiring a sales star is a major achievement but getting to the decision can feel like sorting through a complex puzzle with lots of pieces that have similar colors and shapes: Many top sales candidates possess related skill sets and characteristics, from friendly, outgoing personalities to communications expertise. Deciding which candidate will best fit your organization and drive success requires insight and an exceptional screening process. Here are four tips to help you make the best sales hire...

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  • Hiring Manager Mishaps: Underselling Your Opportunity

    August 14th, 2014 by Jackie Doherty


    When you make an offer to an exceptional candidate, you want it accepted. One way to make sure that happens is to articulate the benefits of the opportunity as part of the search process.

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  • Five Reasons to Grow Your Candidate Pipeline

    July 28th, 2014 by Pedro Silva


    When economic times are slow, a typical knee-jerk reaction is to cut spending, freeze, or delay all growth processes. While prioritizing makes sense, the challenge is to make sure you set the right ones, and once you do, to take action when you can. Pipeline development is one of those areas where ongoing investment can reap big benefits even during sluggish economic times. Here are five reasons why...

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  • Seven Habits of Successful Hiring Managers

    June 5th, 2014


    Whether you have one role to fill or 100, there are ways to hire effectively.  Practice these seven habits, and you will see improved results in your cost per hire and time to fill...

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  • Hiring Manager Mishaps: Finalists But No Offers

    April 28th, 2014 by Jackie Doherty


    In the staffing world, rejection happens: We get it and most applicants do too. What doesn't make sense is when several applicants make it through the final gate and no one gets an offer. Don't fall into this trap. Consider these tips for proper planning and communication,  so you're ready to make a hire for your team after the last interview...

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  • When Smart is the Key Requirement

    April 18th, 2014 by Jackie Doherty


    Most hiring managers are looking to hire smart people, but what does smart look like on a resume and what does it mean for the role you need filled? When skills are secondary to intelligence, how you assess a candidate's aptitude is essential. Here are two tips for assessing "smart" candidates during your interview process......

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  • When the Answer is No—How to Respect the Candidate and Protect Your Brand

    December 18th, 2013 by Jackie Doherty


    Making the right hire is an important decision. Naturally, you put a lot of time and energy into getting it right the first time. Even with top candidates, however, there will be applicants who are not a good fit. How you communicate rejection is critical to your company's reputation, so consider these tips for treating applicants with professional courtesy even when the answer is no...

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  • When Relocation is Required

    October 18th, 2013 by Jackie Doherty


    Whether due to limited local talent, national expansion, or another reason, searches requiring candidates to relocate can be challenging and expensive. With good planning, however, they can result in great hires without busting your budget. The most successful relocation searches include a variety of approaches, tools, and strategies at various steps in the process...

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  • What You Should Expect from an RPO

    October 3rd, 2013 by Jackie Doherty


    Although getting high-quality candidates is always the end game, you should expect more from a successful RPO partnership. Here are three areas where good RPO support can make all the difference for your organization's recruiting success today and in the future.

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  • Hiring Manager Mishaps: Love at First Interview

    August 15th, 2013 by Jackie Doherty


    A famous 1960s song by Smoky Robinson offers this advice about finding true love: “My mama told me, you gotta shop around.” The following post, the second in a series on Hiring Manager Mishaps, explores this theme by addressing a common mistake managers make that can be detrimental to getting the best hire and more than a little heart breaking...

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  • What Employers Should Know About Skype Interviewing

    June 27th, 2013 by Jackie Doherty


    Google “Skype” and you’ll find lots of tips about how applicants can succeed at online interviews, but little from the perspective of the Hiring Manager. With so many of our clients choosing online video interviewing, to follow are our insights…

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  • Get the Biggest Bang for Your Interview Buck

    June 3rd, 2013 by Jackie Doherty


    There is no question that a good interview provides vital information for making the right hiring decision. Aside from the actual interview itself, however, the factor that most impacts a successful interview process is time-—not only in terms of costs associated with the open position and your hiring team's commitment to filling it, but also the cost of potentially losing early candidates due to extended interview timelines.

    Along with these time concerns, another important factor for an effective interview process is the ability to compare your applicant pool accurately and quickly. With new tools for comparing candidates and proven strategies to reduce timelines, you can make better hiring decisions quicker and get more bang for your interview buck!

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  • Hiring Manager Mishaps: The Fish That Got Away

    May 22nd, 2013 by Jackie Doherty


    As Recruiter Ryan Parker shows in this photo, making a great hire can be an achievement akin to landing a fantastic catch.

    The following post, the first in a series on Hiring Manager Mishaps, explores a common mistake that can be fatal when engaging with A-level candidates who are not actively seeking a career change...

    Photo by Jared Jacobs

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