Posts Tagged Hiring

New research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) suggests that the U.S. labor market has cooled off a bit in 2016, but economic conditions and hiring rates remain quite favorable for job seekers.

October 18, 2016
Of the ten crucial qualities of high-character employees that we’re exploring in this 10-part series, fairness—the commitment giving to others their due–is among the most difficult to evaluate in job candidates.  But having fair people on board makes the lives of HR managers easier, because there will be fewer fires to put out.  The questions below are a modest attempt at evaluating fairness in job candidates.
October 14, 2016
Courageous employees make the lives HR managers easier because they are willing to address problems that would be easier to ignore.
The following questions and suggestions may be useful for evaluating a job candidate’s commitment to courage.  The questions are courtesy of 
Bill Treasurer, founder of Giant Leap Consulting, Inc., and author of Courage Goes to Work.
October 8, 2016

The number of U.S. job openings recently reached 5.9 million—an all-time high. Yet with an unemployment rate of under 5 percent, the nation is already near what many economic experts consider "full employment." As we look to explain why jobs are so hard to fill, we can expect a fresh wave of concern from politicians and pundits. Questions and opinions abound: Has the U.S. run out of willing workers?

October 5, 2016
Everyone matters.  Good communication from employers throughout the job application process can help mitigate job applicant concerns.  Job candidates are noisy.  These undeniable truths are covered in an article I wrote for SHRM before the SHRM 2016 annual conference.  
October 4, 2016


In business, the term care is generally applied to the business-client relationship. It has given rise to unwieldy terms like customer care associate for the people formerly known as sales agents. 

High-character employees, however, care not only about their clients but about every relationship they have in and beyond the workplace. Their secret weapon is that they also care about, and for, themselves.

September 29, 2016

I’ve recently been conducting research related to bias in interviewing and hiring and in doing so uncovered some excellent and surprising information on how to build a greater awareness of ones bias in the hiring process.  This research has also unintentionally helped me develop a more acute awareness of the role of bias and its influence not only in hiring but also beyond.

September 28, 2016


Accountable employees keep their promises, consider the consequences of their actions, take responsibility for their mistakes, and make amends for those mistakes.

The following questions may help you discern a job candidate’s level of accountability.

Describe a situation in which you took responsibility for a mistake you made. What were the consequences to you for doing so?

September 23, 2016



Usually, job descriptions are boring. Anyone who has ever written several job descriptions likely has experienced the feeling of their eyes glazing over while typing the words “responsibilities” and “qualifications” over and over (and over) again.

However, a job description does not have to adhere to this format. A job description can actually be fun to write for a hiring or HR manager.

September 15, 2016


My father once bought a life insurance policy from an agent who was warm, friendly, and had impeccable credentials.

He also embezzled thousands of dollars from my dad.

It can be difficult to evaluate a job candidate’s honesty, but it’s crucial to try, and the following questions may help.

Tell me about a time when you had to tell a direct report an unpleasant truth. 

September 13, 2016


The world’s innovators are calling for reinvention and transformation of HR departments. Given that the majority of hiring responsibilities fall within HR, and it is—in most cases—the point of entry into a company, reinventing HR must start with transforming the way leaders think about and act when hiring.

August 27, 2016

iUrban Teen and the White House Celebration of My Brother’s Keeper Anniversary

“I'm so proud of iUrban Teen and other ‘career accelerators’ for underrepresented youth. We're guiding the next talent pipeline and developing great citizens. What an honor to be at the White House for the third time!" – Deena Pierott, iUrban Teen founder and White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion

July 25, 2016

The U.S. economy continues to add jobs, albeit at a slower rate in the past few months. Decreased demand is partially to blame and perhaps comes as no surprise, as some return to moderation was expected after the recent stretch of fast-paced job growth. Simply put, conditions have tightened as more people have found work and there are fewer openings in many employment sectors.

July 14, 2016

On July 13, @shrmnextchat chatted with Lorne Epstein, author of You’re Hired! Interview Skills to Get the Job about How to Avoid Hirer’s Remorse.

In case you missed this amazing chat filled with great tips and advice on the steps recruiters and hiring managers can take to find the right fit for their organizations, you can read all the tweets here:

July 13, 2016


Finding and hiring new workers for your organization is a time-consuming and complex undertaking. It is also one of the most important for an organization’s continued growth and survival. Unfortunately, sometimes the people we hire just don’t work out.

July 9, 2016


On June 29, @shrmnextchat chated with Jessica Merrell (@JMillerMerrell) about The Natural Selection of Talent Management.

In case you missed this excellent and informative chat on the lates trends in recruiting and talent managment, you can read all the tweets here:


June 29, 2016


There is more talk at this year’s SHRM Annual Conference about recruiting difficulties than there has been during my previous visits to this conference.

We 1st heard about this from the perspective of Mike Rowe. He pointed out that we have 2.8 million unfilled jobs yet have record amounts of student debt piling up. Was his conclusion that we are training people for jobs that they don’t want or don’t exist anymore correct?

June 22, 2016