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Many of us fear the common job interview questions, “What are your greatest strengths? What are your greatest weaknesses?” While you can prepare for this sort of question, the approach can change: Do I focus on my strengths, or will that make me look too arrogant? Do I talk about my weakness as a strength,… Read more »

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A bad hire isn’t worth it — use these tips to avoid making a costly mistake. It happens: You have a position that needs filling right away, and you don’t want numerous people to spend hours of their time looking at resumes and holding interviews, or you get a good gut reaction from one of… Read more »

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Time to review! This year, make performance reviews work best for your employees — and yourself in the process. Love them or dread them, performance reviews can help management examine the efficiency and effectiveness of their employees — and a well-executed performance review may well help you see who needs more responsibility and who might… Read more »

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Congratulations, you got your first interview with a new employer! Here you’ll read how to successfully plan for the interview to minimize nervousness and help you look like the best person for the job. After sending out many resumes and talking to anyone who can help, you’ve finally made it: You got an interview with an… Read more »

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In the last post, we discussed the cost of a poorly written job description; now we’ll get into even more specifics in terms of putting together the actual description. As you put everything together, keep these dos and don’ts in mind. (Some of them may echo from the previous post, but they’re worth mentioning again!)… Read more »

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Transparency isn’t just for candidates, especially when it comes to job descriptions. Just as any candidate should create a well-organized, clear resume and cover letter, whoever writes up a job description has a duty to craft one that explicitly spells out the duties and qualifications required. If you want to find the right person for… Read more »

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As you go through the hiring process, while you have many considerations for your candidates, remember they also have some for you. One important factor for many job seekers involves company culture: Is it one they want to be a part of? While most companies would agree that the typical soulless, cubicle-filled office doesn’t motivate… Read more »

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No matter how we strive to remain impartial, we all have inherent biases that influence our judgment. They can come in various forms: age, weight, dress, ethnicity, height, gender, preferred sports team…. In all seriousness, when hiring a candidate, anyone involved with the hiring process must take great care not to weed out a potentially… Read more »

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Employers and the unemployed all understand that in this market, sometimes finding a job doesn’t happen easily and can take some time. You may try your best, but maybe the job doesn’t pay enough for you to support your family or the company hired someone else instead of you. The time between jobs can look… Read more »

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The relationship between HR and recruiting professionals can have complications, with mistrust of intentions on both sides and sometimes strained relationships. However, when going for the best resources for the company, HR departments and recruitment agencies that align their goals and objectives and build strong relationships see benefits down the road, including long-term partnerships that… Read more »

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