AI - Some practical uses in HR and recruitment

The second of two posts looking at AI (Artificial Intelligence). This one with particular reference to applications within Recruitment and HR
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AI - is it over hyped?

The first of two posts looking at AI (Artificial Intelligence). What you can do with it and whether it really does deserve all the hype it is getting in terms of delivering useful services right now and in the future.
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Selection and Screening - better applicants?

We thought it was worth revisiting selection and screening again. It is somewhat of a perennial topic within recruitment and HR - but an important one nonetheless. You can find lots of, well intentioned, advice on the web for how to go about screening candidates once they apply. However, its difficult to present any single "method" that will work in all cases. Read More...

Quizzes - engagement vs selection

We have a look at online tools to engage candidates on career sites. The post also features the latest quiz from the BBC that allows you to compare yourself with a world leader and we take a look at MI5's recruitment game. Read More...

The Dark Triad: Narcissim, Psychopathy, Machivellianism

A post about 3 of the more problematic traits you probably don't want in your candidates. Together they are being referred to as the "Dark Triad". With conventional psychometric tests and interviews fairly ineffectual at uncovering them coupled with the havoc such employees can wreak within an organisation it's an important topics for recruiters. Read More...

Sounding Smart

This post was inspired by a discussion on the Harvard Business Review (well done guys - a great set of publications). Its about how people come across and get understood and considered when they use their voice or spoken communication versus the written word. This provides some interesting perspectives for recruitment as you will see.
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The Cost of a Bad Hire

This is a great infographic (well done to Mindflash and CareerBuilder who did the work). It outlines some fascinating statistics from surveys in the US on why it really is worth getting your recruitment right. We have seen similar data for UK and Europe and we think it is likely to reflect the situation both there and in Asia Pacific as well.
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Building your attractiveness as an employer

Every employer wants to be an ‘employer of choice’ but not many really feel they have got there. Our Recruitment, Career and Talent Portal systems all try and help organisations become more of an employer of choice so it's an area we know well. There are a lot of things to consider, but within this post we have distilled down some key bite sized factors to help you. Read More...

Video Interviewing

We first came across this in 2011 however its been quiet since then till very recently when we have just had two enquiries. Both were from clients considering if these tools would increase their efficiency of recruiting. If you are interested in these tools this is what we have found. Read More...

CV's mistakes

This is a bit of a perennial as crops up seemingly once a year. However these posts always get good feedback. More seriously they also tend to get recruiters talking about issues and problems. Its anecdotal at the moment but we are hearing from partners, clients and others in recruitment a fair bit about candidate presentation and interviewing skills slipping from what they were in the past. Do the experiences in this post resonate with your experience? Have you seen standards change - let us know as if it gets good feedback we will do a post on this topic. Read More...

Interviewing - again

Interviewing is not an easy topic but that is no excuse not to put some effort in. Interviewing and selection is crucial to the recruitment process. There has been an increase of chatter on Interviewing recently - see enc. Read More...

How to hire - by looking at how to do it wrong.

A concise list of best practices in recruiting and how to do it right by looking at what NOT to do. 10 items to to get right to significantly improve your quality of hire and dare I say it get the best out of the systems we provide. Read More...

Migration- Why should firms consider migrants

Why is it that more employers don’t actively look at migrants? With good quality candidates as hard to find as ever lets look at the pros and cons of including them within your recruitment mix Read More...

Social Networking - facebook, twitter et al

Some evidence round usage of social networking in recruiting with a look at how it is used and its affect on selection.
Big implications for recruitment and perhaps where things will also go for the NZ market. Read More...

What actually is Talent - is it obvious?

For HR and Recruiters. Thoughts on the whole debate about how do you go about getting talent for your organisation. Can a trip to the circus throw some light on how to improve your recruiting performance. Read More...

Personality Tests and Narcissism

This post discussed one particular personality trait - Narcissism. It is quite a topical one having been mentioned on blogs, news etc. However we also look at the wider application of tests and whether they are useful or not within recruitment. Read More...

Interviewing

Interviewing - how effective is it and can it be in delivering the best or close to best candidate? We look at some of the more outlandish interview questions and consider if they are appropriate and if so how could they be used. We also look at the limitations of the process and some advice on doing it better. Read More...

Candidate Tests - their limitations - another humorus example

Another test received on our email. This one is also pretty amazing and predicts your age though your choices in... Chocolate.
Another illustration of a – seemingly - objective test predicting answers relying on spurious science. Read More...

Candidate Tests - their limitations...?

We hold what we regard is a healthy scepticism for some forms of aptitude of behavioural tests. It is not that we think they may be wrong just that in using them they may not be the predictors an employer might expect.

This test received on our email is pretty amazing and is an illustration of a – seemingly - objective test not delivering quite what you think it might. Read More...

Background checking a Candidate - a snapshot of the debate

Using honesty checking as part of a recruitment campaign. There is a debate taking place within the recruitment and staffing industry around the merits of using online testing of his. We include our views and observations below which we recommend to employers who may be considering using such technology.
also if you are a candidate and are being asked to complete such a test or have been done so in the past this will give you a view from the recruitment side. Read More...