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16October

Check Them Out

It is scary how few employers in Canada check references.  Larger companies with Human Resource departments know the value of reference checks, but smaller, entrepreneurial firms are often pressed for time and so reference checks go by the wayside.  The time invested in reference checks is worth every minute. It is a chance to verify what candidates told you, and to assess the relationship between previous employers and your candidate. Use the notes you made during the interview as a basis for your reference check questions.  This habit prevents vague and personality-based questions that will not give you useful information.  Further, if you ask "What can you tell me about [...]

9October

Questions, Questions

I compare recruiting and hiring to dating and marriage.  There has been many a union where one partner or the other said "That's OK, I will change him/her after we are married."  Likewise, many an employer has ignored red flags in the recruiting process and wondered why the evil twin came to work instead of the person that was interviewed. Interviews serve several purposes.  They allow us to check for fit, review skills and qualifications, communication skills and presentation.  The most important purpose of an interview is to get evidence of past behaviour.  Future performance is based on past performance.  If I can provide evidence of past behaviour, you can [...]

2October

Put Profit Back in Your Pocket

Many employers think that turnover is a simple matter of replacing an existing employee with a new one.  But turnover has multiple costs that eat directly into your profit.  Turnover does not just include the wage you are paying, it includes expensive, behind-the-scenes costs that employers seldom consider.  Depending on the complexity of the position you are replacing, these costs can skyrocket. Here is a list of some of the components of employee turnover: Employee Leaving: Loss of productivity because the employee has mentally moved on. Vacation pay payout and other benefit costs.  Some benefit plans terminate at the end each month, and if the employee leaves at the beginning [...]

25September

Where Are All the Good People?

The "Help Wanted" sections of newspapers hardly exist any more.  The people you want to hire are not looking in the newspaper for opportunities.  So, how can you find the best people for your openings? Sourcing and Recruiting are two different things, and sourcing is a much-needed skill. Start With Who You Know Some of the best candidates are referrals from the people who already work with you.  It is human nature that we choose to be with people like ourselves.  Ask your best performers if they know anyone you can talk to about your opening.  Consider offering a referral incentive if the new hire stays for 6 months. Use [...]

Check Them Out

It is scary how few employers in Canada check references.  Larger companies with Human Resource departments know the value of reference checks, but smaller, entrepreneurial firms are often pressed for time and so reference checks go by the wayside.  The time invested in reference checks is worth every minute. It is a chance to verify what candidates told you, and to assess the relationship between previous employers and your candidate. Use the notes you made during the interview as a basis for your reference check questions.  This habit prevents vague and personality-based questions that will not give you useful information.  Further, if you ask "What can you tell me about [...]

Questions, Questions

I compare recruiting and hiring to dating and marriage.  There has been many a union where one partner or the other said "That's OK, I will change him/her after we are married."  Likewise, many an employer has ignored red flags in the recruiting process and wondered why the evil twin came to work instead of the person that was interviewed. Interviews serve several purposes.  They allow us to check for fit, review skills and qualifications, communication skills and presentation.  The most important purpose of an interview is to get evidence of past behaviour.  Future performance is based on past performance.  If I can provide evidence of past behaviour, you can [...]

Put Profit Back in Your Pocket

Many employers think that turnover is a simple matter of replacing an existing employee with a new one.  But turnover has multiple costs that eat directly into your profit.  Turnover does not just include the wage you are paying, it includes expensive, behind-the-scenes costs that employers seldom consider.  Depending on the complexity of the position you are replacing, these costs can skyrocket. Here is a list of some of the components of employee turnover: Employee Leaving: Loss of productivity because the employee has mentally moved on. Vacation pay payout and other benefit costs.  Some benefit plans terminate at the end each month, and if the employee leaves at the beginning [...]

Where Are All the Good People?

The "Help Wanted" sections of newspapers hardly exist any more.  The people you want to hire are not looking in the newspaper for opportunities.  So, how can you find the best people for your openings? Sourcing and Recruiting are two different things, and sourcing is a much-needed skill. Start With Who You Know Some of the best candidates are referrals from the people who already work with you.  It is human nature that we choose to be with people like ourselves.  Ask your best performers if they know anyone you can talk to about your opening.  Consider offering a referral incentive if the new hire stays for 6 months. Use [...]