How to Check Employee References

Checking references is a bit of a lost art… Checking references has become so maligned that many hiring managers today dismiss it as a waste of time but nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is if you’re willing to put in the work, checking references can be the difference between hiring your next superstar or hiring your next malcontent. Listen, I’ll be the first to admit… checking references can be a bit of a PITA. I don’t like picking up the phone and getting rejected either. I don’t like being told so-an-so can’t talk to me because HR won’t let him. Believe me, I get it. Unfortunately there’s also nothing I despise more than hiring the wrong person for the job and having to deal with the consequences after. In … [Read more...]

How to Hire Better Employees


Finding the best employees for your company shouldn't be like placing your chips at the craps table in Vegas... With the right process and strategy, consistently hiring good employees is as achievable as any other goal. Check out these tips and reap the rewards of hiring better employees. Begin from Within More and more employers are asking their employees for referrals to fill their open positions and there are many advantages to doing so. Better quality candidates, better quality hires, hires that stay on longer and overall less time spent during the recruiting and hiring process. These are all benefits of hiring employee referrals. However, it’s also important to recognize that there are also some disadvantages to employee … [Read more...]

How to “Read” an Applicant’s Resume – Instant Hiring Video Tip


Discover how to get the most information from an applicant's resume. How to Read a Resume to Find Better Quality Candidates Read any resumes lately? Chances are you’ve seen resumes ranging from one end of the spectrum to the other… Resumes that looked like pieces of art, resumes that went way over the top trying to gain your attention and resumes that a toddler probably could’ve done a better job on!  Let’s face it, it’s getting more and more difficult to derive any benefit from resumes these days. But that’s not to say there isn’t important information that CAN be gleaned from a resume to the trained eye. The challenge with sorting through and reviewing a lot of resumes is you begin to zero in on and focus on exactly what … [Read more...]

Hiring Employees With a High Sense of Urgency – Instant Hiring Video Tip

Hiring Employees With a Sense of Urgency

Learn how to identify applicants with a sense of urgency and responsiveness. Instant Hiring Tip: Hire Employees with a High Sense of Urgency A common trait of highly productive people and companies is a high sense of urgency. A high sense of urgency drives individuals and the organizations they work for to work harder than their peers but more importantly their competitors. Most employers realize the benefits of hiring employees with a high sense of urgency but how do you go about identifying those applicants with a high sense of urgency? You can gain a lot of insight about how an employee will perform on the job and assess an employee’s sense of urgency during the application process. During the application process, one question … [Read more...]

Focusing on Job Applicant Behavior for Better Hires – Instant Hiring Video Tips


Discover the "red flags" that can alert you to future problems from job applicants.   If you want to give yourself an idea of how an applicant will behave once he or she is hired, do yourself a favor and pay some attention to their behavior during the hiring process. Keep in mind that an applicant should be on their very best behavior during the hiring process so anything other than that should be a red flag. In particular, beware of people who are creating problems for you during the application and hiring process. For example, they are not following your directions when it comes to submitting the appropriate paperwork; they’re difficult when it comes to setting up a first or second interview claiming that their … [Read more...]