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How to make sure your recruiting efforts aren't attracting the wrong candidates

As a startup, the hiring process is vital to your success and plan for growth. So, the last thing you want to do is spend hours plowing through resumes and interviewing candidates only to be upset with the people you hired. Your goal is long-term hires, and you don't want to waste time and money hiring the wrong people. According to Investopedia, the cost of a "full-baked" employee can range from one and a half to three times their salary. These costs can include the hiring and interview process...
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How improving your assessments can help your hiring process

As a new startup, some of the biggest decisions you are going to make for your business are who to hire and who not to hire. Why is this so important? First, it may mean the difference between your startup succeeding, and it failing. And, second, it will play a role in determining your company culture. Because your hiring is so essential and impacts your business in so many ways, let's look at how improving your assessments can help your hiring process.  What are assessments? These are pre-...
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Why hiring veterans is a great idea for startups

To defend our country, military service members have some unique qualities that translate well into the general job market when their service is complete. Active duty military are most often the hardest workers in the room. They are also usually motivated and exceptionally ethical. As a startup, these are just the kind of employees you want to recruit. Let's dive into this and look at why hiring veterans is a great idea for startups. They are natural leaders The military trains their people well...
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How “ghosting” your candidates can kill your small business

The way you treat job candidates can be more damaging than you think. Company reviews not only give current and previous employees an opportunity to rate your company culture, leadership practices, and more, they also allow individuals to comment on their experience of your recruitment process. And negative feedback on your hiring practices not only undermines your ability to attract top talent, it can also deter potential clients from doing business with you. "Every decision and action you take...
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3 questions that will immediately make you a better interviewer

Hiring the best talent for your business is a big responsibility and conducting candidate interviews is the hardest part of the hiring process. To discover whether a candidate is the right fit for the job, you need to ask the right questions. And one of the problems with classic interview questions is that they are often backward looking, says CEO and co-founder David Walker. While they may provide some valuable information, they "miss a critical component of understanding how a candidate will p...
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Developing a hiring strategy from day one

Hiring the first employees for your startup is a big step—and it isn't just about getting the best people to grow your business, it's also about getting the legal, financial and practical aspects right from the outset. While hiring employees may seem a long way off during the early stages of the business, it takes a significant amount of planning in advance to avoid costly mistakes later on. To help you meet your obligations as an employer, Sophia Conti shares here the key steps to take tha...
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The costs of a bad hire

Have you ever asked yourself what it costs to hire an employee who doesn't turn out to be right for your business? The U.S. Department of Labor says it costs you at least 30% of your employee's first-year earnings if they're a bad hire. For many startups, losing five figures because you hired the wrong person may mean the difference between success and failure. Let's take a look at the costs of a bad hire, so you can avoid the devastating consequences to your startup.  Initial hiring costs ...
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How startups can attract better talent by improving their job postings

Hiring new team members for your startup is a lot like marketing your company, but many businesses don't approach it this way. If you want to hire the absolute best candidates, you want to make sure your job posts are attracting the right job seekers by providing them extra information to help them decide whether or not to submit a resume. This involves using your marketing skills to craft your job postings. Here are a few ways startups can attract better talent by improving their job postings. ...
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Three types of work culture and how to hire for each of them

When you're hiring a new employee you want someone who'll be a great addition to the team. And that means identifying candidates whose values, attitudes and behaviors reflect, or can adapt, to those of the organization. Yet looking for a good 'culture fit' can be fraught with unconscious biases that limit diversity and prevent you securing the best talent, caution David Rock and Khalil Smith of the NeuroLeadership Institute. They recommend designing an interview process that's specific about the...
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Why my company stopped “auditioning” job candidates

While most companies follow the traditional hiring process of screening résumés and conducting interviews, a few have been adopting novel approaches such as auditions. The traditional approach means hiring decisions are often based on aspects of the interview that may have little bearing on how well a candidate will perform as an employee. Auditions, on the other hand, aim to give both the company and the candidate time to decide if they're good fit for each other before making a commitment...
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