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Job Interviews: The Best Questions to Ask

July 28, 2014 Leave a comment

It wasn’t that long ago that Google asked extremely bizarre questions when interviewing job candidates. Two of the company’s most offbeat interview questions included the following:

“How many golf balls can fit into a school bus?”

“How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?”

And although some of the people being interviewed undoubtedly came up with rather sensible and brilliant answers, the overall effect that the answers had on these people’s abilities to perform their jobs was not impressive. In fact, this is why Google decided to stop asking such outlandish questions.

It was Google’s VP of people operations, Laszlo Bock, who made the comment “We found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time… They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.”

Why in the world would an interviewer need to feel smart? Why would he or she even need to prove anything? After all, the interviewer has already secured the position of being… well, an interviewer.

The New World of Google Interviews

Now that Google has moved away from brainteasers, the company is now using behavioral interview tactics. When using such tactics, the interviewers drill applicants with questions about their real-world experiences. Even if the experiences don’t directly relate to the job position that the person is applying to, the answers can still prove to be of the utmost value.

It should also be noted that Google is starting to steer clear of GPA requirements too. The company is recognizing that traditional educational training doesn’t mean what it used to mean.

With anyone and everyone holding a bachelor’s degree these days, it’s becoming harder to connect a value to such degrees, especially since the most of them are being earned through unheard of colleges. And even accreditation doesn’t matter anymore. There are lots of colleges and universities that are accredited, but yet at the same time never even require a student to step foot into a classroom or take supervised exams to earn a degree.

What Does This Mean to You?

As a hiring manager, you must pinpoint the exact requirements that need to be met for the jobs that you’re trying to fill. If certain educational standards need to be met, then this is fine, but you need to effectively separate your job applicants that meet these requirements from those that don’t.

The best way to see if a potential candidate can best fill your open positions is by interviewing them via behavioral interview tactics. And most importantly, keep in mind that sorting your through job applicants is remarkably simplified when using applicant tracking software.

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Tips on Writing a Job Description

July 14, 2014 Leave a comment

If you are have a job opening, then it is important that you have the right job description. There are a few things you will want to think about to get the right candidate for the job.

Think About the Keywords

Even if SEO is not your forte, this is something you still need to think about with the job description. This is because it is the way that people will search for and find your job listing. Make sure the description is keyword rich so that it will rank higher in search results.

Be as Descriptive as Possible

The next thing you will want to keep in mind with this is that the better you describe the job you are offering, the better the results will be. This does not mean it has to be a full page. You do want to touch on these key aspects:

 

  • Responsibilities- you want the candidate to know what they will be handling
  • Requirements- This can save a lot of time for people looking at the posting and your time as well. They can see what you are looking for and can just move on if need be.
  • Details of the Position– Here is where you want to list aspects such as salary, hours and other relevant information the applicant should be aware of before submitting an application or resume.

Remember to make tone of the job description match the tone of your work environment. So if you own a laid back pet store, your tone may be fun and conversational. However if you have a law firm, then the tone needs to be authoritative and intellectual.

Break up the Text

Reading long blocks of texts is simply not visually appealing and can discourage applicants from applying. Instead, the best thing you can do is to break up the content into small paragraphs and use subheaders. Bullet points and lists are also very helpful. This allows people to read the information easier and quicker.

Take Advantage of Technology

The best thing you can do with your job application is take advantage of hiring / recruiting technology to get the results you are looking for. An example of this is with large companies that are always looking for employers may create an applicant tracking app designed to allow people to apply for a job and then get to know their co-workers a little better. Even if the technology you are using is simply social media. Make sure you are taking advantage of what you have.This will help you to get your message out and get the applicants you are looking for.

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