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What were you doing the last time you looked at a clock and realized you had lost all track of time?
“What Was the First Job You Got Paid for?” “I always ask about someone’s first-ever job,” shares Maria Hannon, director of HR at the Colorado Health Foundation. “Not their first job out of school — I want to know the first thing they did to get paid. What I’m looking for is whether or not they spent time doing work which helped contribute (in theory) to a strong work ethic.” So go ahead and talk up that lemonade stand you ran the summer after fourth grade!
Filling out Verification of Employment forms. Typically, we fill these forms out when employees are trying to get a loan. Assuming thats the case, this means these employees are likely at a crucial stage of their careers. Whether theyre buying a home or upgrading to a minivan to find room for the new baby, money might be tight and they might be especially motivated to earn more money. These are things their managers need to be thinking about. If theyre close to being considered for a raise or promotion, you might want to consider expediting that process. Make sure their managers are taking advantage of these opportunities because if you dont, another employer just might.
ABI (Always Be Interviewing). Hopkins says she never stops interviewing, even if Continuum doesnt have open positions. Her logic: Any growing business can always find room for game-changing talent.
Describe a situation working in a group or team where there was interpersonal conflict. Describe how you approached the conflict. What worked and what didn’t? How did you manage the outcome?
What did you do on Saturday? Why its asked: Startups know youve got all the right answers memorized. Instead of asking directly if youre a hard worker, interviews will use seemingly unrelated questions to let your actions speak for themselves. Asking what you did on Saturday will reveal what time you get up, how seriously you take your hobbies, and your general attitude toward a day off.
Organizations can put together quick questionnaires using Typeform or SurveyMonkey to gauge what candidates think, Slater said. Make sure that you dont just send these out at the end of the recruiting process, he said, because often the most important insights come from candidates who are midway through.
Its important to track where your candidates came from. If youre smart about your recruiting, you will have multiple channels from which to source your potential candidates an advertisement on a job board; another one on LinkedIn; some direct contact with passive candidates; and a pool of potential employees connected to your careers pages either on Facebook or LinkedIn.
The surprising part is that not all companies have metrics or measurement processes in place that help them recruit more effectively. Further, most of the companies that do use metrics are measuring the process of recruitment as opposed to the true impact of recruitment on their businesses. While process metrics such as time-to-fill and cost-per-hire certainly are useful, our research indicates that a metric is emerging that may be far more useful.