Hiriing Tip #7: Do your ads help candidates screen themselves in or out?

In a previous post, Attracting Suitable Candidates, Laurent caught me being vague. In Screening Out, he points to a great skit, where the technical people are talking about people skills but the HR people are talking about tools and technology.Too many recruiters just don’t get it — that software is much more people and perseverance …

Hiring Tip #5: Ask Behavior-description Interview Questions

You’re hiring someone. You don’t want to waste your time in the interview. So, if you want to ask good interview questions, ask people about how they’ve worked in the past. People repeat perceived successful behaviors (whether those behaviors were successful or not). Behavior-description questions elicit the candidate’s story of how they worked in the …

Resume Tip #4: Grab the Hiring Manager with a Summary Paragraph

Once you’ve worked for 10 years or more, it’s worthwhile creating a one-paragraph summary of your experience. It’s not easy to create that paragraph, and it’s necessary, so that you can grab and retain the hiring manager’s attention. So what’s a one-paragraph summary? Here are some: A proven track record of improving business processes through …

Hiring Tip #4: Use the power of your one-on-one network

“Just go network. You’ll find the people (or the job) you’re looking for.” Yeah. Right. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were that easy? If you’re like most technical managers (or technical people looking for a job), networking is not one of your innate skills. Here are some suggestions to help you network: Attend local …

Resume Tip #3: Summarize experience on a resume cover page

You know you’re supposed to keep your resume to two pages. But you’ve been working for 20+ years, and you have lots of great experience. Instead of pages and pages of the chronological resume, think about the kinds of things you’ve done in your work. Have you rescued projects? Have you facilitated strategic planning? Have …

Hiring Tip #3: Phone screen all candidates before the interview

If you’re a hiring manager, you’re probably faced with a gazillion resumes. You’ve taken the first step and screened the resumes (more on that in a future tip). Now you’re thinking about bringing candidates in for an interview.Stop. Don’t just bring people in for an interview. Phone screen candidates first. Ask questions to verify the …