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The Ultimate Hiring Playbook

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As the summer sun starts to wane, you’re probably already looking ahead to next year. You may be contemplating the goals you want to accomplish, how much you’d like to grow your team, and even how you can streamline operations. No matter what’s on your mind for 2020, there’s no doubt that hiring will play a big part in your strategy! And in a candidate-driven market, it can be overwhelming to strategize how your company will compete for the top candidates on the market.

But don’t worry… we’re here to help! The JSG blog is full of expert hiring advice from those that really know best – our recruiters. Here are some of our most recent resources to help you prep for hiring an outstanding team.

3 Soft Skills You Need To Hire For

While every company and hiring manager will want to look for different traits, we’ve listed 3 of our top soft skills to look for. Read More

How To Get The Candidates Your Team Needs

Are you one of the many employers struggling to navigate today’s tight labor market? If so, here’s how to streamline your hiring process. Read More

Is Candidate Experience Hindering Your Hiring?

One of the main factors affecting your company’s ability to attract and retain qualified talent is your candidate experience. These are the make or break steps throughout your hiring process. Read More

The Best Way To Interview Candidates Over The Phone

When interviewing candidates remotely, it’s important to maximize the opportunity and get all the information you need. Follow the link for a few things to keep in mind when you schedule your next phone interview. Read More

3 Tips For Maximizing Your Hiring With A Recruiting Firm

Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to hire the talent you need and establish a long-term working relationship with your partnered recruiters. Read More

What Today’s Talent Really Wants

When thinking about your recruiting strategy, be sure to push the boundaries of “standard” job offering by incorporating some of the following elements. Read More

These Interview Questions Will Reveal The Most About Candidates

When interviewing candidates, not every question is created equal. A focused list of purposeful questions can reveal a lot about a candidate and how they’ll fit into your open position. Read More

How To Attract Millennial Talent To Your Organization

By 2025, Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. So what can your team do to secure this majority workforce? Read More

How Good Is Today’s Job Market?

You’ve read the news and seen the reports. The labor market is competitive. But is today’s job market really as strong as people think it is? The short answer is yes! Here’s a brief overview of today’s job market and how to navigate it if you’re an employer. Read More

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3 Soft Skills You Need To Hire For

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When you’re hiring your next team member, you will most likely scour their resume for hard skills. Do they have the experience and skills to perform the job? However, we recommend you take it one step further. Think of a list of necessary soft skills that will contribute to your team’s productivity and culture fit. While every company and hiring manager will want to look for different traits, we’ve listed 3 of our top soft skills to look for below. Additionally, you’ll find a behavioral interview question that will help you determine if a candidate has them.

Listening Skills

First and foremost, you want your employees to have excellent listening skills. But make sure you think beyond just absorbing information. Try to find people who will listen to feedback, take direction, and utilize that information in the future. Your best employees will use everything they learn to form their future strategy.

Question to ask in an interview: Tell me about a time when you took something you learned at a company and applied it directly to your job.

Ability To Take Criticism

Being receptive to feedback is what will make a good employee a great employee. You want to build a team that is not only open to constructive criticism from leaders throughout the company but also fellow teammates. As a bonus, look for someone who will not only accept the feedback but grow beyond exactly what they’re told and look for opportunities for self-improvement.

Question to ask in an interview: Tell me about a time when you received constructive criticism and used it to improve.

Grit

Every year, we pick a theme here at Johnson Search Group to guide our strategy. This year, we chose to focus on grit. By definition, grit means “firmness of mind or spirit; unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.” Your dream employees will be able to power through any trials or tribulations that come their way. They will take obstacles in stride and become better having gone through them.

Question to ask in an interview: Tell me about a time when you faced a difficult situation at work and how you overcame it.

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How to Get the Candidates Your Team Needs

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If you are like many other employers, it’s becoming incredibly difficult to find talented candidates to fill your open positions. The U.S. Department of Labor recently released a report demonstrating that nine different states have record low unemployment rates. So, are you one of the many employers’ struggling to navigate today’s tight labor market? If so, here’s how to streamline your hiring process.

Speed up your hiring process

The first (and most important) step to successfully recruiting candidates to your team is to speed up your hiring process. And we’re not just talking about getting the job description posted! Think about the entire process, from the beginning to the candidate’s start date. The average time to fill across all industries is 42 days at an average cost of $4,129. The longer your process, the longer your job vacancy will be, and thus, the more money your company is wasting.

Gone are the days of bringing candidates back for three or four interviews and taking your sweet time. In today’s market, employers do not have that luxury. Try to find areas throughout your process to eliminate time or unnecessary steps. If you can remove a phone screening and move straight to an onsite interview, do it. Cutting out unnecessary steps will save you time, money, and ensure you’re getting the talent your team needs to keep producing.

Make decisions quickly

Eliminating redundancies and inefficiencies throughout your hiring process is critical. However, the interviewing process is only just the beginning. Once you and your team choose a candidate, you must make an offer and agree on a relatively soon start date. In this market, if you take your time to extend an offer after the final interview, you’ll likely miss out on a great candidate. It’s a candidate-driven market. That means candidates have options (and lots of them!). The more time before an offer is extended, the more time candidates have to explore additional lucrative job opportunities.

The same thing goes with excessively long start dates. If you make an offer to a candidate and set a start date for a month or more down the road, your organization runs the risk of missing out on your hire. Even if a candidate accepts your offer, a lengthy onboarding process grants them the opportunity to check out other jobs or receive additional offers. In this job market, candidates may move on if they find a job that may offer better benefits, a higher salary, or is more appealing to the candidate. Make your decision quickly and onboard efficiently to ensure your candidates don’t jump ship or ghost you at the last second.

Ask a recruiter for help

Having trouble identifying areas in your hiring process that need improvement? Don’t worry; you’re not alone. It can be challenging to find areas to improve to ensure you’re getting the best candidates possible. If you need a hand finding areas in your process to improve, reach out to one of our talented recruiters today. We can go over your hiring process with you and help find ways to streamline your process and ensure you have the talent needed to keep producing. Reach out to Johnson Search Group today and let’s work together to fill your critical roles.

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The Best Way To Interview Candidates Over The Phone

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For many companies, the very first step in the hiring process is a phone interview. It’s a great way to narrow down your pool of candidates, to get to the handful of top contenders that you’d like to interview in person. However, when interviewing candidates remotely, it’s important to maximize the opportunity and get all the information you need. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you schedule your next phone interview!

Communicate details

Prior to a phone interview, communication is key. Make sure that the candidate knows who is calling who, the expected length of the interview, and if they should have anything special prepared.

If you have a recruiter or HR team coordinating the phone call, ensure they include your name, title, and contact information. This will ensure that the candidate has the opportunity to do their research ahead of the interview!

Plan ahead

Because phone interviews tend to be a truncated version of their in-person counterparts, you want to have a planned structure. Head into the meeting knowing what information is most important and what you’d like to take away from it. Then, plan your questions based on your ultimate objective. Of course, you can improvise throughout the interview, but having a list of topics to cover will guarantee that both you and the candidate walk away feeling accomplished.

Set the tone

Phone interviews can be nerve-wracking for candidates. As the interviewer, you are responsible for setting the tone of the interview. Host the phone interview in a quiet place with limited distractions. Always try to ease into the conversation with the usual small talk, allowing the candidate to get comfortable. That way, they’ll be able to open up as the interview goes on!

Follow up

After the interview, the candidate will (hopefully) send a thank-you note. This is the perfect opportunity for you to communicate the next steps. Regardless, it’s important that the candidate knows what to expect moving forward. And if you decide not to move the candidate to the next step, the sooner they know, the better!

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3 Tips For Maximizing Your Hiring With A Recruiting Firm

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If you’ve made the decision to partner with a recruiting firm, you’re already on your way to securing qualified candidates ahead of your competition. However, there are a few things you can do to get the most out of your relationship with an experienced recruiting firm. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to hire the talent you need and establish a long-term working relationship with your partnered recruiters.

Be open to advice

Consider why you decided to partner with a recruiting firm in the first place. In an effort to focus your time and passion on what you do best, you hire a professional team to fill your critical needs. So, it’s essential to your success as a team to lean on our experience and expertise. We spend thousands of hours researching the labor market and hiring statistics specific to your market. We know exactly what the cost of vacancy is for your team, what the cost of living is in your area, and how quickly you need to make an offer in order to secure the candidates you need. If you’re open to advise from your recruiting firm, it allows us to go to work for you as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Go in-depth on your expectations

The more information you can share the better. Don’t be afraid to get in-depth about the role, your team, and your company as a whole. We can be more successful in recruiting passive candidates if we have all the details about what makes this position great. Do you offer a flexible working environment? Is your department more team-oriented? Does this role require extensive experience in one area? Our favorite thing to do is to sell how awesome your company is, so this is the perfect time to pull out the humble brags!

Communicate effectively

Above all, effective communication is key to a successful relationship between you and your recruiting team. From our first call to closing the offer, the more open the lines of communication, the better. If a candidate’s experience quite didn’t match your expectations, detailed feedback will allow us to find someone who will. Did you have a stellar interview with a candidate that knocked your socks off? The sooner we know, the sooner we can pass that information along, which will set your company up for success. Especially if the candidate is juggling multiple offers.

Ready to take your hiring to the next level? Partner with Johnson Search Group to hire the qualified candidates you need to help your team succeed. Contact us today!

These Interview Questions Will Reveal The Most About Candidates

When interviewing candidates, not every question is created equal. If you’re referencing an outdated list of interview questions that you found on the internet, you’re doing yourself (and your candidates) a disservice. A focused list of purposeful questions can reveal a lot about a candidate and how they’ll fit into your open position.

Behavioral questions

These questions typically begin with, “tell me about a time…” Your aim is to have the candidate explain past situations and how they handled them. Try to customize the question to accurately represent situations they would encounter if they were to join your team. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict while working on a team. How did you handle that?
  • Tell us about a time when you did not meet a customer’s expectations. What happened, and how did you attempt to rectify the situation?
  • When you’re working with a large number of customers, it can be difficult to deliver excellent service to them all. How do you go about prioritizing your customers’ needs?
  • Tell me about a time you failed. How did you deal with the situation?
  • Explain a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities.
  • Tell us about a successful presentation you gave and why you think it was a hit.
  • Describe your proudest professional accomplishment.

Personalized questions

Questions that directly relate to a candidate’s resume and experience will always reveal a lot about them and how they’ll function at your company. Try asking them to expand on statistics listed on their resume. Additionally, choose projects they’ve worked on that are especially pertinent to the role they’re interviewing for and ask them to elaborate.

We encourage you to continue asking personalized interview questions throughout your entire meeting. If something a candidate says sparks your interest, don’t be afraid to follow up and ask for more information.

Application questions

Every company and every team has unique situations that your employees run into. Be sure to ask your candidates real-world application questions that could be a part of their everyday life if they secure this job. Maybe there’s a project that your team is currently brainstorming. Ask the candidate about their ideas or how they would approach that particular situation.

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Why Summer is a Great Time to Hire

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Can you believe it’s already June? The days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer. In fact, June 21st is the first day of summer. It’s a common misconception that summertime is a notorious slow season for hiring. But in today’s job market, this simply isn’t true. Don’t believe us? Check out the Johnson Search Group job board. We have dozens of exciting opportunities across the United States.

It’s time to officially get this myth out of your head! Here are a few reasons why summer is a great time for hiring, for both candidates looking for opportunities and employers searching for new talent.

For candidates looking for new opportunities

Now is a perfect time to hit the job search hard. The unemployment rate is at a 50-year low of 3.7 percent and there are still more jobs than available workers to fill them. Today’s market is definitely a candidate-driven one! There are plenty of fantastic opportunities to choose from. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 7.5 million job openings.

June is the sixth month of the year. In other words, if you see a job posted, it’s more than likely a critical position. That means these roles are essential to the operations of the employer, and thus, they will likely make a decision quickly. Additionally, many people are out on vacations and not even thinking about new opportunities. That’s great for you if you’re on the job hunt! You have less competition out there fighting for the same job opportunities you are applying for.

As a prospective candidate, now is a fantastic time to find the next step in your career. Don’t let this summertime myth derail your job search.

For employers searching for new hires

As employers, we know how you feel, it’s summer. Employees in every department are out of the office taking vacations or enjoying “summer Fridays.” During this time, it can be difficult to get everyone together to form a panel interview or make a hiring decision. However, regardless of the season, you can’t drag your feet when it comes to hiring in this candidate-driven market. You just need to be a little more flexible.

Candidates are only on the job market for an average of 17 days. This means you need to streamline your hiring process to fit within this timeline. This will help you secure the best talent on the market and save money. On average, an open position is costing your company $4,129 every 42 days. The cost of vacancies really starts to add up when you have multiple positions open. So being forced to make quick hiring decisions may actually save your department money and fill your critical needs efficiently.

The stereotype of summer being a difficult hiring season simply isn’t true. Don’t let this age-old myth postpone your hiring needs. Take advantage of your competitors that are buying into this misconception and fill those hiring needs in this busy labor market.

And if your team is struggling this summer to find the talent you need, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Partner with a recruiter that specializes in your industry and streamline your hiring process.

How To Attract Millennial Talent To Your Organization

How To Attract Millennial Talent To Your Organization

How To Attract Millennial Talent To Your Organization

Many well-established companies find themselves with a new problem these days: how to attract fresh talent with new skill sets and new ideas. By 2025, Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. Organizations are now having to change their approach to attract and retain these young candidates. So what can your team do to secure this majority workforce? Here are a few dos and don’ts for hiring Millennials.

Don’t Go Overboard On “Years Of Experience Required”

A long list of requirements is a huge reason that companies miss out on extremely talented candidates. While the Millennial generation might not have 3-5 years of experience, they bring a host of other skills to the table. Consider things like modern education, internship experience, and self-education. Younger candidates may be able to prove value beyond strictly years of experience. Leave the job description as simple as possible. Then, during the interview, you can determine if the candidate will be a good fit.

Paint A Picture Of Company Culture Throughout The Interview Process

Millennials like to know what they’re getting themselves into. By showing them the culture of the company and team early on, they start to picture themselves fitting in. One of our favorite ways to do this is by getting your whole department involved. When a candidate comes on site, show them the workspace and have them meet with other team members. Be sure to include any fun events or extracurriculars you participate in. These can range from the occasional team happy hour, to holiday parties, to how you get involved in the community.

Think About Offers Holistically

Younger generations prioritize holistic offer packages. This means they’re looking for benefits like comprehensive healthcare, generous paid time off, and flexible work-life balance. Competitive salaries are still essential to a great candidate offer. Millennials just desire much more than just a steady paycheck. In fact, the average Millennial is willing to take an annual pay cut of $7,600 for a more desirable work environment. The companies that are currently winning the talent war go out of their way to take care of their employees.

Don’t Incorporate Slang Into Professional Settings

It has been proven that businesses using slang is a huge turn off for young professionals. They view it as insincere and inauthentic, and it comes across as force-fed. While this talent market may be young, they still want to be treated with respect! Keep your job descriptions and communication professional.

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How Good is Today’s Job Market?

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You’ve read the news and seen the reports. The labor market is competitive. But is today’s job market really as strong as people think it is? The short answer is yes! Here’s a brief overview of today’s job market and how to navigate it if you’re an employer.

According to LinkedIn’s May Workforce Report, gross hiring in the United States was 7.4 percent higher in April 2019 than in the year prior. And we are also experiencing an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, which is a near 50-year low.

The labor market is really strong, and some industries are more competitive than others. To put this in perspective, the three industries Johnson Search Group specializes in (Mining & Heavy Industrial, Banking, and Healthcare) have all seen tremendous growth over the last 12 months.

Mining

The Mining & Energy industry has come back to life in recent years. Over the last year alone, the number of unemployed mining professionals has been cut in half from 39,000 to roughly 17,000 people. Moreover, year-over-year growth in the Mining & Energy industry is 4.9 percent. And over the last two months, the growth has been 2.2 percent, from April to May. In April 2019, the unemployment rate in Mining was just 2.4 percent, well below the nation’s average.

Banking & Finance

In April 2019, there were 12,000 Banking & Finance jobs created. And over the last 12 months, 110,000 jobs were generated in the industry. Average hourly earnings in the industry have also risen over the past year from $34.46 an hour to $35.53. The unemployment rate in this sector is well below the national average at 2.1 percent. The Banking & Finance industry has a 7.7 percent growth year-over-year.

Healthcare

263,000 Healthcare jobs were added in April 2019, overshadowing the average monthly gains of 213,000 for the last 12 months. Not surprisingly, the Healthcare industry has continued to grow rapidly over the year. The industry experienced year-over-year growth of 7.5 percent over the last 12 months. And this growth will keep climbing. Healthcare became the largest U.S. employer in 2018, and by 2026, the industry will add nearly 4.0 million jobs.

How to navigate this market

With how competitive the market is, it can be difficult to find the talent your team needs. It’s a candidate’s market and employers cannot afford to drag their feet when making hiring decisions. You must move quickly to ensure you secure top talent.

Have you ever thought of the costs incurred from a vacancy on your team? There are several hidden costs associated with unfilled positions at your organization. According to SHRM, the average open position takes 42 days to fill at a cost of $4,129. The cost of vacancies can certainly add up as good employees take advantage of this hot job market and move onto other opportunities. Many of our clients are incurring these indirect costs and don’t even realize the financial impact of unfilled positions.

If you find yourself in this same boat, have you thought of partnering with a recruiter? A recruiting company, like Johnson Search Group, will help you find the qualified talent your team needs quickly and help you mitigate these costs. We have a huge network of great candidates ready to make a move and make an immediate impact on your organization. Let’s have a conversation and help you fill some of those vacant positions.