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Tips to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Resume Review Process

Posted by  Cassandra Walter

Tips to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Resume Review Process

The hiring process can be long and taxing. The part of the process that seems to be the least favorite for recruiters is the resume review. That’s not surprising, though; recruiters spend hours sifting through hundreds of resumes with varying formats and information. It can easily become overwhelming.

Furthermore, research shows that resume reviews are less valid and less reliable compared to other processes like structured interviews or assessments. Something that may stick out as a red flag may in fact not be as big of a concern, but you may have already tossed the resume and moved on. Yet, reviewing resumes continue to be a very common step in the hiring process. So, if we are going to continue to use resume screens, how can we make the process more efficient? 


What Makes a Great Leader? It Depends On Your Organization

Posted by  Trevor McGlochlin

iStock-637080884.jpgThere is more to a job than just winning. A great example of a leader who came to that realization is David Blatt. In January of 2016, Blatt was coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team of the NBA. In the middle of the season, while his team was leading the Eastern Conference with an impressive record of 30-11 (30 wins and 11 losses), he was fired. The general manager, David Griffin, explained that the separation was due to a lack of fit. A coach who performs at the highest level and is successful based on, arguably, the most important objective metric in professional sports (wins), can still lose his job. Maybe winning isn’t everything after all.


Warning: This Job is Not Perfect (Realistic Job Previews Can Help)

Posted by  Bekah Regan

You know that game, White Elephant, that some people play around the holidays? Basically, everyone wraps up something inexpensive (or free – if it’s lying around your house), each person is assigned a number, and the person with the number one gets to pick the first gift. Those beautifully wrapped presents have so much promise! But when you open one, it’s just someone else’s junk: a pair of socks they never wore, a useless kitchen gadget, or old knick-knacks. Although this game can be quite amusing, you don’t want your hiring process to feel like a game of white elephant.


Ask the Expert: How Important Is Industry Experience When Hiring Leaders?

Posted by  Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.

ask-an-expert.jpgEditor's Note: This post is a question that we often receive from clients. We decided to have Select's Manager of Product Development, Amie Lawrence, Ph.D., give a detailed answer.


I have a couple of hiring managers who reject all leadership candidates who do not have experience in our specific industry. The problem is that we work in a niche industry and finding experienced candidates can be challenging. How important is industry experience when hiring leaders?

Dr. Lawrence's Answer:


How a Job Analysis Can Help Your Startup Hire the Best Talent

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

startup-hiring.jpgDepending on where you live, new companies might pop up faster than you can imagine. Startup companies have big challenges. They need to establish themselves as a solid business, differentiate themselves from other companies, grow financially, the list goes on and on.

Once startups get a firm footing and are poised for expansion, the next challenge is actually hiring new talent. When you’re adding positions and human capital to startups, you need to be very strategic in your approach. You are in a position to bring in top talent that reflects your ideal company culture. The right hires will set your company up for success in the future. This means you need to develop a robust hiring process to recruit, identify, and retain high-quality individuals.

A job analysis is the core of every selection process. This analysis gathers detailed information on the required knowledge, skills, behaviors, and traits for the position you’re hiring for. Job analyses typically involve direct observation and detailed discussions with higher performing incumbents.


Do You Have a Clearly Defined "Scoring System" for Your Hiring Process?

Posted by  Lance Andrews

fantasy-football-scoring.jpgThis is Part 2 in our blog series about how fantasy football can improve your hiring process. Click here to read Part 1.

We're six weeks into the NFL season, and for fantasy football enthusiasts, you're about half-way through your regular season. With 6 games out of the way, this is the time when struggling fantasy owners are moving out of full-panic mode and into excuse-making mode. You're either bragging about your drafting prowess and taunting your fellow owners on the message boards or completely silent and trying to avoid ridicule. Yes, this is when owners either celebrate or second-guess their draft preparation strategy.


How to Successfully Add a Production Simulation to Your Hiring Process

Posted by  Connie Gentry

manufacturing-worker.jpgAs selection systems and employer’s hiring needs continue to evolve, pre-employment tools such as realistic job previews and hands-on work simulations are becoming more prevalent. This is a trend that we especially tend to see in the manufacturing sector. Exercises or “production simulations” allow employers to get a concrete measure of a candidate’s ability to effectively perform the same type of tasks that they would be performing on the job.

Having been involved in the development and design of many custom production simulations, Select International Project Consultant, Eli Castruita, knows firsthand the amount of planning, resources, and costs that go into making an effective production simulation. Below, Eli has outlined 5 essential steps that employers should consider when contemplating the addition of a production simulation to their hiring process.


How (And Why) to Increase Organizational Diversity

Posted by  Greg Kedenburg

organizational-diversity.jpgIncreasing diversity seems to be a goal shared by most companies these days. The concept of rounding out your workforce by adding more diverse employees is not a new one, but the recent surge in the number of companies claiming to be committed to diversity raises the question of how many of them are truly invested in the cause and how many are promoting the idea, but not taking appropriate steps to become a diverse workforce. Unfortunately, some organizations do fall into the latter category, adding ‘Diversity’ to their list of corporate values, but not taking the right steps to achieve diversity.

These organizations are missing out because there are direct, demonstrable benefits to increasing a workforce’s diversity. There are many companies that genuinely strive to make themselves more diverse, but the process behind this transition is not always clear or obvious. Below are some steps that can help guide the introduction of diversification efforts into a workplace.


5 Ways to Reduce Turnover in Jobs With Notoriously High Turnover

Posted by  Connie Gentry

job_turnover.jpgCertain positions across a variety of industries tend to be notorious for high turnover, resulting in a revolving door of employees. The impact that this has on the business can be steep, including frustrated managers and coworkers, poor customer service, and lost productivity – all things that affect a company’s bottom line. Chances are you’ve held a job, at some point, that you considered to be undesirable for one reason or another, and made the decision that it wasn’t worth the aggravation and moved on to greener pastures.

Historically, some positions with the highest industry turnover include:


4 Best Practices to Designing an Effective Hiring Process

Posted by  Tracey Tafero, Ph.D.

hiring_process.jpgAre you looking for that one answer- what is the “right” way to design an employee hiring process? Well, there isn’t necessarily one “right” way, as the best hiring process for a given position will depend on a number of different aspects related to that specific position, your hiring needs, and the available labor pool. However, there are a number of best practices that apply across the board:


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