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Candidate Interviewing

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Quiz: Test Your Interviewing Knowledge

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Written by Kristina Kelly, iHire

Are your candidate interview practices driving the right hiring decisions? See how well you know interview best practices in this quick, 10-question quiz!

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How to Conduct a Stress Interview

Written by Erin Coursey, iHire

Stress interviews can be an effective way to find the right hire for a high-pressure position. Learn more about the pros and cons of this interview tactic.

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The Structured Situational Interview Explained

Written by Erin Coursey, iHire

Read up on the structured situational interview, find out why it works, and check out some hypothetical interview questions from the experts at iHire.

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5 Keys to a Successful Resume-Based Interview

Written by Erin Coursey, iHire

Before conducting a resume-based interview, learn the difference between traditional and behavioral interview questions.

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Essential Panel Interview Tips for Hiring Top Talent

Written by Erin Coursey, iHire

Panel interviews streamline recruiting, guard against biases, and improve the overall hiring process. Read these tips for conducting a panel interview.

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4 Interview Mistakes That Cost You Top Candidates

Written by Lisa Shuster, PeopleWorks

Are you committing critical interview mistakes? Learn the right way to interview and increase your chances of hiring great candidates.

Engagement and Retention

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7 Work Perks for the 21st Century

Written by Kristina Kelly, iHire

To recruit and retain top talent, employers must provide something unique and valuable beyond health insurance, profit-sharing options, or even a competitive salary. Here are a few ideas to get started.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Offer Volunteer Time Off

Written by Kelsey Hawkins, Guest Author

Does your company have a volunteer time off program? Giving your staff VTO showcases corporate social responsibility and helps retain staff. Learn more.

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Is the Grass Really Greener on the Other Side? How to Reduce Employee Turnover

Written by Kristina Kelly, iHire

How can you keep employees on board for the long haul? Calculate your staff turnover rate and learn how to retain top talent.

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Modern Talent Management: The Key to Retaining Millennials

Written by Christian Golden, Guest Author

Unsure how to retain today’s millennial workforce? Learn how the right talent management strategy can help, even when rapid turnover is the new normal.

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10 Creative Employee Retention Ideas

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

Unemployment is at record lows and workers are quitting their jobs at alarming rates. Keep your A-Players with these creative employee retention ideas.

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Employee Disengagement: The Costly Problem You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Written by Freddie Rohner, iHire

Learn how to uncover the signs of employee disengagement and battle low employee morale.

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Want to Improve Recruitment and Employee Retention? Start with Work-Life Balance.

Written by Lisa Shuster, PeopleWorks

Promoting work-life balance can positively impact your business’ overall health, employee retention capabilities, and talent acquisition efforts. Find out how to help your team members balance their professional responsibilities and personal obligations.

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10 Great Ways to Recognize Employees – For Free!

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

A look at some creative ideas for recognizing great team members, improving employee morale, and rewarding staff without spending a dime.

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Engaging & Retaining the Millennial Workforce

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

What hiring professionals need to know about hiring and retaining millennials in the workforce today.

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10 Tips to Relieve Work-Related Stress

Written by Freddie Rohner, iHire

Need relief from your work-related stress? From the experts at iHire, this list of 10 stress relief techniques can help.

Screening and Background Checks

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4 Disadvantages of Social Media Recruitment That Will Make You Reconsider How You Screen Candidates

Written by Freddie Rohner, iHire

Find out how companies use social media to recruit and learn the disadvantages of social media recruitment from a quality and compliance standpoint.

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A Guide to Checking Candidate References

Written by Erin Coursey, iHire

Which is better, calling references or contacting references by email? Answer this question and more in our guide to checking references.

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5 Types of Pre-Employment Tests & How to Use Them

Written by Erin Coursey, iHire

Learn more about pre-screening tests for employment and review the 5 most common types of pre-employment tests.

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How to Spot Resume Lies & Guard Against Lying Applicants

Written by Lisa Shuster, PeopleWorks

Learn how to spot resume lies and determine if the candidate with the impressive credentials is actually a lying applicant.

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Telephone Reference Checking Template [Free Download]

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

Checking references is an arduous but critical step in the applicant screening and hiring processes, and our reference checking template will help to ensure you do it the right way each time.

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5 Tips for a Successful Social Media Screening Strategy

Written by Erin Coursey, iHire

Interested in harnessing social media to help screen job applicants and identify top talent? These five tips will help you build your strategy.

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30 Applicant Prescreening Question Ideas You Can Use Today

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

Applicant prescreening questions can be major time savers in the hiring process. By asking potential candidates to answer a few questions along with submitting their resume and/or cover letter, you can get a better idea of who your top contenders are (and aren’t) at a glance.

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Applicant Screening Checklist

Written by Lisa Shuster, PeopleWorks

We know you have a lot on your plate, and applicant screening can be a lengthy process. Our job applicant screening checklist can help!

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Find the Right Hire: How to Review Candidate Resumes and Applications

Written by Lisa Shuster, PeopleWorks

The hiring process can be incredibly time consuming. Most recruiters and hiring managers don’t have a lot of time to spare, and the prospect of reviewing hundreds of resumes can seem downright daunting. The good news is that being planful with your recruiting efforts can make the candidate review process much more efficient and enable you to hire your next great team member!

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4 Reasons To Run Background Checks

Written by GoodHire

Hiring is one of the riskiest decisions a hiring manager or business owner makes. Read about a few of the reasons why background checks are so important.

Employer Branding and Company Culture

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7 Work Perks for the 21st Century

Written by Kristina Kelly, iHire

To recruit and retain top talent, employers must provide something unique and valuable beyond health insurance, profit-sharing options, or even a competitive salary. Here are a few ideas to get started.

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5 Brands Who Have Nailed Their Digital Recruitment Collateral

Written by Kayleigh Alexandra, MicroStartups

Struggling to take your digital recruitment collateral to the next level? Check out these recruitment campaign examples for inspiration.

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8 Ways to Turn Your Employees into Brand Advocates

Written by Lisa Shuster, PeopleWorks

Want to strengthen your employer branding and recruitment marketing efforts? Turn your current employees into brand advocates. We’ll show you how.

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Find Top Talent and Save Money with Employer Branding

Written by Erin Coursey, iHire

Employer branding is a cost-effective way to boost your company’s reputation and attract top talent. Learn how to make it work for your business.

Onboarding

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Enhance Employee Onboarding with Social Media

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

If you're not taking advantage of social media to help your employee onboarding program, you're missing out but these tips can help.

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7 Ideas to Enhance Your Onboarding Process

Written by Freddie Rohner, iHire

Helpful advice for employers who want to ensure new hires are properly prepared when they begin work.

Budgeting and Planning

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How to Calculate Cost per Hire

Written by Freddie Rohner, iHire

Keeping track of hiring costs is vital, so learn how to calculate cost per hire and create your own recruitment cost calculator from the experts at iHire.

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Know Your Source of Hire: 3 Solutions to the Applicant Attribution Problem

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

In today’s candidate market, you need to know your best sources of hire. Read this article to learn how to improve your tracking and recruiting ROI.

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Determining Salary for a New Employee? Read These Tips.

Written by Lisa Shuster, PeopleWorks

Many organizations “wing it” when it comes to determining salary for a new employee, but that approach can backfire and result in you losing your top candidates. Follow these steps to help guide your decision making when it comes to new hire compensation.

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Get the Most out of Your Recruiting Budget with These 5 Tips

Written by Freddie Rohner, iHire

There are a number of cost-effective approaches you can use to streamline your company’s hiring process and maximize your recruiting budget. Learn the best way to allocate your resources and attract top-notch talent.

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Get Control of Your Recruiting Budget in 3 Steps

Written by Freddie Rohner, iHire

Putting together a detailed recruiting budget may seem daunting, but following these three steps can help you improve the way you plan and manage your staffing operation.

Recruitment Marketing and Candidate Experience

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7 Work Perks for the 21st Century

Written by Kristina Kelly, iHire

To recruit and retain top talent, employers must provide something unique and valuable beyond health insurance, profit-sharing options, or even a competitive salary. Here are a few ideas to get started.

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Talent Pipeline Management: 5 Candidate Engagement Ideas

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

Successful talent pipeline management requires continual candidate nurturing. Check out these 5 candidate engagement ideas.

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How to Respond to Job Applicants the Right Way

Written by Freddie Rohner, iHire

Communicating with job applicants shouldn’t be hard, so make it easier! Improve candidate response rates and candidate experience with these three tips.

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Recruitment Marketing: Finding Talent in a Candidate-Driven Market

Written by Freddie Rohner, iHire

Learn why recruitment marketing is key to talent acquisition in a candidate-driven market and needs to be part of your recruiting plan.

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How to Build a Candidate Pipeline in 4 Steps

Written by Erin Coursey, iHire

Do you know how to build a candidate pipeline? Take your recruiting strategy to the next level with our guide to creating a pool of qualified talent.

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The Right Way to Treat Rejected Candidates

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

“I can’t wait to reject these applicants!” said no hiring manager ever. Candidate rejection can be a difficult and sensitive task, and it’s critical to know how to reject a candidate without burning bridges or providing a negative experience.

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6 Ways to Provide a Great Candidate Experience

Written by Freddie Rohner, iHire

Here are six strategies that you can implement to enhance your company’s candidate experience and generate interest from the right kinds of professionals.

Job Ad Writing

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Writing Effective Job Ads to Get the Applicants You Want

Written by Erin Coursey, iHire

Read this guide to learn how to write a compelling, excitement-generating job ad that will attract the right talent for your company.

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3 Ways Your Job Ad Is Confusing Applicants

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

The last thing you want your job ad to do is confuse potential applicants. Find out if you're making these three mistakes.

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Want to Attract Top Talent? Start with SEO.

Written by Freddie Rohner, iHire

Implementing SEO for job posts can be a bit intimidating, but these tips can help! Learn how to use keywords and optimize your job posting's landing page, as well as the importance of mobile and voice search.

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Why Isn’t Anyone Applying to My Job Ad?

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

If your job ad isn't generating the response you had hoped, follow these six steps to win over job seekers and increase your application rate.

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Job Ad Template: Attract Top Talent

Written by iHire

Simplify the process of finding your next great hire with this quick and easy job ad template, complete with step-by-step building blocks and examples.

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7 Keys to a Compelling Job Ad

Written by iHire

Writing a compelling and informative job ad is a critical step to getting great responses.

Hiring Advice

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What is OFCCP?

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Written by Sarah Ballow, iHire

Are you a federal contractor/subcontractor planning to hire personnel? Read this quick guide to OFCCP compliance and the internet applicant rule.

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10 Best Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Interns

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Written by Sarah Ballow, iHire

These best practices for recruiting and retaining interns will help you find an intern that's right for you and develop a successful internship program.

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5 Tips to Help You Build A Strategic Small Business Hiring Plan

Written by Kayleigh Alexandra, MicroStartups

Wondering how to grow a small business? These 5 tips will help you create a smart small business hiring plan so you can manage your recruitment properly.

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How to Avoid Being Ghosted by Candidates: 5 Tips and Tricks

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

Getting stood up by job seekers? Job ghosting and interview ghosting are on the rise. Learn how to avoid being ghosted by candidates.

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Purple Squirrel Recruiting Doesn’t Work

Written by Lisa Shuster, PeopleWorks

What is a unicorn employee? Are purple squirrels real? Find out if purple squirrel recruiting and hiring unicorns is actually worth the time and effort.

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Never Rush the Hiring Process: 6 Ways to Hire Slow and Hire Right

Written by Lisa Shuster, PeopleWorks

Time is of the essence in recruiting, but you should never rush the hiring process. Learn why you should hire slow and tips for hiring the right candidate.

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The 5 Types of Hiring Biases That Could Be Ruining Your Recruiting Operation

Written by Erin Coursey, iHire

Find out how to recognize and remove the 5 most common types of hiring biases that could be keeping you from adding top talent to your team.

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When HR and Hiring Managers Disagree: How to Work it Out and Hire the Right Candidate

Written by Lisa Shuster, PeopleWorks

HR and hiring managers don’t always agree on the right person to hire. Here’s how to resolve your differences and meet your hiring goals.

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5 Great Reasons to Hire During the Holidays

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

Actively hiring during the holidays is pointless, right? Think again! With less competition, an extremely dedicated candidate pool, and a chance to start the New Year ahead of the game, November and December are great months to hire.

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Hiring & Managing Millennials: Key Tips All Employers Should Know

Written by Freddie Rohner, iHire

Regardless of what you may think about millennials, they've become the largest generation in the workforce and their influence on the economy will only continue to grow. Learn all you need to know about hiring and managing the millennial generation.

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3 Simple Ways to Attract Passive Candidates

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

When you have a hard-to-fill position open on your team, recruiting can feel like finding a needle in a haystack these days. Focusing your efforts on active job seekers alone won’t cut it anymore. You have to recruit passive candidates as well.

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Find the Right Resumes: Boolean Search 101

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

Learn the basics of Boolean search to eliminate the frustrations of searching a resume database and finding the right candidates.

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Can Your Company Afford the Cost of a Bad Hire?

Written by Freddie Rohner, iHire

A brief look at the risks involved with poor hiring practices, the far-reaching impact of hiring mistakes, and the total cost of a bad hire.

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How to Make an HR Process Poster [INFOGRAPHIC]

Written by Sara McGuire, Venngage

Use visuals to your advantage by communicating important HR processes and procedures with an infographic.

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Cash or Golf Clubs? How Should You Reward Employee Referrals?

Written by Lisa Shuster, PeopleWorks

Learn about the pros and cons of using monetary and non-monetary rewards as part of an employee referral program.

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Create an Employee Referral Program in 5 Steps

Written by Freddie Rohner, iHire

Employee referrals are more cost-effective than traditional hiring. Read on to learn how to launch your own employee referral program.

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Everything You Need to Know About XML Feeds

Written by Erin Schwartz, iHire

Find out how you can use an XML feed to promote your company's open positions and make posting job ads a breeze.

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10 Surefire Ways to Sabotage Your Referral Program

Written by Lisa Shuster, PeopleWorks

Employee referral programs deliver quality hires, but that doesn't mean it's easy. Here are 10 common mistakes that can ruin your staff referral initiative.

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Why You Should Be Using Culture-Based Recruiting

Written by Erin Coursey, iHire

Culture-based recruiting can increase the quality of your new hires, reduce turnover, and slash costs. Here's why it should be part of your hiring plan.

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6 Reasons Why Referrals Make Great Hires

Written by Natalie Winzer, iHire

Employee referrals are a great source of high-quality talent because these hires are more cost-effective, better culture fits, and can transition faster.

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Tips and Tricks for Finding the Right Intern for Your Company

Written by Erin Coursey, iHire

A guide for employers interested in hiring interns that includes tips to attract top talent and maximize return on investment.

Letter and Email Templates

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3 Job Offer Templates Every Hiring Manager Needs

Written by Erin Coursey, iHire

Save time by using these sample job offer letter templates or learn what’s included in a job offer letter and write your own official job offers.

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Verbal Job Offers: Snag Top Candidates before the Competition

Written by Erin Coursey, iHire

Don't let great candidates get away! Call your potential new hire with a verbal job offer to prevent them from accepting a position at another company.

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Employee Referral Email Template

Written by iHire

Tap into the goldmine at your organization by sending current employees this sample referral email template with information about your current open position.

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Acknowledgement of Application Template

Written by iHire

Adapt this sample acknowledgement of application for your purposes and respond to job applicants quickly and easily.

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Interview Invitation Template

Written by iHire

Congratulations on discovering some strong applicant talent! Complete this sample interview invitation and get ready to meet your next great hire.

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Application Rejection Letter Template

Written by iHire

Sample professional rejection letter for responding to candidates whose resumes don’t make the cut for your current open position.

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Letter of Interest Template

Written by iHire

Uncover some top-notch talent? Take the first step toward making your next great hire with this letter of interest template.

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Follow up Letter of Interest Template

Written by iHire

Plug your information into this simple follow up letter of interest template to reach out to nonresponsive job seekers to set up an interview.