Whether you’re hiring an entry-level sales associate, a seasoned software developer, or a talented hair stylist, one thing is almost certain: “years of experience required” is somewhere in the job description. This “measure” of knowledge and ability is frequently used to screen applicants. But does it tell you anything about a candidate’s future success on the job? Hiring managers have to digest a lot of information (read: thousands of resumes) in a short period of time, so they inevitably look for mental shortcuts to help them sift through their growing pile of applicants. Everyone looks for past work experience because…

Read More Experience: I do not think it means what you think it means

Four Steps to Screening Job Candidates Like a Boss Making the right hires may be the most important thing a company does. We all know the power of a great employee. A person whose personality is the right fit for your work culture and who has the skills to tackle everything you need them to do can turbocharge your productivity and make your workplace a better place to be. But looking for that person in a sea of resumes is like looking for a cube in two dimensional space. Companies like McKinsey and Google are able to find top talent…

Read More An Inside Look at HireArt Screening

According to an online survey entitled 10 Biggest Job Likes and Gripes of Employees from Glassdoor, the biggest job “like” listed by employees is the quality of their coworkers, but right after that is their happiness with their work environment. Since HireArt specializes in making sure companies are screening for the most enthusiastic, passionate, and committed employees, we thought we’d look closer at the perks and benefits that go into creating a great place to work. As a recent respondent to one of our own surveys put it, “We have jobs that are high pressure, intense, and fast-paced. We hire…

Read More Can I bring my dog to work?

In my career as a CEO and serial entrepreneur, I’ve found that one of the biggest challenges in hiring the right employee is to assess their mastery of what are called “soft skills.” These skills aren’t specific bullets, like the ability to write cross-platform mobile apps or create enticing SharePoint pages. Soft skills are the ability to communicate, work in a team, keep a positive attitude, and act like a professional. My guess is that there’s not a hiring manager out there that doesn’t have stories about candidates that looked great on paper but would never fit into the corporate…

Read More Use Video Interviews to Reveal Soft Skills

Meet Yong Zhao, the CEO of Junzi Kitchen.  Yong was looking for a CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) and had some challenges finding an employee who would fit well into his company’s startup culture.  Below is an excerpt from an interview with Yong, explaining his frustrations when looking for viable candidates:  “Everyone thinks that working for a startup means they’re working for the next Facebook.  They don’t realize that the ratio of wins to losses for new companies is not that great.  You really work for a startup because you love the life, not because you are going to be rich. …

Read More You sure you want to work for a startup?

I’m happy to announce a small—but hopefully useful—update to our employer interface: the ability to edit or change a job’s custom interview question. While this question has always been customizable, it could previously be changed only before the job had gone live on our site. Now it can be changed as often as desired, even after candidates have started applying to the job. When you submit a change to your custom question, we make sure to handle the update as gracefully as possible behind the scenes: New applicants will be given the new question (as expected) Applicants who are finished or in-progress will keep their original question…

Read More New for Employers: Change Your Custom Question

Today I’m happy to announce the release of a totally revamped employer interface. This batch of features is the culmination of almost two months of design, development,  and testing, with two overall goals: Organize and rework our existing features to make them easier to find and use. Give us room to implement the upcoming features in our development pipeline. The motivation for #1 should be pretty clear. We want to make finding and hiring good candidates as easy as possible, which means being able to set-up and manage a job with minimal effort. Unfortunately, with our previous interface, we found that the more features we added, the…

Read More New at HireArt: Revamped Interface for Employers

Most employers underestimate the importance of a well-written job description. Today the WSJ featured us in their article on writing better job descriptions. You can access the article here. We’ve gotten a few emails asking how to write a better job description. Here’s our brief advice: 1. Make it memorable: Make sure candidates remember your job even after they close the browser window. It can be funny, sweet, intellectual, or any other style as long as it stands out. 2. Speak to your audience: Writing a job description is much like writing marketing copy. Start by asking yourself “whom am…

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