Archive for August 2017

Predictive analytics becoming more popular in recruitment

SHRM has long been keeping the pulse of the recruitment space, following trends and predicting the future direction of the industry. Recent surveying they’ve highlighted has shown one area to be slowly, but significantly, shifting: predictive analytics. What are predictive analytics? Sas.com defines it as: “The use of data, statistical algorithms and machine learning techniques to identify…

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Study: How long does it take to hire?

Glassdoor recently released a new study on the length of time it takes for companies to hire new employees. For this analysis, Glassdoor looked at 83,921 interview reviews shared anonymously on their website from 25 countries with at least 100 reviews between January 1, 2017 to June 13, 2017, in which job seekers recorded the length of…

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The boss, not the workload, causes workplace depression

The old axiom, “people don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses”, is one that’s often heard. It’s not just anecdotal, though. There seems to be some solid science to back it up. A Danish study indicates that a heavy workload has no effect on whether or not employees become depressed. Instead, it is the work environment and the…

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July 2017 employment: US adds 209,000 jobs

According to ‘The Employment Situation‘ report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the United States decreased 0.1% to 4.3%, while the economy added 209,000 jobs, in July. The report also indicated that the number of unemployed persons in the U.S. remained stable at 7.0 million. Employment…

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What's your favorite interview question and why?

We’re a team that loves to learn. Engaging with other HR and screening professionals always presents us with tips, strategies, and learnings from the wider screening community. Recently, we stumbled across the Reddit thread: What’s your favorite interview question and why? This conversation offered up some great question ideas for the hiring process – we wanted…

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Georgia Congressman introduces welfare drug testing legislation

Last month, Georgia Congressman Earl Carter introduced legislation that would allow states to conduct drug tests for Unemployment Insurance applicants. The Ensuring Quality in the Unemployment Insurance Program (EQUIP) Act was introduced by Carter on July 20, and would allow states to require anyone receiving Unemployment benefits insurance to take a substance abuse risk assessment. “The Unemployment…

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Survey: Background checks are now (almost) universal

survey from the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has found that almost all of the employers surveyed (96%!) claimed that their organizations performed employment background screening. It’s significant progress and exciting to see just how many employers understand the value that proper screening plays in their organization. Public safety was overwhelmingly cited as…

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University of California 'bans the box'

according to a news release. Instead, information about prior convictions will be requested during the background and reference check stage, after applicants have advanced to the final stage in the hiring process based on their qualifications, talents and skills. The policy will be implemented as early as October. “This change to UC’s hiring process creates…

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