Writing Your Cinderella-Story Thank You Note

Posted by Kathi Guiney on July 26, 2017, Recruitment and Retention | No Comments

Interviewing is a lot like the Cinderella story. You get all dressed up, go to the big event, dance your finest, and hope the shoe fits at the end. You want to make a regal impression on your interviewers, but instead of leaving a tiny glass slipper, you want to leave a thank you note, perfectly crafted and unique to you. How can you write a note worthy of a royal chase? (more…)


Why You Should Ask Weird Interview Questions

Posted by Kathi Guiney on October 26, 2016, Recruitment and Retention | No Comments

“You have one hundred people about to arrive for an event when someone spills an entire can of maroon paint across the main entrance. What do you do?”

This was an actual question heard at a recent job interview. A little strange, right? (more…)


How to Masterfully Tell Job Candidates “No Thank You”

Posted by Kathi Guiney on October 19, 2016, Recruitment and Retention | No Comments

Let’s be real—recruitment is not a statistically great process. It’s great because at the end of a hiring process, we hiring managers and HR professionals get one shiny, happy candidate ready to bring skills and promise to our organization . . . and then we have to tell one hundred other candidates that their skills and promise just weren’t the best fit. It’s not fun, but a tactful rejection has to be delivered to protect your company’s brand across every interaction, especially to the people who want to be a part of your organization! As you say good-bye to them during the hiring process, the “no thank you” is your last opportunity to build a positive relationship with them. (more…)


Does Your Ideal Candidate Need a College Degree?

Posted by Kathi Guiney on October 4, 2016, Recruitment and Retention | No Comments

Degree inflation. It’s why college graduates are working at McDonald’s—because their degrees aren’t as rare as they once were. In fact, a record number of young Americans (more than one third) hold at least a bachelor’s degree, with all types of degrees earned on the rise. When it comes to job requirements, a bachelor’s degree is the new high-school diploma, and a masters’ degree is the new bachelor’s. It has gotten tougher for non-degreed workers to find good jobs because employers still use education as a solid predictor of job performance. But is it? (more…)


How to Talk About Your Bad Boss in a Job Interview

Posted by Kathi Guiney on September 14, 2016, Recruitment and Retention | No Comments

We’ve all had a boss we, to put it nicely, didn’t get along with. That explains why half of us have quit a job solely to get away from a bad boss, and as many as three-quarters of us aren’t feeling our current supervisor. In those situations, it makes sense to look for a new job. Unfortunately that bad boss has a way of hanging over your head as you seek out greener cubicles, in questions such as, “Why did you leave your last job?” and “What would your last boss say about you?” Common sense says you shouldn’t unload about how your boss exasperatedly “couldn’t find you” whenever you used the restroom. But you need to have a plan to talk about your boss while making a good impression on your prospective new employer. (more…)


How to Encourage an Overeager New Employee

Posted by Kathi Guiney on August 31, 2016, Recruitment and Retention | No Comments

Your newest employee, Jacob, is fresh out of college and super eager to make a name at your company (he said so a half-dozen times in his interview). He’s a real go-getter, good at his job and always asking to take on more, more, more. And you’ve been happy to oblige with special projects and challenges when you’ve been able. But the thing is, there just isn’t any more to offer right now except the day-to-day grind of Jacob’s regular duties. And in an entry-level position, those duties may not be all that exciting for a young and eager mind. (more…)


The Best Tips to Write Great Online Job Descriptions

Posted by Kathi Guiney on August 25, 2016, Recruitment and Retention | No Comments

Your online job descriptions should be informative in all the right ways, to attract the right candidates. But what many hiring managers overlook: job descriptions used for recruitment should also be inspiring or intriguing. How else will you attract applicants that both fit your qualifications and your company culture? After all, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy (and a dull company). So guess who will be responding to your ads? (more…)


5 Tips to Retain Your Best Employees

Posted by Kathi Guiney on August 9, 2016, Recruitment and Retention | No Comments

Whether you’re a Human Resources professional or a small-business owner, you work hard selecting the right team for your company. That’s why it’s so painful to see a good employee go! Natural attrition will happen from things like relocation, staying home to parent, or returning to school full-time. But the turnover that hurts the most is employees who leave for work-related reasons: noncompetitive compensation, management issues, lack of advancement opportunities. Not only is this turnover expensive, but it also decreases morale and productivity, and what’s worse—turnover encourages turnover when people start believing the grass is greener. (more…)


How to Attract Recent College Graduates to Your Company

Posted by Kathi Guiney on July 27, 2016, Recruitment and Retention | No Comments

Why hello, mid-summer! Yes you are hot, and your Disneyland queues are ridiculously long. But you also bring good news, at least if you’re a company looking to hire: recent college grads are returning from their beach vacations and adventures abroad. That post-education elation is out of their system, and they’re ready to find a long-term home for their talent. Wouldn’t it be great if they settled in at your company? (more…)


How to Impress in Your First Job

Posted by Kathi Guiney on July 20, 2016, Recruitment and Retention | No Comments

In the last YES! Your Human Resources Solution blog, we shared tips for recent college grads to find a job. If you’ve been lucky enough to complete a lifetime of school and land a great job before summer’s end, fantastic and good for you! But you should know, the career world is a different animal from the college world. You can’t stay up all night cramming for your all-staff presentation, and you can’t cruise by with a C because it’s as much a passing grade as an A. You have to bring your A-game to your first job because, as they say, You only have one chance to make a first impression. And that first impression will set the stage for the rest of your career. (more…)