3 Personality Traits You May Be Overlooking In Candidates You Hire

It has been found that at the time of interviewing new employees, the traits that are commonly avoided include disagreeableness, neuroticism and introversion.

This fact is reinstated through a published research in 2014 in the journal called Perspectives in Psychological Science, which reveals that out of the five popular personality traits, called the “Big Five”

(namely Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Openness, Neuroticism and Extroversion), the ones that are highly favored by most organizations include Conscientiousness and Agreeableness. (more…)

Talent Assessment: Effectively identifying your future leaders

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Talent assessment can be a wonderful tool. Especially so, if you as an employer seek to find great leadership qualities among the many applicants for a job. There is not much of a challenge for companies that only promote from within because the company can recognize its potential leaders through familiarity.

However, the organization may see a deficit in available leaders and may want to recruit possible leaders among the new lot of potential candidates they look to hire. One of the best tools to prepare future leaders is with the use of talent assessments. (more…)

5 Strategies to Innovate your Employee Performance Appraisals

Innovation_Performance_AppraisalsThe future of every company is directly tied to the quality of talent the organization is capable of attracting and the robustness of its employee retention strategies.

It is practically impossible to build a great company with mediocre talent. Unfortunately though, not every business leader takes employee attraction and retention strategy very seriously. Today, successful businesses are built on a solid culture of continuous innovation and extreme customer focus, both of which can only be delivered by highly talented people. (more…)

Why is it critical to have an employee off boarding program?

exit-618506_640 (1)Onboarding is a common practice used by companies to integrate a new employee into his or her position. This helps a new hire feel welcomed into the organization’s “family,” while also making sure that the company does not face unnecessary costs due to quick employee turnover.

By implementing a strong onboarding process, employees can become better acquainted with the organization’s culture, managers and overall goals. In return, the company can make sure that employees are continually engaged in their roles, which will ultimately result in higher productivity. (more…)

How to eliminate the bias from your recruitment process

diversity-1350043_640It’s nearly impossible to find any organization of repute now that doesn’t have some type of diversity initiative already in place. Particularly, the tech sector has faced a lot of criticism for its disproportionately and predominantly male, white and also Asian workforce.

This controversy has really sparked a very strong corporate response with most top organisations announcing their engagement to hiring more minorities, veterans, older employees and women.  (more…)

Popular psychometric testing myths that stop you from hiring the best

checklist-1766064_640Psychometric tests are popularly used to recruit and select the best performing talent. They help ascertain whether an individual or candidate is fit for a certain job profile depending on the outcome of the test.

It has been acknowledged as one of the best practices before recruitment as it is deemed to be an innovative approach to recruit staff for human capital expansion. Despite this, it has also received a lot of criticism based on various myths and objections. Here are some of these myths which may mislead you in your quest to hire the best candidate: (more…)

5 Compelling Reasons to use Psychometric tests for your hiring

Hiring_AssesssmentPsychometric tests are becoming increasingly popular nowadays. The Human Resources departments of most leading companies have made psychometric tests a mandatory part of their recruitment process.

It helps them to get deeper insights about the effectiveness and potential of the candidates as well as their suitability for the organisation. Add to this the fact that they are also very much affordable and you have an irresistible combination.  (more…)

Is artificial intelligence taking the guesswork out of hiring?

Artificial IntelligenceArtificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for a while now and has helped in making important decisions for business commerce and trade. It is now also helping the hiring process and making it easier for the Human Resources industry in recruiting new workers that fit the bill. A major challenge most companies face is diversity.

The Human Resources function is based on finding the right fit, developing and making talent align with the job as well as the organisation. Organisations are increasingly making use of AI to help eliminate all potential errors in their hiring, development and performance measurement initiatives. (more…)

3 Reasons for you to use anonymous employee feedback

Anonymous-FeedbackYour organization’s culture is not something that you can develop by sending out a memo. Often it is formed over the course of years of interactions between the various employees that make up the organization.

Company culture can often be an advantage that gives your business tremendous leverage over the competition. It can also be a disadvantage that holds your business back. How can you determine what your employees feel about the culture of your organization? (more…)

Talent Acquisition Process – 5 Innovative Practices to Simplify It

InnovativeIf we ask most HR Managers about the challenges and difficulties they have when looking for talent in mid and senior levels, they will have quite a few things to share.

They will talk about the lack of professionalism of candidates. Many times they also would express unhappiness about the way in which the candidates present themselves. Understanding and following the right talent acquisition process is therefore, a huge challenge for many HR managers. You can pep it up though with a few innovative practices.  (more…)

How to attract quality talent with positive employer branding

employees-1704059_1280 (1)Are you doing work that top professionals would want to be a part of? Is your work environment one that fosters growth and overall development? Are you able to provide better opportunities for your employees to excel on their terms?

All of these are questions that you need to be paying attention to attract quality talent to your firm. While the answers to these may be active, are you known for them?

Simply put, the main question is – how is your firm known in the job market? (more…)

360 Degree Feedback: An insightful approach to employee evaluation

feedback-360As people rise through the ranks and enter the world of senior management, it’s inevitable that they become a little detached from life on the office floor. There’s no way of staying on top of everything, and it quickly becomes a case of reporting by numbers.

No wonder then that one of the most common criticisms of management is that they’ve lost touch with the daily reality of life in the business.

So, why do we have 360-degree feedback? This concept has evolved from a need to increase both the frequency and quality of feedback to individual workers. It is more than the usual annual appraisal, where you visit the manager’s office to be told what you are doing well and how you can improve. (more…)

How to Create a Development Plan for HIPOs (High Potentials)

HIPOsEmployee development is crucial especially if the employees in questions are high potentials. HIPOs tend to know their abilities and are ready to move on to other organizations if they do not feel appreciated at work.

Having a plan makes it easy to maintain such employees, as there is a clear direction on how they can improve their skills and grow as the company grows. (more…)

4 Ways in which Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Human Resources

AI in HRBeing engaged in practically any form of business in the modern world demands a constant mindfulness about the new tech trends. Chances are that you are a person just like that and that you regularly keep in touch with all advancements in the HR domain. Often, the same field could appear relatively calm, especially when it is compared to things like IT development or some other dynamic area.

But, you are probably well aware that a huge new wave is about to enter the field of HR and potentially be a game changer like nothing seen in the previous decades, including the appearance of the widespread use of the internet.

Hiring for cultural fit: Is your prospective employee well aligned?

Cultural_fitYou wouldn’t attend a black tie event dressed in work clothes because you would be out-of-place about your surroundings.

Similarly, when it comes to interviewing for an open position, you need to assess how out-of-place a candidate may be about the workgroup, department, and organization in which the applicant will be working.

In other words, you need to assess a candidate’s fit, not just to the requirements of the position, but also to the cultural environment in which the position works. (more…)

Top HR related Challenges you will face in 2017

ChallengesThe year 2016 had its own set of emerging challenges. Human resources professionals had to deal with a wide range of responsibilities right from recruiting to retention. The year 2017 will be no different!

As a human resource practitioner, a role that requires you to constantly interact with your people as well as take charge of their training and development initiatives, here are some of the top HR related challenges that you may have to face: (more…)

Succession Planning: A comprehensive guide to build your leadership bench strength

Succession planningWhat if the owner of your organization suddenly passes away in a car accident? Have you decided who will take his position? Can you foresee any one from the next generation of leaders ready to fit into that role?

If the answer is no, your company would definitely face a crisis as there may be no potential candidate to take over or you might end up hiring an underqualified person for that role which may severely impact your business in the long run. (more…)

How to Increase the ‘Job Acceptance Rate’ Of the Talent You Select

Job acceptance rateWhile there is no doubt that getting a suitable job is a tough proposition; identifying, recruiting and retaining quality human resources is also an equally tough job.

Though there could be thousands of job-seekers out there, the onus lies on the recruiting companies to ensure that they are able to place the right employees at the right place, at the right time and for the right compensation. This is easier said than done. Many employers suffer from wrong selection of candidates and often the job acceptance rate does not meet the expected standards. (more…)

Are you using any of these 5 Employer Branding strategies

Employer BrandingEvery employer aspires to get the right candidates to perform the right job. The process of hiring encompasses several strategies. Employer branding is one of these strategies.

Human resource experts point out that employer branding is a key component that guides the vision of a company. Employer branding plays a fundamental role in a company. Its main objective is to boost recruitment processes and integrate a meaningful mode of thinking in a company. (more…)

7 Innovative Ways to Use Artificial Intelligence in Recruiting

Artificial IntelligenceHiring the right talent is a huge challenge for HR managers and professionals. While on the one hand there is the perennial problem of unemployment or underemployment, on the other end of the spectrum there is the problem of identifying the right candidates for the right job.

Hence modern day HR managers, employment agencies and recruitment consultants are turning to technology to overcome this problem. (more…)