Survey Reveals Interesting Differences in How Organizations Select Candidates

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While nearly all (98%) Northeast Ohio organizations conduct interviews as a means of evaluating job candidates for both exempt and non-exempt positions, data from the 2015 ERC Hiring Trends & Practices Survey reveals interesting differences among those that utilize other methods of selection.  

Methods of Conducting Interviews and Assessments

Differences in selection methods for exempt and non-exempt positions

Drug testing, physical exams, and employment knowledge or ability tests are performed more often for candidates applying for non-exempt positions. On the other hand, more employers use reference checks and pre-screening phone interviews for exempt positions. In addition, compared to non-exempt positions, ERC’s research found that 25% more organizations invite candidates applying for exempt positions back for a second interview.
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Recruiting and Hiring Practices of Northeast Ohio Employers Revealed

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The 2015 ERC Hiring Trends & Practices Survey, which assesses the responses of 102 Northeast Ohio organizations, shows that well over a half (66%) of local employers are currently not using a formal applicant tracking system in their recruitment and hiring efforts. The most common reason, as cited by 45% of employers, is that their existing internal process is sufficient. In addition, nearly one-fourth of participating organizations also acknowledge a lack of resources as a reason for not implementing a formal applicant tracking system.

Recruiting and Hiring Practices of Northeast Ohio Employers Revealed

For the 34% of local organizations that do utilize this type of system, ADP is most commonly mentioned as a vendor.
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The Changing Landscape of Online Recruiting

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The Changing Landscape of Online Recruiting

It’s no secret that the landscape for recruiting has changed dramatically with the rise of social media. In the early stages, recruiters felt they were ‘recruiting’ on social media by simply posting a status update that they were hiring. Then, many social media platforms began selling job postings and targeted display ads. LinkedIn has always sold expanded access to members and their profiles. To further complicate matters, some social sites are now aggregating job listings (similar to Indeed’s model).

Now, aggregator sites like Indeed or Glassdoor, who used to scrape jobs from many job boards and employer sites, are no longer pulling in ‘every’ job to their database. They have moved to a model of aggregating less and selling more direct job listings. The impact is that the best place for a job seeker to find ALL job postings is unclear, and the ability for a hiring company to broadcast a job opening across multi platforms (for free) is no longer guaranteed.
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Keeping up with Background Screening

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As a Human Resources professional, it’s highly probable that your organization conducts pre-employment and/or employee background screening or is interested in doing so. According to a 2012 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) report, 86 percent of companies conduct some type of criminal background check.

Keeping Up with Background Screening

Many ERC members work with our Partner, Corporate Screening (CS) for their background needs. Matt Jaye, National Sales Manager at CS, shared some information about the background screening industry, how to select a provider, and how technology has affected the industry.

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5 Popular Recruitment Sources used by Employers

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5 Popular Recruitment Sources used by Employers

Job boards and employee referrals are the most popular sources used by Northeast Ohio employers to attract qualified workers, according to a new report released by ERC. The 2015 ERC Hiring Trends and Practices Survey highlights hiring practices of 102 participating employers.
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What HR Professionals Need to Know about the EEOC’s Guidelines on Criminal Backgrounds [Video]

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According to a survey released by the Society for Human Resource Management in 2012, approximately 69% of organizations reported that they conduct criminal background checks on all of their job applicants. However, what happens if something questionable shows up on the background check that reveals a criminal past? Do you have the right to ask them about it?


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What is an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)?

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An applicant tracking system (ATS) is a software application that automates and manages the recruiting and application process.

myTalentLink, a division of Staffing Solutions Enterprises, is a web-based recruiting and performance management solutions provider. We spoke with Jessica Morris, Marketing Coordinator for myTalentLink, and Susan Dark, Account Manager for myTalentLink, about ATS basics and benefits that companies should be aware of.
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4 Steps in the Recruiting and Hiring Process

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Whether handled by supervisors and managers or assigned to a centralized human resources (HR) department, hiring decisions are among the most important decisions made in any organization.

4 Steps in the Recruiting and Hiring Process

Good hiring practices can eliminate or reduce many legal risks, reduce costs, increase productivity, and improve morale. Ill-advised hiring decisions, on the other hand, can result in turnover, duplicative training, missed opportunities, and lost customers. In addition, an ill-advised hire may lead to employment termination; and every termination (no matter how justifiable and well documented) exposes the company to the risk of a wrongful termination lawsuit or discrimination claim from the disgruntled former employee. For all these reasons, it pays to take the time to find the right person for the job the first time around.
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6 Interviewing Tips for your Next Hire

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6 Interviewing Tips for your Next Hire

Finding the ideal candidate the first time around saves both time and money for you and your job applicant, but finding this perfect addition to your team is more easily said than done.

Still, there are a few ways to ensure that the person sitting in the interview seat is the exact candidate for the job, and that you won't be left wishing you'd made a different decision.

1. Understanding the job and essential requirements 

Prior to a position being advertised, the company needs to take a hard look at the opening and determine if this should be a replacement position, or if there is an opportunity for internal movement, absorption, additional essential functions or requirements. Be clear about what is required to perform the job.
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