The Biggest Mistake You Can Make When Hiring for a Job (and How to Fix It)

The three steps you need to take to slow down your hiring processes without grinding to a halt so you can get the right people in the right roles October 7, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Caroline Stokes’s book Elephants Before Unicorns. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound When there’s a talent gap in your company, you probably want it filled pronto. But what happens when you have a role you need filled yesterday? Let’s face it — finding a warm body is often the basic strategy when it comes to attracting talent. And the result is that undesirable characteristics in candidates are often overlooked. But thinking only for the short term to get a position filled quickly can create serious long-term consequences. Following are three strategies that will help […]

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Six Ways to Find and Recruit Talent

Founders share the unusual ways they’ve found top employees. August 29, 2019 3 min read This story appears in the September 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 1. Cultivate it.  “We give first access to internships to members of our brand ambassador program, Dormifam. We’ll post roles on The Muse jobs site and then let our Dormifam Facebook group know about them a few days before we post them to other job platforms like LinkedIn. That’s helped us fill customer experience associate roles and countless internship positions.” — Amanda Zuckerman, cofounder, Dormify Related: What to Consider When Hiring Employees 2. Test it.  “We ask every applicant to complete a screening task. We’re looking for problem solvers, so we ask how they would tackle a big challenge: How would they get started? How would they measure success? We include a link to the task at the bottom of a job posting. The majority of applicants […]

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Are You Wasting Employees’ Talent? Here’s How to Know

Asking one simple question when you hire could boost the success (and happiness) of your new staffer. August 21, 2019 4 min read This story appears in the September 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » When you hire, you often think — or hope! — you’ve found the perfect person. You sifted through résumés, interviewed diligently, and picked the best of the best. You feel great! But six months later, things change. Your great hire isn’t hitting their numbers. They seem unhappy. Maybe they’re even heading for the exit. What do you do? Here’s one thing to consider: You may have put your great hire in the wrong role. And it happened because you didn’t understand what kind of worker they truly are. You may balk at this. “How could he be in the wrong role? It’s the job we hired him for!” There are all sorts of reasons. A […]

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4 Ways Small Businesses Can Attract and Retain Young Talent

The global work demography is gradually shifting to young talent. Don’t be left behind. July 24, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There’s a strong connection between achieving business objectives and hiring the right talent, as your employees are integral to every stage of success. In addition, the desire to upscale your small business more easily becomes a reality when the energy and resourcefulness of young talent is effectively deployed. The global work demography is gradually shifting to young people. To attract the right talent, you must create an environment that allows them to express their creativity while still learning from more established co-workers. Related: Gen Z Teams Are Magic for Startup Leaders Who Overcome This Challenge The competition is getting high for these young folks, and they know it. For them, it’s a case of who offers the most — and not just in terms of monetary value. So, to attract and […]

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The Best Employees Have These ’31 Flavors’

When hiring or managing employees, it is important that they have these important traits June 8, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Having good employees will make or break a company’s success. I have previously written about how best to read resumes and screen employee candidates, but that is before they are actually working for the company and you get a chance to see their “true colors” when they are not “on show” during the interview process. This post is designed to help you identify the best traits that most successful employees share, so you can “double down” on those best employees and “weed out” the rest, as nothing can take down a company faster than a bunch of toxic employees that don’t beat to the company’s drum.  The best employees have these “31 Flavors” blended into one. The Basics for the Job 1. The […]

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What to Consider When Hiring Employees

You need someone who can do the job and who fits in at your company. It has to be both. June 4, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. One of the most important acts of running a successful business is hiring employees. A bad decision can hurt your customer base, efficiency and profits. Use these considerations to arm yourself with the right employees when hiring. Consider skills and personality when hiring. Both skills and personality are important to consider when hiring. Making sure your potential employee has the right skill set for the job is crucial to ensure you are choosing the best candidate to meet your business goals. Asking good questions during the interview is a sure-fire way to hire employees with the right set of skills and the ability to use those skills successfully. You want someone with the knowledge as well as […]

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6 Ideas For How You Can Avoid Making Any More Bad Hires

Online sites are connecting candidates and companies faster than ever. This isn’t always a good thing. May 8, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When you want a business to be successful, you need a great product or service and a team ready to deliver it. However, building the team behind that business can be challenging. On average, new hires tend to leave a company within 18 months. This is often because they weren’t a good fit for the role in the first place, and the recruitment process wasn’t thorough. As many businesses learn — the hard way — a bad hire can result in significant financial cost and harm to a business’s reputation. Related: How to ‘Hire Smarter’ Using Talent-Acquisition Technology So, how do you make the best hire possible? One of the key moves here is to widen your search as much as possible. Rather than […]

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Use These Steps to Hire the Best Team Every Time

Don’t leave potential on the table by limiting your network. April 23, 2019 7 min read An integral part of being able to grow your company and make sure it thrives is getting the right people on your team. But how do you make sure that you’re hiring the people that are the best fit for the job and your business? Joelle Emerson is the founder and CEO of Paradigm, a company that works with businesses to develop diversity and inclusion strategies across all aspects of the organization. Her work is focused on helping companies hire and retain employees by creating opportunities for everyone to succeed and feel valued. Paradigm’s clients include Airbnb, Pinterest, Twitter, Lyft, Etsy and Spotify. Diversity and inclusion initiatives aren’t just something that should be on your to-do list. They actively lead to a better bottom line. A 2018 survey from Boston Consulting Group found that […]

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If Someone Doesn’t Send a Thank-You Email, Don’t Hire Them.

The executive managing editor of Insider Inc. has hired hundreds of people over 10 years. April 8, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Making someone an offer to join your company is always risky. The truth is, the hiring process can uncover only so much. You’re often basing your decision on a small sample of data that you collected during a few hours of speaking with them, sometimes not even in person. Sure, maybe you had them take a test or complete an exercise, and you talked to three people who worked with them previously. But still, you never really know how it’s going to work out until they come on board. And sometimes even the most promising hires turn out to be the wrong fit. As the executive managing editor of Insider Inc., I interview people all the time for open jobs. I have […]

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How to ‘Hire Smarter’ Using Talent-Acquisition Technology

Big data, intelligence platforms and AI are a great solution to the cost issue in hiring. They’re also a great entrepreneurial opportunity. April 5, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Mark Twain once observed that, “The difference between the ‘almost right’ word and the ‘right’ word is really a large matter — ‘tis the difference between a lightning bug and lightning.” And, turns out this statement can also be applied to talent recruitment. How is that? Well, a good hire will fill a slot and deliver quality work. But, a great hire will be a perfect fit, meshing seamlessly with your leadership and existing staff, embracing your company’s culture and goals and applying his or her talents beyond the scope of the job description. Related: How Big Data Can Help You Find and Hire the Most Elusive Talent This kind of synergistic relationship is the ultimate recruitment goal. It’s […]

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Which Employees Should You Invest in? 3 Strategies on How to Make That Choice.

With unemployment low, you need to enrich and empower your company’s existing leaders so they’ll stick around. Here’s how. January 15, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Unemployment is at its lowest point since 1969, thanks to the job gains we’ve seen during the past eight years, as desribed in this article in the New York Times. Now, however, it’s up to companies to compete over the best talent. Employees can be more selective than ever, resulting in a race to provide the best perks. But instead of pushing more and more money into benefits, perhaps it’s time that businesses consider a different strategy: investing in leaders. Companies will invest in a $250,000 machine and set aside thousands of dollars each year to ensure it can be updated and serviced. But when it comes to management, we expect our executives to be fully equipped with […]

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No College Degree? No Problem, Says This HR Specialist.

If you are able to showcase a few key skills, you may be on your way to your dream job. December 19, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner HR superstar ZJ Hadley admits she had a hard time finding jobs without a college degree. Instead, she began to rely increasingly on other abilities — in networking, meeting people on a constant basis and, at times, stalking recruiters.  If you are in the process of job-searching and feel underqualified, a willingness to learn is the number one indicator of success — a takeaway that Hadley discovered from experience. The HR specialist describes her own time jumping through multiple hoops to land her first job, and from there, working hard to show recruiters that she can pick up new skills and exercise flexibility.  To hear more about nailing your dream job without a […]

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As Your Company Scales, These Are the 8 Keys to Hiring the Right Team Members

Avoid the pitfalls and make sure your team grows with your company. December 11, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hiring is central to growth, but it’s also one of the biggest barriers a company comes up against when trying to grow fast. At Drift, we’ve grown from 100 to 250 people this year alone, and that growth is key to our success. Related: Why This Startup Went Through Nearly 50 Interviews to Find the Right Hire What, though, are the biggest pitfalls scaling companies need to look out for in the hiring process? And, what are the critical keys to hiring without compromising the growth path of a scaling company? 1. Centralize the hiring decision and take consensus out of the picture. The fear that a new hire might be better than the person interviewing them is enough to muddy the waters. But, teams […]

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The Risks of Candidates Climbing Back Down the Corporate Ladder

Should you hire people into more junior roles than their last role? You can, but here are the potential pitfalls to consider. December 1, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Our brains have been wired to think about our careers going up the corporate ladder over time. A manager becomes a director, a director becomes a vice president, a vice president becomes a president, etc. Obviously, there are a lot fewer job positions the further you go up the ladder. A typical company may have 125 managers, 25 directors, five vice presidents and one president. The odds of moving up the ladder aren’t really in your favor, with 80 percent fewer positions at each next level. But, people need to make a living. What happens when an employee needs to go back down the ladder to find more open positions? Is that a good idea for you as a hiring manager to […]

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3 Ways Companies Are Analyzing Social Media To Make Hiring Decisions

Remember Juli Briskman giving ‘the finger’ to President Trump’s motorcade? Companies care about that kind of employee behavior. November 14, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. With social media becoming such a big part of our everyday lives, it’s no surprise that employers are increasingly using social networks to research potential hires and gather more information than they would otherwise obtain during the interview process.  In fact, 70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and about 43 percent of employers use social media to check on current employees, according to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey.  Related: What You Should Be Looking at in Potential Hires’ Social Media Posts As with most things, the more information you have, the better decisions you can make. Here’s a look at how companies are analyzing social media to make hiring decisions, and the […]

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Employing Individuals with Disabilities May Solve Your Talent Crisis

Employment rates won’t change until companies begin to shift attitudes and awareness about people with disabilities. November 2, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There are more than 56 million people with disabilities in the U.S., which equates to one in five Americans identifying as having some form of disability. This means it is highly likely you already employ individuals with disabilities, and there is a highly motivated and talented resource waiting for your call.  Too often, employers are given outdated social service reasons for building a strategy that is inclusive of disability. Yet, there is a persuasive business case for an inclusive and accessible workplace. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employers who have embraced disability as a component of their talent strategy report a: 90 percent increase in retention of valued employees 72 percent increase in employee productivity 45 percent increase in workplace safety Related: The Incredible Reason This […]

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4 Lessons We Can Learn From the High-Profile Firings at Disney

Knowing how to handle a toxic personality is important, but it’s even better to avoid hiring the wrong person in the first place. October 4, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. These days, The Walt Disney Co. has a relatively stellar reputation. Its movies are ridiculously popular, and its image has become increasingly squeaky-clean over the years. In many ways, Disney has come the closest of almost any company you could name to accomplishing the impossible: pleasing all of the people all of the time. Over the past year, however, the House of Mouse’s pristine image has absorbed a few dings and dents. Most recently, the company dealt with roaring controversies surrounding two personalities: comedian Roseanne Barr and director James Gunn. Related: Six Fundamental Business Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Walt Disney Both situations involved offensive tweets, though the context and content of those tweets were vastly […]

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My Top Productivity Hack Is . . . Hire Great Managers

Gallup found that one in two employees have left a job due to a manager. Doesn’t that tell you something? September 28, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Employees are job-hopping more than ever before, and it’s typically due to their managers. In fact, Gallup found that one in two employees have left a job due to a manager. So why are managers such a problem in today’s workplace? The truth is, managing people isn’t easy. It’s one of the hardest jobs out there. Trust me, I’ve managed plenty of people throughout my career, and it takes a certain skill set to be good at it. Related: 4 Massive Mistakes Many Companies Make When Promoting New Managers Unfortunately, not everyone has those skills; yet those people end up in management roles anyway. In many companies, promotions are given to employees who have built up the […]

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We Acquired a Company With Remote Employees. Here’s What We Learned.

When you lose the central office mindset, it literally opens up a world of talent options for you. September 7, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Red Rocket recently acquired Restaurant Furniture Plus, a B2B ecommerce website selling furniture to restaurants. What made this business different from most of the other businesses I have managed was the fact it was 100 percent a virtual company. The founders worked from their homes in California, and the fulfillment team worked from their homes in Ohio. We decided to try to continue to operate the business as a virtual workplace, with the owners working from their homes in the Chicago and Raleigh, N.C., areas and the rest of the team working out of their homes in the Cleveland area. It has been an interesting learning opportunity that I wanted to share with you as you consider the pluses and minuses of virtual teams […]

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Why MOD Pizza Loves Hiring Ex-Cons

Eight years ago, Ally and Scott Svenson started hiring felons to staff MOD Pizza. That turned out to be one of the best business decisions they ever made. September 5, 2018 14 min read This story appears in the September 2018 Entrepreneur. Subscribe » There was a moment in 2011 when Tony D’Aloia considered his freedom to be a curse. In prison, where he’d just spent the better part of a decade, he could survive a full year on the $100 his mom sent him twice a year, on his birthday and on Christmas. But now that he was outside and back home in Washington state, he needed money to survive — lots of it. He’d heard of job openings with warehouses and construction companies, but nobody seemed eager to bring on a convicted felon.  Then he finally found someone willing to interview him. A young Bellevue pizza joint called MOD […]

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