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May 14, 2014
This week I started interviewing candidates for a summer internship in Mediabistro's editorial department, and it got me thinking about smart interviewing techniques. How many candidates should I be interviewing? What questions do you ask to really know if this person across the table from you "gets it" and can not only do the job, but do it well?

And then I came across this article from CareerBuilder with dos and don'ts on the "art of strategic interviewing." The tips were culled from the site's "HR Connect" monthly webinar series, specifically from CareerBuilder's branding expert Keith Hadley and Jennifer Way, president of consulting company Way Solutions.

Here are some takeaways I felt were worth sharing:

• Ideally you should be interviewing an average of two or three candidates for an open position; no more than five.

• If a team is interviewing a candidate, it's best for each person to be prepared to ask a different set of questions. One interviewer might focus on gauging cultural fit, while another might ask about the candidate's technical skills.

• A good first question to ask is: "Why are you interested in this role?" You can hit the "Tell me about yourself" button later in the interview.

• When responding to candidates' own questions during the recruitment process, avoid sounding robotic. Communication on your end should be humanized and consistent with your brand.

Valerie Berrios
Managing Editor, Mediabistro

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Americans Are Giving Up the Job Search (Fortune)
The headline figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly jobs report for April were surprisingly cheery, with the agency reporting that nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000, beating expectations of 210,000 to 220,000 new jobs and pushing the unemployment rate down 0.4 percent to a five-and-a-half-year low of 6.3 percent. But beneath those shiny surface numbers, there's an ugly trend afoot: Fewer Americans are hunting for jobs.

Do Old School Workplace Rules and Hierarchies Still Matter? (TLNT)
In a world where any employee can tweet their CEO, the lines that traditionally delineated power and influence have been blurred. So much so in fact, when Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer teaches about corporate hierarchical power structure, his students often push back. That model of power isn't relevant anymore, they insist -- it's such 20th-century thinking! Pfeffer’s students are largely millennials, the youngest generation now in the workforce.

How to Use Google+ to Land Your Next Job (Brazen Careerist)
Google+ is the second largest social network with 500-million-plus members, but it's wrongly ignored by many job seekers. Google+ feeds Google, and Google is where employers look for qualified job candidates. Unlike LinkedIn or Facebook, any recruiter or employer can find your profile and read what you've posted there.

6 Interview Questions to Ask Candidates in a Video Interview (
In a one-way video interview, candidates answer employer's questions with short video answers. These answers can be viewed at any time and for any duration. If you know immediately someone is all wrong for the job, you can move on to a better fitting candidate. The key to making one-way video interviews work for you is to come up with a list of questions to give insight into the candidate's cultural fit.

A Mobile Perspective: Why Having a Mobile Recruiting Strategy Matters (The Hiring Site)
Why create a mobile recruiting strategy? For the same reason you created a social media recruitment strategy -- or started posting jobs online as opposed to the newspaper, in your storefront window or even the local coffee shop message board: It's simply the way the world is moving.

How Freelancers Are Getting Out and Landing Open Desks (New York Post)
Call it Airbnb for freelancers: Deskcamping, a new Web site that connects independent employees with open desks, is aiming to change how -- and where -- solopreneurs work. Launched by Londoner Nick Couch in December, the platform allows city businesses and co-working spaces -- many of which normally charge by the month -- to rent out free desks to freelancers by the day or week.

How (and Why) to Use Social Media to Grow Your Professional Network (Idealist Careers)
According to a recent survey by Jobvite, 94 percent of all companies already use or plan to begin to use social recruiting in 2013. Although not all industries rely on recruiters, this speaks to the quickly growing importance of social media and social networking. If the job search is a numbers game, job seekers would be remiss to ignore these numbers.

Media Powerhouses Dish Career Inspiration at 2014 Matrix Awards (MediaJobsDaily)
MediaJobsDaily was front row and center (OK, more like table 8 near the stage…) at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan for the annual Matrix Awards presented by New York Women in Communications. Oh, did we mention Gloria Steinem was in the house -- along with hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb and notable names like Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah and Cynthia McFadden. The luncheon was full of memorable moments and, of course, quotes.

Apprenticeships Help Close the Skills Gap. So Why Are They in Decline? (WSJ)
Ask CEOs and corporate recruiters whether they're finding the workers they need, and they'll lament about a skills gap that threatens productivity and growth -- not just in their companies but in the economy at large. Yet employers and state legislators have been decidedly lukewarm about a proven solution to the problem: apprenticeships.

Don't Give It All Away at the Job Interview! (LinkedIn / Liz Ryan)
When I first started advising job-seekers to stop groveling on a job search, people were skeptical. I'd write a story about putting a human voice in your resume or walking away from a horrible job opportunity, and I'd get 1,000 messages in my email inbox saying 'That's the worst job search advice ever!' I was SVP of HR for a Fortune 500 company. I hired thousands of people. It wasn't the applicants who fawned and flattered us who ended up getting hired.

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