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Media Jobs Monthly Newsletter

September 12, 2012
Working in HR is not an easy task. You need to stay on top of industry trends, recruit the best candidates, fill vacant positions in a timely manner and then make sure everyone is happy once an offer has been accepted.

It's tempting to take shortcuts in any field, but three of Forbes' "Most Promising Companies" agree that you cannot skimp on HR and recruitment; you need to keep tabs on prospective candidates whether they are looking to switch employers or not. There are certain things you can do to persuade these passive candidates to leave their current companies. For one, you can make it easy for them to interview -- don't force them to sneak around on their current employer's time. Also keep in mind that, if they do this to their current employer, they'll probably do it to you, too.

Once you've nailed down your top prospects, don't ruin things with the interview. Avoid making mistakes like being flaky and taking too long to follow up about next steps. Also, ask tough questions. According to CNNMoney, candidates who experienced challenging interviews were the most satisfied, especially once they were hired.

The moral of the story is this: If you are looking for the best candidates, treat them like the best. Complete the interview process in a reasonable time and update candidates regularly. Pick their brains during the interview, and don't waste time by asking them to reiterate what's already in their resume.

Doing so might add to your daily duties, but it will save you frustration in the long run and enhance how the company views some pretty key talent: you.

Jessica Carlson
Client Services Associate

Do You Need to 'Catch' Lying Jobseekers? (The Staffing Advisor)
"We conduct over a hundred executive searches every year, interviewing thousands of people, and looking at over 50,000 candidate resumes and online profiles. I cannot imagine anything more exhausting or counterproductive than reflexively distrusting all of them." Here's a better way to think about it.

The Secret to Finding Passive Candidates (Monster Thinking)
Here are seven tips for nabbing that passive candidate before your competitor. A great one: make it easy for them to apply without sneaking around -- phone interviews during off-hours, for example.

The Art of Hiring (Forbes)
Three of Forbes' "Most Promising Companies" share their secrets to hiring in this article. Don't skimp on HR and recruitment, keep tabs on people you'd like to hire even if you can't hire them now, and don't be afraid of screening tests.

Tough Interviews Lead to Satisfied Hires (CNNMoney)
According to a study from, veterans of tough interviews with head-scratching questions like "What is the profit potential of offering wireless Internet service on airplanes?" rated the experience a positive one. The tougher the interview, the happier employees were once hired.

Ten Mistakes You're Making When Interviewing Candidates (The Fast Track)
You may be coming across as needlessly hostile, flaky or you may be judging a candidate on the wrong criteria. Read this list to find out.

Two-Thirds of Jobseekers Start Thinking About Job Searching Six Months Before They Actually Search (The Hiring Site)
Sixty-seven percent of jobseekers think about looking for a new job six months before actually starting a search, according to a new Careerbuilder study. During those six months, jobseekers are researching companies and opportunities, and kicking the tires -- all the more reason to keep in touch with your top candidates before they're looking.

Why Hiring Should Be Like Buying a Used Car (
You'd hire a mechanic to look at a used car, but so many hiring managers don't confirm details put forth by a candidate before extending an offer. This means your hire could turn out to be a lemon.

Guy Rents Billboard: 'Please Hire My Wife' (MediaJobsDaily)
It sounds like a joke, but indeed, a Toledo man spent $700 for a billboard advertising his wife. He didn't tell her before he bought the space, and the wife said she was "a little embarrassed." So far, no job.

My First Big Break: Wendy Williams (Mediabistro)
The talk show host discusses getting her dream radio job and abstaining from sex early in her career.

--Compiled by Rachel Kaufman, co-editor,

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