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#013: Hiring Best Practices

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This episode of the UnPodcast is all about how to do a better job hiring people to work for your company, and that since the strongest part of your brand is the people representing it, proper hiring is the best marketing you can do for your company.

One of the best ways to hire the right people is to get to know people on social media before you actually need to do any hiring so that when the need arises, you already have candidates in mind.

Other topics include:

  • The two types of job seekers
  • How tools for job searches have changed
  • The #1 tip for anyone looking for a job
  • Why hiring is not about hiring the best
  • What to leave off your resume
  • The best filtering to do when hiring
  • The most subjective thing in any business
  • The advantages of hiring someone who is currently unemployed
  • The job of an interviewer
  • Some of the dumbest interview questions
  • And so much more. . .
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    Audio recorded by: Wayne Cochrane Sound

    • Sarah E.

      This was the first podcast/vid I’ve seen by y’all. Watched the whole way through. Big fan now. You both rule.

    • Cole

      Just binge watched your last 3 episodes. Loved the “That’s the x-minute version of the show” bit (don’t know how people can think it’s too long?)

    • I tried to keep that I was on a rugby team in college on my resume for the longest time – it was the BEST conversation starter…simply because I don’t look the “type”.

    • Spinoolean

      I once had an interview with a string of “Tell me about a time” questions. I remember two of them because it was one of those times when I had the right words at the right time. “Tell me about a time when you didn’t know enough about the situation?” “Well, I bought a house…” Tell me about a time when things didn’t turn out the way you expected?” “Well, I got married…”

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    • JasonPitoniak

      I’ve seen a lot of resume advice on the Internet that says that, once you’re established in your career, you shouldn’t include things like hobbies or college or childhood activities. As someone who frequently sits on the other side of the table now, I love those things (as long as they’re meaningful and used judiciously–an empty resume filled with hobbies is still an empty resume, unless the hobby matches the skillset I’m seeking, I suppose) because it makes the candidate look like a person and, as you suggest, it gives me an ice breaker in the interview.

      The thing I struggle with the most on my own resume is Eagle Scout. As an Eagle, seeing those two words on another person’s resume tells me more about the candidate’s values, drive, work ethic than almost anything else on the page. At the same time, I earned my Eagle literally half my life ago, so it seems a bit weird to continue including now that I have lots of professional credits to my name.

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    • Linda Kiley

      Coming on board to your site much later than the original podcast, but regarding references. It is for the reason you mention (HR only responding to rote questions about previous employees) that I’ve always asked for a written reference to have at my disposal. I understand the predictable nature of the written reference, but it seems better than nothing. I always provide reference current contact info, though. Curious about your opinion — how far back to list employment history? P.S. Love you both and big fan of Vegas30. Hope you will still consider occasional V30 podcasts.