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Announcements
Searchlight Raises $17 Million to Help Companies Improve Quality of Hire

Searchlight's New Talent Intelligence Platform Provides the Critical Metric for Retention

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Zoom and Skype Interview Tips for Employers

Virtual job interviews don't have to suck. Here are tips for every hiring manager to conduct professional, enjoyable Zoom or Skype interviews without sacrificing on quality or human touch.

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5 Ways Workplace Diversity Is a Competitive Advantage, and Concrete Ways to Obtain It

Learn the benefits of workplace diversity, the types of diversity you need, as well as common challenges (and solutions) when attempting to build a more diverse talent pool.

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From our CTO: Why Engineering Hiring Should be Culture-First

Peter Oh, Dir of Eng at Optimizely, shared with me, “No technical gap is too large for a highly motivated individual to cross if they’re in the right environment."

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5 Types of Interviews to Help You Find the Right Hire

There are several different types of interviews that we choose from to ensure we’re getting the information we need from a candidate. We’ll share some of the most common.

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Types of Interview Questions to Help You Find the Right Hire

Who makes the cut when you’ve got several ideal candidates in the pipeline? It really boils down to what types of interview questions you ask job seekers — and how they respond.

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Turnover Rate: How to Stop Losing Employees (and Make Better Hires)

If you care deeply about employee engagement and retention, learn how to calculate your turnover rate here. Then, we'll share what causes a high turnover rate and how to fix it.

The Essential Guide: The Best Reference Questions

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Need Tech Talent? Hire a Technical Recruiter

Technical recruiters are the key to getting qualified candidates in the door for your technical positions. Learn what they do, how much to pay them, where to find them, and how to attract them.

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How to Improve Your Technical Hiring Methods to Attract Top Talent

Technical hiring is challenging for those who aren't fluent in tech-speak. Here are the seven most common hiring roadblocks and how to fix them so you have a smoother technical hiring process.

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A Simple Guide to Strengths-Based Recruitment

Strengths-based recruitment can help you make the tough decision between multiple top candidates. Learn how to ask strengths-focused interview questions that will guide your hiring.

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These 5 Soft Skills in the Workplace Make for Better Hires

Learn how to assess for soft skills in the workplace to make your interviews more effective. This guide to hiring for soft skills will make your teams more cohesive and productive overtime.

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Zoom and Skype Interview Tips for Employers

Virtual job interviews don't have to suck. Here are tips for every hiring manager to conduct professional, enjoyable Zoom or Skype interviews without sacrificing on quality or human touch.

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5 Ways Workplace Diversity Is a Competitive Advantage, and Concrete Ways to Obtain It

Learn the benefits of workplace diversity, the types of diversity you need, as well as common challenges (and solutions) when attempting to build a more diverse talent pool.

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From our CTO: Why Engineering Hiring Should be Culture-First

Peter Oh, Dir of Eng at Optimizely, shared with me, “No technical gap is too large for a highly motivated individual to cross if they’re in the right environment."

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5 Types of Interviews to Help You Find the Right Hire

There are several different types of interviews that we choose from to ensure we’re getting the information we need from a candidate. We’ll share some of the most common.

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Types of Interview Questions to Help You Find the Right Hire

Who makes the cut when you’ve got several ideal candidates in the pipeline? It really boils down to what types of interview questions you ask job seekers — and how they respond.

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Turnover Rate: How to Stop Losing Employees (and Make Better Hires)

If you care deeply about employee engagement and retention, learn how to calculate your turnover rate here. Then, we'll share what causes a high turnover rate and how to fix it.

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Need Tech Talent? Hire a Technical Recruiter

Technical recruiters are the key to getting qualified candidates in the door for your technical positions. Learn what they do, how much to pay them, where to find them, and how to attract them.

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How to Improve Your Technical Hiring Methods to Attract Top Talent

Technical hiring is challenging for those who aren't fluent in tech-speak. Here are the seven most common hiring roadblocks and how to fix them so you have a smoother technical hiring process.

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A Simple Guide to Strengths-Based Recruitment

Strengths-based recruitment can help you make the tough decision between multiple top candidates. Learn how to ask strengths-focused interview questions that will guide your hiring.

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These 5 Soft Skills in the Workplace Make for Better Hires

Learn how to assess for soft skills in the workplace to make your interviews more effective. This guide to hiring for soft skills will make your teams more cohesive and productive overtime.

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5 Smart Situational Interview Questions to Ask

Interviewing someone soon? Mix things up with unique situational interview questions to help you learn more about how a candidate thinks and whether they will fit in with your company’s culture.

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Second Interview Questions to Save You From Red Flag Hires

So it's time for the second interview. What should you ask? These examples of powerful second interview questions will help you uncover the most compatible candidate for your open role.

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7 Ways Searchlight Fixes References Forever

References can be game-changing for your hiring process, if you address these 7 common mistakes.

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6 Tips from a Chief People Officer: Retention During The Great Resignation

Move over Great Resignation: it’s time for the Great Retention.

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The Secret to Masterful Reference Checks Every Time

Let experts take you through a few guidelines to help you complete the best reference checks. We'll share a couple of tools that can help you get them done painlessly.

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How to Optimize Your Recruitment Process for Better Hires

Learn what is involved in the recruitment process. We'll show you what a recruiter does (and doesn't do) and what steps you can automate. Craft a more effective recruiting and hiring process now.

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11 Types of Pre-Employment Screening: Which Ones to Use

Here's everything you need to know about what pre-employment screening is, key details on the types of testing, and which types of screening to use for your unique hiring situation.

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9 Practice Interview Questions and Answers To Know

Many interviewers ask these nine practice interview questions. Study up with our practical guidelines for answering them. We share sample answers so you can prep your best responses.

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Searchlight's Playbook for DEIB-Driven Recruiting

Making a difference in diversity requires embracing biases in recruiting. These 5 tips will help overcome gut instincts with consistent and scientific assessment.

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Pros and Cons of Using Personality Tests for Jobs

Will personality tests for jobs help or harm your hiring process? Determine if you should use the ever-popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or DiSC Assessment before choosing a candidate.

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Optimize Your Job Search With These Helpful Hints

Hunting for a job? Here are some insightful ways to prepare, research, target, and follow through on opportunities so the job search feels less like an uphill battle and more like surfing a wave.

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Keep Your Top Talent With These Onboarding Best Practices

New team member starting soon? Get actionable onboarding best practices from an expert. Onboarding is an opportunity you don't want to waste — prep for your new hire's arrival with these tips.

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9 Most Common Interview Questions (Plus 4 Curveballs)

An expert recruiter highlights nine interview questions that withstand the test of time and four creative follow-up questions. These Q’s highlight the best candidates during the job interview.

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Managing Diversity for Greater Innovation and Profit

Get some expert tips for managing diversity on your team, including examining unconscious bias, adjusting your job descriptions, offering diversity training, and going beyond affirmative action.

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The 5 Most Important Management Skills Right Now

Amazing bosses all have a few things in common — and we have answers to what those traits are. By mastering these five key management skills, you'll set yourself and your team up for success.

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Keep Your Top Talent With These Remote Onboarding Best Practices

New team member starting soon? Get actionable onboarding best practices from an expert. Onboarding is an opportunity you don't want to waste — prep for your new hire's arrival with these tips.

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Expert Tips for Conducting Each Stage of the Interview Process

When you have lots of candidates to get through, the interview process can seem overwhelming. You can rest easy — this strategic interview process will make your best candidate rise to the top.

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Intake Meetings: The Ticket to Top Talent Is Under Your Nose

Let a hiring expert take you through the structure of a successful intake meeting, including the preparations and guideposts that will help you know if your approach is working.

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3 Tips for 2022 Planning: Increase recruiting capacity without additional resources

Quick! You need to recruit a lot of people for your growing organization. But hiring more recruiters to hire more people is a catch-22. Use these 3 easy tips to expand your capacity.

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6 Ways To Support Inclusion in the Workplace

Learn how to ensure that your workplace is inclusive with steps like educating your leadership, eliminating bias in hiring, and providing safe feedback channels.

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Pro Tips on How to Stand Out and Land an Interview

For most job seekers, it's hard to know how to stand out and land an interview in a competitive job market. Read through our tips to help you out.

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7 Tips on How to Reduce Bias Hiring

Bias hiring decisions often go undetected. The first step on how to reduce bias hiring is to examine the different types of bias so you can address them in your hiring process.

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9 Top Tips for How to List References the Right Way

Get answers to common questions regarding how to list references. We'll provide you with formatting tips and offer a few ideas of who can potentially make the best references.

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How to Improve Your Technical Hiring Methods to Attract Top Talent in 2021

Technical hiring is challenging for those who aren't fluent in tech-speak. Here are the seven most common hiring roadblocks and how to fix them so you have a smoother technical hiring process.

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How to Ask Someone to Be a Reference: 5 Best Practices

Cut the confusion surrounding gathering references on your job application. HR experts share how to ask someone to be a reference without making it awkward, plus who to ask.

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Make Your Hiring Manager’s Job Easier With These Automated Solutions

Take a look at the common pain points of your hiring managers and some examples of how automating helps with the heavy lifting to make great hires happen quicker.

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I’m hiring great engineers faster because of what I do first

I closed one of our most senior engineering roles in 24 days - half the benchmark time for a role like this. I did it by nailing the Intake part of our hiring process.

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Why Engineering Hiring Should Be Culture-First

Take your engineering hiring process from average to amazing with tips from a hiring manager who created innovative systems to find high-performing engineers while maintaining team culture.

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The Guide to Helping New Hiring Managers Hire

A simple guide with quick and easy tips to make sure you’re hiring the best people for your team.

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Gender Inequality in the Workplace: How Hiring Managers Can Close the Pay Gap

By seeing how far we've come in closing gender gaps, it can continue to motivate more progress. But when it comes to gender inequality in the workplace, there is still a long way to go.

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Essential Soft Skills and Technical Skills for Remote Work

Alex Bouaziz, CEO of Deel, shares hard and soft skills essential for successful remote tech workers

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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement Do’s and Don'ts

When well-written, the Equal Opportunity Employer statement has the potential to attract diverse job applicants that create better teams. Learn how to craft a stellar one and what to avoid here.

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8 Steps to Improve Your Employee Retention Strategies

By focusing on improving your employee retention rate, you can boost your company’s morale and your bottom line. Read on for 8 actionable strategies you can use today to keep employees longer.

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It's Time To End Discrimination in the Workplace: Here's How

Learn what acts of discrimination in the workplace are, the ways they can affect work and your employees, and how you as a leader can stop them.

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DEI Recruiting Strategy: Define success criteria with competencies and capabilities

These 5 parts of a DEI-focused recruiting strategy will show you how embracing bias and building processes can overcome gut instincts with disciplined criteria and assessments.

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DEI Recruiting Strategy: Actively Source Candidates

Actively source from historically excluded communities, don’t rely on inbound

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DEI Recruiting Strategy: Quality-of-Hire is the North Star

What gets measured gets managed. Quality-of-hire is a critical piece of your recruiting strategy.

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DEI Recruiting Strategy: Fair and Consistent Evaluation

Evaluating your candidates fairly and consistently against success profiles will reduce bias

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DEI Recruiting Strategy: Be Data-Driven and Set Targets

These 5 parts of a DEI-focused recruiting strategy will show you how embracing bias and building processes can overcome gut instincts with disciplined criteria and assessments.

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Create a Closing Strategy and Win Competitive Talent

Positioning an offer to candidate is more than about money, it's about aligning it with their whole self. Learn how to craft a closing strategy, and use reference data as a secret weapon.

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The Impact of ELTV on the Cost of Hiring an Employee

Do you know the four main factors that affect the cost of hiring an employee? We'll share the most strategic ways you can maximize ROI when it comes to finding your next hire.

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The True Cost of Employee Turnover and 6 Ways to Remedy It

Learn the cost of employee turnover at your company. Know the hidden costs of losing employees and proven ways to increase retention so you can keep your people happy.

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5 Best Questions to Ask in a Competency-Based Interview

Whether you’re interviewing a new project manager or a frontline lead, a competency-based interview can help you determine the best choice for your team.

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What Is the Caliper Test and Does It Help With Hiring?

In this article, you'll learn more about the Caliper test questions, what the answers aim to reveal, and some expectations vs. reality when it comes to using personality tests for hiring.

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How to Ask Behavioral Interview Questions (and Answers to Listen For)

Use these behavioral interview questions and answers in your next interview to help you make the best hiring decision.

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30-60-90 day new hire check-ins are just as important as recruiting

Running structured 30-60-90 day new hire check-ins maximizes speed-to-productivity and long-term retention. Talent leaders from Talkdesk, Gusto, and Human Interest share their tips.

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