Quality of Hire Blog

Spring fever: Sowing the seeds of hiring success

No matter what snow may linger in your neighborhood, our calendars say spring is officially underway. It's a time of awakening, when dormant things come to life. Tender new growth bursts forth with startling and fresh promise. Many look forward to this season for its annual call to clean and renew, appraise and improve. What new life can you bring to your talent acquisition practices? Consider where the opportunities are to reinvigorate your quality of hire, grow your talent pool, or o…

No fair: Are you sure your recruiting efforts are gender-neutral?

It’s International Women’s Day, a day to reflect on how we can continue to work to reduce gender discrimination here and around the world. Most people would protest at the notion that they are sexist. But gender bias can be much subtler than catcalling and presuming who stays home with the baby. Unconscious bias has a way of creeping into our daily lives in vague ways that can have far-reaching consequences. Unintentional or not, such bias can mutate your recruiting expec…

Shooting for the moon: Setting the course of leadership

You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That's assault, not leadership. —President Dwight D. Eisenhower Your day may be made up of numerous tough calls: who to assign to a pivotal project, the right words to finally win over a candidate or influence a hiring manager, what to have for lunch. Presidents’ Day may be an occasion to appreciate not having had to sweat some of the choices that have shaped our national identity. Nearly 56 years ago, at a moment when the t…

The Ripples of a Random Act of Kindness

by Joseph Murphy

It was 1985 but seems like just yesterday. I was in Cleveland, working at a Fortune 300 company in a training and development role. I was introduced to Michael Ziegenhagen during my first month on the job. A fellow Milwaukee native, he was also new to the city. We became fast friends and carpooled to work from across town together for the next three years. It was about this time Michael was thinking about his next career move and began looking at job ads in the Wall Street Journal. (Pri…

Shaker to Spotlight Intersection of Selection and Science for Data-Driven Hiring at HR West 2017

Shaker Executive Vice President Joseph P. Murphy will present the session Optimize Your Hire Power: The Intersection of Selection and Science on Tuesday, March 7 as part of HR West 2017. The possibilities offered by big data and talent analytics continue to generate tremendous buzz. Yet the purpose and practical use of these resources is often obscured by marketing jargon and hype, preventing companies from leveraging data as part of the hiring process. But not all hope is lost. Murphy…

Does Candidate Experience Matter?

by Joseph Murphy

A growing number of companies and industry professionals are engaged in answering the question: Does candidate experience matter? Talent Board, a non-profit organization for which I serve on the board of directors, set out to create useful definitions of factors that comprise the candidate experience. Through our longitudinal survey research we collect standardized data from companies and their candidates and turn it into useful metrics. We have six years of data from hundreds of compan…

Pitfalls and Possibilities: How Data Science Is Shaping Selection Science

by Jen Wason

Nationally recognized labor and employment attorney Mark Girouard and Eric Sydell, Shaker’s vice president of Research and Innovation, provided insights and advice during a December 13 web seminar about tackling some of the thorny issues around applying big data and machine learning to talent acquisition.   The increasing availability—and tantalizing promises—of big data solutions to find and hire candidates means understanding these tools and their risks and p…

Candidate Experience Q&A: Kevin Grossman, Vice President of Talent Board

Shaker recently partnered with Talent Board to hosted a Candidate Experience (CandE) Workshop, a half-day event exploring what companies can do to improve the candidate experience they provide their jobseekers. The workshop was led by Kevin Grossman, Talent Board’s Vice President and expert on all things recruiting. He spoke about the need to improve the candidate experience and what companies can do to make immediate improvements to their hiring process. We asked Grossman what he…

Better Data, Better Hiring Decisions: Four Ways to Find the Data You Need

by Joseph Murphy

Recruiters today have access to more information about candidates than ever before. No longer limited to what appears on a resume, recruiters can scour social media, scrutinize references, and make use of predictive analytics to inform their hiring practices. But with so much data available at their fingertips, companies need to know how to weed out the distractions and focus on the information useful to finding the candidates they really want. So how do you know what data is useful? A…

Machine Learning Pitfalls and the Perils of Big Data Hiring Analytics

What:Complimentary webinar: Machine Learning Pitfalls and the Perils of Big Data Hiring Analytics Who:Mark Girouard, JD, a litigation-tested employment defense attorney and Eric Sydell, PhD, Shaker’s vice president of research and innovation When:Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. EDT Details:Employers are increasingly turning to big data solutions to find, recruit, and hire job candidates. These tools have the potential to greatly reduce recruiting costs while streamlini…