A recent Indeed study found that 71% of people in the labor force are actively looking or are open to a new job. Scary for retention, great for companies who are looking to fill jobs. It also means there is likely a whole lot of interviewing going on. So this week's Talent and HR News Weekly Update highlights recent articles about interviewing. Since we missed last week's roundup, we're covering news from the past two weeks.
1) How to Interview: The Definitive Guide from Proven
"Understanding how to conduct interviews can be daunting, but it is an essential part of a successful hiring process. Interviewing well and successfully takes practice and constant improvement. You never fully “have it down.” Candidates, your company, and the hiring environment are constantly changing. That is a good thing. By continuously learning, even if it is a bit of time, you can stay ahead of the competition and win the talent game. Interviewing can be a long and involved process. Use this guide, complete with authorative sources, to make your next hire with ease!"
2) 13 interview questions you might have to answer if you want the 'best job in America' from Business Insider
"Data scientist is the best job in America in 2016, according to a recent report from Glassdoor. The top ranking was based on Glassdoor's analysis of earning potential, career opportunities, and number of job openings. The median base pay was $116,840. Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist, explained the position's rise this way to Business Insider: "Since all companies have an online presence these days, they all need people who know how to manage and store data that helps them make better business decisions, compared to years ago when businesses didn't have data management at their fingertips to review and analyze to help them drive business forward. I expect this to continue to be a hot job for several years to come, too," And this type of data science is especially vital for tech companies like Facebook, Google, Uber, and so on."
3) 8 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Interviewing a Job Candidate from Entrepreneur
"To be a great leader you must be a great interviewer, since the quality of your organization depends on your ability to find and hire the right people. As a professional speaker and consultant, I travel around the country conducting leadership development programs. I continue to be shocked by how many leaders are bad at interviewing and, as a result, aren’t getting the best results for their organizations. It’s an expensive mistake -- bad hiring mistakes cost companies millions of dollars each year. To avoid this pitfall, here are eight deadly sins to avoid when interviewing a job candidate."
4) Which Tech Companies Have the Worst Interview Process? from Get VoIP
"Searching for a job can be a long and daunting task. You have to research companies, edit your resume, and carefully craft cover letters. Even then, according to Interview Success Formula’s 2013 study, you only have a 20% chance of actually getting an interview. And once you get an interview, the hiring process is much longer than in the past. The job interview process has increased nearly 17% since 2010 according to Glassdoor. On average, it now takes 22.9 days, up from 19.6. After reading these studies, we wanted to learn how the job hiring processes of major companies stacked up. To find out, we looked at hundreds reviews on Glassdoor from software engineers who applied to thirteen popular tech companies. We identified trends in the interview processes and calculated the average length of time interviews took at each company."
5) 5 simple ways to build your confidence right before an interview from Mashable
"Heading into a big interview can be terrifying, not unlike the feeling I’d imagine you’d have if you were about to jump out of a plane for the first time ever. Of course, there's little risk of actual death (unless, of course, you're improbably applying for head coach at lion-taming school), but it’s nonetheless an anxiety-producing scenario. Summon your self-confidence and conjure your courage in five easy ways."
6) How to Answer the Ultimate Interview Question? from Huffington Post
"Job-hunting is a demanding task. Not only do you need to have the required skills and knowledge, but you also have to know hot to sell yourself to the interviewer. Actually, no matter your skillset, if you do not know how to sell yourself, you will not get hired. It's that simple. The interview process consists of several steps: the application, the review and the interview itself. If you get to the last stage, that means that you are the right candidate for the job. However, the chances of you actually being hired depend on how well you do in person. And, when you think about it, the whole job application process is one big answer to the 'Why should we hire you?' question, don't you think?"
Lexi Gordon is a Lead Consultant for exaqueo, a workforce consultancy that helps organizations build their cultures, employer brands and talent strategies. Contact exaqueo to learn more about our employer brand innovation, workforce research, and recruiting strategy offerings.