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How HR Can Get Ahead With Hiring During The Winter Months

By The Checkster Staff

Experts have long recognized that the economy is seasonal, and at least part of this seasonality is due to weather. Some industries peak in the summertime when warm weather and long days lead to increased work hours and greater demand. Other industries experience a strong winter peak, particularly as the holidays lead to an increased need for temporary employees. Read more

Automated Reference Checking Process: A Complete Walkthrough

By The Checkster Staff

A successful reference check is one that garners accurate information about a job candidate and leads to a successful hire. While the manual reference checking process has traditionally been an onerous and often fruitless task, automated reference checking has opened up a new approach. This automated strategy can save HR time and money while leading to higher quality hires. Read more

How Reference Checks Are More Powerful Than Modern Day Resumes

By The Checkster Staff

While the hiring process has traditionally focused on the power of the resume, recent shifts suggest that employers may be ready to look beyond education and experience and focus more on talent and performance. According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, some employers have begun implementing a process known as “blind hiring.” Resume information such as name and college education are redacted so that hiring managers can instead focus on what matters – talent. Read more

Hiring Lessons Fortune 500s Can Learn From Fast-Growing Startups

By The Checkster Staff


Many would agree that startups face unique hiring challenges. Established companies have capital, brands, and reputations to lure top talent. Startups typically struggle in these areas.

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3 Hiring Success Metrics Every HR Manager Must Know

By Yves Lermusi

A core functional area of human resources is talent acquisition, but many experts maintain that HR professionals aren't very good at it. Read more

What Does a Reference Check After the Interview Mean?

By Yves Lermusi

Many people ask what it means if an employer does a reference check after-interview for job-seekers, and the simple answer is that they are interested in you. However, it does not necessarily mean anything more than that, so don't start to get your hopes up too much, too soon.

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3 Ways to Lower your Time to Hire by 2 Weeks

By Yves Lermusi


While the number of job openings continues to rise, companies are taking increasingly longer to extend offers to applicants. The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. employers are taking an average of 25 days to fill vacant positions. Large companies with 5,000 or more employees report taking nearly 60 days to fill job vacancies.

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Why Quality of Hire is HR's Most Important Metric

By Yves Lermusi

According to one CareerBuilder survey, more than 6,000 hiring professions suggested that they had experienced the negative effect associated with hiring someone who was a poor fit for the job. Twenty-seven percent of U.S. employers surveyed reported that just one bad hire had cost their company in excess of $50,000. Read more

Yahoo Employee-Ranking System and the Key Role of Technology & Leadership

By Yves Lermusi
In the article “A Yahoo Employee-Ranking System Favored by Marissa Mayer Is Challenged in Court” of the New York Times, a specific sentence should capture all CEOs and CHROs attention. It is the following: “Ratings given by front-line managers were arbitrarily changed by higher-level executives who often had no direct knowledge of the employee’s work.” Read more

6 Areas to Probe During a Reference Check

By Yves Lermusi

Start date, termination date, and job title are about all anyone expects of a typical reference check nowadays. Read more