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Six unusual, real-life questions asked by hiring managers in job interviews

Six unusual, real-life questions asked by hiring managers in job interviews

Even if you are well-prepared for a job interview and have rehearsed your answers to common questions, sometimes a hiring manager will ask an unusual question to see how you can think and respond on your feet, as well as find out more about your soft skills and cultural fit.

Here are six real-life examples from Glassdoor of unusual questions people have been asked in job interviews, and how to answer them if they come up for you:

"If I were talking to your best friend, what is one thing your friend would say you need to improve?"

 
 
 

Are vision and values holding back your corporate culture?

Are vision and values holding back your corporate culture?

Vision isn’t 2020. In fact, in a world where change and uncertainty are now a constant, can anything be as incongruous as a vision?

During the 2000s, all leaders were implored to dream up engaging and powerful visions. At my previous company, I remember being given a piece of flipchart paper and challenged to draw a visual representation of a world changing vision:

To be the best………..

To be the world leader in…………

 
 
 

How to Thrive in the New World of Work

How to Thrive in the New World of Work

In a nutshell, the New World of Work can (arguably) be defined by a series of challenges facing modern organizations:

  • Business model disruption – the impact digital technology is having on business transformation and change
  • Managing a multi-generational workforce – the workforce will soon be made up of four different generations, all with contrasting attitudes and expectations regarding work
 
 
 

Toronto Jobs Market: 2017 Year-to-Date Review

Toronto Jobs Market: 2017 Year-to-Date Review

Whether you’re an executive at a Toronto business in need of a recruitment strategy or a candidate looking for a job, it’s important to understand the realities facing your industry and local economy. Here we’ve gathered the most recent news and predictions for hiring and employment in Toronto:

Canada saw a dip in its unemployment rate to 6.3 percent in July—a nine-year low—while it gained new jobs for the eighth month in a row. In May, the country added 77,000 new full-time jobs, while losing 22,300 part-time jobs. The strongest growth by industry occurred in the services sector, the manufacturing sector, and professional, scientific and technical services sectors. Economists say the robust overall figures indicate the country’s strong economic growth is likely to continue.1

 
 
 

How to create a corporate culture your employees actually care about

How to create a corporate culture your employees actually care about

The modern organization is fighting battles on multiple fronts; evolving with rapidly changing digital demands, battling against political and economic uncertainty, and meeting the often polarizing requirements of today’s multi-generational workforce, while increasingly trying to respond to unexpected demands, opportunities, and challenges.

With change set to only accelerate, companies are seeing the need to be agile as their top priority, and enabling a more collaborative workforce has become the critical business precursor for such success. But creating a culture that promotes such preferred behaviors doesn’t simply happen because you demand it from your staff. And while investing in innovative spaces and ping pong tables may be fun for employees, it won’t provide the underlying DNA culture shift you require.

 
 
 

How to show your boss the cost of unfilled roles

How to show your boss the cost of unfilled roles

Whether you are hiring for one open position or one hundred, every unfilled role is costly to your business. Doing the math helps decision makers throughout an organization envision the real financial costs of vacant positions—from C-suite positions to sales vacancies to entry-level logistics and e-commerce roles and everything in between.

How to Calculate the Cost of General Open Roles:

(Total Company Annual Revenue) ÷ (Number of Employees) ÷ 365 = Daily Lost Revenue

 
 
 

Improve E-Commerce and Logistics Hiring with Predictive Analytics

Improve E-Commerce and Logistics Hiring with Predictive Analytics

People propel your business—from website designers to warehouse managers.

From January 2017 to June 2017, the available e-commerce and logistics talent supply met only a portion of demand across all roles. Below is supply and talent demand data sourced from Career Builder’s Insights portal:

 
 
 

Employer Branding for Employee Retention

Employer Branding for Employee Retention

With the spike in e-commerce growth over the past two years, there simply isn’t enough e-commerce and logistics talent to go around.

That means competitors will be calling on your employees. In 2015, Walmart hired away 65 technology professionals from eBay, and in 2016, Target poached a top executive from Amazon to be its chief supply chain and logistics officer, to name a few high-profile examples.

Improve Retention with Employer Branding

 
 
 

5 Ways RPO Benefits Logistics & E-Commerce Hiring

5 Ways RPO Benefits Logistics & E-Commerce Hiring

It’s a candidate’s market.

From January 2017 to June 2017, the available professional-level talent supply met only a portion of demand for e-commerce and logistics roles. Recruiting in this environment can be overwhelming for in-house HR teams who have other responsibilities to manage.

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) is the right solution when you need to access the best talent in an efficient, professional and cost effective way. As an RPO provider, we become an extension of your team, making hiring easier and more efficient, while you continue to make all the hiring decisions.

 
 
 

Want an easier way to hire better salespeople?

Want an easier way to hire better salespeople?

Incorporate low-cost, online assessments into your hiring process

Sales people are critical because their success directly affects the health of the organization.

From January 2017 to June 2017, the available sales manager talent supply for e-commerce and logistics met only a portion of demand. Below is supply and talent demand data sourced from Career Builder’s Insights portal:

 
 
 

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