Recruiting Tips Maintaining a Sense of Urgency During the Interview Process

first_imgMaintaining a Sense of Urgency During the Interview ProcessDo you know the saying, “Time kills all deals”? In sales, it’s a known fact that the longer it takes for a deal to close, the more likely you will lose the sale. And I think the same can be true of an overly lengthy interview process — the longer it drags out the more likely a great candidate will walk away.There are several reasons why keeping a candidate in process too long is a bad idea:More Opportunity to Over-think ThingsThis is especially true of passive candidates who are currently employed. Maybe the role seemed new and exciting when they first interviewed, but as time goes on, the initial luster wears off. After weeks — perhaps even months — of not having in-person contact with hiring managers, those candidates may decide they want to stick with what is comfortable rather than trying something new.Top Candidates Don’t Stay AvailableA great candidate who is actively looking is certainly not going to be on the market for very long. Even if the opportunity at your company is perfect for them, without “closing the deal” you always run the risk of them being scooped up.No Progress is Often Perceived as DisinterestAnother reason candidates may remove themselves from consideration for a role is because they might start to believe your company is actually not very interested in them. This is more likely if a second or third interview has not been scheduled and a candidate is seeking feedback. If they reach out to the recruiter regarding next steps and do not receive any relevant information, it’s certainly possible they will lose enthusiasm. It can be a downer trying to figure out whether you have a chance at an opportunity, and eventually a candidate will just move on.So, how can you avoid these types of situations?Set Expectations from the StartFirst off, if you know from the start the interview process will be lengthy it is important to let candidates know and set that expectation from the very first phone call. Ideally, your company should try to make the interview process as quick and painless as possible. This can be difficult based on each interviewer’s schedule, but if it’s an important role and filling it is a high priority you should carve out time to meet with someone and move the process along. Not only does a quick and organized interview process provide an excellent candidate experience, but you will also get the candidate hired, onboarded, and working more quickly. He or she will be able to move into the role you need sooner and take on responsibilities that need to be taken care of.Consolidate Multiple Interviews As Much As PossibleIf there are multiple people or teams a candidate needs to meet with in order to be hired, you might consider scheduling a longer interview that includes multiple stakeholders to avoid return trips. Some companies have an “interview day” where they invite a candidate in for several hours or even an entire day in order to speed up the process. Overall, in hiring situations it is best to have a sense of urgency when it comes to interviewing. Clearly, it is important to vet out candidates to find the most qualified person for the position. However, by dragging out interviews you risk losing a great candidate.Have you been subjected to a very long interview process? How did you handle it?As a hiring manager, how will you speed up your interview process?AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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2019-07-27

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Are You Sure Your Buyer Is Your End User

first_imgUser experience design expert Kyrie Robinson shares how she discovered first-hand that buyers and users are not always one in the same, and why it is important to develop personas for each. When it comes to user personas linked to your product, it’s not often going to be as simple as one-and-done. In all likelihood there will be multiple people coming into contact with your service, and each will have a unique persona that you need to account for and address appropriately. The potential differences between buyer and user personas are a good example. Kyrie Robinson of  Silicon Valley Product Group explains that at TiVo, the buyers and users were two very different groups of people, and each group needed to be identified to ensure that the marketing materials and UX design were properly developed for their respective audience. [new_royalslider id=”13″]   Photo by: Sebastiaan ter BurgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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2019-07-27

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Federal Appeals Court Orders DEA to Reconsider if Marijuana Belongs on Schedule

first_img Omar Sacirbey June 5, 2019 –shares This story originally appeared on Marijuana Business Daily Federal Appeals Court Orders DEA to Reconsider if Marijuana Belongs on Schedule 1 Green Entrepreneur Podcast Image credit: via Marijuana Business Daily A federal appeals court in New York told the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to “promptly” reconsider its classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug. While it’s unclear whether the DEA will act, such a move could have a wide-ranging impact on medical cannabis businesses and research.“I think you would see an increase in business activity. There’d be less fear and a loosening of restrictions,” said Jesse Mondry, a Portland, Oregon-based attorney with the Harris Bricken law firm.Related: What Is Schedule I and Why Is Marijuana on the List, Anyway?Rescheduling would also open up research opportunities that could result in evidence that allows medical cannabis providers to substantiate their claims, Mondry said.Plaintiffs in the case, including medical marijuana patients, told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the DEA’s refusal to reschedule cannabis damaged their health and that the federal agency should remove cannabis from Schedule 1.An earlier federal court, however, dismissed the case in 2017, asserting that the plaintiffs hadn’t yet exhausted all the administrative avenues to changing marijuana’s status. The plaintiffs appealed.While the 2nd Circuit agreed with the previous court that not all administrative avenues had been exhausted, it noted that there was significant evidence showing marijuana relieved patient suffering and that the DEA had been “dilatory” in its consideration of cannabis’ status.Related: DEA Moves Some CBD Medicines off Schedule 1The judges also noted that reclassifying drugs through administrative paths takes nine years on average, an intolerably long time given that health and suffering are at issue.“Plaintiffs should not be required to live indefinitely with uncertainty about their access to allegedly life-saving medication,” the judges wrote.While the court said it would not at this juncture order the DEA to reconsider marijuana’s status, it said it would keep that option open if the court didn’t act promptly.Related: The UN Is Moving Toward Ending Decades of International Cannabis Prohibition“We think it possible that future action by us may become appropriate here,” the court wrote. “Plaintiffs have not asked for – and we do not even consider issuing – a writ of mandamus to force the DEA to act.“But we exercise our discretion to keep jurisdiction of the case in this panel, to take whatever action may become appropriate if Plaintiffs seek administrative review and the DEA fails to act promptly.” Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. The court called DEA “dilatory” for the agency’s notoriously stubborn refusal to objectively consider the health benefits of cannabis. Next Article Add to Queue 3 min read Cannabis Listen Nowlast_img read more

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2019-07-26

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Facebook Takes on LinkedIn with New Job Opening Features

first_img Facebook Inc. said on Monday it was testing a feature that would let page administrators create job postings and receive applications from candidates, a move that could pressure LinkedIn Corp.’s recruiting business.”Based on behavior we’ve seen on Facebook, where many small businesses post about their job openings on their Page, we’re running a test for Page admins to create job postings and receive applications from candidates,” a company spokesman told Reuters.LinkedIn makes most of its revenue from job hunters and recruiters who pay a monthly fee to post resumes and connect with people on what’s often known as the social network for business.Technology news website TechCrunch first reported the news on Monday. With Facebook’s jobs features, companies could drive more traffic to their Facebook pages while allowing them to pay the social network to get their job openings in front of more candidates, TechCrunch said.In October, Facebook launched Marketplace to allow people to buy and sell items locally as the social media network tries new ways to keep its users engaged.(Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler) Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on Reuters Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. –shares Reuters With Facebook’s jobs features, companies could drive more traffic to their Facebook pages while allowing them to pay the social network to get their job openings in front of more candidates. Facebook Takes on LinkedIn with New Job Opening Features Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queue Next Article November 8, 2016 Facebook 1 min readlast_img read more

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2019-07-26

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About 40000 Verizon Unionized Workers Strike Over Contract Talks

first_img April 13, 2016 Next Article Apply Now » –shares Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Verizon Workers Walk Off Jobs And Strike in Washington, DC. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Verizon About 40,000 Verizon Unionized Workers Strike Over Contract Talks Reuters Tens of thousands of Verizon Communications Inc. workers walked off the job on Wednesday in one of the largest U.S. strikes in recent years after contract talks hit an impasse.The strike could affect service in Verizon’s Fios Internet, telephone and TV services businesses across several U.S. East Coast states, including New York, Massachusetts and Virginia.The strike was called by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers that jointly represent nearly 40,000 employees, such as customer services representatives and network technicians in Verizon’s traditional wireline phone operations.Workers protested at various Verizon locations along the East Coast. Verizon said it had trained thousands of non-union employees over the past year to ensure no disruption in services.While the wireline unit represents Verizon’s legacy business, it generated about 29 percent of the company’s revenue in 2015 and less than 7 percent of operating income.Verizon’s Fios TV and Internet service is no longer growing and the company has been scaling back its landline network as it has shifts to the bread-and-butter wireless business and new efforts in mobile video and advertising.Verizon and the unions have been talking since last June over the company’s plans to cut healthcare and pension-related benefits over a three-year period.The workers have been without a contract since its agreement expired in August. Issues include healthcare, offshoring call center jobs, work rules and pensions.“It’s regrettable that union leaders have called a strike, a move that hurts all of our employees,” Marc Reed, Verizon’s chief administrative officer, said in a statement on Wednesday. “Since last June, we’ve worked diligently to try and reach agreements that would be good for our employees, good for our customers and make the wireline business more successful now and in the future.”The last contract negotiations in 2011 also led to a strike. A new contract was reached after two weeks.On Tuesday, Verizon said it has been approached by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. In the last round, the FMCS mediated their contract dispute.“The question of federal mediation is a distraction to the real problem: Verizon’s corporate greed,” the unions said in a statement, adding it has not yet contacted the FMCS.Verizon’s shares dipped 0.1 percent at $51.88.(Reporting by Malathi Nayak and Rishika Sadam; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty; and Jeffrey Benkoe) Image credit: Mark Wilson | Getty Images 3 min read This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more

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2019-07-26

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New Research Shows You Dont Want the Person Managing Your Money to

first_img Image credit: Shutterstock 2 min read Entrepreneur Staff Next Article New Research Shows You Don’t Want the Person Managing Your Money to Be a Shark A recent study found that psychopaths make poor hedge fund managers. 47shares Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. October 20, 2017 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. If you think about the archetype of a money manager, someone cold, emotionless and driven probably springs to mind — like Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. But new research has found that these traits not only make someone a pain to be around, but also don’t net successful investments.”We should re-think our assumptions that might favor ruthlessness or callousness in an investment manager,” said Leanne ten Brinke, a social psychologist at the University of Denver and lead author of the study. “Not only do these personality traits not improve performance, our data suggest that they many hinder it.”Related: 10 Things Mark Cuban Says to Do With Your MoneyThe researchers found that hedge fund managers who exhibit higher instances of psychopathy, narcissism and Machiavellianism — three traits described quite evocatively as the “dark triad” — actually perform worse than their professional peers who do not, especially over long periods of time.The study looked at the personality traits of 101 hedge fund managers, then compared their investments and financial returns with their various personality types over the course of 10 years from 2005 to 2015.Related: 20 Money Tips to Help You Save MoreMoney managers with psychopathic traits made less profitable investments than their peers, by under 1 percent per year. The researchers note that while the discrepancy might seem small annually, those mistakes can add up over time. Additionally, money managers that were more narcissistic took more risks to earn the same amount of money as those managers who were less narcissistic.It goes to show that when you hire new team members, you would do well to keep an eye out for the candidates that exhibit empathy and care rather than callous single-mindedness. Your bottom line will thank you.Related video: 7 Tips for Service-Based Business Owners to Crush it on Social Media Money Nina Zipkin Register Now »last_img read more

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2019-07-26

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Interview Palsgaard CEO Jakob Thoisen on growing sustainably

first_imgInterview: Palsgaard CEO Jakob Thoisen on growing sustainablyPosted By: Alex Clereon: September 20, 2017In: Business, Environment, Food, Industries, Ingredients, Innovation, InterviewsPrintEmailDanish ingredients company Palsgaard is celebrating 100 years since its founder, Einar Schou, invented the first fully controllable emulsifier, paving the way for what is now a $4 billion industry in the food segment alone. And Palsgaard has good reason to celebrate: alongside the centenary, it’s recently achieved carbon neutrality across the whole of its business in Mexico and is on track to record the same achievement in the Netherlands.Not traditionally acquisitions-heavy, the company also took a majority stake in Brazilian emulsifier company Candon at the start of the year, expanding its reach at an exciting time.So FoodBev caught up with Palsgaard CEO Jakob Thoisen to talk about the latest achievements, and get a sense of what lies in store.It’s only a couple of months since Palsgaard celebrated going CO2-neutral in Mexico; how significant a milestone is that?It is a very significant milestone, as it shows our commitment to the environmental challenges of the world, and further to that it’s a major achievement as we are the first industrial company in Mexico obtaining CO2 neutrality.How much progress have you made towards making your other plants CO2-neutral?In the Netherlands, we are completely on track according to our time schedule, so within a number of months we expect to reach our goal. With Malaysia it’s all a bit more complex, as the infrastructure with regards to green energy is not yet as developed as in Denmark and Mexico. But we have a number of initiatives in the pipeline and we are confident that we will reach the goal of CO2-neutrality by 2020.There’s an assumption that growing economies like Malaysia and Mexico are less concerned about sustainability. How receptive have your local partners been towards your efforts?I must say that our achievements in Mexico and our efforts in Malaysia are being very well received by both the public institutions and by our clients and other stakeholders. Caring about the environment is appreciated and high on the agenda in many countries around the world, as well as by consumers.In Mexico, you achieved CO2-neutrality with the help of carbon off-sets. Are there any plans to pursue renewable gas and electricity more proactively, so that you can replace the carbon off-sets?It is definitely our aim to do so: in Mexico 95% of our electricity consumption is covered by our own solar panels, and it is our aim to limit the carbon off-sets to an absolute minimum. Therefore, we are continuously exploring various opportunities to do so.You’re expecting revenues to double over the next five years – where’s that growth coming from?We see an increasing demand for our food ingredients worldwide and we firmly believe that the functionality we deliver, combined with the fact that we can produce our products based on segregated palm in Denmark and at the same time CO2-neutral, is in high demand – particularly in Europe, but also elsewhere in the world like the US and South America. Furthermore, we are intensifying our presence in Africa, and we believe this continent will offer significant growth in the future. Finally, we see a large demand for our vegetable-based polymer additives. They offer a green alternative to petrochemical-based additives, something which is highly demanded by the polymer industry.And presumably, after the deal for Candon in Brazil, acquisitions could still play a role?I think that would be a natural conclusion…What sort of companies are you looking for in those acquisitions?For sure food ingredients companies which have a strategic fit with Palsgaard could be targets, whether it would be emulsifiers, stabilisers or a combination would completely depend on the company in question and the conditions around a possible deal.You’re targeting carbon-neutrality by 2020, revenue growth by 2022… what’s the plan after that?At this point we have plenty of projects in the pipeline, but of course growth in a responsible way, both within food and polymer ingredients, will continue to be high on the agenda.Share with your network: Tags: CEO SeriesDairyDenmarkemulsifiersPalsgaardstabiliserssustainabilitylast_img read more

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2019-07-25

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Bacardi announces retirement of Patrón chief executive Ed Brown

first_imgBacardi announces retirement of Patrón chief executive Ed BrownPosted By: Contributoron: December 13, 2018In: Alcohol, Appointments, Beverage, Business, IndustriesPrintEmailBacardi has announced that Ed Brown, president and CEO of its Patrón tequila brand, will retire as of 31 December 2018.During his nearly 20-year tenure, Brown led the Patrón brand’s expansion, growing from 118,000 cases sold in 2001 to more than 2 million cases sold annually.Bacardi bought the brand earlier this year for $5.1 billion, having previously acquired a significant majority stake.Barry Kabalkin, vice chairman of Bacardi and a member of the board of directors of Patrón since 2008, said: “It is only fitting that we should describe the career of the man who created the enduring tagline, ‘simply perfect’ as nothing short of that.“On behalf of Bacardi and our newest colleagues from Patrón, I would like to offer Ed our heartfelt thanks for building one of the best brands in the spirits world and beyond. We wish Ed all the best on his well-deserved retirement.”According to Bacardi CEO Mahesh Madhavan, the Bermuda-headquartered company is well into a successful integration of Patrón.“Ed has been a generous partner as we’ve worked hard to integrate our companies without missing a beat,” said Madhavan. “We continue to be impressed with what he and his outstanding team have accomplished, and we are more excited than ever at the opportunity to build upon their success to grow Patrón, which so perfectly complements our portfolio of premium brands at Bacardi.”Bacardi said that Brown intends to remain engaged in the company post-retirement, providing advice on the Patrón brand, the tequila category and the spirits industry as a whole.Share with your network: Tags: BacardiPatrón Tequilalast_img read more

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2019-07-25

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Siggis expands yogurt portfolio with range of new innovations

first_imgSiggi’s expands yogurt portfolio with range of new innovationsPosted By: Contributoron: July 09, 2019In: Dairy, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailLactalis-owned Siggi’s has expanded its Icelandic yogurt portfolio in the US with a range of new innovations including a new variant made with cold brew coffee.Siggi’s 4% coffee skyr uses arabica cold brew coffee and features 13g of protein and 8g of sugar per serving. The yogurt is available in a 4.4oz cup for a suggested retail price of $1.69.Making it easier for consumers to purchase multiple cups, three flavours – mixed berries, vanilla, and blueberry – of 2% milkfat yogurt are now available in four-packs, retailing for $5.69.Siggi’s has also released the brand’s first lactose-free yogurt line. A plain variant has 18g of protein and 5g of sugar per serving, while vanilla contains 17g of protein and 11g of sugar per serving. Each flavour is available in 24oz tubs for $5.69.“As a brand, we’re always looking to improve our offerings while staying true to our simple ingredients, lower sugar promise,” said Siggi Hilmarsson, founder of Siggi’s.“We’ve now grown so much that launching a four-pack makes sense as we have so many consumers who are buying multiple cups a week and this is a more convenient offering for them. We’ve also launched our Lactose Free line to reach our friends who are looking for lactose-free options.“It’s an exciting time for all of us at Siggi’s as we continue to expand the brand and grow the category, so we’re very excited to introduce these new products to the market.”Finally, Siggi’s is relaunching its Simple Sides range with the brand’s 2% milkfat skyr to improve the ability to stir the yogurt with mix-ins. With the renovation, each cup is 200 calories or less and contains 15-16g of protein and 10-12g of sugar.The new Simple Sides retail for $1.99 for 5oz cups and are available in four flavour combinations: vanilla and cinnamon yogurt with apples, almonds and oats; honey yogurt with dried figs and walnuts; vanilla yogurt with almonds and dried cherries; and vanilla yogurt with dried coconut and cacao nibs.Last month, Siggi’s won best dairy snack for the Simple Sides range at the World Dairy Innovation Awards 2019.Share with your network: Tags: LactalisSiggi’sUSyogurtlast_img read more

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2019-07-25

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Salt intake in China among highest in the world – research

first_imgSalt intake in China among highest in the world – researchPosted By: Contributoron: July 17, 2019In: Food, Health, Industries, IngredientsPrintEmailNew research led by Queen Mary University of London has found that salt intake in China is confirmed to be among the highest in the world, with adults over the past four decades consistently consuming on average above 10g of salt a day, which is more than twice the recommended limit.The systematic review and meta-analysis, funded by the National Institute for Health Research and published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, also found that Chinese children aged 3-6 are eating the maximum amount of salt recommended by the World Health Organization for adults (5g a day).The team reviewed all data ever published on salt intake in China (which involved about 900 children and 26,000 adults across the country) and found that salt intake has been consistently high over the past four decades, with a divide between the north and south of the country.While salt intake in northern China is among the highest in the world (11.2g a day on average), it has been declining since the 1980s when it was 12.8g a day, and most markedly since the 2000s. According to the researchers, this could be the result of both governmental efforts in salt awareness education and the lessened reliance on pickled food.However, this trend of decrease was not seen in southern China, which has increased from 8.8g a day average in the 1980s to 10.2g a day in the 2010s.The researchers reviewed potassium intake and found that in contrast to salt intake, it has been consistently low throughout China for the past four decades, with individuals of all age groups consuming less than half the recommended minimum intakes.Lead author Monique Tan, from Queen Mary’s Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, said: “Urgent action is needed in China to speed up salt reduction and increase potassium intake. High blood pressure in childhood tracks into adulthood, leading to cardiovascular disease.“If you eat more salt whilst you are young, you are more likely to eat more salt as an adult, and to have higher blood pressure. These incredibly high salt, and low potassium, figures are deeply concerning for the future health of the Chinese population.”Feng J He, Professor of Global Health Research at Queen Mary University of London, added: “Salt intake in northern China declined, but is still over double the maximum intake recommended by the WHO, while salt intake actually increased in southern China.“Most of the salt consumed in China comes from the salt added by the consumers themselves while cooking. However, there is now a rapid increase in the consumption of processed foods and of food from street markets, restaurants, and fast-food chains, and this must be addressed before the hard-won declines are offset.”Share with your network: Tags: ChinasaltWorld Health Organizationlast_img read more

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2019-07-25

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