Josh Tolan

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JoshTolan

Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video interview solution used by more than 2,000 companies across the globe. Connect with Spark Hire onFacebook and Twitter.

5 Ways to Keep Your Runners-Up in the Running For Future Jobs

The hiring process is often harder than you think — and not always for the reasons you expected. Many times you interview one great candidate after another. And the truth is, you can’t hire them all. However, you can hire the one that got away once the right opportunity presents itself. When a…

Hiring Collaboration Tips From The Very First Thanksgiving

Editor’s Note: We published this originally on TLNT on Thanksgiving 2013, and it seems appropriate to repeat it today. Every November, we all sit down with friends and family to celebrate the ultimate sign of teamwork: the first Thanksgiving. Back in 1621, a group of 53 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans shared a harvest feast….

4 Critical Signs You Need to Improve Your Relationship with Recruiters

You’ve been working with the same recruiter for a while, but their results have gotten stale. They’re not helping you find the best candidates, and you’re not getting much from the partnership. Your recruiter’s skills aren’t at fault — it’s your relationship. Just like any other professional relationship, the one between HR professionals…

4 Ways You’re Not Really Listening in the Screening Interview

Data published by Glassdoor in June shows that the amount of time required for the interview process has grown since 2009 — and screening processes may be the cause. The report indicated that skills tests and other screening tactics have a significant effect on the length of the interview process. These screening tactics are…

4 Things to Know About Employee Happiness (and Why It’s Important)

It’s only natural to believe that employee happiness is contingent on success, but this belief is actually backwards. It’s not that success makes employees happy, but rather that happiness makes employees more successful. According to a recent study by the University of Warwick and the Institute for the Study of Labor, happier employees…

4 Things You Need to Know About Global Candidate Sourcing

Finding the best talent for your organization isn’t always easy, and in today’s job market, it can be downright difficult. According to Bullhorn recruiting firm’s 2015 North American Staffing and Recruiting Trends Report, 75 percent of the 1,285 agency recruiting professionals surveyed reported a “skills shortage” in the industries they recruit in. In…

6 Problems with Job Interviews Today (And How to Fix Them)

What’s wrong with job interviews today? Too much. In fact, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey of more than 6,000 global hiring managers, more than half of employers in each of the ten largest world economies have felt the effects of a bad hire. With that many people having had bad hires, something…

How to Showcase Your Company Brand in a Video Interview

Fast-growing, successful businesses realize the importance of a positive brand image. It acts as a first impression to consumers, key stakeholders and more importantly, potential employees. In fact, a recent survey by CareerBuilder found that 91 percent of candidates believe employment brand plays a key role in their decision whether or not to…

Is It Finally Time to Ditch the Phone Interview?

In the 1870s, we were first able to transmit speech electronically, thanks to Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray. Over the years, phone technology evolved from candlestick to rotary-dial, eventually becoming cordless, and now, completely mobile. Before then, we relied on hand-delivered messages and in-person communication, much like companies do in the hiring process…

Letting Go of Passive Candidates: It Might Help Jump the Skills Gap

There are two words with the power to make most employers and recruiters shiver: skills gap. The skills gap continues to plague employers, even as unemployment remains high and more candidates flood into the job market. An article by Dr. John Sullivan on ERE.net cited the number of resumes per corporate job listing…

The Temp Hiring Revolution: How to Avoid Getting Left Behind

Temporary hiring is on the rise, and recruiters, employers, and staffing pros would be smart to take note. Only about 24 percent of employers expect to hire full-time, permanent workers this year, which is down slightly from 26 percent in 2013. However, the numbers for temporary hiring paint a much rosier picture: 42…

Video Interviewing — No, It’s Not a Big Luxury Any More

In an old DirectTV commercial, a man with a Russian accent sits in his giant, gold-filled house. “Opulence, I has it,” he declares, staring lovingingly at his miniature giraffe. Some employers and recruiters imagine this is the lifestyle you must lead if you want to implement video interviewing. Truthfully, video interviewing isn’t anything…

Hiring Collaboration Tips From The First Thanksgiving

Every November, we all sit down with friends and family to celebrate the ultimate sign of teamwork: the first Thanksgiving. Back in 1621, a group of 53 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans shared a harvest feast. Today, we celebrate this collaboration with tons of turkey, stuffing, and giant parade floats. Thanksgiving is about…

Hiring Horrors: 4 Lessons We Can Learn From Scary Movies

With Halloween around the corner, it might be time to admit hiring can be downright scary. You want to find the best people for your company before the competition picks them off one by one. More importantly, however, you want to avoid making bad decisions. Some of these hiring mistakes can be truly…

Three Hiring Takeaways From the Miss America Pageant

Since 1921, every year the crown has been perched atop the head of a new Miss America. Despite the many changes in our society since the pageant started, gathering around the television to watch the Miss America pageant has remained a tradition. If you think about it, the format of the pageant sounds…