How Social Media Affects Your Chances at Getting Hired

There’s so much to consider when hiring a potential candidate at any company. Reviewing resumes and checking references have always been the norm but when and where does social media come into play?

There are some fine lines that both HR professionals and candidates alike need to be mindful of when it comes to social media posts and the conclusions that can be drawn from them. An example would be making a hiring decision upon discovering personal information such as a pregnancy or if the candidate is getting married and likely requiring time off in the not-too-distant future.  Making hiring decisions based on this information would be legally problematic under these circumstances and others similar.
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10 Tips to Ace Your Job Interview

The start of the New Year is always prime time for employers to look for and hire new talent.

So how can you be best prepared?

View the list below for some helpful tips:

    1. Do your research. Visit the website of the company you’re interviewing with and understand their history, management, and overall business. Be sure to research any of their recent announcements so you’re up to speed.
    2. Your attire. Always dress business professional, unless specifically told otherwise. Be clean, well-groomed and scent-free.
    3. Your questions. Consider who it is you’ll be speaking to and prepare questions in advance on a single sheet of paper. Your questions should reflect your interest in and research of the employer and its markets and competitors.

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How Can HR Ensure All Employees Have the Right Level of Business English Skills?

Developing and implementing a language assessment strategy is an effective way for HR to measure the language ability of new appointments and existing staff. When assessing the business English skills for new employees, the first thing to consider is how much English language they need to know in order to carry out their roles effectively. This will allow you to set minimum benchmarks of language proficiency that all new staff must meet, in line with internationally recognised standards. The Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a good place to start as it’s one of the most commonly used systems to describe different levels of language ability.
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The Do’s & Dont’s of Evaluating Language Competency When Hiring

Many 21st century jobs require individuals who have specific skill sets or competencies which can be proven with certifications, ratings, or official measurements. Rarely would it be enough to trust a job candidate to evaluate his or her own abilities as a computer programmer who claims to be proficient in a specific programming language. Nor would it be acceptable to have a current employee ask a few questions to find out if a candidate can handle a complicated, technical, and demanding job.

Likewise, when determining whether or not someone has the foreign language proficiency specifically required for a position, there are certain Do’s and Don’ts that can help guide the process for hiring managers and human resources professionals.
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