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Want to Lead Your Sales Team? Adapt Your Communication Style

By Elizabeth T. on Jun 1, 2021 10:08:25 AM

Executives and managers are looking at how they can make an impact now in a post-COVID-19 workplace. As sales managers assume responsibilities over guiding people and various projects, they collect more metrics to measure. With more junior employees, this creates a larger array of viewpoints, opinions, and skills. Each of these traits brings immense value to an organization---but only if they’re properly harnessed. How managers and their employees communicate matter to bolster these traits.

Topics: Artificial Intelligence AI Video Recruiting Candidate Experience
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Einsatz von Retorio im Personalwesen - Warum KI zu objektiveren Entscheidungen führt

By Retorio Founders on Mar 23, 2021 8:05:14 PM

Retorio wurde 2018 von Dr. Christoph Hohenberger und Dr. Patrick Oehler an der TU München gegründet. Ziel des Unternehmens ist es, Jobsuchenden und Firmen mittels neuer Technologien dabei zu helfen, bessere Entscheidungen zu treffen, fairere Prozesse zu gestalten und möglichst vielen Menschen Zugang zu individualisierter und möglichst persönlicher Weiterbildung zu ermöglichen.

Um ein besseres Verständnis zu vermitteln, was Retorio ist und wie es funktioniert, haben wir die wichtigsten Fragen und Antworten zu Retorio im Folgenden zusammengefasst.

Topics: Science Artificial Intelligence AI Video Recruiting Diversity Pre-Employment Testing Candidate Experience Organizational Culture
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What to Look for in an Employee Training Software (Choose Wisely)

By Elizabeth T. on Feb 3, 2021 6:33:48 PM

You may have come across a teeny, tiny challenge of this current pandemic: training employees remotely. You may need help in finding an employee training software that suits your needs. For companies across the globe, training the workforce---despite present constraints---may be  an opportunity to digitize training. It's an opportunity, but it may feel a bit stressful. There's so many options on the market. You may feel a bit like the movie character Indiana Jones in "Indian Jones and the Last Crusade"; he had to choose the right cup or suffer the consequences. 

But that's why you're here. You recognize it's important. Flexible working has its pros and --- if you choose wisely--- training remotely may have its pros as well.  Finding a digital tool that provides rapid feedback and plugs in seamlessly with your other tools is a given. What are the other considerations?

Topics: AI Video Recruiting Candidate Experience Organizational Culture
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The Ultimate Podcast List for Every Facet of Your Career

By Elizabeth T. on Dec 8, 2020 1:22:11 PM

Podcasting is good for your brain. Materials scientist and engineer Titi Shodiya and molecular biologist Zakiya Whatley of Dope Labs share why podcasting is healthy. "Your brain is a complex organ; at any given moment, various parts of your brain are firing off different messages." When we consume information, we activate a particular brain pathway known as the “reward pathway”, which releases a favorite chemical: dopamine. It’s the chemical that gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling when we’re experiencing pleasure.

Topics: Candidate Experience Organizational Culture
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HR is Hitting TikTok: Follow These Breakout Stars

By Elizabeth T. on Dec 1, 2020 12:00:30 PM

TikTok stars and Instagram Influencers are not only making up dances to hit songs or posting about their recent holiday. These platforms allow various kinds of knowledge to be spread. For the hiring and recruitment world, this social media presents a special opportunity for professionals to spread their knowledge. If you’re looking to change careers,  gain more responsibility, or create new employee retention strategies, you may want to check out these accounts.  

Topics: AI Video Recruiting Candidate Experience Organizational Culture
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Thanks Reddit: The Web Shares Their Worst Interview Experiences

By Elizabeth T. on Nov 19, 2020 10:06:45 PM

Interviewing candidates, ensuring a smooth candidate experience, sending out a pre-employment assessment, and ranking profiles are all in a day's work for talent managers.
But let's be honest, the people aspect of hiring and recruiting can *potentially* be the most entertaining. Particularly when it comes to candidate interviewing. 

You and your team may have experienced a few personalities along the way, like the one who brought his mother to an interview. Or the guy who started removing his clothing. 
We scoured Reddit for odd interview experiences candidates and interviewers have experienced. 

Yes, they're entertaining---and of course, incredibly insightful into showing what you're not missing..
Topics: Pre-Employment Testing Candidate Experience
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Integrate AI When Planning Employee Retention

By Elizabeth T. on Nov 18, 2020 5:47:17 PM

By the time an employer knows that an employee is leaving, it’s often too late to change their mind. Tools like artificial intelligence technology can inform retention strategies and help employers predict who is most likely to leave, as well as what incentives might encourage them to stay.

Topics: Artificial Intelligence AI Video Recruiting Candidate Experience
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Which Psychological Defenses Do You Bring to Work?

By Elizabeth T. on Nov 13, 2020 1:17:10 PM

When we come to work, we bring our hard skills, like data crunching and Photoshop; we bring our soft skills training like negotiation and leadership. Along with the qualities we find on a CV, we bring behaviors to the workplace. Defense mechanisms is one kind of behavior that individuals use to create a barrier between themselves and stressful events, actions, or thoughts. They use defense mechanisms as a way to navigate around emotional threats or feelings. 

Topics: Science Candidate Experience
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7 Emerging Trends in a COVID-19-impacted Workplace

By Elizabeth T. on Oct 7, 2020 5:31:52 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping or accelerating trends within the human resources industry. For example, HR teams already face challenges from Generation Y’s new attitudes to work, fewer full-time employees, and the pressure to deliver quick solutions in an increasingly fast-paced and unpredictable business environment. With the pandemic, these and other pressures will lead organizations to focus on “first things” first.

Topics: Candidate Experience
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You Want Me To Make More Promises to Improve Employee Relations?

By Elizabeth T. on Sep 22, 2020 10:45:56 AM

The promise is one of humankind’s most primitive psychological mechanisms that fosters trust, cooperation, and partnership formation. Creating healthy employee relations involves building trust between management and team. A AI-powered pre-employment assessment (cough) may assist in team building, but employee relations play an important role in creating cooperative agreements. You could say employee relations is a promise in action: acknowledging and making the vowed effort to deliver. 

Topics: Pre-Employment Testing Candidate Experience Organizational Culture
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How to program empathy into your HR Chatbots

By Elizabeth T. on Sep 9, 2020 10:41:44 AM

Renowned shame researcher at the University of Houston and five-time New York Times bestseller, Dr. Brene Brown has spent decades studying shame and empathy. Brown teaches Fortune 500 companies, school districts, and organizations across the globe about the values of vulnerability and courage. Her TEDx talk on the power of vulnerability is one of the most-viewed talks of all-time.

Topics: Pre-Employment Testing Candidate Experience
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How to Pitch the Most Sought-After Applicant

By Elizabeth T. on Sep 4, 2020 6:19:30 PM

Capturing candidate attention as a hiring manager is one of the toughest challenges. If you’re a small to medium-sized company or startup, your job is a bit tougher. After all, you compete against more established companies that have more resources. What’s an organization supposed to do when it comes to candidate experience, best recruiting practices, and AI recruiting? There’s so much to learn and so many bigger companies to compete with for quality talent! You may have shaped up your candidate talent funnel with interesting social media posts and LinkedIn ads. 

Topics: Artificial Intelligence AI Video Recruiting Candidate Experience
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Job Speed Dating During COVID: a Brief How To

By Elizabeth T. on Aug 25, 2020 6:06:44 PM

What is job speed dating?

Topics: Pre-Employment Testing Candidate Experience Organizational Culture
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What’s Next in Employer Branding: Gender-Neutral Hiring

By Elizabeth T. on Jul 24, 2020 1:34:24 PM

One may argue that nearly everything has been made gender-specific. Electric cars, invented in the early 20th century, were originally marketed to women. Grills and trucks are commonly marketed to men. Even razors are marketed to women and men separately---despite being the exact product. However the society (and the workforce) is evolving to more gender-neutral products, language, and company cultures. A pre-employment assessment can’t be used to help employers become gender neutral...or can they?

Topics: Diversity Candidate Experience Organizational Culture
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What Tony Robbins Says About Your Diversity Goals

By Elizabeth T. on Jul 20, 2020 6:39:01 PM

Today’s workforce is the most diverse workforce in history. Modernity ushered in a special concoction of people of different races, ages, genders, ethnic groups, religions, and lifestyles to work together. The goal of any organisation is to synchronize how these varying pieces of talen move together in a harmonious,coordinated way. Hiring managers look to utilize and leverage the abilities, talents, and perspectives of each employee to give the organization a competitive advantage. Research conducted by McKinsey highlights diversity is substantial for a business’s bottom line: ethnically diverse companies were shown to be 35% more likely to have financial returns above the national industry median.

Topics: Diversity Candidate Experience Organizational Culture
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Create a Fair Recruitment Process at Every Stage, Or Else

By Elizabeth T. on Jul 15, 2020 6:32:44 PM

A fair recruitment and hiring process is just what the doctor ordered during these times companies are rethinking their internal processes. Remote work, racial equity, and other changes to the workplace are occuring. 

Topics: Diversity Pre-Employment Testing Candidate Experience
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The Manterruption During an Interview: What Women Can Do

By Elizabeth T. on Jul 14, 2020 2:26:56 PM

The New York Times calls it a “universal phenomenon”. When it occurs, women must often gather ample willpower not to be combative, roll their eyes, or in general show an *gasp* emotional reaction. So, what is the prevalent experience that women experience twice as much as men? Being cut off in a conversation, or the “manterruption”. One study shows when men were talking with women they interrupt 33% more often than with men. Research reveals that this phenomenon is widespread, from casual conversation, decision making, corporate offices, the United States Senate, and job interviews

With increasing gender diversity on teams, this is a counterproductive habit. Women in leadership roles is a strategy to grow a healthy company. For example, the stocks of the twelve F500 companies with female CEOs rose an average of 50% in 2009, compared to 25% for the S&P 500. And yes, this was during one of the most historic financial meltdowns in history. 

But to attain those positions, women need to nail the interview---and learn how to navigate around any interview "manterruption". 

Topics: Diversity Candidate Experience Organizational Culture
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5 Personalities You Need in a Team

By Elizabeth T. on Jul 10, 2020 10:10:27 AM

Companies are investing more in how they create and build teams. What’s interesting about team building today versus the past is how much it focuses on the individual. Investing in individual development and growth is key. Fortunately, science sheds light on how teams can perform and grow together. To create the ideal team, science shows that a high-performing team has essential personalities.

Topics: Diversity Candidate Experience Organizational Culture
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The Quick Run-Down: the 7 Mistakes to Avoid in Candidate Experience

By Guest on Jul 7, 2020 12:12:11 PM

What happens when a candidate ends up not completing the application? It's a bit like ghosting---was it you or was it them? Chances are it was your candidate experience (so no need to take it too personally). In one survey, 69% of candidates responded that employer response time improved. 

Topics: Candidate Experience
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Why You May Need to 'Fire' a Candidate

By Elizabeth T. on Apr 8, 2020 3:15:34 PM

Candidates are the life-blood of recruiting strategies, big or small. Everything within a business is geared towards converting new customers, retaining a diverse talent pool, and creating strong candidate sourcing. In fact, Retorio supports companies in retaining their own best “customers”---their employees and candidates. We use video recruiting, artificial intelligence, and the Big 5 personality model to provide insights to employers about how to win and retain the best talent. 

Topics: Candidate Experience

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