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The Most Common Interviewing Mistake—And How to Fix it

Dan Chait

Daniel Chait is CEO & co-founder of Greenhouse and has been a technology entrepreneur in New York City for nearly 20 years. Dan is a frequent speaker on the topics of recruiting and entrepreneurship and has presented at numerous venues including General Assembly, the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship, Launch Scale, DEMO Traction, and the Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Computer Engineering (#GoBlue!). Connect with Dan on Twitter.

I know that there’s often a gap between hiring best practices and hiring in the real world. In fact, in a previous post, I shared some of my real-life stories of hiring gone wrong. In case you missed it, I told a story from earlier in my career of when two senior engineers interviewed the same candidate and come away with radically opposed viewpoints.

As I began to dig into how this was possible, I came to a major realization: I had no idea what was actually happening in the interviews.

So I’d like to pose the question to you: Do you know what’s happening in interviews at your company? If your answer is yes, I’d follow that up with another question: How do you know that for sure? And if your answer is no, be sure to keep reading.

I’d like to share why it’s crucial for you to know what’s happening in interviews at your company and how you can get a handle on it if you don’t.

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How We Used Slack to Increase Warm Fuzzy Feelings at Greenhouse

Alyssa Edelman

Alyssa Edelman is a Team Lead on Greenhouse’s Customer Success team, focused on helping our SMB customers be as successful as possible using the product. Before joining Greenhouse, she was in Customer Success at Brandwatch and, prior to that, managed the Support team at a Bitcoin startup. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, or follow her on Twitter.

A few weeks ago, our Director of Employee Experience, Melanie Oberman, shared our secret formula to company culture. That secret? The Greenhouse Culture Committee. The Committee is comprised of representatives from each of our teams and offices, and members represent the voice of their department and act as conduits for promoting company culture across the organization. I’m fortunate enough to have been on the committee for about a year representing Customer Success, and it has truly been a rewarding experience. What’s better than knowing you’re in a room with like-minded colleagues who want to make a positive impact on the place you work?

In this post, I want to highlight a successful initiative that grew out of a Culture Committee discussion: the Employee Warm Fuzzies channel on Slack!

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2017 HR Innovations & Trends

Sanjoe Tom Jose

Sanjoe Tom Jose is the founder of Talview. He is passionate about building technologies that help make hiring easy. He is currently working on a cutting-edge AI technology that can impact the world. He is also a well-known speaker in the area of HR Technology especially in using AI-based tools in building world-class teams in organizations. Find Sanjoe on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Now that we’re nearly halfway through the year, it’s a great time to take a step back and evaluate some of the top 2017 HR innovations and trends. Our industry is changing rapidly, and it can be a challenge to stay on top of the latest tools and best practices.

But luckily you don’t have to go out there and do a ton of research yourself—we’ve put together this list for you!

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Having Trouble Hiring Developers? Here’s Why Developer Hiring Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Rich Moy

Rich Moy is a Content Marketing Writer and Developer Hiring Expert at Stack Overflow, where he covers the latest in tech recruiting and hiring. When he's not writing, Rich can be found hanging with his wife, watching his favorite college football team with his dad, or running around Manhattan in preparation for his next half marathon.

Developer hiring has changed dramatically over the last two decades.

Long gone are the days when you could send out a blast email to every programmer on the planet and feel good about your chances of coming up with a shortlist of qualified candidates. Today’s reality is that most developers are currently employed—and nearly every company on the planet is trying to hire them. Still, employers are relying on old-fashioned recruitment tactics, and developers are finding it easier than ever to tune most of them out.

We’ve learned a lot about developers since Stack Overflow launched in 2008, and we realized that there isn’t a silver-bullet solution to resolve all of your technical hiring challenges. This year, over 64,000 professional programmers responded to our 2017 Developer Hiring Survey and reconfirmed that the secret to hitting your technical recruitment goals is understanding that it’s a process.

Keep reading to learn more about Stack Overflow's approach to the developer hiring process!

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Introducing the SDR Culture Committee

Rebecca Shesser

Rebecca Shesser is a Team Lead, Sales Development at Greenhouse. When she's not selling Greenhouse and thinking of fun ways to connect with other SDRs, she's performing improv comedy around NYC.

About a year ago, I was nominated to be a representative of the Sales Development Representative (SDR) team on Greenhouse’s culture committee. The committee meets bi-weekly and is comprised of 12 employees nominated by their department leadership. It operates based on the goals of giving each department a voice on office and culture matters, sharing office and culture updates with all departments, and advising the Executive team on culture ideas. (You can learn more about the culture committee in this blog post.) 

I was incredibly excited to be asked to be a part of the culture committee. It's a key initiative for the maintenance and progress of Greenhouse’s company culture, and my part in this committee was an important opportunity to give a voice to one of Greenhouse’s larger, lesser heard from teams.

The nature of the SDR world at Greenhouse, however, is fast moving and ever-changing—in short, it’s hard to keep a consistent pulse on the cultural perspectives of the team. I needed to find a way to consistently check in on 20–25 SDRs who are constantly heads-down focused on crushing quota. After brainstorming with other members of the Culture Committee and meeting with my managers and director, we decided to create the SDR Culture Committee.

What is the SDR Culture Committee and what can you learn from it? Read on to find out!

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2017 HR Influencers

Caitlin Doherty

Caitlin Doherty is the Events Coordinator at Greenhouse. She enjoys the ability to work within a small but mighty team to bring People thought leaders together in one room while creating memorable experiences. She resides in New York City where she fills her extra hours practicing a newfound love of improv, experimenting with recipes in her small Brooklyn kitchen, and taking long walks with strong coffee. You can connect with Caitlin on LinkedIn.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the day to day and tactical components of your role, especially when you work in HR and spend a lot of time fielding requests and helping others. But it’s essential to be inspired by others in the industry. Dedicating time to learning from industry thought leaders and following them helps set you up for success now and as you continue to grow in your career. Read on for our list of 2017 HR Influencers!

Take a look into the People people that are making waves, especially this year! These trail blazers continue to challenge and push the new world of work forward; evident from their social platforms and various blog posts, books, and articles.

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How Greenhouse Became the #1 Best Place to Work on Glassdoor

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Casey Marshall is the Marketing Campaign Manager at Greenhouse. She teams up with Greenhouse partners and customers to tell a story and share insights into ways companies can improve their recruiting. She loves that this job allows her to build relationships with thought leaders and showcase how innovative companies are changing their recruiting approach. Connect with Casey on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Being recognized as one of Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work means you’re doing something right, since this award is based entirely on employee feedback! That's why we were thrilled to be named a Best Place to Work in the small business category in 2017.

In our latest Hiring Hacks webinar, we wanted to share what goes into making a best-in-class employee experience. Melanie Oberman, Director of Employee Experience breaks down what a successful employee experience program looks like and the strategies to improve employee retention. To get even more granular, we asked a fellow Greenie (Greenhouse employee) to share his experiences on the receiving end of employee experience. What exactly do employees look for in a company?

Read on to find out!

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How Checkr Used Greenhouse to Optimize Their Recruiting Process

Caitlin Doherty

Caitlin Doherty is the Events Coordinator at Greenhouse. She enjoys the ability to work within a small but mighty team to bring People thought leaders together in one room while creating memorable experiences. She resides in New York City where she fills her extra hours practicing a newfound love of improv, experimenting with recipes in her small Brooklyn kitchen, and taking long walks with strong coffee. You can connect with Caitlin on LinkedIn.

Checkr’s Talent Acquisition team knew they had to do something about their recruiting process. They didn’t know what or how, but they knew they wanted to take the first step in diagnosing what was going on with the long lead times while hiring.

Read on to learn how Liz Speight and the rest of the Talent Acquisition team used Greenhouse to make small and incremental changes that have had a huge impact on how Checkr recruits.

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How GoEuro Hires Quickly & Efficiently with Greenhouse

Caitlin Doherty

Caitlin Doherty is the Events Coordinator at Greenhouse. She enjoys the ability to work within a small but mighty team to bring People thought leaders together in one room while creating memorable experiences. She resides in New York City where she fills her extra hours practicing a newfound love of improv, experimenting with recipes in her small Brooklyn kitchen, and taking long walks with strong coffee. You can connect with Caitlin on LinkedIn.

Recruiting and hiring has a huge impact at this quickly growing European travel company based in Berlin. GoEuro is aiming to disrupt the market to bring your favorite travel vendors into one platform—making it easy to choose and book the best and most economical option to travel by train, bus, or plane. We caught up with Jan Lorentz, Talent Acquisition Lead at GoEuro, to find out how he’s helped double the company in a short period of time.

Read on to learn how!

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How to Create a Recruiting Strategy for Competitive Tech Roles

Lauren Allanson

Lauren Allanson is an Associate Product Manager at Greenhouse. After spending 18 months as a Technical Recruiter growing Greenhouse’s Engineering team, Lauren turned her love for recruiting and all things technical into a new career on the Product team. She works with Engineering and Design to improve the Greenhouse product for users. Connect with Lauren on LinkedIn.

You’ve been working on a hard technical search for weeks (or maybe even months) without much progress. You posted your job and waited. And waited. Very few qualified or nearly senior enough candidates came through the slow trickle of applications. You’ve sent prospecting messages to everyone within a 100-mile radius. Plus, every other company is looking for the exact. same. person.

You start to wonder: Does this person actually exist? If they do, how in the world am I going to find them before another company does?

When you're looking for a needle in the haystack, life can be tough. I had an especially challenging time looking for a Security Engineer here at Greenhouse last year. 

When you’ve exhausted your usual channels, here are seven strategies to help you find the right candidate and fill a challenging technical role.

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