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9 Super Exciting Recruitment News Stories this Week - 9th May 2016

In recruitment news this week:

These are the Best Times to Post Your Jobs

Upon looking at the jobs posted by the top US and European staffing agencies, LinkedIn made two rather fascinating discoveries that can help each and every one of us improve the reach of our jobs:

1. Monday through Wednesday are the most popular days for candidates to view and apply to jobs.

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2. Job applicants are most active in September and October, which leads to a big influx of new hires in January.

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Triplebyte Launches Engineer Genome Project

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Technical recruiting platform Triplebyte has just launched its engineer genome project to foster software-driven, intelligent job-matching.

“We figured out the exact list of attributes that top tech companies in Silicon Valley care the most about and specifically, they all kind of agree on the same criteria, but the weight they assign to each one varies dramatically,” Triplebyte co-founder and former Y Combinator partner Harj Taggar told “So, some people care a lot about technical communication and other companies care minimally, but a lot more about how well you write implementable code.”

Triplebyte’s engineer genome figures out a candidate’s strengths and automatically tells them the companies that will be the best technical fit for them. Triplebyte has made recommendations from the very beginning, but the engineer genome project will make the process a lot faster.

Since launching last year, Triplebyte has evaluated thousands of engineers in a mostly blind interview process that involves a coding test, “which gives us a pretty strong signal whether we think they’re going to be a good fit for the company’s we work with, which is predominantly YC companies to this point,” Taggar said. If someone does well on the test, Triplebyte will interview them and, depending on how that goes, suggest certain jobs to apply for.

The ultimate aim with Triplebyte is to get companies making judgments about people based on their skills rather than resume. Triplebyte doesn’t even ask for a resume, so the company doesn’t know anything about where the candidate went to school or where they’ve worked. “We’ve sort of been a conduit for engineers who don’t have great resumes, who don’t have MIT, Stanford credentials into startups, from 3-person YC companies to Airbnb and Dropbox,” Taggar said. Eliminating bias as much as possible in the interview process is key to building a diverse and inclusive team. In fact, several studies have revealed interviewer bias when reviewing resumes that are identical,with the exception of names that might signal race or gender.

“We’re not name blind, so it’s still not perfect,” Taggar said. “Doing them name blind, doing them voice blind — these are all things we would really like to start doing.”

You can learn more about the engineer genome project on Triplebyte’s blog.


Twitter Connect Tab Offers Recruiters New Way to Find Talent

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Twitter has announced a new feature designed to make it easier for users to find interesting and relevant accounts to follow on its service: a new “Connect” tab.

The tab combines the ability to find friends and family from your phone’s Contact list with Twitter’s own algorithmically generated “Recommendations.” Twitter’s own recommendations are based on a variety of factors, including things like who you’re following now, tweets you’ve liked, popular accounts in your local area, what’s happening in the world right now, and more. Twitter says it will also explain why it’s making these recommendations in the new “Connect” tab – meaning, you’ll see headings like “Because you follow…” along with a list of Twitter accounts, for example, above Twitter’s suggestions.

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These are organised into sections in the Connect tab, with the option to click on “More” to see more recommendations in some areas. “People You May Know” and “Popular Near You,” however, get more screen real estate as they’re presented as cards you can scroll through horizontally. Meanwhile, “Trending Now” recommendations gets the biggest billing at the top of the screen to point to currently newsworthy accounts in an automatically updating banner. The company says its recommendations will also be improved over time.

We believe the possibilities for recruiters using this new feature could be significant. The Connect tab algorithm could help point you in the direction of potential candidates within your industry niche or towards popular Twitter accounts followed by the people you’d like to hire – especially if you already follow a lot of candidates from a particualr industry or you’ve liked tweets to do with a certain industry.

The feature is rolling out now in the updated version of the Twitter mobile app on iOS and Android. To access it, you’ll see a little blue prompt introducing the Connect tab once it becomes available to you. This appears in the upper-left of the screen, by the “add friend’ button.

(RELATED: 5 Ways to Engage Talent on Twitter)


LinkedIn Introduces ProFinder: A New Platform for Finding Freelance Professionals

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There’s a brand new LinkedIn product in our midst, it’s called LinkedIn ProFinder and according to LinkedIn, the new platform “aims to make it easier for [LinkedIn] members to find the right freelance professionals by leveraging the power of the trusted LinkedIn network.”


Vaibhav Goel

Modeled after popular websites TaskRabbit, HourlyNerd, Gigwalk, Fiverr, Freelancer and Upwork, aProFinder is LinkedIn’s first dabble in the contingent workspace. “We are exploring how we can connect consumers with freelance professionals – like designers, copywriters, or tax accountants – on LinkedIn. This new service features only the top experts, hand-picked from LinkedIn’s network of more than 400 million professionals,” says Product Lead for LinkedIn ProFinder Vaibhav Goel.

  • How does it work?
    Users can select a category of service, or answer a series of questions to determine their need. ProFinder then selects 5 vetted users for the employer to review. After 5 proposals, ProFinder requires an upgraded LinkedIn Premium Business Plus account to continue to respond to project requests.
  • Why should you use ProFinder?
    Put simply, it saves both you and the freelancer valuable time. Employers only need to fill out a brief project description (which takes a minute or less), then ProFinder gets to work matching you with qualified professionals who are the best fit for your specific project.
  • What makes ProFinder different to any other talent matching service?
    First and foremost, it’s powered by the LinkedIn network. According to Geol, “the ProFinder team hand-curates participating professionals” to ensure quality candidates.

ProFinder is currently available in large markets throughout the U.S. To find out more about ProFinder, click here.

(RELATED: How to Write Your LinkedIn Summary Like a LinkedIn Influencer)


Instagram Business Profiles are Being Tested RIGHT NOW

Earlier this year, Instagram confirmed that it was developing business profiles (the Instagram equivalent to a Facebook Brand Page), but until now we’ve had no idea how these profiles might look or what functionality they would offer their users.

But last Wednesday we finally discovered what we’re to expect, when the eagle-eyed folks over at spotted a business profile “in the wild”. The profiles, which are currently being tested with a small group of users, offer a variety of useful features for those who run a business account on Instagram, including a “Contact” button, access to maps and directions, and the ability to categorise the business by type.

The most visible difference between the business profile and a personal one is the new, white “Contact” button at the top of the screen, to the left of the “Follow” button:

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When pressed, a pop-up menu appears offering directions to the business or the ability to email the account. Plus, users are able to click on the location tag in order to launch a map interface:

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The business pages are categorised, too, similar to how Facebook Pages list the type of business underneath their name. This is useful in terms of letting consumers know what kind of business is represented, but it could also help Instagram to curate its feed in the future.

Business profiles haven’t launched widely yet, so watch this space!

(RELATED: 8 Instagram Accounts Recruiters Everywhere Could Learn Something From)


LinkedIn’s Q1 2016 Earnings

LinkedIn have finally released all their Q1 earning details and the figures are very impressive. According to the company’s announcement blog, total revenue increased 35% year-over-year to $861 million. Talent Solutions revenue increased 41% year-over-year to $558 million. Hiring revenue contributed $502 million in revenue, up 27% year-over-year. Learning & Development contributed $55 million in revenue. While Marketing Solutions revenue increased 29% year-over-year to $154 million. Bringing up the rear, Premium Subscriptions revenue increased 22% year-over-year to $149 million.

LinkedIn Q1 2016 Earnings Call from LinkedIn


Tinder and Snapchat are Being Used to (Successfully) Source Millennial Talent

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According to Recruitment Grapevine, more and more companies are snapping and swiping to find candidates in an effort to attract and find more applying Millennial candidates.

The New York based mobile marketing agency, Fetch, recently used Tinder to recruit an intern. To do so, the firm set up a Tinder profile and matched with Tinder users. Once matched, the agency asked potential candidates for their best chat-up lines. The company matched with 270 users, which led to 5 face to face interviews. Wooing the employer with his chat up line, the intern, 22-year old Sam Weidt said he enjoyed the recruitment process as it was low pressure: “Walking into the interview, I knew they had seen my Tinder profile; that’s about as vulnerable as you can get!” Check out there Tinder recruitment process in the blow:


Another popular app, Snapchat, recently launched its geo-filter feature last month, which allows business to design their own filters for certain locations for a set period of time. Utilising this, JPMorgan has designed and created its own Snapchat geo-filter, to find and hire young millennials.

Space150 also created geo-filters to be seen by college campuses, offices, and public locations. The filters will encourage students to follow the brand on Snapchat, where they will be given a brief and instructions on how to apply for the internship. According to Digiday, Space150’s Head of HR, Melissa Murphy, said: “Rather than asking students to come to us, we thought it would be much better to target them where they already are. Being in a creative and tech-savvy industry, we’re always trying new ways to recruit talent – and Snapchat is where all the youngsters are.”

We think it’s fantastic to see companies large and small embracing more unconventional and inventive types of recruitment. Look out for a dedicated blog post detailing these highly social methods of recruitment in the near future here on Social Talent.

(RELATED: How to Use Snapchat for Recruitment)


Recruitment Firm Sued for Subjecting Candidates to Illegal Health Screening

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KB Staffing, a Florida based recruitment firm, is being sued after it was alleged they conducted in-depth health screening of applicants prior to offering them work.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing KB Staffing for disability discrimination, alleging that the firm asked all applicants to complete a paper application that contained a detailed medical questionnaire before the company made an offer or placement – questions asked for sensitive health information and included numerous disability-related questions.

According to the lawsuit, the case stemmed from a female applicant who was seeking a HR position with the firm. The woman reportedly refused to complete the medical portion of the application because she believed it violated the law. She left that portion blank and submitted the partially completed application, a KB Staffing employee then wrote on the application that the candidate “refused to answer.” The applicant then received a phone message from Kelly Braaten, the owner of KB Staffing, stating there were no positions available and that there had never been any HR position available.

“As staffing agencies now play a large role in our nation’s workforce, eliminating any discrimination in their screening practices is increasingly important to ensuring that workers with disability have equal access to work opportunities,” said EEOC Regional Attorney Robert Weisberg in a statement.

(RELATED: 10 Interview Questions You Should NEVER Ask a Candidate)


Apple’s 20 Most Intense Interview Questions Revealed

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After spending time combing through data on Glassdoor, the Business Insider has been able to reveal some of the strangest, most difficult interview questions applicants can expect to be faced with if they apply for a position at Apple HQ. Suffice to say, it’s not easy to get a job there!

Like many other tech companies, Apple asks both technical interview questions based on your past work experience and some mind-boggling puzzles. Some require solving tricky math problems, while others are simple but vague enough to keep you on your toes. We’ve got the top 20 below, so challenge a colleague or have a go and see how many you can answer:

  1. “How much does the Empire State Building weigh?” — Solutions Consultant candidate
  2. “Explain what RAM is to a 5 year old.” — Apple Genius candidate
  3. “How does an airplane wing work?” — Lead Systems Engineer candidate
  4. “Give me 5 ways of measuring how much gasoline is in a car.” — Hardware Engineering candidate
  5. “If you have 2 eggs, and you want to figure out what’s the highest floor from which you can drop the egg without breaking it, how would you do it?” — Software Engineer candidate
  6. “How would you break down the cost of this pen?” — Global Supply Manager candidate
  7. “Explain to an 8 year old what a modem/router is and its functions.” — At-Home Advisor candidate
  8. “How many children are born every day?” — Global Supply Manager candidate
  9. “How would you test your favourite app?” — Software QA Engineer candidate
  10. “A man calls in and has an older computer that is essentially a brick. What do you do?” — Apple Care At-Home Consultant candidate
  11. “Are you smart?” — Build Engineer candidate
  12. “What are your failures, and how have you learned from them?” — Software Manager candidate
  13. “Tell me something that you have done in your life which you are particularly proud of.” — Software Engineering Manager candidate
  14. “Are you creative? What’s something creative that you can think of?” — Software Engineer candidate
  15. “Describe a humbling experience.” — Apple Retail Specialist candidate
  16. “Why did Apple change its name from Apple Computers Incorporated to Apple Inc.?” — Specialist candidate
  17. “You seem pretty positive, what types of things bring you down?” — Family Room Specialist candidate
  18. “What was your best day in the last 4 years? What was your worst?” — Engineering Project Manager candidate
  19. “Why do you want to join Apple and what will you miss at your current work if Apple hired you?” — Software Engineer candidate
  20. “How would you test a toaster?” — Software QA Engineer candidate

(RELATED: 40 Interview Questions that are Way Better Than Real Ones)

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