Human Resources Training, hiring

Smart Recruitment: How to Attract, Interview and Hire the Best Candidates


Isn’t recruitment all about hiring people? It is. Yet, anyone who thinks it is about just this much is missing the soul of the process: recruitment is about hiring the RIGHT people. So, what goes into picking the right candidates? How do organizations pick up people that fit the bill perfectly and go on to become star performers instead of becoming lackadaisical performers who underperform and affect the bottom-line?

Is it about just visiting jobsites, shortlisting profiles, phoning them to come over for an interview and rolling out the offer letter? These are steps in the recruitment process alright, but only mere tasks. The essence of the right recruitment process is in how to do all these, plus much more, rightly.

Smart recruitment is adapting a series of specific interviewing principles adapting the right technique, which will go a long way in absorbing the best talent that is available in the job market into the organization. This is the foundation to hiring the best fit for the organization, the direct result of which is a high-performing asset for the organization.

A webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources areas, will offer highly valuable understanding of how to adapt smart recruitment into the organization, which will result in the positives it brings. Marcia Zidle, the CEO of Leaders At All Levels, will be the expert at this webinar.

Please visit,-interview-and-hire-the-best-candidates–702504LIVE to enroll for this July 30 webinar, which is going to add tremendous value to personnel who are involved in and have major stakes in recruiting candidates, such as CEO’s, COO’s, VP of Human Resources, Human Resource Professionals, Chief Learning Officer, Directors, Project Managers, Operation Managers and Supervisors, Team Leaders, and Staff Managers and Supervisors.


The core purpose an interview process should serve is in helping to determine if the right match exists between the individual and the position she is going to fill. Marcia will show how to put a process in place, which will allow the organization to gauge the applicant’s behavior, values, motivations, and qualifications. In essence, the objective of smart interviewing is hiring the right people, at the right time, with the right skills, for the right position.

She will show what steps to adapt towards accomplishing this critical purpose of smart interviewing. These include:

  • Fine-tuning the shopping list
  • Focusing on behavioral interviewing
  • Developing questions to asses KSA’s
  • Using a rating scale & guide
  • Making a good hiring decision.

At this hour-long session, Marcia will cover the following areas:

  • Identify your interviewing style: The pro’s and con’s and how to be more effective
  • Create behavioral interview questions that go beyond the resume to assess a candidate’s capabilities
  • Develop a position profile – A multi-functional job description tool for recruitment, performance reviews and succession planning
  • Produce an interviewing guide with key questions and tips to ensure hiring the right person for the position
  • Ask the right questions to get applicants to speak openly while avoiding inappropriate and illegal questions
  • Make the interview count by avoiding the 7 top mistakes that hiring managers and recruiters make – even experienced ones
  • Develop selection criteria and rating system to ensure that your organization will not hire round pegs to fit into square holes


About the speaker: A board certified executive coach, Marcia works with executives, management teams and high potential professionals. Marcia is the author of “The Effective Manager: What Really Works” handbooks and “Career Savvy: Life Preservers for Today’s Rough Seas and Tomorrow’s Raging Waters”.

She is the host of The Business Edge, a weekly internet radio show on the business channel of Voice America Media, giving practical advice to executives and managers on how to take their company, firm or practice to that next level with less stress and more success.


hr best practices, Human Resources Training, interview

Stay Interviews: A Powerful Employee Engagement and Retention Tool


Anyone awaiting the “lifetime employment” situation is living in a time warp. Those days are clearly behind us. Having said this, retaining employees is very crucial for organizations, simply because talented employees, their ultimate resource, are very hard to find.

Organizations spend enormous amounts of energy and time trying to build a talent pool, which, once built, should be retained for the organization’s own good. Retaining talent and cutting on high attrition rates will not only bring down hiring and replacement costs; it also ensures continuity in the team and prevents the organization earning a bad reputation in the market as one that cannot retain talent.

What are the ways by which organizations can build and retain talented employees? These will be the topic of a webinar that TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources industry, is organizing on March 11. Melveen Stevenson, CEO and founder of M.S. Elemental, LLC, a human resources and business advisory firm, will be the speaker at this webinar.

Please visit to enroll for this webinar. This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).


The essence of this webinar is on the ways by which organizations can make use of he powerful tool for employee retention, stay interviews. What is a stay interview and how is it useful in helping HR retain talented employees? A stay interview is an interview that HR carries out on an employee who has made up her mind to quit. To start the stay interview process, HR has to have credible information about the employee’s intention to quit. And then, it should structure the stay interview in a manner that is quite formal instead of being unstructured and loose.

It is HR’s responsibility to create an environment at the stay interview that will make the candidate feel at ease. Since the leaving employee has nothing to lose, it is quite possible that she will have no hesitation about opening up. HR should take a sympathetic view of the events or other reasons that are responsible for the employee’s decision to leave the organization.

This webinar will explain all the details of how to make a stay interview successful. And then, how is success measured? Is it when the employee has reversed her decision to leave? Is it when HR has elicited information from the leaving employee that could prove vital in building an environment of trust and cordiality that will pave the way for retention of future employees? These are some of the obvious questions about stay interviews.

Melveen will how HR can take a proactive approach that engages both the organization and the employees and put in place a stay interview process that will help the organization retain its best and brightest talent. This session is of huge benefit to those who are concerned with retaining employees, such as Human Resources Professionals at all levels, People Managers and Supervisors at all levels, Talent Management Professionals, Department Managers and Directors of Operations.

Melveen will address the following areas at this webinar:

  • Understanding the components of an effective stay interview strategy
  • Identifying your goals and commitments before engaging in the stay interview process
  • How to set up and prepare for the initial stay interview
  • Review of powerful, insightful questions for the stay interview
  • Best practices for following through with the stay interview.


About the speaker:

A certified HR professional with a background in accounting and finance, Melveen helps companies to navigate the human resources “jungle” of compliance, human capital, and leadership challenges. Melveen has held leadership positions in human resources operations, supply chain, and talent management at international companies in food manufacturing, medical devices, and consumer products. She has also worked internationally.