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How to Interview for a Culture Fit

By now you’re fully aware that culture fit among your job candidates is critically important. In fact, it could be the single biggest factor in determining employee retention. But do you know how to effectively screen for culture fit? The following three key areas can help you put together a plan for success.   1. […]

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So You Lied on Your Resume…Now What?

Oops, you did again. You lied on your resume. The reassuring news is that you’re not alone. More than half of employers (75%, in fact) have caught a lie on a resume. But there’s the rub: Employers have caught the lies. Keep your resume inflated and you will eventually be found out. What can you […]

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Faking It: The Job Candidate Pipelining Practice that Needs to Stop

Imagine a trendy coffee shop finally opens in your neighborhood and they lure you in with a VIP complementary offer for the best pumpkin spice latte on the planet. You’re psyched! You don your hipster slouchy hat and take a selfie while waiting in line for two hours, only find out there are no free […]

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Inside InnoTech with Executive Director Sean Lowery

We’re preparing for another great year at the 14th annual InnoTech Austin event, where Information Technology companies and experts will gather for a full day of educational events, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, the latest technology and business solutions, and more. The event will be held November 16 at the Austin Convention Center and will feature speakers […]

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13 Scary Stories of Bizarre Employee Terminations

Firing employees is never fun, but sometimes the circumstances are so bizarre, they read like fiction. To honor the Halloween season, we asked some of our favorite employers to tell us their scariest or oddest reason to fire an employee…and we were not disappointed. In fact, some stories we couldn’t even publish. Here are our […]

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Pick Up the Phone, Damn It! 6 Tips for Employee Communication Right Now

With email, text, instant messaging and social apps taking over, it seems we rarely have the need to pick up a phone any more. But opting for a causal text for certain employee communications can come back to haunt you. Here are some tips from the experts to help you and your employees decide what […]

Job Hunting with a Criminal Background

We’ve all done things in the past we’d rather hide. If one of your past transgressions landed you a criminal conviction, you may be eager to sweep it under the rug and move on. When it comes to finding a job, though, that’s easier said than done. Here’s some advice when it comes to job […]

Tattoos in the Workplace: Is It Time to Evolve?

More than 40 percent of the U.S. workforce still believe visible tattoos are inappropriate in the workplace, yet 45 million Americans have them. With times changing and generational gaps widening on the issue, do employers still have reason to raise an eyebrow? And do you, as an employer, still have the right to restrict tattoos […]

The Key to Business Success that Tech Will Never Disrupt

Since the dawning of the modern business age, technology has been accused of unfairly disrupting industries and causing the downfall of otherwise good companies. Netflix replaced Blockbuster. Tech giants Spotify, Dollar Shave Club and HomeAway are all disruptors within their industries. And, not long ago, President Trump accused Amazon of harming other retailers and taking […]

4 Points of Caution on the Overtime Rule Take Down

A Texas federal court recently struck down the proposed U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) “overtime” rule that would have significantly increased the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions on overtime pay. For now, the federal salary threshold remains at $23,660 or $455/week (instead of the proposed $47,000 salary), but that’s not the end of the story. Here are […]

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Disaster Survival Guide for Job Seekers

One of the most devastating effects of a disaster like Hurricane Harvey is the spike in joblessness that it can create. Once the numbers are in, Harvey is expected to be among the worst disasters when it comes to creating unemployment. It’s shuttering businesses for months (some for good) and causing indefinite slowdowns in industries […]

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3 Ways HR Needs to Prepare for the Next Widespread Disaster

Hurricane Harvey has shown the world just how strong Texans are. We couldn’t be more proud of the Lone Star State. It has also exposed some major weaknesses when it comes to disaster preparedness for businesses. The HT Group’s offices in Beaumont and Orange, Texas, were affected by Harvey’s catastrophic flooding, and you can bet […]

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State of Hiring at Austin Startups, With Advice from the Top

Austin is on the cusp of becoming a first-tier startup hub to rival Silicon Valley and New York. Our ecosystem for entrepreneurs is well known, but Austin lacks a few key ingredients—an endless supply of talent is one of them. While it’s true that Austin seems to be swarming with tech talent perfect for the […]

[INFOGRAPHIC] Is Unlimited PTO All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Unlimited PTO: Should you or shouldn’t you? What was once heralded as the greatest thing to happen to employee benefits since the matching 401(k), the allure of unlimited PTO has cooled a bit for both employers and employees. For all the pomp and circumstance surrounding unlimited PTO, it remains that 1% of U.S. companies offer […]

6 Traits You Need to Join The HT Group

As one of the fastest growing companies in Austin over the past decade, The HT Group isn’t only looking for job candidates for clients, we’re often hiring, too. And since we know a thing or two about recruiting top talent, we have exacting standards for those we add to our team. Before throwing your hat […]