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Best, Worst and Weirdest Interview Questions of 2015

The questions you ask job candidates during the interview process can make or break your chances of landing exactly who you want. Hedge your bets by focusing on the good and cutting out the bad. And don’t rule out weird interview questions. Take a look below at some that have been asked recently (and who asked them).

Why Pleasing the Millennial Generation Can Benefit Everyone

Hiring Millennials and keeping them happy has been a perplexing endeavor for years. Are Millennials in the workforce truly lazy? Entitled? Hard to please? Are these just excuses older generations have come up with to explain their distinctly different work styles? An HTG Staffing & Recruiting Spotlight

To the Austin business community, isn’t just an e-commerce site. It’s an innovative business culture that has been imitated often but never duplicated. It’s true that is a leading online custom printing provider of signage and home decor items. Products include signs, canvas, apparel, business cards, car wraps and more.

BIG RED DOG: An HTG Staffing & Recruiting Spotlight

If you do business in Texas and haven’t heard of BIG RED DOG, you may be living under a rock. The Texas-based civil and Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) engineering firm with offices in Austin, Houston and San Antonio has its feet on the ground floor of some of the most talked-about building projects across Central, South and Southeast Texas.

Job Recruiting Socially: Are You Doing It Right?

SXSW Interactive will kick off in just a few short days, which means an influx of digital mavens, web geeks, coding ninjas and job recruiters will descend upon Austin to network and learn. Job recruiters?  It’s true: Now is the time of year in which tech recruiters from all over the country come to town to whisk homegrown and visiting talent away.

Employees and Vacation Time: A Shocking Snapshot

According to Oxford Economics, employees with paid time off (PTO) leave 3.2 days unused. That’s a total of 429 million days of unused PTO.  Ironically, the employers rewarding the time off may be to blame for employees not taking their due breaks.

EEOC’s Current Stand on Discrimination and Harassment: What You Should Know

We recently told you about the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) increasingly aggressive position on severance agreements and those it views as “overly broad.” As it turns out, severance agreements aren’t the only sticking points the EEOC is cracking down on.

Is Your Business Attire Entirely Inappropriate?

A “suit” walks into your office. What’s your first impression? Business wear has certainly evolved over the years and so have the different working “styles” of Texas’s major business hubs. If you think you’ve got your niche pegged: Think again. What you’re wearing could be affecting how colleagues, job candidates, recruiting partners and others perceive you.

Why Top Job Candidates Walk Away

How long does it take you to hire job candidates? Are you still playing “hard to get” even with top candidates? With the job market quickly shifting back to the job seekers’ favor, too many employers aren’t keeping pace. A recent job recruiter study found:

How to Reduce Employee Turnover in the New Year

Employees are quitting their jobs at the highest rate since 2008, according to the U.S. Labor Department. That’s great news for recruitment. Not great news for retention.  So, with the odds against it, has anyone figured out how to reduce employee turnover in the New Year? Let’s take a look.