2015: Most-Read Talent Acquisition News

By Roy Maurer Jan 4, 2016

As you greet the first workweek of the New Year, take a look back at the top 10 SHRM Online staffing articles from 2015, as determined by reader clicks. The past year was marked by increased competition to attract candidates. This coverage addresses the talent acquisition issues that resonated most with readers, including onboarding, interviewing, hiring foreign talent and measuring quality of hire.

10 Toughest Jobs to Fill in 2016

Trying to hire the best and the brightest candidates has been a massive challenge this year, no matter the size or location of the company. Unfortunately for most recruiters, 2016 is shaping up to be even tougher as corporate pressure mounts to attract candidates who match the skill sets most in demand. While there’s no easy way to slay this dragon, there are talent acquisition strategies that are proving to be effective, including taking a new look at which groups to target as potential sources for high-quality candidates.

Company Hit with Largest I-9 Paperwork Penalties Ever

Failure to thoroughly complete Form I-9 paperwork led to a fine of $605,250—the largest amount ever ordered—for an events-planning company, serving as a reminder that employers need to be taking I-9 compliance very seriously.

Onboarding Key to Retaining, Engaging Talent

Onboarding new hires at an organization should be a strategic process and last at least one year to ensure high retention, according to staffing and HR experts. How employers handle the first few days and months of a new employee’s experience is crucial.

Job Candidates and Red Flags

What do you do when a candidate takes a cellphone call, trembles uncontrollably or maintains a yoga pose throughout an interview? What warning signs should a hiring manager or HR professional shrug off and what should they consider to be red flags when talking to job candidates?

USCIS Proposes New ‘Smart’ I-9 Form

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed a new “smart” version of the Form I-9 to reduce user error and make the form easier to complete. New drop-down menus, field checks and error messages will be added to ensure accurate data entry during the employment verification process.

H-1B Work Location Change Decision Causes Furor

USCIS released a decision in April reversing earlier precedent and holding that amended petitions are required for all H-1B work location changes when a new labor condition application is filed. The agency released final guidance in July stating that it will “generally not pursue new adverse actions” against employers solely based upon a failure to file an amended or new petition for H-1B workers who changed jobsites before the April 9, 2015, decision.

Almost Two-Thirds of H-1B Petitions Rejected in USCIS Lottery

USCIS received a record-breaking 233,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions for high-skilled guest worker visas, a 35 percent increase over last year’s 172,500 filings. This means about 63.5 percent of cap cases overall—approximately 148,000 H-1B petitions—were rejected for processing.

Employment Screening Trends for 2015

Predictions for the year included ban-the-box laws continuing to proliferate, class-action lawsuits for Fair Credit Reporting Act violations increasing in frequency, privacy and data protection concerns growing, and candidate experience gaining prominence.

Preventing Rejected Job Offers

Rejected job offers are inevitable, especially in today’s candidate-driven market, but some tried-and-true best practices can prevent or mitigate this unhappy surprise. When an offer is declined, what should HR do?

Measuring Quality of Hire

Quality-of-hire metrics are critical to understanding the effectiveness of your company’s hiring process but, for many, figuring out how to define the ​measurement is a challenge.

“We want to take data and transform it into HR intelligence,” said Shanil Kaderali, executive vice president of global talent solutions at San Jose, Calif.-based Pierpoint International.

Roy Maurer is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

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