The Top 7 SHRM Talent Acquisition Articles of 2018


Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer December 21, 2018
The Top 7 SHRM Talent Acquisition Articles of 2018

​Talent acquisition professionals in 2018 were most interested in reading about onboarding, candidate and new-hire ghosting, the interview process and the ideal recruiting workload. These topics were some of the best read all year on SHRM Online and will remain relevant in the new year.

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Here are SHRM Online's seven most-read articles on talent acquisition in 2018.

No. 1: Why New Hires Quit Before They Start and How to Prevent It

Ghosting—when job candidates and new hires drop all communication with the hiring company—was the big story of 2018. In this article, experts discuss why the phenomenon is happening and how to prevent it.

No. 2: Effective Onboarding Should Last for Months

Onboarding—the process in which new hires are integrated into an organization—is a missed opportunity for most employers, according to experts and recent studies. One of the biggest reasons is that the length of most onboarding programs is too short.

HR leader Paul Falcone advised employers to engage new hires with in-depth conversations at 30-, 60- and 90-day intervals to ensure a smooth transition into the new role and identify any roadblocks as quickly as possible.

No. 3: Recruiters Need to Be Ready to Answer These Candidate Questions

Recruiters know that the interview process is best conducted as a two-way exchange. Some candidates will be prepared with their own questions about the company or the role, ranging from basic logistics and process questions to penetrating inquiries requiring thoughtful responses. Recruiters and hiring managers should be prepared to answer all of these questions and make a compelling impression on candidates.

No. 4: Salary Negotiations Aren't Happening as Much as You'd Think

According to a poll conducted by global staffing firm Robert Half, just 39 percent of workers tried to negotiate a higher salary during their last job offer, evidence of the failure to leverage the bargaining power candidates possess in this market.

No. 5: How Many Open Reqs Should In-House Recruiters Have?

In-house recruiters can carry requisition loads between a single-digit number to well over 100. But what is the ideal amount? Well, it depends on a variety of factors, including the position and industry they are recruiting for, the resources available to them and their additional responsibilities, according to industry experts.

No. 6: These 5 Recruiting Trends Are Flying Under the Radar

An all-star panel of talent leaders at the Society for Human Resource Management 2018 Talent Conference & Exposition talked about a few practical recruiting trends quietly gaining momentum, such as offering flexible work options, conducting nontraditional interviews and redefining diversity recruiting.

No. 7: HR Questions (and Answers) About Employment Screening

Employment background checks are an essential step in the candidate selection process—they identify risks and validate claims made by prospective new hires. But background screening can seem daunting to employers who are new to the process, and mysterious even to regular users.

Here are some frequently asked questions—and answers—about employment screening.


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