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5 of the Best Job Board Sites for Employers

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There are millions of employment opportunities available to job seekers at any given moment, so how do you make yours stand out from the crowd? First, you must decide where you plan to advertise your open position. We recommend choosing at least a few from our list of the best job board sites for employers. After all, you want to expand your reach as much as possible to maximize your chances of attracting high-quality applicants. However, you should do so strategically. Learn about some of the most effective online job boards and post on the ones that your target audience would most likely use.

Note: Keep in mind that many of the best job boards charge fees. You might quickly find yourself spending hundreds of dollars — that you can’t afford to spend — on job postings. Luckily, Sprockets enables you to post jobs for free on popular websites! You’ll even get the retention-improving power of our Applicant Matching System.

The Top Job Board Websites for Employers

Snagajob

If you’re looking to snag some of the best hourly workers for your business, try posting on Snagajob. Their website helps you reach millions of job seekers for industries like fast-food service, retail, and hospitality. They help two-thirds of the hourly workers in the US find jobs each year!

ZipRecruiter

The ZipRecruiter employer dashboard is all about enabling businesses to improve their speed of hire. Their user-friendly interface and sophisticated algorithm help you to find high-quality applicants quickly. It automatically scans resumes to find people who are likely to be interested in, and succeed at, your open position.

Adzuna

Adzuna is another excellent option with job-board software that incorporates data and smart matching technology to recruit candidates. Similar to Snagajob, Adzuna gets millions of visitors each month, so there’s a good chance that the right fit will find your post. Best of all, they charge based on applicant response rate, so you can save a little extra money and focus on people who are actually interested in working for you.

Upward

If customization and convenience are crucial to your recruiting strategy, then Upward is the way to go. Their website allows you to use premade job description templates, message applicants directly, rate candidates, and add filtering questions to weed out people who you wouldn’t want to spend time interviewing anyway. Pricing starts at $50 per job post.

Indeed

Of course, a list of the best recruitment sites for employers is incomplete without mentioning Indeed. The Indeed employer dashboard is used by numerous business owners and hiring managers, and it’s no surprise why. Indeed reaches over 250 million job candidates each month and allows users to manage the hiring process from start to finish. Plus, it’s home to several helpful guides and resources for recruiters.

Post Jobs for Free

A man on a laptop posting jobsThe hiring process is costly enough, especially when you account for employee turnover. Consider all of the lost knowledge, productivity, and team morale that can occur when you lose a valuable crew member — not to mention the negative impact it can have on the customer experience. Why would you want to add another expense?

Instead, use Sprockets to avoid job board fees and reduce costly turnover! Our AI-powered platform allows you to post jobs for free to Snagajob, ZipRecruiter, Adzuna, Upward, and more from within your dashboard. Plus, you get our Applicant Matching System that reveals which applicants are most likely to succeed and stay long-term, ultimately helping you improve employee retention.

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McHire, Powered by Paradox, Integrates With Sprockets to Improve Employee Retention

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Reducing costly turnover at McDonald’s franchise locations is easier than ever with the release of an integration between McHire, powered by Paradox, and Sprockets. Our AI-powered solution now works directly with McHire, helping you source applicants quickly and reveal who will perform like your best crew members.

McDonald’s franchise operators see a 43% improvement in 90-day retention, on average, with Sprockets. It’s time for you to enjoy the same success!

Why You Should Add Sprockets to Paradox’s McHire Platform

This integration empowers you to hire the ideal applicants every time, ultimately improving retention and reducing the costs associated with crew turnover. McHire is a recruiting application developed for McDonald’s by Paradox, and Sprockets instantly predicts their likelihood to succeed and stay long-term. You’ll know everything you need to know about applicants before interviews and even see which ones are worth interviewing in the first place.

What Other McDonald’s Franchise Operators Have Experienced

Numerous McDonald’s franchise owners are already enjoying the benefits of using Sprockets with Paradox’s McHire platform. In a recent case study, we found that Sprockets improves 90-day retention by 43% and annual turnover by 22%. This integration also means GMs can focus on all of the important day-to-day decisions they need to make by saving an average of 37% time on sourcing, screening, hiring, and training crew members. Here’s what one Sprockets user had to say:

“It is simple to implement and easy for my hiring managers and GMs to look at the surveys… If you’re on the fence, just the price should push you over because if it saves you one bad hire per year, you’re up money. That’s a no-brainer.

– Curtis Wilhelmi

McDonald’s Franchise Operator

How to Install the Sprockets Integration

Visit our integration page now to add the precision of Sprockets to McHire! The Sprockets team will get the gears turning and quickly set you up for success. You’ll be hiring the ideal crew members, improving retention, and reducing the costs of turnover before you know it!

For more information on McHire visit https://signup.mchire.com/

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Improve Retention With Sprockets’ New Background Checks Integration – Powered by ClearChecks

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Hire the ideal team members, reduce employee turnover, and increase productivity by running background checks from directly within the Sprockets platform! This integration with ClearChecks allows you to verify an applicant’s past and predict their likelihood of success in one convenient place. You’ll spend less time and money during the screening process, allowing you to allocate those resources elsewhere.

Save 50% on Background Checks

Sprockets users save an average of 50% on background checks compared to the leading providers. We’re offering this feature at-cost, empowering you to put funds toward other aspects of your business rather than overspending on screening. Take advantage of our preferred pricing and use the savings for marketing, team-building activities, or even expanding your team to keep up with demand.

Get Precise Information With the Click of a Button

This integration with ClearChecks also reduces the time you spend on recruiting by providing you with everything you need to know about applicants. You’ll see information about their pasts as well as their futures with our combination of background checks and fit scores. You get to decide which applicants are worth interviewing and which ones aren’t, helping you find the ideal applicants with fewer interviews. Plus, it results in higher quality interviews because you’ll know the best questions to ask before speaking with them.

See What Others Say About Sprockets

We have a proven track record of our own with numerous happy customers who have improved retention with the Sprockets platform. Here’s what one of them had to say about our solution:

“It helps us make better hiring choices, and we love the personality breakdowns that Sprockets gives us for each applicant.”

–  Jimmy Johns Franchise Representative

Start Building the Best Teams Today

Sprockets background checksCheck the pasts of your applicants to improve the future of your business! Visit our page on background checks to learn more about this feature and join the long list of Sprockets users who have achieved success with our AI-powered hiring solution. You can even schedule a free demo to see it in action. We look forward to helping you hire the ideal applicants and improve retention.

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5 Tips for Managing Generation Z Employees in the Workplace

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Generation Z is making its way into the business world with tremendous strides, but are you managing members of this group to the best of your ability? Every generation is unique, so owners and operators must adapt their management styles to bring out the best in these new employees. Defined as any individual born after 1997, Gen Zers can be vastly different from Millennials. They’ve had separate sets of life experiences that molded them into the people they are today, which could also affect how they view companies and behave at work.

So, the question remains: What are the best tips for managing Generation Z employees in the workplace? Find out below to start increasing productivity and improving retention!

Managing Gen Z Employees in the Workplace

1. Hire the Ideal Gen Z Workers for Your Business

The oldest Gen Zers are in their late teens and early twenties, which means many of them are searching for entry-level positions that typically involve hourly pay. That’s great news for industries such as fast-food service, home health care, and retail, which rely on hiring young, energetic individuals. 

However, it’s still crucial to be selective about who you hire. Onboarding employees quickly to save time can end up wasting more resources when workers don’t meet expectations. That’s why you should utilize tools such as Sprockets’ AI-powered platform with a sophisticated applicant matching system. It reveals which applicants are likely to succeed and stay long-term, ultimately improving retention and making it easier to manage Gen Z employees. It even includes free job postings to help augment sourcing efforts!

2. Maintain a Positive Company Culture

As with most generations, Gen Z is looking to work for businesses that cultivate positive company cultures. They’d like to enjoy the work they do and feel valued, which ultimately leads to higher productivity, better team morale, and more employee engagement with Gen Z workers. Take time to get to know your employees, request feedback on your management style, encourage diversity, and recognize hard work. (You can find even more ideas for creating Generation Z’s preferred work environment in our blog on 10 Tips for Creating a Positive Company Culture!)

3. Allow for Work-Life Balance

Similar to company culture, Gen Z employees also seek positions at businesses that allow them to maintain a work-life balance. As much as someone might love their job, it’s important to provide breaks, PTO, and flexible schedules so they can lead healthy lives outside of work hours. Otherwise, you risk burnout, reduced productivity, and even costly employee turnover.

4. Ease Health Concerns in the Workplace

As we mentioned earlier, every generation has unique life experiences that can influence their outlook and behavior. In this case, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely one of the most impactful events for Generation Z. In a Pew Research Center study conducted in March 2020, half of Gen Zers from age 18 to 23 stated that they, or a member of their household, had been financially affected by the pandemic. Another report by Deloitte explains that worries about health and finances are growing concerns among Gen Z. Make sure you implement processes that ease concerns around job stability and health — both physical and mental health.

5. Embrace Technology

Technology also plays a major role in the lives of Gen Zers, with smartphones and social media platforms at the forefront of their daily routines. It’s critical for managers to embrace this movement and use digital tools that improve the workplace environment. Check out our blog on How to Use HR Tech to Elevate Your Company Culture for some ideas.

Attract and Retain the Best Gen Zers With Sprockets

The Sprockets platformIt makes a significant difference in managing and motivating Gen Z employees at work when you hire the best applicants from the start. That’s why we created Sprockets, an AI-powered platform that finds the ideal applicants based on a unique success profile for your business. It’s convenient, precise, and proven to work, helping users improve employee retention by an average of 43%. 

See what our happy customers say about it, including owners and operators from top brands like McDonald’s, then schedule a demo to enjoy the same success!

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Social Media Recruiting: 4 Tips to Grab Gen Z’s Attention

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Did you know that Gen Zs and Millennials made up 75 percent of the restaurant workforce in 2020? That number will only grow larger as time goes on, and businesses must adapt their recruiting practices to attract high-quality employees. It’s no secret that technology has been a defining factor of these generations, which means owners and operators should embrace innovative ideas and use new outlets to grab their attention.

It’s time to add a social media recruiting strategy to your hiring process. It’s alright if you’re not tech-savvy — we’ll explain everything you need to know to recruit Gen Z workers on social media platforms.

You can also add the power of Sprockets, an AI-powered platform that augments sourcing with free job postings and predicts which applicants will succeed like your best employees.

4 Recommendations for Social Media Recruiting

1. Know Your Needs

Before you start messaging all your social media followers with private messages about how great your job opportunities are, take a moment and assess the situation. What job openings do you have? Where are you in the hiring process? Are you looking for someone to create their own position? What skill sets would you like a potential employee to possess? What is your company culture like, and what personality traits would enable a candidate to mesh well with the current team? Defining your purpose in hiring will give you an ample idea of who you are seeking and what that person must bring to the table.

If you are bent on sending out private messages for social recruiting, look through your top commenters. What kinds of engagement do they offer? Are they helpful to other customers? Do they care about your brand as you do? What types of hobbies do they have, according to the content they post?

Learn about the content your consumers engage with. If someone seems like a good fit from there, reach out.

2. Get Creative

If you plan to use social media for the recruitment of Gen Zs and Millennials, then you need to create content that will resonate and inspire them to take action. Creating and sharing blog posts that answer niche questions (like this one) can be particularly effective for engaging people in your target demographic.

You can also create posts on various social media platforms, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, asking fun questions that would capture the interest of your audience. There doesn’t need to be an actual correct answer to your question; simply seeing how people’s minds work is a great way to identify high-quality candidates.

Don’t forget about Instagram, especially when it comes to Gen Zs and Millennials. Consider holding a photo contest. Encourage your followers to come up with a unique photo and creative tagline related to your business. Or, if you’re looking for a new designer to join your team, give them some basic guidelines and see what they come up with for a design contest. (Make sure you ask all participants to tag your business account and use a particular hashtag!) You can give as many or as few details as you want. While you won’t be able to legally use the results in your marketing — unless you onboard the winner — you will get a great look at your talent pool.

3.  Be Consistent

To effectively execute a social media recruitment strategy, it’s essential to maintain a consistent presence online with your company’s accounts. This tells people that you’re easy to reach, you’ll respond in a timely manner, and you value a strong work ethic.

Consider scheduling several posts at once that will be published on a regular, weekly timeline to make things easier for yourself. Pay particular attention to your audience insights on each social media platform so that your posts go live at ideal times to reach your target demographic. You can even come up with a simple social media calendar to plan posts more effectively.

Using a wide range of media is also fantastic for reaching different people. Some individuals are visual learners who love infographics. Others are audio learners, so podcasts are great. Utilize a variety of media to engage your followers on multiple platforms, allowing them the luxury to choose when, how, and what they want to learn.

4. Choose the Right Channels

Every social media platform reaches different demographics and has different innate purposes. LinkedIn is an excellent platform for recruiting and job seekers. Here, you’ll find candidates actively looking for work and passive candidates willing to take a better offer. Instagram is typically where Millennials and Gen Z-ers go to check out more visual, fun messages. Twitter is mainly about news headlines and trending hashtags. This is a fantastic place for your polls and quippy questions. Lastly, Facebook has become the world’s largest address book. You can find almost everyone on Facebook (but don’t expect Gen Z to spend much time scrolling through their feeds — they’re more inclined to be on Instagram). Simply put, knowing what each social media site is designed for helps you maximize marketing efforts for your job opportunity.

Ultimately, recruiting online takes research, just like any other form of marketing. However, social media — at its core — is meant to be fun and relaxing. Enjoy the questions you ask and the comments you interact with. At the end of the day, you want to mesh well with your next hire.

Source and Screen the Ideal Applicants With Sprockets

A woman showing a laptop screen of the Sprockets hiring platformIn addition to social media recruiting, you can upgrade your hiring process with the power of Sprockets! Our user-friendly platform augments sourcing efforts with free job postings and virtual recruiters while ensuring you hire the ideal applicants every time. It creates a success profile based on your top performers and matches candidates against this benchmark, helping you make better hiring decisions and improve employee retention. Users see a 43% increase in 90-day retention, on average!

Schedule a free demo to start finding the best applicants for your business!

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Hiring Gen Z: How to Attract the Next Generation of Workers

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Gen Z makes up 32% of the world’s population, and it’s expected that about 60 million job seekers will burst onto the job market in the next ten years. Having grown up in a world saturated with technology and internet culture as well as a time of steep economic ebbs and flows, hiring Gen Z requires understanding the unique needs and drives of this generation.

It’s time to think about your strategy for recruiting Gen Z if you haven’t already, as their idea of an ideal work environment is a bit different than that of the past. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about attracting and maintaining Gen Z employees.

Who Is Generation Z?

There isn’t total agreement on when exactly the range for belonging to Gen Z begins and ends, but a commonly proposed concept is that Generation Z is comprised of people who were born between 1995 and 2012.

Gen Z is the first generation that is considered to be “digital native.” Millennials were “digital pioneers,” growing up at the same time that social media and technology were radically changing our lives and work. Gen Z, on the other hand, was primarily born into a world where social media was the norm and information was always immediately accessible.

While all generations are made up of unique individuals, there are definitely some generational trends that emerge when looking at this group of people who range between 10 and 26 years old in 2021. Here are some of the characteristics that have been identified as relating to Gen Z:

  • Financially focused
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Technology-focused
  • Social both online and offline
  • Competitive
  • Open-minded in certain respects
  • Enjoy working independently
  • Desire to be heard

Because of the quickly changing world we live in, the gaps between generations are quite large. This means that Generation Z recruiting looks different when dealing with younger generations versus generations of the past, such as the Baby Boomers.

Recruiting Generation Z: What Gen Z Wants From Work

If you’re wondering how to attract Generation Z employees, you’re going to need to learn what it is they are looking for from a job and a career. Gen Z grew up surrounded by technology and information while also riding a pretty extreme economic rollercoaster.

(Are you wondering what character traits to look for in applicants? Check out this article.)

Flexibility

Gen Z expects that a job offers flexible work options. This means the opportunity to work remotely or have a choice where they work, as well as an understanding that there is some schedule flexibility.

Teamwork and Company Culture

If you’re wondering how to recruit Gen Z, you’ll want to focus on building a sense of being part of a team and energetic company culture. With more and more people working remotely, it’s more important than ever that workers feel like they are a part of something working toward larger goals.

Millennials have proven to be very interested in finding a company culture that suits them when on the job hunt. Gen Z recruiting trends point to a similar emphasis on desiring a good fit when it comes to the company culture.

Work-Life Balance

What does Generation Z want in a job? Well, honestly, they want a job that isn’t going to take over their lives.

Work-life balance is important to Gen Z in their career track and job. This generation wants to work for companies that don’t cause a big deal if they need to have a doctor’s appointment or have an emergency at home they need to deal with. Gen Z wants to work for a company and with people who understand that we are all human and have real lives.

In addition, people are pushing back on the intrusion of work into their “off” time. Increasingly, it is attractive to young job seekers that there is an emphasis on being “clocked in” and “clocked out,” rather than an expectation that you’re responding to an email from your boss at 10 p.m. on a Friday.

Growth

Another aspect of how to attract Generation Z employees has to do with providing opportunities for growth. This generation is more concerned about where a job could get them than the actual job title itself. Having lived in a time of great uncertainty, Gen Z wants to know what their potential for career advancement is.

Social Awareness

Gen Z has proven itself to be very concerned with whether or not the corporation is committed to social responsibility. This has to do with both social and environmental issues.

Mentorships

Mixing members of different generations within the same team is another strategy for attracting and maintaining Gen Z employees. This allows the younger generations to learn from older generations and help them form their career and life goals.

Job Rotation

Members of Gen Z are particularly interested in having the chance to rotate through several jobs while they are in their first few years with a company. This gives them the opportunity to figure out which particular role they are most interested in pursuing in the long run.

Hiring Gen Z: How to Recruit Gen Z for Your Company

Someone on a laptop screening high quality candidatesThe workplace is an ever-changing environment, and companies are already focusing their recruiting practices based on the preferences, needs, and desires of Generation Z. When you hire someone, you want to know that everyone will benefit from the arrangement and allow both the employee and your company to reach its full potential. By understanding what Gen Z is looking for in a career, you can attract and keep the best of the best.

If you’re ready to get serious about hiring Gen Z at your company, our AI-powered platform might be just the thing you need. It finds the common thread between your top employees and incoming applicants, ultimately enabling you to make better hiring decisions and improve employee retention. Sprockets even offers free job posting, tax-credit screening, virtual recruiters, and more. Schedule a free demo today!

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How to Use HR Tech to Elevate Your Company Culture

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Focusing on company culture is more important than ever as work attitudes change. Having a strong culture enables businesses to hire better-fitting employees in terms of skills and personality. Moreover, well-defined values make it easier for everyone to stick to a mission. 

Conversely, a non-existent or poorly defined company culture will result in disengaged employees, and products and services can suffer—resulting in lost customers and revenue. 

For many HR teams, creating a strong company culture is difficult. HR tech can help by freeing up time and making your processes more efficient. This technology also has many other benefits when elevating company culture.

What Is meant by HR tech?

The term “HR tech” is used to define all software that eases the administrative burden of HR teams. It can be used to screen applicants, analyze employee performance, and save time.

Examples of HR tech include employee analytics software, payroll automation systems, and application tracking systems.

The Biggest Challenges When Creating a Company Culture

Finding People With the Right Skills and Personalities

Recruiting employees with the skills businesses need is difficult enough, and the complexity mounts when HR teams also need to consider personalities. If team members don’t share values or buy into a company mission, nurturing a culture that inspires growth and innovation is problematic. 

When seeking to hire people that are a good match, teams must be crystal clear about what they’re looking for. Fine-tuning job descriptions and filtering searches will help. 

Mergers and Acquisitions

Though the average value of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions declined in 2020 compared to 2019, M&As were still an essential part of growing many businesses.

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Source: IMAA analysis; imaa-institute.org

Such practices can help companies increase their market share, consolidate assets, and more. However, if companies are not careful, M&As can also pose a threat to their company culture. If the two businesses and their employees aren’t on the same page, internal clashes can happen. 

If a business is looking to complete an M&A, it must look beyond the financial aspects alone and consider how to mitigate potential risks to its culture. 

Scaling Without Losing Identity

When scaling a business across numerous locations, or from startup to corporate, neglecting culture is a serious risk. This is particularly true when scaling across diverse regions. 

Becoming a global brand without sacrificing company culture is possible. Apple and Spotify are two examples of businesses that stuck to their original mission, despite serving hundreds of millions of people. Both have scaled without losing their corporate identity through good planning and strategizing. 

As the company expands, HR professionals should ensure every new hire can contribute to their existing culture and reinforce the company’s core values. 

How to Use HR Tech to Elevate Your Company Culture

Use Screening Software to Find the Right Fit

Remote and hybrid work mean that HR teams can expand their recruitment internationally. However, being unable to meet in person can make identifying and selecting the best-fitting applicants more challenging. 

More companies are turning to technology to help. In July 2020, research published by McKinsey & Co. revealed that 85% of surveyed executives have sped up their companies’ digitization process.

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Source: McKinsey Global Business Executives Survey, July 2020

If teams are not already using the technology, screening software can help to find the right employees quickly. Instead of manually sifting through resumes and cover letters, HR teams can focus on other important tasks.

Use Messaging Solutions to Improve Communication

In Glassdoor’s Workplace Trends 2021 report, the company pointed out that 70% of its employees want a hybrid working agreement in the future. With team members spread across different locations and working at different times, however, communication becomes more important than ever.

Slack conducted a remote working survey in 2020 that highlighted the challenges of communicating using such models. They showed that 14% of the platform’s users still found that inefficient or slow communications and processes impacted them. For participants not using Slack, that figure rose to 21%.

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Source: Report: Remote work in the age of Covid-19, Slack, April 2020

Though messaging solutions won’t solve all of HR teams’ problems, having the tools in place will allow colleagues to set expectations and boundaries. With effective communication, employees will feel engaged and supported while upholding the company’s culture and vision. 

Use Onboarding and Offboarding Software

To emphasize and improve company culture, businesses should pay equal attention to their onboarding and offboarding processes. 

When integrating new hires within a company, giving them a run-through of the mission statement and values—and how they fit into the big picture—is essential. 

When their time with the company is coming to a close, outgoing employees are a great source of feedback. HR teams can use this information to tweak their current practices accordingly. 

HR tech is a capable tool to help welcome and say goodbye to employees in a way that elevates company culture. Teams can use survey software to gather feedback when offboarding and engagement technology to support their onboarding program. 

Invest in Analytics Software

Measuring employee performance is about more than how much money a person brings into a company. HR professionals also need to monitor employee engagement and offer growth opportunities. 

To reinforce company culture, businesses need employees who are willing to improve and innovate for their benefit, and the benefit of the company. 

An effective way to measure how employees are doing is by investing in HR analytics software. These platforms enable the department to benchmark data, analyze why employees are leaving, and more. 

Invest in Technology to Invest in Your Culture

Elevating company culture is a team effort, and the tools they use can make all the difference. Investing in HR tech is a great way to improve company culture by saving time and energy on manual work. HR teams will also find that they can gather information faster, engage employees better, and spread their message more effectively.

HR tech also allows hiring managers to screen potential employees, helping your company to achieve a balance between skills and personality. 

Author Bio

Dean from OnTheClockDean Mathews is the founder and CEO of OnTheClock, an employee time tracking app that helps over 10,000 companies all around the world track time. 

Dean has over 20 years of experience designing and developing business apps. He views software development as a form of art. If the artist creates a masterpiece, many people’s lives are touched and changed for the better. 

When he is not perfecting time tracking, Dean enjoys expanding his faith, spending time with family and friends, and finding ways to make the world just a little better.

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Why You Need Pre-Employment Assessments in Your Hiring Process

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Pre-employment assessments are helpful hiring tools for a variety of reasons: They can predict an applicant’s ability to perform tasks, give insight into how they’ll interact with co-workers and customers, and enable managers to make more informed decisions. Plus, these tests potentially remove bias from the hiring process and reduce the time it takes to identify the ideal candidates.

Sprockets is a particularly effective solution with unique pre-employment assessments that reveal the best applicant even before the interview. Our AI-powered platform features a sophisticated applicant matching system that finds the common thread between your top performers and potential hires, empowering you to build better teams and improve employee retention by an average of 43%!

An Overview of Pre-Employment Assessments for the Hiring Process

Pre-employment assessments vary, covering everything from hard skills (experience) to soft skills (personality traits). There are generally five types of tests. These include:

1. Hard Skills Tests

These assessments measure the technical expertise of the candidate in a particular subject area or industry. Recruiters and hiring managers often use these to weed out applicants who do not have the minimum required skills for the job.

(Be careful with these, though, because applicants with no industry experience can actually be the best hires!)

2. Work Sample Tests

Work sample tests help you understand a candidate’s potential effectiveness in the workplace by mimicking events that would occur on the job. They are useful for predicting performance since you get a more realistic preview of how they would behave on a day-to-day basis at your company.

3. Interview Assessments

Of course, there’s always the traditional interview assessment to determine job fit. This crucial step in the recruiting process is an opportunity to test both hard skills and soft skills as well as meet the candidate in person.

There are typically two general ways to conduct interviews: structured and unstructured. Structured interviews allow every applicant to answer the same set of questions in the same order. This can reduce bias and maintain the consistency of data used to evaluate candidates.

On the other hand, unstructured interviews simply aim to build rapport between the interviewer and the candidate. The unstructured format allows more freedom for the conversation to flow naturally. This is typically the better option when evaluating applicants for positions and industries that involve customer service, like home health care and quick-service restaurants.

4. Cognitive Ability Tests

Cognitive ability tests improve the recruiting process by enabling you to assess a candidate’s decisions during an unexpected situation. This is done using “game-based” assessments, which test cognitive skills in a faster, efficient, and user-friendly way.

5. Personality Tests

You can also use personality tests to hone in on specific characteristics that contribute to an applicant’s soft skills, like communication, teamwork, and work ethic. Sprockets’ three-question surveys, for instance, use natural language processing to measure over 50 different personality traits!

Predict Applicant Success With Pinpoint Precision

A man on a laptop doing a pre-employment assessmentImprove employee retention, reduce the costs of turnover, and build better team cohesion with Sprockets! Our AI-powered solution has all the ingredients for the optimal hiring process, including sophisticated pre-employment assessments. Sprockets uses brief surveys to find out what makes your top performers tick, and then it evaluates incoming applicants with that benchmark. You’ll instantly see “fit scores” that indicate who has the highest likelihood to succeed and stay long-term.

Numerous business owners from top brands, like Chick-fil-A and Visiting Angels, trust Sprockets to hire the best candidates. Curtis Wilhelmi of McDonald’s says, “It’s a no-brainer!” Schedule a demo today to discover the ideal applicants and start enjoying the same success.

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The Difference Between Recruiting Employees and Finding the Right Fit

The Difference Between Recruiting Employees and Finding the Right Fit 1016 528 Sprockets

It’s time to evolve the way that everyone thinks about the hiring process. So, let’s start at the beginning: recruiting employees. One of the best ways to improve the recruiting process is to simply stop “recruiting.” 

That might sound counterintuitive, but you just need to look at it from a different perspective. While recruiting implies the generic practice of sourcing applicants for a job, “finding the right fit” is what we should really be doing. This takes recruiting a step further to source and screen applicants who are most likely to succeed and stay long-term.

Recruiting Employees vs. Finding the Right Fit

Whether you’re a hiring manager or a business owner, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the best hiring practices. Here’s a breakdown of how and why you should do it:

The Recruiting Process Is Outdated

Just because a certain way of doing something “works” doesn’t mean we should continue it. In fact, it’s essential to keep evolving, pursue better alternatives, and consider the paths less traveled. In this case, you should go beyond paying to post jobs on the same job boards, waiting for applications, and weeding through the endless list of resumes.

“Fit” Empowers Every Member of Your Team

When you focus more on finding the right fit and identifying the ideal soft skills, like communication and collaboration, you empower your entire team to succeed. These soft skills can often be more important than workplace skills or industry experience. A team member with several years of experience could be detrimental to the business by lacking the ideal personality traits, so it can be beneficial to consider applicants with little to no experience but have the right “fit.”

How to Identify Fit

Cellphones with fit scores to help with recruiting employeesIt can be difficult to identify the right personality traits via typical recruiting and screening practices, like interviews. Luckily, Sprockets’ AI-powered platform provides all the tools you need to find applicants who are the ideal fit for your team. You can post jobs for free to millions of hourly job seekers, send personality assessments with the click of a button, and see “fit scores” that automatically predict an applicant’s likelihood of success. The list goes on! 

Schedule a demo today to see how Sprockets can help you hire applicants who are the precise fit for your needs and improve employee retention.

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Earn More Work Opportunity Tax Credits With Less Effort

Earn More Work Opportunity Tax Credits With Less Effort 1016 528 Sprockets

Sprockets can help you earn up to $9,600 in tax credits per eligible new hire! Our platform not only reveals which applicants will perform like your top employees, but it also reveals those who qualify for Work Opportunity Tax Credits. You’ll improve your bottom line, provide jobs to individuals who might otherwise face bias, and increase employee retention! You even have access to a dedicated tax expert who can help maximize your credits and handle the paperwork.

Discover Which Applicants Are Eligible for Work Opportunity Tax Credits

The Sprockets platform makes it easy to view each applicant’s eligibility and the value of the tax credits received for hiring them. You could receive between $2,400 to $9,600 for each eligible person you hire, depending on their WOTC Target Group, such as SNAP Recipients, TANF Recipients, Supplemental Security Income Recipients, and Unemployed Veterans.

See Who Will Perform Like Your Best Employees

Our AI-powered software also displays which applicants will be excellent additions to your team. The process begins by creating a unique success profile based on the characteristics of your current top-performing employees and scores each incoming applicant against that benchmark. You’ll see “fit scores” next to WOTC eligibility in the dashboard, allowing you to hire the ideal applicants who will both succeed and provide tax credits.

Let Our Experts Take Care of the Details

As an added bonus, you have access to a dedicated WOTC tax expert to help you every step of the way. The expert will evaluate your new-hire process, send the WOTC questionnaire to applicants, set up the paperwork, give you completed IRS forms for easy filing, and answer any questions you may have. With all the time you save, you’ll be able to focus on the day-to-day operations of your business rather than dealing with the tedious tax process.

Start Maximizing Your WOTC Incentive Today

A screen showing applicants who are eligible for Work Opportunity Tax CreditsIf you’re not already taking advantage of this program, now’s the time! Sprockets offers seamless integration with WOTC and our AI-powered Applicant Matching System. Schedule a demo today to see how our platform reveals WOTC eligibility, predicts success with pinpoint precision, and improves overall employee retention. We can’t wait to help you hire the ideal applicants and earn Work Opportunity Tax Credits!