Scary interview processEver notice a candidate seemingly fine when they enter the interview and then as the interview goes on, they seem less comfortable? Sure, it could be nerves, but have you ever considered that your interview process could be scaring them off? You might think that you’ve got the easy job as the interviewer. All you have to do is ask the questions and evaluate, after all. But these five common interview process faux pas could be leaving top-notch candidates itching for the exit.

 

Scary Interview Process Mistakes

 

Lack of Preparation

 

Everyone’s busy, but you need to set aside time to prepare for an interview. Make sure you know about the position you’re interviewing for, backwards and forwards, and can answer any questions the candidate may have about the job. Have your questions researched and ready to go so you can adequately interview for the job at hand. Research your candidates’ resumes and applications so that you can form additional questions or comments around their past experiences and how they’ll relate to the position. If you go into an interview unprepared and unknowledgeable, the candidate will see you the same as you would see an unprepared candidate: not interested.


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Published on March 3rd, 2017

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rachael powellNew to the AgCareers.com team is Rachael Powell who serves as the Data Analyst – HR Solutions. Rachael has been with AgCareers.com for two months and works from the Clinton, North Carolina office.
 
What do you do on a day-to-day basis in your role with AgCareers.com?
 
So far some of the projects I have worked on are the National Pork Board Compensation and HR Practices Report and the Agribusiness HR Review. My other main task will be to aid in the completion of the Compensation Benchmark Review.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?
I enjoy that I get to help compile information that will help ag companies throughout North America make more informed decisions.
 
What advice would you give to employers using AgCareers.com for the first time?
 
Make sure you’ve clearly defined the role you are looking to fill. AgCareers.com has some great resources that can help you get started. Among some of the I would challenge employers to utilize are the Compensation Benchmark Review, Career Profiles, and the Agribusiness HR Review.


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Published on February 3rd, 2017

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walking dead ag recruitmentDoes ag recruitment ever feel like the zombie apocalypse? Strange question, right? Even for those familiar with the show The Walking Dead, you might be scratching your head and thinking, what does my career have to do with zombies?

 

As a huge Walking Dead fan and with it being Friday the 13th, I made a correlation between the popular television series and some of the problems AgCareers.com clients regularly face in agriculture. While the world isn’t currently crawling with the undead, it’s a challenging landscape out there, and in order to beat the odds, you need to be well-armed. We’d like to think that AgCareers.com serves as your arsenal against those odds in the following ways:


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Published on January 13th, 2017

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Surinder SinghSurinder Singh serves as AgCareers.com’s web developer. He has been with the copmany since May 2016 and works in the Guelph, Ontario office.

 

What do you do on a day-to-day basis with AgCareers.com?

 

My primary responsibility is resolving the issues reported with the AgCareers.com website and internal administration panel which is used by our team. I manage tickets on an ongoing basis, and perform routine clean-up and troubleshooting. My other responsibilities include managing the ATS (Applicant Tracking System) communications, relationships with third party vendors, working with end client’s tech groups, and communication between technology and AgCareers team.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?

 

I enjoy troubleshooting the issues that are reported by our sales team, resolving and successfully deploying those on our production environment. I love my job as a customer service representative for ATS/Feeds and communication with our team across the continent.

 

What advice would you give to employers utilizing AgCareers.com for the first time?

 

I would advise them to use our website to find the right candidates they are looking for in the agriculture industry. Our signup process is pretty easy, and if you have any questions, our sales team is more than happy to help them to give them an overview of our products and services.


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Published on January 3rd, 2017

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hiring a veteranIn honor of Veterans’ Day, and Remembrance Day, AgCareers.com is pleased to share the results of the “Veterans & Military Professionals in the Agricultural Workplace” survey conducted this past summer. AgCareers.com has been a longtime advocate for the employment of military veterans in agriculture, taking on the Ag Warriors program from the International Agri-Center in 2012 and partnering with more than 20 employers who have made a commitment to actively hire military veterans.

 

Veterans are very receptive to working in agriculture. Our survey found that 57% of military respondents said that veterans are widely accepted and welcomed into the agricultural industry. The top five agricultural industry sectors preferred most by veterans are:

 

1. Crop Production

2. Animal Production

3. Plant and Soil Sciences, Seed, and Biotechnology

4. Education and Extension

5. Animal Health / Equipment, Manufacturing and Technical (tied for a fifth place ranking)

 

Additionally, 47% of veterans felt that agriculture was a more viable career path for military professionals returning to the workplace as opposed to other industries. The top two reasons cited for this were outdoor/field work and work that correlates with the military experience.


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Published on November 11th, 2016

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Meet Beth HalesBeth Hales, a decade-long member of AgCareers.com, serves as the Director of Talent Solutions in the United States. She works from AgCareers.com’s headquarters in Clinton, North Carolina.

 

What do you do on a day-to-day basis in your role with AgCareers.com?

 

My day-to-day activities revolve around leading our U.S. job board sales team and developing/executing on business strategy as part of the AgCareers.com leadership team.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?

 

My journey with AgCareers.com has been ever-changing, and I enjoy the way our team tackles a variety of challenges in our efforts to be in tune with the industry and exceed customer expectations. I also enjoy the close working relationships that have been developed over the years. I feel that people in agribusiness, more than any other industry, prefer to collaborate and grow better together.

 

What advice would you give to employers using AgCareers.com for the first time?

 

Add maximum posting exposure to your job posting. The competition on our site is fierce, with over 6,000 jobs listed directly by employers on any given day. The positioning and exposure elements of adding the maximum posting exposure can cause your posting to receive an average of 4x as many views, placing your posting in front of the right candidates for a great first experience of our community of experienced industry professionals.


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Published on October 14th, 2016

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hiring introvertsA blog about hiring introverts – written by an introvert! Hi, I’m Kristine, and I’m an introvert (Myers-Briggs even told me so). I like to travel, attend agricultural trade events, and even meet people in small doses, but forced/arranged networking is a little more challenging for me (especially when done late into the evenings in loud areas when I would rather be huddled up in my hotel room decompressing). I like working in my office on projects and communicating via social media with the AgCareers.com community, but I fear for my life a little bit every time my phone rings (or I must spend time mentally preparing before I pick up the phone and call someone). I love, engage in, and feel more energized by deep discussion, but small talk makes me feel like I’m shriveling up.

 

Now after I’ve shared all of this, you are probably thinking there are certain career areas I may not be suited for (i.e. sales, customer service). Fair enough. But what I know (and Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln knew, and Mark Zuckerberg, Steven Spielberg, and Warren Buffett know) is that introverts come with a lot of inherent skills related directly back to their personality.


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Published on September 21st, 2016

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virtual career fairIf you’re headed to a career fair, you may be thinking that the students you’ll be speaking with are the only ones who have to make an impression. Wrong! The employer needs to make an impression just as much in order to not only get students to stop and talk but also to even be noticed. Need some concrete ideas? Hear it straight from the source. These student friends of AgCareers.com share what they look for at career fairs, whether it be the appearance of a booth or what the employer offers:

 

“At career fairs, I’m attracted to very specific things. Naturally, I’m going to stop and talk to familiar faces first. If I’ve seen a company on campus before, I’m more likely to visit with them because they’ve demonstrated they’re serious about hiring college students like me. As a marketing communications person, I’m more likely to approach a company that shows my field is already a priority at their company with well-articulated messages. If their display is drab or thrown together I’m not stopping. Also, I know these events are long and exhausting. If I pass a company where people are still on their feet and engaging with job candidates at the end of the day I’m probably going to introduce myself. I want to work with people who are passionate about their job, even when their feet ache and stomachs are growling.

 

Natalina Sents, 2016 Iowa State University graduate


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Published on September 9th, 2016

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DSC_0106Betty Draughton has spent one year as administrative manager with AgCareers.com. She works out of the Clinton, North Carolina headquarters.

 

What do you do on a day-to-day basis in your role with AgCareers.com?

 

I support both the company President, Eric Spell, as well as the leadership team with a variety of administrative functions. This can be anything from managing calendars and schedules, booking appointments, organizing and booking travel arrangements, coordinating meetings and events, to maintaining personnel files and ordering office supplies, just to name a few.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?

 

I really enjoy that no two days are alike when I come to work each day. It is definitely not a monotonous job and I love that. I also enjoy knowing that I work for a company who truly cares about its employees and work-life balance. That means a lot this day and time!

 

What advice would you give to employers using AgCareers.com for the first time?

 

I would advise employers to utilize our resume database to find the perfect talent and fit for any job openings they have. I usually also end up letting them speak with the appropriate Sales Rep to give them all the information they would need to know about utilizing our website and what we have to offer with our different job posting packs, CBR, Employer Guide, etc.


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Published on August 1st, 2016

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employing military veterans into agricultureIf you are familiar with AgCareers.com, you likely know about our Ag Warriors program devoted to encouraging agricultural employers to actively seek and hire military veterans.  You may have also attended our 2015 Roundtable which featured a military recruitment add-on workshop. While we think that military veterans are valuable assets to the agricultural industry due to their skills and qualities gained through military service, it seems that many agricultural employers are unaware of this untapped potential.

 

Luke Vance, a sergeant in the Army Reserves and a contractor with DuPont Pioneer, has mixed feelings about the receptiveness of the agricultural industry toward recruiting and hiring military veterans.

 

“I think that the agricultural community has been somewhat receptive to veterans. I don’t feel that the ag community is that proactive about going out and recruiting veterans, maybe out of fear of veterans leaving again,” said Vance.


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Published on July 28th, 2016

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