February 24 , 2018

Latest Posts

Alternatives to Hiring More People: Tips for Managers

In times of tight budgets and low growth, managers need to think twice before hiring more staff. Hiring people is expensive, time consuming, and even a bit risky if you later find out that you don’t really need more employees. Smart managers consider the alternatives that are available to increase productivity long before they start new hiring permanent employees. Here ... Read More »

Hold Evening Interviews: Interview Candidates When They’re Available

Managers often wonder why they have a hard time landing the best candidates. One of the biggest reasons is that delays, caused by the difficulty in finding convenient times when both parties are available for interviews, cause a good number of the top candidates to drop out of the hiring process. Cutting Interview Delays With Night and Weekend Interviews Scheduling interviews is ... Read More »

Predatory Hiring: The Best Hire Is Your Competitors’ Top Talent

Most salespeople spend a majority of their time trying to “steal customers” away from their competitors. Great recruiters also realize that the best hire a firm can make is a hire from their direct competitors’ top talent! Perhaps an example or two can help to illustrate. I was consulting in New York with a well-known investment banking firm, when they ... Read More »

Are You an Employer of Choice? Metrics for Assessing Your Progress

It has become common for firms to strive to become an “employer of choice” (EOC). Unfortunately, it’s easy to say that you have become an employer of choice, but in reality being an employer of choice is a difficult but measurable status to obtain. Here are some ways to assess how far you have come in the EOC sweepstakes. Note ... Read More »

Hiring Advice for Small Businesses

Smaller firms need talent also, but they normally have more limited resources and recruiting expertise than larger firms. If you are a small business owner, here is the way to approach recruiting. 1. Realize that the firms with the best people win. Most entrepreneurs spend too little time on people issues, even though they are unlikely to beat the competition without better ... Read More »

Making Great Offers Without Much Money: Non-Monetary Offers

Many managers complain that during tough economic times it is difficult to give candidates the “big money” that it takes to get them to say “yes” to an offer letter. There is no need to fret however, because when you survey candidates about their job acceptance criteria, you often find that more than 50% of the weight goes to non-monetary ... Read More »

Spice Up Your Application Forms: Add a Sales Sheet

Many firms use application forms for walk-in applicants. Unfortunately, most application forms were designed in the dark ages. Most current application forms are intended to be primarily used as assessment tools; however, they drastically need a second element…a sales element! So if you want to dramatically improve the number of application forms that actually get completed, attach a “sales sheet” ... Read More »

Stealth Recruiting at Non-Recruiting (Passive) Events

As any good hunter would tell you, you’re unlikely to bag the best game when you’re hunting with a large group of hunters who are all congregated in the same location. The same can be said for recruiting at most “recruiting” events. I am constantly amazed at managers and recruiters who expect to capture high-quality “passive” candidates at job fairs ... Read More »

How to Hire a Great Recruiter

The most crucial step in developing a world-class corporate recruiting function is to attract and retain top recruiters. There are many types of recruiters in the world, but the best are aggressive recruiters with excellent research and selling skills. I call them “warrior” recruiters. If you owned a sports franchise, it would be easy to see and measure the impact ... Read More »

Questions From Hell: Developing/Assessing a College Recruiting Program

If you are going to start (or improve) a college recruiting program, it’s essential that you look at what most firms do with a cynical eye. Almost all college programs follow a cookie-cutter approach. They are run on emotion and tradition. Few, if any, have any hard evidence that they produce quality hires. I’ve advised numerous firms and I’ve yet ... Read More »


Why Candidates Are Dropping Out of Your Hiring Process

As seen on Yello (March 31, 2017) by Tracy Kelly. HR industry thought leader and professor of management at San Francisco State University, Dr. John Sullivan, says the cost to candidate withdrawal is real; the lost investment is a drain on team resources. Your online application is too complicated Sullivan reports that at Fortune 500 firms, 9 out of ten ... Read More »