Recruiting Tools

Death by Interview: Revealing the Pain Caused by Excessive Interviews

“Death by interview” is the harsh but unfortunately all-too accurate name that I give to the majority of corporate interview processes because of the way that they literally abuse candidates. Death by interview is worth closer examination because harsh treatment during interviews impacts almost every working American, simply because each one of us is subjected to many interviews during our …

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Top Performers Produce 4x More Output and Higher Quality Referrals

Top performers have an incredibly high ROI Articles from academics don’t always provide practical lessons, but there have been two recent ones that everyone in talent management should pay attention to. The results of the first one focus on the output differential produced by top performers. This study published in February in Personnel Psychology which cut across several industries, revealed that the top …

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Advanced Items For Your Recruiting Agenda – What Should Google Do Next?

During the newly reinvigorated and exciting ERE conference, two attendees posed related but powerful questions to me. The first was “What advanced topics should be on the agenda of recruiting leaders at elite firms?” Or as another put it “What should Google be planning to do next in recruiting?” At least to me, future agenda items are an important topic. …

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A Missed Opportunity – Failing To Use References For Recruiting Top Talent

Most know references to be a tool for checking a candidate’s background, but it’s important to realize that reference related factors can also be one of the simplest, cheapest and effective areas for identifying top candidates. Even the best corporations that excel at recruiting routinely fail to realize that references and the reference process itself can be powerful sources for …

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Dr. John Sullivan’s High-Impact Interview Questions for Top Candidates

If you’re not getting exceptional hires, it may be because your traditional interview process is simply not designed to excite them. Instead of dwelling on the past, a superior alternative is to ask them to solve real problems, to demonstrate that they are forward-looking and that they have solutions for the future. Top candidates routinely dislike standard interviews because they …

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Hiring A Targeted Innovator Requires Bold Approaches

The Top 30 Boldest Actions for Recruiting Individual Innovators. I just returned from the always powerful CoDev conference where a prime focus was on the difficulty of hiring and retaining innovators. Almost everyone agrees on the value of innovators but unfortunately, because of their design and their lack of boldness, most corporate recruiting processes simply cannot successfully hire a highly …

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13 More Bold and Outrageous HR Practices That May Indicate Your Approach Is Too Conservative (Part 2 of 2)

Additional “Bold and Outrageous” HR and Talent Management Practices Here are my selections for the remaining top recently implemented bold approaches that define the bleeding edge of HR practices. Recruiting on social media with the “10 days of shoes” contest – Marriott is a longtime innovator in employer branding but it has found a novel way to use social media …

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Bold and Outrageous HR Practices That May Indicate Your Approach Is Too Conservative (Part 1 of 2)

  The Top 10 Bold and Outrageous HR and Talent Management Practices Here are my selections for the top 10 bold approaches that define the current “bleeding-edge” of HR practices. Outrageous benefits – Google recently revealed that it offers amazing death benefits to every U.S. employee. Should any of its U.S. employees die, their surviving spouse or domestic partner will …

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Exciting Job Titles Can Be Powerful Recruiting and Retention Tools

The Power of the “Genius” Title You certainly don’t have to be a genius to get the “genius” job at Apple. There are no stated IQ or degree requirements for the job, and knowledge of Apple products isn’t even required. The title of “genius” at an admired firm like Apple is by itself compelling. Any Apple store manager can tell …

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What’s Wrong With Using Resumes For Hiring? Pretty Much Everything

If you’re getting low quality hires, it’s time to realize that the blind and uneducated use of resumes may be a main contributing factor (note that earlier this year I completed a similar analysis on interviews, the second major contributor to low quality hires). Resumes are the currency of recruiting. Job sites, recruiters, and hiring managers all require them and …

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