February 25 , 2017

Screening & Assessment

6 Ways to Screen Job Candidates for Strategic Thinking

As seen on Harvard Business Review. Every organization needs strategic thinkers. In a 2013 Management Research Group survey, when executives were asked to select the leadership behaviors that were most critical to their organization’s future success, 97% of the time they chose being strategic. This is because people who are able to think strategically add value in four ways. First, by being ... Read More »

Need Innovators? Recruit Those Who See the Glass as Half Empty … and Leaking

Corporate employees can be classified into two categories. The majority of employees must be classified as “the glass is half full” people, who when they look at an existing process or product, they assume that everything is fine. However, a handful of employees can be classified as “the glass is half empty and leaking” people. These individuals are much more ... Read More »

Recruiting Trends For 2016 And Their Supporting Best Practices, 2 Part series

What could be more important in a fast-moving world than keeping up with developing trends? Unfortunately, many in recruiting are so busy that they forget to set aside time to follow or act on these important emerging trends. The Many Benefits of Tracking Emerging Trends in Recruiting Not following trends can be a mistake because being first provides your firm ... Read More »

Silver Medalists — Reconsider Those Who Came Close to Getting Hired

20 Categories Of Candidates Who You Should Revisit One of the most underused but surprisingly effective approaches to hiring focuses on “silver medalists. If you’re not familiar with the term in recruiting, it is revisiting past applicants who that came in second during a previous hiring effort. Now if you’re thinking that these individuals are “rejects,” you could be wrong ... Read More »

You Might Be Surprised How Much Commute Issues Hurt Hiring and Retention

As more firms adapt a data-supported approach to HR decision-making, new data is revealing that commute issues can have a major impact on hiring success and retention. Now you may have assumed that commute issues were an obscure factor with only a minor impact, but you would be wrong. You probably already know that long commute times frequently increase new-hire ... Read More »

Experience Is Overrated — Arguments for Hiring Talented Individuals Without Perfect Credentials

by Dr. John Sullivan and Trena Luong Orville Wright did not have a pilot’s license –slogan used at Facebook to warn hiring managers not to overly focus on credentials I, the lead author, have 40 years of experience working in the talent space. But given that experience, I still don’t understand why recruiters and hiring managers place such an unwavering emphasis ... Read More »

Refusing to Hire Overqualified Candidates – a Myth That Can Hurt Your Firm

Imagine being assigned a physician and then purposely rejecting them solely because they were “overqualified” for your medical situation. Well that’s exactly what happens when hiring managers reject candidates who have “too many” qualifications. There is simply no excuse in this new era of data-based recruiting to adhere to this old wives’ tales” in hiring. I have written in the ... Read More »

Facebook’s Billion-dollar Hiring Lesson — the Business Case for Eliminating Missed Hires

The most costly recruiting error in recent history was revealed last week. On Wednesday, Facebook announced its nearly $19 billion purchase of the instant-messaging firm WhatsApp. But the real news about the acquisition relates to the colossal recruiting failure that occurred a handful of years earlier (as reported byForbes) when both WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton applied for a ... Read More »

The Top 25 Recruiting Trends, Problems, and Opportunities for 2014, Part 1 and 2

Even if you work in a corporate recruiting function with low resources or minimal expectations for change, every recruiter still has a professional obligation to maintain their awareness of the latest trends and predictions. I have grouped 25 predictions of the leading corporate recruiting trends for 2014 into four separate sections. Part 1 includes two sections that cover 14 new ... Read More »

Get Rid of Your Bad Hires Quickly With a ‘No-fault Divorce’ Process

Everyone knows that the average hiring process is less than perfect. In fact, most selection processes have high failure rates (i.e. even after months or even years of “assessment,” nearly 60 percent of the marriages in California end in divorce). So it shouldn’t be a surprise that as many as 46 percent of new hires fail within 18 months, according ... Read More »