Candidates Who Over-Talk May Need To Work Elsewhere

Dawn Burke Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, HR, Selection, Talent Strategy

“You talk too much. You never shut up.” – Run DMC To shut a candidate up or not to shut a candidate up? That is the question. A question, as an interviewer, I’ve contemplated for many years. A question I admittedly flip-flop on. But here is where I am with this now. Candidates, you need to control your explanations. You …

Kiss My Grit: Why Grit Should Be a Consideration When Hiring

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Development, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Performance, Recruiting, Selection, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, War for Talent

Growing up in the 1970s, I watched the t.v. show Alice.  Each time over-the-top waitress Flo would tell diner owner Mel to “Kiss my grits,” I’d laugh.  I loved grits,  so as a kid couldn’t understand why she used the phrase as a put down or shove off as opposed to a wonderful invitation.  I get it now. GRIT, like …

Looking Back at What May Just Be the “Ballsiest” Cover Letter of All Time

John Hollon Candidate Pool, John Hollon, Pop Culture

Remember the old military concept of “shock and awe“? It got a lot of attention during the Iraq War, and is defined as rapidly dominating an opponent “by the initial imposition of overwhelming force and firepower.” But “shock and awe” isn’t just for the military; it’s useful whenever you want to overwhelm someone quickly and unexpectedly. In fact, I think …

The Key To Getting Internal Promotions–The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Kris Dunn, Performance

Brown-noser.  Suck-up.  Kiss-A**. These are the terms you’ll hear.  Pay them no mind, white-collar worker.  You’re here to win. Those are the stones thrown by the masses who don’t have what it takes to win.  #jealous #bastards What’s the game we’re trying to win?  The game of getting internal promotions. I recently had a friend from my MBA class email …

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Hire the Overqualified to Maximize Talent ROI

Ed Baldwin Candidate Pool, Ed Baldwin

Virtually all companies want to hire the very best talent available.  Most have some version of this statement proudly displayed on their careers page. But we all know that there are constraints in terms of the price you can afford to pay for that available talent.  That’s the crux of achieving your company’s talent strategy, maximizing the talent you bring …

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Labor Market Novelty and Candidate Confidence

RJ Morris Candidate Pool, Outmatch, Recruiting, RJ Morris

I started off my week yesterday reviewing the typical brilliance from fellow FOT contributor, Steve Boese, over at his personal site, Steve Boese’s HR Technology. Steve and I both enjoy making HR data sexy (my phrase, certainly not his, and one that he will likely hate), and there is nothing more sexy than the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, …

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True Diversity Can’t Be Achieved If You’re Still a School Pedigree Snob…

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Culture, Good HR, Kris Dunn, Recruiting

Hang out around diversity groups/conferences/think-tanks long enough, and you’re sure to have your view of diversity widened.  The line of thinking goes that diversity transcends Title 7 classification, and while many diversity initiatives focus on opportunity for protected class candidates, differences that exist outside of that definition are important as well. If the true business goal of diversity is to …

VIDEO: No Scrubs with Charlie Judy – Discriminating Against Boring People

Dawn Burke Candidate Pool, Dawn Burke, Digital Interviewing, Jobvite

Check out the latest episode of No Scrubs below as Dawn Burke and her guest Charlie Judy, founder of WorkXO, dig in on her blog post, Can I Discriminate Against Boring People? Yes. Yes I Can. Dawn stands by her claim that candidates who throw away their shot and make her fall asleep in their video interviews should be passed by, and Charlie backs her up …

Can You Hear Me Now? Hiring a Competitor’s Star or Day-Old Bread?

RJ Morris Candidate Pool, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Outmatch, Pop Culture, Recruiting, RJ Morris

In the Talent Acquisition world, hiring a big name player from a competitor can be a huge “get,” or it can backfire. “What do you mean, RJ?  I thought hiring stars was what we want.”  My answer is sometimes.  Two examples from the press recently show how different scenarios play out. First, the good hire. United Airlines recently hired a …

VP of Equality Is The Rationalized Replacement for VP of Diversity at Salesforce

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Diversity, Kris Dunn, Recruiting

If you don’t like the answer, you can always change the question. Especially if you have money. Lots of money. There’s a lot of companies across America that struggle with Diversity hiring.  They’re under-utilized in multiple job families, and even as they try to attract diverse talent, it hasn’t gone great.  After all, not everyone wants to work for your …