Whatever Your Process, Interviewing Comes Down to Conversation

RJ Morris Executive Search, Hiring Managers, HR, Outmatch, Recruiting, RJ Morris

Do you know how many bad interviews I have had after almost 20 years in talent selection and evaluation? Man, it’s a lot. The funny thing? Some of those interviews were bad because the process or manager was bad—not the candidate. Process matters. On the continuum of interview and selection techniques, there are basically two extremes: Super scripted. Open the …

Kick-A$$ Career Advice for 2016

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, HR (& Life!) Advice, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, wellness, Working With Recruiters

It’s that time of year. The traditional time of reflecting and planning for our professional lives is upon us. It’s bull. It’s actually the worst time to be doing any remembering, preparing or thinking about your career. Why? Well, if you’re like me, you’re exhausted. You’re cramming to get all the stuff you said you’d do LAST December done. You’re …

If Playboy Can Give Up Nudity, You Can Toss An Outdated Vacation Policy

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Change, Change Management, Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, HR, Innovation, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Making Offers, Negotiation, Policies, Recruiting, Total Rewards, War for Talent

“I only read it for the articles” may soon be true for Playboy fans! Playboy has officially announced it will be PG-13 as of 2016 and no longer print nude pictures of women. As CNN reports: “This isn’t a story about nudity; it’s a story about disruption and innovation. Times, tastes and technology have changed everything. Even at 89, Hugh …

September 11, 2015.

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Coaching, Culture, Executive Search, in the news, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Work Life Balance, Working With Recruiters

Everyone remembers where they were fourteen years ago today. I remember and I reflect on a decision I made that could have altered my career. September 11, 2001.  I was working in HR at a high-tech startup with a significant presence in New York. Prior to that role I worked for Morgan Stanley and had friends still there. I was …

Calling It Like It Is

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Executive Search, Good HR, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, politics, Recruiting

My conversation with my daughter this morning: Daughter:  “Mommy, you are just a little beautiful today.” Me:  “Well, I think you are completely beautiful.  Why am I just a little?” Daughter:  “I don’t like those jeans on you.  Or your shirt.” You’ve gotta love the unfiltered honesty of kids.  She also enjoys literally pointing out when I have “a big …

3 Ways To A Championship Interview

Kathy Rapp Coaching, Culture, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, HR & Sports, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Recruiting, Selection, Sports, Working With Recruiters

Interview blunders.  We all have the stories.  One of my recent favorites: Guy candidate who couldn’t hold it any longer went #2 in the urinal vs. waiting for a stall—and then left the bathroom like nothing had happened while passing the guy he was interviewing with—but hadn’t met yet. Top that one!  Given this post isn’t about bathroom mishaps, let’s …

My Taylor Swift Letter To The Exec Who Rejected Us

RJ Morris Always Be Closing, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, Pop Culture, Recruiting, RJ Morris

I had an executive turn down an offer from us quite a while ago. My initial, immature reaction: “Bastard.” I’m kidding, of course. A little. I was angry and hurt. The division leader who teamed up with me for the recruiting effort called me after the rejection and said, “What do you normally do in this situation?” I replied, “I don’t …

Kobe Bryant and Paying Above Market Compensation

Guest: Kent Pritchett Compensation/Cash Money, Executive Search, HR & Sports, Making Offers, Performance, Salary Caps, Sports, Talent Strategy, Total Rewards

If you follow professional sports, you probably know by now that Kobe Bryant returned to the NBA in December, played six games, and has been back out with injuries since then.  Bryant hasn’t really made any substantial on-court contributions to his team—the Lakers—since tearing his Achilles tendon last April (while my game is not quite as high-flying/scoring-centric as Kobe’s, this is the injury I …

Challenge the HR You Know

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Executive Search, HR & Marketing, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Recruiting

If you caught a few ads during the Super Bowl on Sunday, you probably noticed Lawrence Fishburne reprising his role as Morpheus from “The Matrix” for a Kia ad.  The ad was introducing the K900, Kia’s new luxury sedan. If you’re like me, “Kia” and “luxury” don’t find themselves in the same sentence, which is why this commercial actually rocked …

Recruit Me Like You Mean It!

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Change, College Recruiting, Executive Search, Good HR, Hiring Managers, HR, Innovation, Job Fairs, Job Market, Recruiting, Resumes, Social Recruiting, Sourcing, Sports, Tim Sackett, Travel, Trench HR, War for Talent, Working With Recruiters

Have you guys ever seen a top level athlete in high school get recruited to play college sports?  I'm not talking about your best friend Mary's son, Billy, who hit .338 his senior at Northern High and is getting a partial scholarship to St. Mary's Western Community College.  I'm talking top 100 kids who have offers from USC, Notre Dame, …