Here’s a Hollywood Lesson on Diversity — If You Don’t Get On It, You’ll Get Behind It

John Hollon Diversity, Hiring Bias, John Hollon, Recruiting, Selection

FOT Readers: It’s great to be here — finally! — and able to provide my perspective on HR and talent management from the West Coast.   Let me be clear about this up front: I believe that there is great value for companies that have a diverse workforce. But, building one takes a helluva lot of work. And, if you’re under big pressure …

The New School Podcast: Using Non-Traditional Recruiting Pools To Land Top Tech Talent

Cara Lucas Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Kris Dunn, Labor, Tim Sackett

Welcome to the first episode of The New School Podcast, featuring host, Tim Sackett! In our first episode, Tim talks to Kris Dunn, CHRO at Kinetix, on hiring non-traditional candidates with nano-degrees, who are not necessarily “classically” trained, into top tech roles in today’s workplace. Tim and Kris dive into the thought process of hiring managers who find themselves in this version …

3 Reasons to Hire Mid-Career Changers

Tim Sackett Career Paths, Good HR, Hiring Bias, HR, HR Tech, Labor, Tim Sackett

I used to think that midlife meant 50 years old. The reality is midlife is more like 30-35 when you put into context someone’s work-life. I was going to be an elementary school teacher. That was 19-22. I thought that was my future. It sounded great, nine months of work, every holiday off, golf all summer! Then I found out …

Would You Hire Any Of The Presidential Candidates For Your Company?

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Current Affairs, FOT Reads, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, Recruiting, Tim Sackett

FOT Nation! I’m trying out a new app called Anchor.FM today. Anchor was one of the hottest stories to come out of this year’s SXSW and so far it looks like a fun way to drive conversations around a topic. It’s pretty simple. Download Anchor.fm to your iPhone (not Android app yet). Follow me. Then you can actually respond back with …

Employers Love Lesbians 9% More Than Heterosexual Women

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Compensation/Cash Money, Current Affairs, Good HR, Hiring Bias, HR, Talent Strategy, Tim Sackett

I love research. This is from a recent study by Economist: “Research into this area is tricky; getting decent data is hard, and asking people to reveal their sexual orientation can be even harder. But studies across the world (in Canada, America, Germany, Britain and the Netherlands) tend to uncover the same phenomenon; while gay men suffer an earnings penalty, …

The 5 Best Cultural Fit Scenes from Hollywood…

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Culture, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn

Cultural fit. You know it’s real, but you hate it when a hiring manager who is an absolute dufus goes with the most general feedback possible: “I just didn’t think she was a fit.” Sure you didn’t. Could you be a little more specific? Was she not a “fit” because she had opinions you didn’t agree with? Because she started …

Overcoming Stereotypes: Attractive Women Can’t Code

Jason Pankow Conferences, Hiring Bias, HR, Influence, Interviewing, Jason Pankow, Leadership, Personal Brand, Recruiting, Uncategorized

This week, Microsoft is hosting Codess on campus in Redmond.  Codess is a networking event for women engineers—a place where they can get together and learn, mentor, and meet new people like themselves in a world that is dominated by men. The brain trust behind this event is my colleague, Alexa Glick (@alexa_glick for your own enrichment purposes).  She coordinated …

INTERVIEW ARCHITECTS: Your Job Is To Make the Candidate Lose Their Composure…

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Recruiting

There’s been a lot of money spent trying to make interviewing more science than art.  Let’s count the ways: –Multiple interviewing techniques, including Targeted Selection, Top-Grading and more.. –1000 assessments designed to tell you everything you need to know about the candidate just short of swabbing them.. –Processing mapping that interview process with a cool version of Visio, only to …

Close The Damn Window

John Whitaker Diversity, Hiring Bias, HR, John Whitaker

Is your company still talking about Diversity as a Human Resources objective? We love to talk it, and we try to walk it; we promote it, and we love to include it in our mission statements and job postings. We tout diversity in our recruiting messages, on our website, and always manage to use images on our collateral material to …