What’s Your Special Sauce?

John Whitaker Candidate Pool, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, John Whitaker

One of my prouder childhood achievements was beating the 30-second BigMac “challenge” as a 9-year old in desperate need of a promotional “Hamburglar” glass. Dad took me into the local McDonald’s, I took a few calming breaths, then wove a tapestry of hamburger ingredients so seamlessly that it was if I was on autopilot…“twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonionsonasesameseedbun…” 4.3 seconds, gents. I can’t even explain …

Don’t Count Out The Unlikely

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Coaching, Hiring Bias, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Sports, Talent Strategy

Dirk Nowitzki made history last week.  He scored enough points to pass my guy, the incredible Hakeem Olajuwon and move into 9th place on the NBA’s career scoring list.  He also became the top scoring player born outside the U.S. ever to play in the NBA. And guess what?  No one expected him to do much in the NBA. From …

In the Future, Hiring for Jobs Using “Experience” Will Be STUPID

Guest: Neil Morelli Audacious Ideas, Digital Interviewing, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Interviewing, Performance

In life, experience is important. Mark Twain put it best when he wrote: “The person that took a bull by the tail once has learned sixty or seventy times as much as a person that hasn’t.” But, when it comes to choosing the right job candidate, “job experience” is a crude and unwieldy tool. Kind of like texting with a …

What’s My Sourcing Code? Let Me Tell Ya… Bull Durham style

Kelly Dingee Hiring Bias, Kelly Dingee, Learning and Development, Sourcing, Talent Strategy

Dear FOT Readers, Life can be trying, no? Every once in a while, personally or professionally, I have to circle back to who I am, and what my code is. I’m sharing with you today my sourcing code, Bull Durham style. I believe that keywords are paramount, with the right combination and the right search engine… the right candidates will surface. …

In Defense Of My Alma Mater (Sub: A Quick Rant About FSU)

Holland Dombeck McCue Coaching, College Recruiting, Contingent Workforce, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Relations, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Holland Dombeck, HR & Sports, in the news, Performance, Sports

I’m a proud alumna of The Florida State University and have taken a lot of heat lately about it. I have taken heat in the grocery store, at the gym, on social media and even in the office. It seems that everyone has an opinion about the infamous Jameis Winston and the Florida State “Criminoles,” and they’re falling over themselves …

Bigfoot, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy and Passive Candidates

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, Recruiting, William Tincup

/begin rant/ We’ve been lied to. About all these things: Bigfoot was made up for a couple of reasons: (1) to create a missing link between gorillas and humans… for the evolutionists amongst us and (2) to get us to behave in the woods. Nothing terrifies little kids like the stories of some giant ape creature thingy. Behave, or Bigfoot will get …

Must-See TV! Is It Better For Employees to Watch The Walking Dead or Gotham?

Jason Pankow Audacious Ideas, Employee Relations, Hiring Bias, HR, Jason Pankow, Performance, Television

It’s that time of year, again.  The time when you can’t figure out what the heck you want to watch because there are so many new things on TV. As I sat programming my DVR, eating pork rinds and trying to remember what my toes look like, I began to wonder: What does it say about our employees when we examine the …

5 Ways to Botch a Hiring Decision

Kathy Rapp Always Be Closing, Candidate Pool, Counter-Offers, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, Kathy Rapp, Recruiting, War for Talent

The tide has turned.  It’s officially a candidate’s market, which means you need to be even more on your game when it comes to hiring decisions.  Think you’re going to woo that mechanical engineer with a 9/80?  That’s sooo 2010.  A sign-on with a year pay-back clause?  Whatever. Harvard Business Review ran this post spelling out the habits of bad …

She Shoots, She Scores: Becky Hammon and a 3-Point Play for Women In The Workplace

Guest: Nicole Plant Coaching, Current Affairs, Hiring Bias, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Leadership, Millenial Voice

Sports is a man’s world. Do you know who won the last WNBA Final? Yeah, me either. What about how many major tennis championships Serena Williams has won? Crickets. Can you name anyone on the LPGA tour? Good luck. On August 5, Becky Hammon put another dent in the gender bias towards women when it comes to sports. Most women can’t …

System v. Talent: What Are You Recruiting For?

Tim Sackett Business Development, Driving Productivity, Hiring Bias, HR, Tim Sackett

I’ve always been a huge fan of talent over system. I was never a system believer. My take was, give me the best damn talent, and I’ll kill your system every single time. Every. Single. Time. I think I was wrong. San Antonio Spurs’ recent NBA Championship is a great example of a system beating talent. The Spurs literally looked …