3 Ways To Avoid Hiring Nightmares

Kathy Rapp Always Be Closing, candidate experience, Career Paths, Communication, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Selection, Talent Strategy

I hate hiring for myself. The kissing multiple frogs aspect before finding my prince/princess is tough. Rarely am I talking to someone where there’s not something I like or appreciate about them. It frankly sucks to spend time with someone you genuinely like, only to have to say “you’re not the one.” I also hate hiring because I’ve set the …

Reference Checks Are Worthless

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Hiring Managers, References

I don’t understand… with the whole HR world moving to a more data-driven, analytical, quantitative, measure-anything-that-moves-mindset, how is it that we still rely on the ol’ reference check before we hire someone? They’re almost completely unreliable and filled with bias—your own biases (because, let’s face it, at this point in the process you just want to fill the job and …

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 …

The 5 Biggest Mistakes (Almost) Every Recruiter Makes

Matt Charney Always Be Closing, Hiring Managers, HR, Matt Charney, Recruiting, Social Networking, Social Recruiting, The HR Profession

Recruiting is never easy, but for some reason, many talent acquisition professionals make it somehow much harder than it really needs to be. The fact that recruiters inherently work in silos and are largely forced to figure out the intricacies of talent sourcing and screening independently means that we tend to all make the same mistakes. For the most part, …

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 …

The Unsophisticated Hiring Manager

RJ Morris Coaching, Communication, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Recruiting, RJ Morris

We spend a fair bit of time in our little shop talking about how to work with sophisticated hiring managers vs. unsophisticated managers. This has nothing to do with liking caviar vs. Cheez Whiz. It has more to do with Sean Penn thinking he’s a journalist. Sophisticated hiring managers have enough reps under their belt to know how to play …

Open-Ended Feedback Requests: Now Being Requested By a Sucker Near You…

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Hiring Managers, Kris Dunn

A lot of you are in an end-of-the-year cycle when it comes to performance reviews. Which is code for the following: “This #### would be a lot easier if someone would write it for me.” Which leads to this moment of rationalization: “I know what to do: I should ask my employees to give me feedback on how THEY think …

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 …

Don’t Hire the Next Dilbert – Interviewing Early Career Professionals

RJ Morris Good HR, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, RJ Morris

You’ve been there before—you’re interviewing a candidate with three or so years of experience, and you have no idea what you are hoping to find. None. They aren’t rookies, but they are still early in their career, have been living in a cube and grinding away at entry level work for a few years. It’s hard to tell if they’re …