The 3 “Fs” of Universal Hiring

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Culture, Employee Engagement, Interviewing, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Selection 0 Comments

I’ve worked for global Fortune 500 organizations.  I’ve worked for a private holding company.  I’ve also “done” three startups. I bring some street cred to this blog as I’ve experienced birthing and burying a startup—and everything in-between. I do admit I’m drawn to startups like a moth to a flame.  This is particularly odd to me as nowhere in my …

The “Real Hire” Shows Up in November

Ben Martinez Candidate Pool, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, Holidays, HR, Influence, Interviewing, Leadership 3 Comments

Welcome to November. New month. Same game. October is gone and Halloween is over – take your mask off, no more trick or treating here. If you ate all the Halloween candy last night, get back on the path…we have work to do. When Halloween ends and November begins it reminds me of hiring. When it comes to hiring, once …

“Do you like essential oils?” Is NOT a Legitimate Interview Question!

William Wiggins candidate experience, EEO, Employment Law, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Learning, Policies, Recruiting, Risks, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, Working With Recruiters 3 Comments

After being twenty minutes late for our long-awaited connection, she opened the conversation with: “About me, prior to coming here, I worked at a day spa.” “Do you like essential oils?” “I feel like we’ve met before?” “Oh, November is your birthday? That’s Sagittarius, I’m a stereotypical Capricorn.” “Do you have any pets or young children? Good, because we work …

The Anatomy of An Amazing Pitch

Kathy Rapp Always Be Closing, Business Development, Career Advice, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Graduation, HR, HR & Marketing, Influence, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Negotiation, Networking, Personal Brand, Pop Culture, Recruiting 1 Comment

A police chief, with a phobia for open water, battles a gigantic shark with an appetite for swimmers and boat captains, in spite of a greedy town council who demands that the beach stays open. That was the logline for Jaws – also known as the main reason I feared the ocean in the late 70’s. A logline is the …

Is Sending a Paper Thank You Note Desperate? The New Norms for Evaluating Job Candidates.

Guest: Rachel Bitte candidate experience, Communication, Culture, Email, HR, Innovation, Interviewing, Rachel Bitte, Recruiting, Social Media, Talent Acquisition

When it comes to how recruiters are evaluating candidates, the rules of the game are rapidly changing. Job interviews are becoming more intense, challenging candidates in new ways to eliminate canned responses – not to mention etiquette that was once commonplace for decades is no longer the norm. For most industries cover letters are now a waste of everyone’s time, …

3 Things You Never Want To Hear At The End Of An Interview

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Negotiation, Tim Sackett

Don’t ask me how this idea came up. You know there is that awkward time right at the end of an interview when you know the interview is done, you’ve asked all of your questions, but one more thing still needs to be said from each party. It could be as easy as a “Thank you for interviewing,” but many times …

Is Texting Candidate Screener Questions Better Than a Real Conversation?

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, candidate experience, Canvas, Communication, Digital Interviewing, Interviewing, Mobile, Talent Acquisition, Tim Sackett

I think it’s common belief that it’s always best to screen a candidate “live”, either in person or over the phone. We believe that the ‘immediate’ response is always best because it doesn’t give a candidate time to make up the ‘right’ answer, and you get a more true answer of what they really believe. That’s what we all think, …

If You Aren’t Hiring People With Soft Skills, You Just Aren’t Hiring Right

John Hollon Communication, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy

If you’re a little fuzzy on the definition of just what “soft skills” are, well, join the club. Here’s one that I like from a website called SearchCIO: “Soft skills is a synonym for ‘people skills.’ The term describes those personal attributes that indicate a high level of emotional intelligence.” Here’s why soft skills really matter According to Wikipedia, soft skills are “a combination …

It’s as Simple as Hugging a Goat

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Communication, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Interviewing, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy

Petting zoos are a staple at small-town rodeos. Chicks, bunnies, ducks, pigs – and of course, baby goats. I’m beginning to believe goats are the new avocados. Stay with me, here. For the last few years, avocados have been the “it” food. Smashed, sliced, spread – every way you can top toast with avocado has been featured on menus at …

Should I join this startup?

Guest: Justin Vandehey Books, Business Development, Career Advice, Career Paths, Interviewing, Leadership, Networking, Talent Strategy

Recently, a good friend of mine asked to grab coffee to talk about the pros and cons of leaving his current employer to join as the first employee at an early, seed-stage startup. In reflecting on his questions, I began to think back to the period in my life when I too left a steady job at a larger company …