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 …

Another Example of Why Interviews Usually Stink

RJ Morris Candidate Pool, Good HR, Interviewing, Outmatch, RJ Morris

Humans are fragile and unpredictable creatures… and, in our companies, we put them in charge of hiring other fragile and unpredictable creatures. Adding someone to your team can be riskier than hanging out with Justin Bieber at a Cavs game. Because of that, hiring managers are always looking for the silver bullet: the right personality test, trick question, or background …

RANT: Can we please retire “Tell me about yourself…”?

Holland Dombeck McCue candidate experience, Holland Dombeck, Interviewing, Uncategorized

I hopped on a panel yesterday with the fine folks over at Recruiting Blogs and Lever where we covered the ‘ins and outs’ of improving interviewing internally through training, resource development and measuring the candidate experience. One of the topics the team covered was good vs. bad interview questions, where I had a bone to pick with “Tell me about …

How To Tell If Your Job Candidate Is Only Looking For A Fling

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Candidate Pool, Interviewing, Recruiting

I’ve come to the realization that I really don’t write an “HR” blog—I write a relationship advice column. I’ve helped you recognize when you’re in a rebound situation, how to think about wedding anniversaries, and how to break your bad habits. All I need to do now is star in my own HR/relationship advice reality show… Real Housewives of HR, …

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 …

How To Avoid Being “Trumped” During An Interview

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Interviewing, Recruiting, Selection

Yes, I’m proud to be an American and am extremely grateful for all we have in this country, but man, our presidential election process has become a complete circus and frankly, an embarrassment.  Nowhere is this more evident than with the Republican field and our good friend Donald Trump in particular.  (Full disclosure: I’ve lived and/or worked in Cambridge, Massachusetts, …

Two Weevils (The Lesser Of)

John Whitaker Candidate Pool, Current Affairs, HR, Interviewing, John Whitaker

“Your 10am interview is here; shall I send her back?” “Give me 5 minutes—let me look over her résumé again.” Looking at this candidate’s background, it’s clear that I better be on my A-game or she’ll have me wearing a dunce cap and sitting in the corner. Wellesely? Yale? A law degree? Yikes, maybe I should have a thesaurus close …

The Ten “Apply Now” Commandments

William Tincup Good HR, Interviewing, Recruiting, William Tincup

We’re all feeling the same thing here… candidates are different today than they were yesterday. We need to interact with them differently. We need to recognize that they are in power, moreover, we need to meet them where they are. We need new commandments. Here’s my take… I am the Candidate. Recruiters, sourcers, hiring managers, HR and executives, treat me …