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 2 Comments

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 …

Candidates Who Over-Talk May Need To Work Elsewhere

Dawn Burke Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, HR, Selection, Talent Strategy 0 Comments

“You talk too much. You never shut up.” – Run DMC To shut a candidate up or not to shut a candidate up? That is the question. A question, as an interviewer, I’ve contemplated for many years. A question I admittedly flip-flop on. But here is where I am with this now. Candidates, you need to control your explanations. You …

Can HR Ever Be Antifragile? Should It?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Change, Change Management, HR, Innovation, Paul Hebert 0 Comments

I’ve been fascinated with the idea of “antifragile” ever since I read about it in Nicholas Taleb’s book by the same name. His book is about how systems react to stress, attack, or change. Fragile systems are easily damaged when exposed to negative change. They operate best when things just stay as they are. A robust system is one that …

Playing The Guitar Is Good For Business

Ben Martinez Business Development, Culture, Dress Code, Hiring Managers, HR, Leadership, Pop Culture, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition 2 Comments

I learned how to play the guitar a couple of years ago, ironically at the same time, I decided to start my own business. I can play about three songs on the guitar before I have to seek outside help. With my recruiting and HR consulting business, I can handle about three clients before I have to look for outside …

Why are Organizations Still NOT Texting Candidates?

Tim Sackett ATS, Candidate Pool, HR Tech, Mobile, Networking, Recruiting, SHRM, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, Tim Sackett 2 Comments

So, I spoke at an SHRM state conference last week. Great group of folks and I talked quite a bit about recruiting technology. It was a room of about 300 HR and talent pros/leaders who were struggling with hiring talent for their organization. I asked them this question: “Raise your hand if you’re texting candidates to try and reach them.” …

Employer Branding Lessons From Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Guest: Abby Cheesman Employment Branding and Culture, HR & Marketing, Leadership, Performance, Pop Culture, Recruitment Marketing, Succession Planning, Talent Strategy 2 Comments

I’ve been listening to Beyoncé and Jay-Z longer than our youngest intern has been alive. There, I said it. It’s a serious fandom, too. If you can hear “99 Problems” without singing along, I don’t know if we can even be friends. Don’t forget all of the Destiny’s Child classics like “Say My Name” or Beyoncé’s first solo album. I …

I’m Not Sensitive, You’re Just Wrong

Kris Dunn Assessments, Performance Reviews, Retention, Talent Management 1 Comment

“I’m very laid back. I only care about two things:   1) everyone on earth and their opinion of me, and 2) the crushing psychological weight of being alive.”   –author unknown ______________________________ Let’s say you’re a hiring manager trying to fill a key position. You think you might want to know how well someone can take feedback? Of course …

When is What Employees Discuss with HR Confidential?

Guest: Rachel Bitte Bad HR, Business Development, Career Paths, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, employee experience, Employment Law, HR 1 Comment

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “I had a complaint about my boss, so I told HR in confidence. They told my boss, and now she’s mad at me. Isn’t HR required to keep everything confidential?” Employees often assume that any conversations they have with Human Resources are confidential and can’t be shared. But since we’re not doctors …

Your Professional Conduct Policy > Freedom of Speech

Kris Dunn Free Speech, Kris Dunn, Personal Conduct Policy 2 Comments

The biggest lie the devil ever told your employees is that Freedom of Speech protects them from being fired. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are things that protect employees from being fired – things like employment contracts, friends in high places within your company, proactive lawsuits they’ve filed that are the equivalent of poison pills for companies …

Move Over Millennials – Brace Yourself for EVERYONE’S Opinion on Gen Z

Corey Burns Corey Burns, Culture, Diversity, Generations, Hiring Bias 2 Comments

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” Let’s be clear, this is not my quote! You’ll be surprised to know that this was written by Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher, around 350 BCE. This is a perfect example of the everlasting topic of …