“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 1 Comment

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 …

4 Reasons Great Recruiters are Great at Recruiting

Tim Sackett Bad HR, Candidate Pool, HR, Job Market, Recruiting, Tim Sackett 1 Comment

I was reminded this past week that recruiting is very hard. No, it’s not hard to post a job on your careers page and wait for a resume, that you won’t screen, and instead, just pass along to the hiring manager—that’s not hard. Recruiting is hard when it comes down to finding talent that really doesn’t want to be found …

Don’t Be Greedy: An Argument for User-Centric Design in HR

Kylie Quetell ATS, candidate experience, Career Advice, Employee Communications, Employee Development, HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, T+D, Talent Acquisition 3 Comments

Imagine a company that puts its needs before that of their customers. Consider what the shelf life of that organization would be. Picture, if you can, the number of good things that would be said about that organization. Zero – the answer is zero. That’s because no one would choose to work with a company that doesn’t put their users …

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The Unbelievable Freedom In Changing Your Mind

Dawn Burke Business Development, Dawn Burke, Employee Development, HR, Leadership, Onboarding 0 Comments

“I traded fame for love without a second thought It all became a silly a game some things cannot be bought; I got exactly what I asked for, wanted it so badly Running, rushing back for more, I suffered fools so gladly; And now I find … I’ve changed my mind” -Madonna   I was watching a video that shared a top-10-type …

The Ultimate Answer to Employee Engagement is Self-Direction

Paul Hebert Employee Development, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR 1 Comment

I’m not going to do my usual screed on why employee engagement is a Sisyphean effort, and almost every intervention is at best a short-term fix to a long-term problem. I believe 90% of the interventions we talk about are like handing out sandwiches to starving people and thinking you’ve fixed their food-acquisition problem. Employee engagement has never been a …

Boys Behaving Badly, Girls Gone Wild? How To Let Go of Toxic People at Work.

Dawn Burke Bad HR, Career Advice, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, Dawn Burke, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Leadership, Managing People, wellness, Women, Women in the Workplace 2 Comments

What a week.Kavanaugh. Facebook rants from friends. Republicans. Democrats. Men. Women. It’s all been holistically pretty toxic. I’ve felt the need to shower about 14 times.   I think it is safe to say the nation (world?) witnessed an incredible live, on-air, case study of what real life, toxic behaviors “look” like. Also, I believe we witnessed toxic behaviors demonstrated …

Anarchy In The J.O.B

Dawn Burke Culture, Dawn Hrdlica, Generations, Good HR, HR, Influence, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, Seat at the Table, The HR Profession, Training and Development, Workforce Management Articles 0 Comments

Anarchist: A person who rebels against any authority, established order, or ruling power. Guess what? Anarchists are alive and well in your company. And HR is SICK OF IT. Every time we try to do something good, we get criticism. Why? Because we have the “appearance” of some sort of control – no other reason. It’s like I work for …

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 …