Thanks for Coming In to Interview – We’ll Start With Monotone, Followed by My Phone Ringing…

Jessica Lee Culture, Interviewing, Jessica Lee, Recruiting

All right. So, I’m kind of superficial. I’ll admit it. Appearance, presentation and overall packaging mean a lot to me and I believe they make a pretty big impact. Even when it comes to interviewing, I feel like I represent my company and therefore, I want to make a great impression on candidates. I put on a suit for most …

The Clock’s Ticking – Don’t Let Hiring Managers Delay the Offer…

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Culture, Interviewing, Kris Dunn, Making Offers, Recruiting

Pet Peeve time at Fistful of Talent today.  I hate it when I scrub up the employment brand, do phone interviews, get the right candidate in….wait for it…..then the hiring manager doesn’t want to make a call. He might be too busy.  He might be waiting for a purple squirrel to appear from the tree.  Whatever.. If you are slow, …

Should Direct Reports Help You Make Hiring Decisions?

Kris Dunn Culture, Interviewing, Leadership

Should you let your direct reports help you make hiring decisions?  I know, sounds obvious for most of you progressive talent managers out there. I’ve always been a part of fairly progressive teams in this area, where consensus-building interviewing was the norm.  My boss would be the one in charge, but all of his/her direct reports would have the ability …

All Stars, No Ditchdiggers – The Ocean’s Eleven/Netflix Staffing Model

Kris Dunn Culture, Interviewing, Leadership, Performance, Recruiting, Retention

Remember Danny Ocean from Ocean’s Eleven?  Ocean had all stars because he had referrals (he knew exactly who to hire for each job), he was offering lots of cash and gave each specialist lots of flexibility to run their part of the show. I recently riffed in my Workforce.com column that the world needs ditchdiggers too, meaning all of us …

Recruiting Brand 101 – Candidates Think Your Hiring Managers are L.A.M.E.

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Culture, Recruiting

How’s your recruiting brand?  Got the website, collateral for candidates, maybe even some video? Cool!!!! Do your hiring managers reinforce the brand you are trying to create?  Or are they lame, non-communicators destroying all the brand equity you’re building in your company as an “employer of choice?” Stop and think about this one.  A while back, I riffed that the …

Does Your Company Need More Stars or Ditch Diggers?

Kris Dunn Culture, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Performance, Retention, Sourcing, Total Rewards

Check out my article at workforce.com answering the age-old stars vs. steady performers question here… Here’s how it starts: Quiz time today with the HR Capitalist. Pick the book that is not available on Amazon: The War for Talent Secrets for Hiring Top Talent The World Needs Ditch Diggers Too Hiring the Best Confirm your knowledge and see the rest …

Is Google Smarter Than Your Company With Talent?

Kris Dunn Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Onboarding, Recruiting

I may have to turn comments off on this one – such an obvious question for most people that I expect the caveman, ALL CAPS responses like "H#@! YEAH!!"… Thanks in advance, Nostradamus…. In news you might have missed in 2007, Google announced it was missing its quarterly earnings targets, in part because it overhired.  From the wire report: “We …

The NFL Patriots – A Team-Based Culture That Survives Employee Turnover…

Kris Dunn Culture, Leadership, Onboarding, Salary Caps, Sourcing, Succession Planning

So the Patriots did just enough over the weekend to get past the Giants and become the first pro football team in history to go 16-0.   You can hate them, as many pro football fans do.  You can’t deny their success.  Here’s another thing Patriots haters can’t deny – the Patriots have one the strongest "team-first" cultures in all of …