Hiring & Interviewing

Someone please reinvent the job ad!

September 8, 2021
As someone who’s made generous rounds of job-seeking and interviewing over a career, I can just about recite the text of most job postings. Let me guess… you’re looking for a dynamic candidate for your fast-paced environment that’s offering a competitive salary?

4 smart things to do when hiring and firing remotely

May 14, 2021
Leaders know that bringing new people on board and handling terminations properly are two activities too important to perform haphazardly. While remote hiring and firing pose challenges, managers cannot use location as an excuse to slack.

Listen to what voices reveal

March 24, 2021
During hiring interviews, focus on candidates’ voices as well as their appearance. People control their appearance through their clothes selection and a well-practiced smile, but faking sincerity vocally is a bit more difficult.

Candidate trashes last job? Listen

November 25, 2020
How should you react when applicants run down their former and current employers during interviews? Sure, you’re suspicious, but try putting aside your irritation and taking (ethical) advantage of the situation to find out more about these applicants. Use these tactics to follow up for details.

Top workers have these skills

November 25, 2020
Your best employees are probably the ones you don’t have to monitor closely because they know how to manage themselves. When you’re interviewing, hiring, and looking for employees to promote, keep an eye out for these crucial self-management skills.

Think twice about these job candidates

October 29, 2020
Hiring the right person is a time-consuming process, and you don’t want to waste an interview on a candidate who’s not going to be a good fit for the job, or your organization. Bad hires aren’t always obvious, though. Here are some danger signs to watch out for as you consider candidates before and during the interview.

Follow-up interview? Maybe

October 23, 2020
Ever wonder if you should do a second interview with a candidate? This criteria will help you decide.

6-point checklist for temps

September 11, 2020
Improving your decision-making procedures concerning temporary workers will produce more value from your expenditures. For starters, develop procedures in these six areas.

Keep first impressions in check

August 26, 2020
For all your careful preparations, hiring frequently hinges on emotional reactions. The candidates’ looks, body language, and overall appearance can subtly outweigh rational considerations. Do pay attention to your feelings and impressions, but filter them through the following steps.

Hiring a manager? Avoid these 3 mistakes

August 13, 2020
Choosing a new manager for a team is a big responsibility. When considering candidates, whether they’re from your current workforce or outside, guard against these mistakes that can trip you (and your new manager) up.