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7 Tips for Reference Check Success

Are Reference Checks a Waste of Time? Employers commonly ask candidates for references before offering them a job.   Frustration with common problems leaves some thinking, “what a waste of my time!” Here are some solutions that will increase the usefulness of reference checking. Problem: The candidate is unlikely to put their worst enemies on the list. […]

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3 Steps to Hiring the Right Person

Jim Collins’ best selling management book, Good to Great, teaches us that a primary goal of employee selection is to sit the right people in the right seat on the (company) bus. In other words, hire the right people and put them in the right position.  While a typical recruiting effort takes great pains to measure the […]

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Hiring: Beyond the Interview

Hiring decisions are so important, and so costly if wrong, that an interview is not enough information on which to make a choice.  Get more information about your candidate by testing, reference checks, background checks and online data gathering. Testing You can test your candidate’s PC skills, such as the ability to create an Excel spreadsheet.  Psychological […]

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A Simple and Effective Job Ad

We all hope that our job ads will attract candidates who will turn into motivated, passionate, productive employees. However, our hopes are often dashed. This is because the typical ad is attracting the wrong people. Let me explain why. Here is an example of the “typical” ad, for a customer service manager: Customer Service ManagerEarthquake […]

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A Simple Interviewing System That Works

Hiring new employees is one thing all companies have in common. Also common is the high number of decisions that go wrong – employees who disappoint the high hopes you had when you hired them. The problem is that many interviewers are not really prepared for their interviews. Because they do not have a plan, they […]