The "Win-Win" Performance-based Hiring Articles, Insights and Podcasts

Performance and Diversity Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Performance and Diversity Are Not Mutually Exclusive

In my first search project (in 1978!) the president of a manufacturing company told me he wanted to hire someone as a plant manager who had 10-15 years experience in the field, a technical degree, be results oriented and have strong communication skills. I told him this was not a job description it was a person description.

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Moneyball for HR: Transforming Human Resources through Data Analytics

Moneyball for HR: Transforming Human Resources through Data Analytics

Note: For full disclosure, this post was written by ChatGPT by providing it a short summary of a new course now being developed for LinkedIn Learning with the working title, “Moneyball for HR.” This new course represents the second part of a course released in December 2023, “Change Management for HR.” The theme behind both courses is that in order for change to spread organically it must begin by getting early adopters onboard early and using evidence to drive the change program companywide. This article describes how HR leaders can adopt this methodology. Contact us if you have some case studies you’d like to share that leverage the power of data analytics to drive change.

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Comparing Job Offers

Comparing Job Offers

Below is an article I wrote a few years ago about how to change jobs based on career reasons rather than just the size of the compensation package. The intent of the original article was to highlight the importance of not treating job changes as short-term transactions but more as long-term investments.

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This Existential HR Gap is Widening

This Existential HR Gap is Widening

As part of doing the research for a new course for LinkedIn Learning on how to use data-driven evidence to drive HR change, I’ve discovered a potential existential threat to the HR department. And I don’t think I’m “crying wolf” here, either, but be sure to comment below and add your perspective.

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Developing a Personal SWOT to Ace the Interview

Developing a Personal SWOT to Ace the Interview

This newsletter has been created for job seekers, recruiters and hiring managers who want to learn how to conduct an objective performance-based interview. This specific article is designed to help candidates prepare for this type of interview which involves having candidates describe major accomplishments most comparable to the performance needs of the job. Here’s the short course for those who want to understand the background underlying this methodology.

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Talent-Centric Hiring: Moving Past Traditional HR Practices

Talent-Centric Hiring: Moving Past Traditional HR Practices

When the demand for outstanding talent outstrips the supply, you must break away from traditional HR constraints that inadvertently put a lid on the quality of the people seen and hired. (FYI, we discuss these controversial ideas at our monthly Hire with Your Head book club meetings. Please join us.)

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Job Postings Are The Problem …

Job Postings Are The Problem …

Sadly, the issue of low employee engagement has become increasingly pervasive, affecting companies across all industries and all around the globe. According to research by Gallup, over the past two decades, the portion of fully engaged employees has consistently hovered around one-third of the workforce, with fluctuations largely attributed to economic conditions. This indicates a systemic issue that transcends individual organizational cultures or sectors, pointing to a deeper, more widespread problem.

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Using AI to Prep for the Interview

Using AI to Prep for the Interview

I must have prepped over a thousand candidates for different roles from professional staff to senior executive positions in all types of industries. During my in-depth interview with the candidate I wanted to be sure they were first competent and motivated to do the actual work and second they would also see the role as a worthy career move. Once I was confident about their ability I then prepped them to ensure they were properly assessed by the hiring manager.

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The Future of Hiring and Job Hunting with ChatGPT

The Future of Hiring and Job Hunting with ChatGPT

In the rapidly evolving job market, the principles laid out a decade ago in The Essential Guide for Hiring & Guideremain fundamental – making the right hiring decisions requires long-term analysis, not short-term transactional thinking. As I told one job candidate long ago, “Don’t make long-term strategic decisions using short-term tactical information.” The advice changed his life. It will change yours, too. This image pretty much describes how hiring decisions need to be made.

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Hiring for Skills: A Real Solution or Just a Fad

Hiring for Skills: A Real Solution or Just a Fad

Hiring for skills is a popular trend among employers who want to broaden the talent pool to include more diverse and fully qualified candidates. Instead of relying on credentials, such as degrees, certificates, or years of experience, skills-based hiring focuses on the abilities and competencies that are relevant for the job. This approach can have many benefits, such as expanding the talent pool, reducing bias, and improving retention. However, it also comes with some challenges that need to be addressed in order to make it effective and fair.

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The D in DEI Does Not Stand for Discrimination

The D in DEI Does Not Stand for Discrimination

On my first search assignment for a plant manager for an automotive products company the President of the group handed me an almost traditional job description. The almost part was that it was hand-written. The traditional part was that it was filled with the standard jargon listing skills, experience, academic requirements and the omnipresent “must have” competency, “be results driven.”

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Predict New Hire Success on the Start Date

Predict New Hire Success on the Start Date

Last week at our Hire with Your Head book club event I proclaimed that it was easy to predict a new hire’s first year success and satisfaction on the start date based on the person’s answer to this one question.

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Learn Performance-based Hiring in One Hour with ChatGPT – Part 1

Learn Performance-based Hiring in One Hour with ChatGPT – Part 1

ChatGPT considers Performance-based Hiring a game-changer for raising the talent bar with stronger and more diverse talent for every critical position from staff level to senior executive. It begins with how job descriptions are written and posted and ends on the first year anniversary date when the new person and the hiring manager both agree they made the right decision.

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Use Small Steps to Implement Big Change

Use Small Steps to Implement Big Change

Note: I asked ChatGPT to write a short story about this new course just released on LinkedIn Learning about how to launch major HR change programs. Too often these projects get started without enough cross functional support and as a result fail to get traction. The...

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