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

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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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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Measuring Quality of Hire

Measuring Quality of Hire

After tracking the 10-year performance of 100s of candidates I placed in mid-management roles from 1980 to 2000, I finally figured out how to measure Quality of Hire. It’s described in detail in Chapter 16 of Hire with Your Head (4th edition, 2021, Wiley). The other day I asked ChatGPT if the approach was still accurate or now flawed. Here’s the full dialogue. Below is the short summary.

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Exposing the “Veneer of Superficiality” Interview

Exposing the “Veneer of Superficiality” Interview

As a recruiter I abhorred the idea that an outstanding candidate for an important job was being judged by a person who wasn’t a very good interviewer. Sadly, after having debriefed over one thousand different interviewers, I estimate that about two-thirds fell short. And too often the assessments of those who were valid were overridden or discredited by those who weren’t.

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A Pioneering Approach to Accelerate DEIB Efforts

A Pioneering Approach to Accelerate DEIB Efforts

Setting: A sleek, modern conference room in the headquarters of a large multinational corporation. The atmosphere is one of anticipation, as a group of influential business leaders gathers, awaiting a presentation from a renowned consulting firm.

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Without an EVP a Job Is Just a Job

Without an EVP a Job Is Just a Job

 If you want to hire a great person, you need to offer a great job, not a laundry-list of skills, experiences and competencies that at best is no more than an ill-defined lateral transfer surrounded by some generic boilerplate. This is even more important today with candidates leaving within 90 days after starting if the new job turns out to be more promise than substance (Fortune, May 2022).

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The ROI of Most Job Postings is Below Zero!

The ROI of Most Job Postings is Below Zero!

Few companies calculate the ROI of the effectiveness of their different sourcing channels but those that do discover referrals are the best with job boards generating more mistakes. And the cost of these mistakes is staggering wiping away the benefits of lower cost and speedier hiring.

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Hiring Leaders Requires New Thinking

Hiring Leaders Requires New Thinking

As you’ve discovered if you’d tried to hire any senior level person, the process for hiring leaders for these critical spots is much different than hiring everyone else for this one simple reason:

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Managerial Fit is the Key to Achieving More Win-Win Hiring Outcomes

Managerial Fit is the Key to Achieving More Win-Win Hiring Outcomes

It doesn’t take much research to figure out that for candidates who are hired primarily for their hard skills when they underperform it’s most often due either to their lack of soft skills, team skills or an inability to work with their hiring manager. These problems can be avoided by changing how candidates are assessed with more focus on the context of the job and the fit factors, not just their technical competency. The “how to do this properly” is fully covered in the 4th edition of Hire with Your Head (Wiley & Sons, September 2021) but the theme of hiring for the anniversary date, rather than the start date, is the real purpose of the book. This is called Win-Win Hiring.

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Chapter 4 – Developing a Bias-Free Hiring Process

Chapter 4 – Developing a Bias-Free Hiring Process

This chapter is about controlling interviewer bias. It is the most important chapter in the book since more hiring mistakes are made due to bias than any other cause. In fact, if you read only this chapter before conducting another interview and use these techniques for overcoming bias, you’ll reduce you’re hiring mistakes by at least 50%. (See graphic below.)

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Performance-based Hiring is Win-Win Hiring

Performance-based Hiring is Win-Win Hiring

As part of the fourth edition of Hire with Your Head (Wiley, September 2021) we’re starting a unique book club for those who pre-order the book. Over the next several weeks I’ll be highlighting different themes from the book. This week focuses on the idea of hiring for the long-term rather than the start date in order to achieve consistent Win-Win Hiring outcomes.

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8 Clues You’re Interviewing an Exceptional Person

8 Clues You’re Interviewing an Exceptional Person

On September 22, 2021, the 4th edition of Hire with Your Head will be published by John Wiley & Sons. As part of the totally revised edition, I reviewed some of my favorite posts from the past few years and incorporated them in the new book. The following is a slight rewrite of one that appeared on LinkedIn’s Talent Blog a few years ago. 

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