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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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8 Clues You're Interviewing an Exceptional Person

8 Clues You

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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The 10 Must-Read Articles for Recruiters This Week

The 10 Must-Read Articles for Recruiters This Week

A recent article from The Atlantic doesn’t mince words about the current labor market in the United States: “Quitting your job is hot this summer. More Americans quit in May than any other month on record going back to the beginning of the century.”

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Here’s What Candidates Really Think About the Diversity Statements in Your Job Posts

Here’s What Candidates Really Think About the Diversity Statements in Your Job Posts

“Diversity and inclusion is more than a statement,” wrote one participant in LinkedIn’s new study on DEI statements in job posts. “A company needs to show how they have embraced diversity and inclusion,” she continued, “not just print the standard blurb on a job description.”

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How 'Candidate Care' Can Help You Land Talent, Even When They Aren’t Ready to Move

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Making a job change is an incredibly big decision for candidates. It’s personal, emotional, and sometimes anxiety inducing. Additionally, sometimes the best candidates for your opening aren’t actively on the job market or ready to make a move.

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The Most Common Interview Questions — and What to Ask Instead

The Most Common Interview Questions — and What to Ask Instead

Lists of the most common interview questions—10, 20, 50, even 150 questions—are all over the Internet. Many of these lists are intended for conscientious job-seekers who want to ace their interviews. Unfortunately, that also means that answers to these questions are endlessly rehearsed by candidates. On top of that, answers to many of these questions don’t give you, the interviewer, the insight you need to make a good hiring decision. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the eight most commonly asked interview questions and what you might ask instead to really get to know a candidate. 1. “What is your biggest weakness?” Though there are many contenders, this is by general agreement the worst interview question out there. For starters, it encourages candidates to lie. No one will answer it honestly—nor should they. Ellen Jovin, a principal at Syntaxis, hates this question. “Their biggest weakness may well be really embarrassing,” she says. “Maybe they eat with their toes or compulsively steal beef jerky from gas station convenience stores or have 53 cats.” What you should ask instead: What skill do you feel like you’re still missing? Chad MacRae, founder of Recruiting Social, suggests asking this question. You want to find someone who embraces continuous learning, who is innately curious, and who is self-aware enough to understand that there are still valuable things she doesn’t know how to do. You probably want to avoid a Master of the Universe who merely needs to learn to be less of a

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Gold Medal–Winning Paralympian Shares 5 Tips for Creating a More Inclusive Workplace

Gold Medal–Winning Paralympian Shares 5 Tips for Creating a More Inclusive Workplace

Liz Johnson has a pretty good idea of just how much people with disabilities can do.

Liz has cerebral palsy, which has left her right side much weaker than her left. She’s won gold medals in swimming at the Paralympics and the world and European championships and set world records i

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This 2-Question BEST Test Beats DiSC, MBTI and PI

This 2-Question BEST Test Beats DiSC, MBTI and PI

Back in the ‘80s I took my first DiSC personality assessment and its cousin, the Predictive Index (PI). Like the Myers-Briggs type indicator (MBTI), these types of assessments involve a series of either/or questions like, “Would you rather attend a beer bust or do root cause analysis?” The DiSC and PI tests concluded I liked to persuade people with a hammer and that I was a weak analyst.

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Recruiters Must Master These Critical High-Touch Skills to Stay Relevant

Recruiters Must Master These Critical High-Touch Skills to Stay Relevant

Recruiters can play a strategic role in any company, but too often their focus is filling jobs with a reasonably competent person at a reasonable cost in some reasonable timeframe. But as far as I’m concerned, this kind of hiring is an overhead function that can be automated with some combination of an ATS, a chat bot, and a robot. A more strategic recruiter, on the other hand, is someone who can consistently raise the talent bar when the right talent is hard to find. Let the robots fill the easy positions. The recruiter of tomorrow is someone who can fill the hard roles, and take my word for it — in the future, there will be more hard ones to fill. Here’s how to get started.

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Assessing Motivation Can Make or Break Your Next Hire — Here's How to Do It

Assessing Motivation Can Make or Break Your Next Hire — Here

In my 40+ years of recruiting, I’ve learned that recruiters often make a critical mistake in assessing a candidate for a position. Simply put, they think a candidate’s motivation to get the job (such as being prepared and on-time for the interview) is the same as their drive to do the job once they’re hired. It isn’t. Since motivation is largely driven by what I call Fit Factors, measuring fit should be the focus of most interviews. This represents the difference between a good and a bad hiring decision.

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Here’s a Common-Sense Approach to Predict and Eliminate Turnover

Here’s a Common-Sense Approach to Predict and Eliminate Turnover

A major tech company just made a big brouhaha over its “uncanny” ability to use AI to predict which employees will voluntarily leave a company within the next 12 months. But in my opinion, there are far easier techniques to stop turnover by simply understanding why people change jobs and accept offers in the first place.

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Predicting Job Performance Starts with a Phone Call and These Two Questions

Predicting Job Performance Starts with a Phone Call and These Two Questions

As long as the work is reasonably comparable, a track record of preparing well-thought-out plans and successfully executing them time and again is the best evidence you can have for promoting or assigning a person to a bigger job. Getting this evidence is a little bit harder for someone you haven’t worked with before since bias, the use of unstructured interviews and lack of understanding of real job needs prevents an accurate assessment.

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