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Hiring for Remote Roles Starts by Clarifying Expectations

A client recently asked if we could update our performance-based interview to assess remote and hybrid workers for different professional staff roles.
Aside from meeting the required threshold of t...

"Everything Else"​ Is Why Your Techies Underperform

I was just talking to the director of engineering for a major consumer products company about new ways to improve the hiring decision for software developers. His first comment was profound and applic...

Hiring Trends 2023 Based on Behavioral Science

I’ve just wrapped up recording a new course for LinkedIn Learning (available in Q2, 2023). The core theme of this new program is that by embedding post-hire success into the pre-hire sourcing and in...

Should I Stay or Should I Go

The other day someone asked me if she should quit her job. I handed her the graphic shown above and told her to rank the six factors on a 1-5 scale from terrible to outstanding.
Ranking the Factors T...

Leadership Lessons from the 1970s

While strategy drives tactics, people matter more.  
I was a guest on Simon Fagg’s excellent After Dinner Leadership podcast last week. Simon brings an oldie with a newbie to discuss how busines...

The NEW Most Important Interview Question of All Time

You might recall that this was formerly known as the most important interview question of all time.
But a few years ago I found a better one.
The idea came about when a talent leader at a SmartRecru...

This 1 Metric Determines the Health of Your Entire Hiring Program

As an old manufacturing guy it’s pretty obvious that when a machine is producing scrap you stop the machine and fix the problem before turning it back on.
However, in HR this is not the procedure....

Soft Skills are Too Important to Be Called Soft

The Hiring Formula for Success shown in the image above defines all of the factors that best predict on-the-job success. Soft skills top the list.
CAUTION: being affable, extroverted and prepared are...

The Best Interview Technique of All Time

I think too many people including those in HR, OD experts, hiring managers and recruiters, believe being a good interviewer requires some remarkable insight into human behavior. I think they’re mist...

The 10 Best Predictors of Success that AI Can’t Find

Having tracked the performance of thousands of senior professional staff and managers over the past 50 years it turns out it’s not hard to predict who will be successful. All you need to do is ask c...