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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...

Everyone Can Be in the Top 25%

It turns out hiring people who will be in the top half is pretty easy. You just have to stop making hiring mistakes.
However, hiring someone who will wind up in the top 25% is a little tougher to fi...

The Only Two Questions You Need to Ask to Assess Ability AND Potential

The other day a candidate asked me how to figure out if he was qualified for a new role given 15 years of experience with the same company.
I told him that I would first ask him to describe how he wo...

Back to Hiring Basics: Benchmark How and Why the Top 25% Change Jobs

It turns out that anyone can be in the top 25% with the right job, the right company, and the right hiring manager. But this is a rare event despite having spent $400-500 billion in job postings and H...

Filling Generic Jobs with Generic People is a Recipe for Disappointment

It turns out that hiring outstanding talent on a consistent basis has little to do with your ATS, which job boards you use or the quality of your competency model. The process shown in the image below...

“Tell me about yourself” and other PBI interviewing tips

The traditional interview process has been shown to be unreliable in predicting job performance, often due to bias, lack of training and a focus on surface-level characteristics. The Performance-base...

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...

Do This First Before Ever Asking About Goals

The worst question about career goals is something like, “What’s your major career goal for the next five years?”
Here's why. I just Googled this question and found over 64 million answers. And...

How to Avoid the Staggering Cost of Turnover

The full cost of every hiring mistake is $400 thousand!
While it’s hard to believe that a single hiring mistake could cost a company $400 thousand, it’s not so hard to believe when looking at thi...

The ROI of Most Job Postings is Below Zero!

The full cost of every hiring mistake is $400 thousand!
Few companies calculate the ROI of the effectiveness of their different sourcing channels but those that do discover referrals are the best wit...