The Rock Star and the Team

We have a tendency in recruiting to try to bring in the best individual we can find. Sometimes, though, the best individual is not the best team player. If you have an organization where people tend to work solo, and that rock star offers their best value when working on their own, then you are […]

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Bring the Talent

In the first half of the 2000s the US Army used a new recruiting slogan: Army of One. A lot of people, especially veterans and people who were still in the Army and had been for a while, did not like the new recruiting campaign because they thought it was contrary to the concept of […]

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Recruiting for Cultural Fit

Creating the working environment you want can be a challenge. Whether you are trying to get people to be innovative or to stick with what has worked before; create a collaborative workforce or one filled with strong individual rock stars; or, expand into new markets vs becoming the top company in a single market, you […]

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Hanging On To New Hires

We talked the other day about holding on to long-time employees, but try not to let your new ones get away, either. When you hire new employees, you need to remember that they have been in job-hunting mode for a while, and just because they have started a new job does not mean they’ve flipped […]

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Longevity is NOT Overrated

These days we have accepted the idea that employees will move from job to job pretty casually. This is especially true in certain industries, like finance, and it’s also very common in countries with low unemployment, like Singapore and Thailand. The days of lifetime employment seem to be gone, particularly within creative fields where the […]

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The Salary Question

Last fall, three US legislators introduced a bill that would have prohibited employers from asking candidates about their salary history. With everything that has happened in American politics since then, this issue has probably slipped off the list, but it raises an interesting question: why do you ask candidates about their salary history? The obvious […]

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What’s In A Name?

People change, organizations change, needs change, and as a result, roles often change. When that happens, when it’s time to move a good performer out of a role but hold onto them for something else, think about what you’re going to call them. It matters. A recent article explored “the Chrysalis effect” in startups. This […]

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Recruiting Motivated Recruits

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If you are looking for people who are persistent, ambitious, and willing to try new things, you cannot always find that simply by looking at their CV. Consider looking at what they do outside of work, and see how that fits the image of the person you want working for you. I recently had a […]

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Making Up for Lost Time

We said earlier that you should not let someone’s long stretch of unemployment prevent you from hiring them. Your goal when hiring is to find people with the right talents who can fit well into your organization. Being unemployed should not be an automatic disqualifier. There is a good chance that this person has spent […]

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Don’t Just Employ the Employed

It’s no secret that unemployed people face discrimination from hiring managers. Given the large number of unemployed people out there, you are really limiting your recruiting pool by cutting them out of it. Do you really think that’s a good idea? A recent article by the World Economic Forum shows some of the challenges candidates […]

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