How some companies interview badly; 5 suggestions to raise the bar

I once had a corporate client with bad interviewing habits. It wasn’t just one person; the slowness to hire seemed to be part of their culture, a rather sclerotic interviewing process. The visible damage was often good candidates, initially interested in joining but lost interest after a few months, and later spoke disparagingly about them, reputational bruising which was unnecessary,…

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Why should we not hire you?

One of my clients was an American Fortune 100 Company. They often promoted internally, but did go outside for certain senior hires, for which I worked with them in various Asian markets. It was paramount that candidates could fit into their [very American] culture, with its own distinct culture and language–senior management would often engage each other and external partners…

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The authentic voice when interviewing

The authentic voice. Companies want to hear it from candidates when interviewing, and candidates always need to think about finding their cadence in an interview. But what does an "authentic voice" really mean within in a corporate setting, whether interviewing or maneuvering through the organisation? Authenticity often radiates from comfort–borne by repetition; confidence in knowing what you do well; and…

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I Must Have That Man

Do you ever wonder why companies take so long to hire? Especially if you’re a candidate they’re interested in? You speak to one person, then another, and another. The process slows, or stops. You enquire, and are told that, yes, they’re still very much interested and will let you know soon. Sometimes you hear back, sometimes not, weeks or months…

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6 points on how to not hire your reflection

How well do we know what talent "looks" like when looking to hire? I recently wrote how 'like attracts like' (link). Companies say one thing–"We need more diversity"–but often do another when hiring. Organisations are composed of people; we’re all full of contradictions, and the unpredictability of who gets hired isn’t always surprising. Yet surrounding oneself with similar types is…

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