The fear of hiring

That may sound peculiar, but I often see clients get cold feet when committing to a new hire.There could be many reasons; no one wants to make a hiring error with a big job; concern that no one externally can fit into the culture quickly enough; an uncertain economic climate, which always gives an easy out; transitioning into a new…

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How not to interview

The economic news in the second half of 2012 is rather glum. The banks are [again] laying off, Europe and the US continue to hit new high of unemployment, Asia is feeling the heat, and a case can be made for being guardedly pessimistic before the markets turn upward, which they invariably will. For those with jobs, anxiety can still…

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Got the new job, can’t quite figure it out

An acquaintance recently started a new job–a big one, large prestigious MNC, very good package (expat perks), regional purview. He was hired within 2-3 weeks, unusually quick, in my experience (I was a bystander, not involved). One meeting in Asia, a couple of telecons with global HQ, flew out to meet everyone, the contract was waiting to be signed–and sign…

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Attracting (and repelling) talent; a tale of two companies

Below are two recent scenarios I had with two MNC clients to help get talent on board, despite unusually rickety policies and procedures (Fortune 100 companies). One worked (just barely), one didn't. [framed_box] A) The final candidate went through 10 rounds of interviews; face-face, VC, and flown to HQ for the final interview. He had a good and steady job…

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A robotic resume?? CNBC misses the mark…

A CNBC business on-line article, March 22nd, headlined: "The Killer Resume. How to Get Hired By the Machines." Here is the link, for those of you with time to waste: http://www.cnbc.com/id/46823506 The column gives tips on how to write a CV in order for resume search engines to ‘see’ enough relevant words, and if so, have a human review it…

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Can’t–or don’t want to–interview candidates? 15 tips to raise your game

If I could impact more on how my clients do their collective interviewing, I would tell them the following: [framed_box]I can help bring strong and motivated senior level candidates to you. Your job is to close the sale, not mine. The way your company organises candidate interviews is nothing short of reprehensible. A smart candidate will, sorry to say, turn…

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The CV–and the person–no one sees

The Wall St Journal runs a 'Careers' section, which lists tips to job-seekers. A column this past week was entitled "Your Resume vs Oblivion", and particularly snide title which attracted my attention. (Link) The article highlighted the woes of job-hunters who answered job adverts on-line or off websites, juxtaposed with the in-house company recruiters and new, more efficient resume tracking…

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Interviewing? Ears wide open, please…

Some interviewing comments from Ruth Simmons, the President of Brown University. Her pointed words on what she looks for when hiring should be read carefully by both management and those looking to interview. Wise words from a wise woman: I look for people who are supremely self-confident, very secure, but also profoundly interested in other people. And I look for…

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Interviewing protocol–Listen up, y’all

An interview is a two way street, more so with senior level hires. Most candidates who take the time to interview are otherwise engaged in a day job, but interested enough to pursue a new possibility. The company doing the interviewing often falls flat on their corporate face, misunderstanding the protocol of interviewing, from timing, location and venue, not merely…

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