Send In The Clones??

Many corporates believe that in order to build a high performing team, hire top talent, in turn they’ll attract their own ilk, et voila, problem solved for talent acquisition. The best hire the best, right? Mediocre talent hires even worse talent. That’s the thinking, and has been ingrained in management. This is, of course, nonsense, the sort of blather I…

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Hiring? Thoughts on ‘smart’ rather than ‘fit’

When clients decide to make an external hire, they [almost] always state that candidates must have industry experience-to fit in more quickly, to engender credibility, have an easier learning curve, and to 'hit the ground running.' Industry knowledge helps, no argument. Indeed, if the job to be filled is mid or low level, technical or statistical/mechanical with specific metrics, yes,…

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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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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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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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