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Why That Person You Really Liked in the Interview Is Probably a Bad Hire

November 23, 2016 Sometimes the people with the best team skills are quiet, reserved and introspective when you first meet them. Sometimes the people with the worst team skills are friendly, warm, outgoing and affable when you first meet them. And sometimes people on-the-job are just how they seem when you first meet...

How to Hire for Problem-Solving

July 28, 2016 This post is part four in a continuing series on how to hire extraordinary people using the performance-based hiring and interviewing process I advocate. Following is the Lydna.com version of the program and a quick summary of the process. Here's a quick summary of performance-based Interviewing: Prepare a performance-based job...

How to Hire for Team Skills

July 26, 2016 So far in this “How to Hire for . . .” series, we’ve covered how to hire for motivation and how to hire for a cultural fit. The question below on assessing team skills is the most important interview question of all time. You'll agree once you try it. First,...

How to Hire for a Cultural Fit

July 22, 2016 In a recent post, “How to Hire for Motivation,”I suggested interviewers need to break through the veneer of presentation skills to accurately assess both competency and motivation. It’s important to recognize that motivation to get a job and social assertiveness is not motivation to do the job. Uncovering the source...

How to Hire for Motivation

July 20, 2016 Early in my recruiting experience I placed a highly motivated and experienced candidate for a logistics position. He made a great first impression and was confident, affable and articulate. He had all the boxes checked, too. Unfortunately, he turned out to be the worst placement I ever made – he...

10 Things HR Departments Don’t Understand About Hiring

June 18, 2013 There was an interesting story on Harvard Business Review’s blog about corporate board members giving most of their companies an “F” for talent acquisition and development, blaming the HR department for the failure. Since my company helps companies around the world improve their grades on the hiring side, we have...