Three Great Interview Questions

April 12, 2018

This is a Podcast – 6.30 Minutes

I was addressing the Auckland Rotary Club when it came to the Q&A a member asked if I could ask just one interview question, what would that be? I quickly replied that I hope I am never in that position.

However, I must say, this question did give me cause for some fast thinking on my feet. Before I give you my answer, I would like to address job interview questions in general. Continue reading

Two Sins Commonly Committed When Hiring New Talent

March 9, 2018

This is a Podcast – 7 minutes duration

When it comes to hiring new talent, there are two areas in the hiring process that I see recruiters failing to address on a regular basis.

Many recruiters understand these two sins but have made it their policy not to address them, to keep the status quo.

My first beef is the failure of not advising candidates at the point of application the intended remuneration for the job.

The second is a Continue reading

Recruitment Technology Trends for 2018

February 21, 2018

This is a Podcast – 12 minutes duration

Are you still hiring like its 1999? It used to be when someone mentioned HR Recruitment; you envisioned a roomful of people interviewing, hiring and exiting people. Times have changed and with it the functions and processes of today’s recruiters. As such, businesses are actively introducing and refining HR technologies to speed up the hiring process, cut administration, source talent and filter applications faster based on specific jobs.
What’s even more exciting Continue reading

Understanding Job Competencies

February 1, 2018

This is a Podcast –  10 minutes duration 

About to hire a new employee? How will you assess their suitability for the job? After over 15 years of personal observations, most hiring managers go into the hiring process without any framework of assessment. For those of you who are guilty of hiring by the ‘seat of your pants’, let me give you a few helpful pointers to get you more structured.

Before starting the hiring process, you need Continue reading

Will Your Next Hire Be As Thick As A Brick?

This is a Podcast –  8 Minutes Duration.

Problem-solving and general learning ability have a long history of research dating back to the American Military in World War 1. General mental ability tests were developed to identify the suitability of recruits for officer training.  A proliferation of research over the last 100 years has validated general mental ability as the best predictor of future job performance, no matter what the job role. This simple, one-off test has a Continue reading

On-Demand Video Interviewing

December 18, 2017

This is a Podcast – 8 Minutes duration

The use of video interviewing has become a standard practice for many organizations, allowing them to automate their recruiting process. On-demand video interviewing is another method of evaluation that is used by many recruiters. On-demand video interviewing is known by several alternative names such as, one-way and pre-recorded. This type of interviewing is gaining traction as it saves time, standardises the interview process and can evaluate candidates much earlier in the Continue reading

The Importance of Doing Due Diligence Before Hiring – Reference Checking

December 6, 2017

This is a Podcast – 9 Minutes

Many of you would be aware of the Dr Murray fiasco. He was CEO of the Waikato District Health Board and ran up large unapproved expenses.

Past behaviour reflects future behaviour, so my burning question to the Board of Directors, “Did you talk to the Chairperson of his two previous health positions?”

The importance of doing, diligent reference checking, at least three previous managers is a given for ANY hire.

Technology has made Continue reading

Why Are Traditional Hiring Interviews So Unreliable?

This is a Podcast – 9.5 Minutes

Why do employees – hired by the same methods, doing the same job, and managed by the same person – perform so differently? Dependency on the traditional one-on-one unstructured interview is a prime reason.

Besides being the most expensive tool (management time) in the selection process, the unstructured interview is also the least valid – between .05 and .15 – so at best you’ll get it right one out of every six interviews. Continue reading

Bad Candidate Communication When Hiring is Bad for Business

November 7, 2017

This is a Podcast (7 Minutes). A transcript is available HERE 

Candidate communication is what I want to get on my high horse about. It is not only my daughter’s recent experience, but bad candidate communication is one of the pet peeves of job seekers everywhere. Apart from it being just bad manners, it surely must reflect badly on the brand image of the said organisation.

Bad candidate communication can also cost you good hires. Chances are your candidates Continue reading

Mental Ability Testing – 5 Common Myths Debunked

October 17, 2017

This is a Podcast – 8.30 Minutes

There are many myths surrounding cognitive ability testing – often referred to as a mental ability tests. What do these tests measure? In short, intelligence. According to Spearman (2005), intelligence is something that helps people to solve problems, when the elements can be apprehended by almost anyone. Most cognitive ability tests measure numerical, verbal, and spatial ability. They are very efficient at explaining how well a recruit will solve problems and learn new Continue reading