May 26, 2018
How to Use Benchmarks to Avoid Hiring a Horror Story

This is a Podcast – 10 Minutes in Duration

Many managers hire candidates who are not an ideal fit; they want to meet their objectives of filling vacant positions with the best candidates they can find – usually the best of a bad bunch. It would be unrealistic to wait until the perfect fit was found. However, care needs to be taken not to make an accommodation that violates one of the jobs critical behavioural attributes – enter the power Continue reading

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May 9, 2018
How to Hire and Manage Millennials

This is a Podcast –   18 minutes.  Sorry, no show transcript this week.

I am always on the lookout for interesting info and tips to help you in your hiring process.

Last week I read an interesting article from Dr Daniel Lake – Director of LeadCoachRelease. So rather than my dulcite tones, I have invited Dan on this podcast to speak as a subject expert about Millennials in the workforce.

Dan recently returned to New Zealand after Continue reading

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April 12, 2018
Three Great Interview Questions

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

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March 9, 2018
Two Sins Commonly Committed When Hiring New Talent

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.

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February 21, 2018
Recruitment Technology Trends for 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.
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February 1, 2018
Understanding Job Competencies

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.

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January 8, 2018
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

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December 18, 2017
On-Demand Video Interviewing

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

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December 6, 2017
The Importance of Doing Due Diligence Before Hiring – Reference Checking

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.

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November 22, 2017
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

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