May 10, 2015
The Truth Bias – Its Impact on Recruitment

This week I am reading an interesting book by Pamela Meyer, “Liespotting, Proven Techniques to Detect Deception”. The key concept of this book is the psychological construct, the Truth Bias. So, what is the Truth Bias?

Psychologists define this bias as, unless we’re given a reason to believe otherwise, human beings (Kiwis in particular) are generally hardwired to assume that what we are told is the truth and what we see is real. People tend to want to believe what Continue reading

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April 6, 2015
5 Reasons Your Job Advertisements Aren’t Working

Although referrals from professional and social networks can be the best method for finding candidates for an open position, a job ad can also successfully bring the right candidate to your company. When a job ad fails, it’s usually because of five common mistakes.

Keep the following reasons why some ads don’t work in mind the next time you post a job ad offline or online:

1. The Ad Is Difficult to Read

When you review an applicant’s resume, Continue reading

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March 31, 2015
How to Assess Candidates Faster, Easier and Cut Costs – Discover On Demand Video Interviewing.

In the recent past, many companies looking to recruit were forced to use conventional methods of written applications and face to face interviews. If they were pursuing candidates from other geographical areas they would need to use telephone interviews, or time consuming Skype interviews. This is a highly inefficient use of time encouraging Hiring Managers to rush through the process. In many cases this would lead to hiring a “horror story” and costly exit strategies. Internet technology has introduced a Continue reading

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December 4, 2014
Thick as a Brick

My mum was a woman of clichés, yes, I know, I am my mother’s son! When she got frustrated with people who were struggling to ‘get it’ she would always say, “Gosh, he’s as thick as a brick”. Last week was a week of dealing with “bricks”.

Two weeks ago I imported a batch of assessments from an Australian supplier. Basically a ream of paper. The goods landed in Auckland via UPS 7 days ago. I had a phone call Continue reading

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August 6, 2014
Why Are Traditional Hiring Interviews So Unreliable?

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.

Let’s first define the “Traditional Interview”…

  1. Traditional interviews are always unstructured, that is the hiring manager sits across the table from the candidate and has a general chat – often in an unstructured environment like the local coffee shop.
  1. Interview questions tend to seek opinions, not Continue reading
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