Excuses, and the Dog That Ate My Homework

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“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”  ― Benjamin Franklin This post isn’t really about dogs eating homework. It’s more about excuses, but isn’t that dog with glasses picture up there really cute? Excuses come in many shapes and sizes. When confronted with the threat of a reference check, candidates … Read More

Why Don’t You Check References?

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We’re not trying to dismiss the fact that most companies do, in fact, conduct some kind of reference checking. We are saying that this process should be systematic and deliberate every single time. Instead of verifying dates of employment and eligibility for rehire, we really want to know more information about the candidate that will … Read More

5 Qualities of Great Candidates

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  Resumes are a great place to start when looking for new hires, but you won’t find the great candidate strictly from a piece of paper. As a hiring manager or recruiter, it’s your responsibility to use a resume as a checklist, making sure only great candidates make it to the interview rounds. During those … Read More

Why You SHOULD Check Candidate References

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We mean, like, for real check references. Nahwhatimsayin? I’m not talking about those references that the candidate lists at the bottom of their resume. And I don’t want to necessarily know what the candidate’s BFF Charles thinks about him, either. Unless, the references at the bottom of the resume are from a previous, direct supervisor … Read More

Why Mediocre Employees Are The Worst

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  Most of our clients have said things that indicate their reason for using pre-employment tests was to make sure they didn’t hire any really bad employees. Although this is a very good reason, there are actually a couple more reasons. Mediocre employees are the worst hires. Why? Because if you fill your organization with these types … Read More

The Big Picture in Hiring for Attitude

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We strongly believe in hiring for attitude because studies show 45% of all bad hires are a result of attitude and personality conflicts. After twenty-seven years of closely examining hundreds of organizations, we have witnessed the result of corporate America’s inability to sort the good-natured people from the problem types by just looking at the … Read More

How to Deal When a Good Employee Jumps Ship

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Oh no! One of your star employees has decided to leave for another opportunity. He’s a top performer who always seems to be ahead of the game, boosts office morale, and cheerfully brings donuts for everyone each week. Now what? After you move through the five stages of grief and come to terms with this … Read More

Ask These 5 Questions to Really Get to Know Your Candidates

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Oftentimes, candidates come to an interview with a scripted rehearsal of answers to potential interview questions. Of course, the purpose is not to stump your interviewee, the point would be to learn more about them, their interests on a personal level, their motivations, get them excited to talk about something that seems to be outside … Read More

How a Signing Bonus Can Help Your Business Stay Competitive

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Signing bonuses are a large part of corporate culture as they can provide protection and incentives when hiring new employees. We’ve seen a rise in the use of signing bonuses within the last couple years as the economy recovers and moves into full employment. Wikipedia defines a signing bonus as a sum of money paid … Read More

How to Deal with Employee Absenteeism

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, nope, it’s your chronically absent employee’s empty desk chair. Again. What will you do about Harold? Absenteeism is a major issue in the workplace that extends beyond personal illness. There can be several legitimate reasons that employees miss work and other, well, not so legitimate. In any case, how … Read More