Affordable Pre-Employment Testing Options for Small Business

On Monday’s podcast on Pre-Employment Testing for Small Business, we talked with Dr. Jesse Llobet, Industrial Psychologist and President of Psymetrics, who explained that small businesses should start using pre-employment testing for the following reasons: Research proves that pre-employment assessments tend to be three to four times more predictive (of how well a candidate will perform on […]

August’s Hiring Roundup

Check out our list of August’s top five hiring articles from around the web.  These articles cover every aspect of the hiring process: from deciding whether or not you need to hire… to asking the best interview questions… to cutting your losses when you’ve made a bad hire. 1. Hope? When hiring, it can be […]

Killer Interview Tips

Started following Jeff Haden’s Owners’ Manual column on, and here are some great interview tips from two recent posts on interviewing, 7 Fatal Interview Mistakes and 4 Vital Interview Questions to Ask: Make candidates comfortable and help them relax during interviews.  Haden writes, “When candidates seem nervous or uncomfortable, give them the benefit of […]

Lessons in Hiring and Business from Dick Clark

This morning I heard about the death of Dick Clark, “America’s oldest teenager” who made rock and roll mainstream with “American Bandstand,” and helped us usher in the New Year at Times Square for the past 40 years. Every morning, I listen to The Wall Street Journal This Morning with Gordon Deal, and today TJ Walker was being asked […]

Moneyball or Moneyhire: Hire on Intelligence

I recently saw the movie Moneyball, in which Brad Pitt plays Oakland Athletic’s GM Billie Bean who pulled together a competitive MLB team on a shoe string budget in 2002.  Billie found a statistics wiz-kid who helped him identify the undervalued KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to look for in ball players. With this approach, Billie […]

Spring Ahead with These Hiring Tips

2 Tips to Help You Spring Ahead in Your Hiring Process 1. Start with the End in Mind. This tip comes from Eric Herrenkohl’s book How to Hire A-Players. First, start with the end in mind.  Ask yourself, what business outcomes do I want to achieve from a successful hire, and then work backwards from […]

Don’t Hire People You Like!

Here’s your New Years Hiring Resolution: Don’t hire people you like! While I’m not telling you to purposely hire people that you hate – ahem, I mean dislike; I am advocating that you intentionally avoid just hiring the candidate you “like” the most. When asked Google recruiter, Michael Junge, about what employers looked for in […]

What’s One Thing You Must Screen Applicants For?

The answer is simple: work ethic. Focusing your screening and interviewing efforts on determining each applicant’s work ethic is the single best thing you can do to hire people who: Need less supervision. Are team players. Are more productive. Will have a longer tenure with your organization. Fali Huang and Peter Cappellie, in “Applicant Screening […]