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 […]

Screen out the Liars

You just wrapped up your fourth interview.  The four candidates all have decent resumes and gave you favorable impressions during their interviews. One or two of them are probably liars. I wish I was lying, but the harsh truth is that 25% to 50% of candidates misrepresent themselves on their resumes and during the hiring process. Besides […]

When Employees Go Berserk…

It’s been a stressful period for everyone at work, especially in your department.  The quarter’s coming to an end and everyone’s scrambling to hit their numbers.  Suddenly, Jack, a first-year employee slams the phone down, flings his chair across the open office, and works himself into an angry white-collar frenzy: throwing office supplies, ripping his computer […]

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 […]

Should you Google your top job candidates?

Using Linkedin and Google to Screen Job Candidates SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) recently released a survey that shows that a small number of organizations use search engine results and social networking websites to screen candidates. SHRM’s Social Networking and Online Searches for Screening Job Candidates provides some interesting statistics: Only 26% of organizations […]