From the archive Five mistakes: Incompetent employees are the business’ fault

I think this is always good to revisit. I am helping with a situation that is not all that uncommon. I am sure this has happened to you as well. A manager wants to let someone go. Naturally, there is no documentation. So I ask the question “Why?” “Because he is incompetent, he just can’t …

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What is confirmation bias and how to overcome it?

Have you ever had a situation where you looked at some data and it confirmed what you thought? Or you were interviewing a candidate that belonged to the same sorority you belonged to and she was just as bright as you expected her to be? Or the millennial employee you have is just as spoiled …

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Do you include the right people in the interview process?

We all know the purpose of the interview is to provide information that will help you hire the best candidate to fill your open position. If you follow my advice you know that I recommend behavioral interviewing as the best interview method. Not familiar with behavioral interviewing? It is based on the premise that the …

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Why you should banish the word “would” from your interview vocabulary

I long ago became a fan of what is called behavioral interviewing. It is based on the premise that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. While not perfect, I feel it is the best method to help you determine if someone has the behavioral skills you are looking for in order to …

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Training is CRITICAL to interview success

  When are we going to realize that a “tool” is only as good as the user and users are only as good as the training they have received? The tool I refer to is the interview and training is critical to interview success. Types of interviewing I read an article entitled Assess Motivation to …

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5 Super Reads Before the Superbowl

There are many brilliant blog writers in the HR blog world. Here are 5 posts that I consider to be SUPER. If you read these before the Superbowl you will be much better prepared to start the week on Monday. So before the chips, wings and beer have a pass at these posts. They are all …

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Bogus Interview Question? Need Recruiter Input

There is an article on answering tough questions that I read today. Since I am providing some advice to a friend I read it just to see what it had to say. Generally some good info. However, one question that they said you need to be prepared to answer is “Where do you want to …

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Motivational Fit: Two Shortcut Questions to Good Employees

Fellow HR blogger Kris Dunn, The HR Capitalist, posted a blog the other day about interviewing. He mentioned the standard way most managers interview, the hypothetical question methodology and its pitfalls. He talked about behavioral interviewing and apparently he is a fan and user, as am I. He did point out the downside of it, …

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