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Staffing Advisors Blog

5 Easy Assumptions That Lead to Hiring Failures

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 19, 2016

This article originally appeared in the HR Examiner. You can read the original here.

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Why Candidates Reject Job Offers

Posted by Bob Corlett on December 8, 2015

A slow-moving hiring process is like falling out of a 60-story building. The first part actually goes surprisingly well...until you hit the ground. As the saying goes, "It ain’t the fall that kills you -- it's the landing."

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Gambling On Hiring Results (When You Don't Have To)

Posted by Bob Corlett on November 30, 2015

Hiring managers have better odds of winning in a casino than of hiring a top performer.

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Hiring is a Tango

Posted by Bob Corlett on November 20, 2015

In hiring, you are always locked in competition with other employers (whether you remember that fact or not.) Ultimately, your success is determined by what you and your organization can offer, what a candidate can offer your organization, and how you can work together to make great things happen. It’s like you are in a tango dance competition, but in the competition you are a contestant,not the judge.

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Why use pre-employment personality tests? Try this instead.

Posted by Bob Corlett on November 4, 2015

Human interaction is messy, complicated and time consuming. So managers who are short on time (or short on emotional intelligence) love the idea of anything that helps sort people into easy-to-understand, data-backed boxes. This is why the employment testing industry is worth $400 million.

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Shifting Blame And Ducking Hiring Risk

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 29, 2015

Hiring is the single riskiest responsibility for most managers. Like the Kobayashi Maru, hiring appears to be a no-win scenario – the perfect storm of problematic job responsibilities:

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Why You Should Interview with a Partner

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 14, 2015

If you are wise, you'll find a colleague to help you interview, someone who has a different cognitive style than your own. We all have blind spots, the unconscious biases that affect our decision-making.

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Check Your Assumptions Before You Start Recruiting

Posted by Mitch Corlett on October 13, 2015

When you have an urgent business need to be met, or a performance problem to be handled, it’s easy to think that hiring a "go-getter" is the solution. But, as cautioned by Chip and Dan Heath in their book Switch, "What looks like a people problem is often a situation problem."

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How Bad Glassdoor Reviews Affect Recruiting and What You Can Do About It

Posted by Bob Corlett on September 15, 2015

Not long ago, most of my clients only had a vague idea what Glassdoor was all about. Now, in my first meetings with hiring executives, it’s rare for them not to bring up their employee reviews on career sites like Indeed and Glassdoor. In a small firm, particularly one where the CEO reports to a board of directors, online reviews get real personal, real fast. And the sudden onset of public accountability can give executives a severe case of Glassdoor Angst.

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Do You Take It Too Personally When Job Candidates Have Questions?

Posted by Bob Corlett on August 11, 2015

Hiring is an exercise in risk management. Hiring managers want the best hire possible; candidates want the best job possible.

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