Staffing Advisors Blog

Hiring is Personal, Now More Than Ever

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 19, 2016

Whether you are the hiring manager or the candidate being interviewed, hiring is personal, now more than ever. Candidate behavior has changed more in the past 5 years than at any time in the past 30 years, but few employers have updated their hiring practices. This creates some real challenges on both sides of the interview desk, and more than a few opportunities to gain a real competitive advantage.

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Will the Hiring Manager Remember Your Interview Responses?

Posted by Mitch Corlett on July 12, 2016


Too many people forget the key to a great interview: what the interviewer remembers about you.

The vast majority of what happens in any given interview is pretty forgettable...for the interviewer. As the candidate, you have one experience of the interview question. When the interviewer asks about your greatest weakness and you cleverly reframe a strength by saying, "Gosh, Jim, you know sometimes I work too hard." You probably feel like you nailed it.

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Why the CAR/STAR Interview Method is So Effective

Posted by Mitch Corlett on July 7, 2016


When you're looking for a new job, an interview offer is exciting. It's a chance to make your case for why someone should hire you. Sadly, most people are terrible at doing so.

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How to Interview For A New Career Change

Posted by Bob Corlett on May 9, 2016

Do you need to make the jump from a declining industry to a thriving one? Or have you decided that it’s time to make a significant career change, jumping into a field where you have very little experience?

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How to make a career jump to a new industry

Posted by Bob Corlett on March 12, 2015

Interviewing is fundamentally an exercise in risk management. As a job seeker, your goal is to reduce any appearance of risk in hiring you.

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Teasing out whether your future manager is truly toxic

Posted by Mitch Corlett on January 30, 2014

 

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

—Malcolm S. Forbes.

It is possible to tease out how toxic a potential manager will be from your brief interactions in an interview setting? It’s certainly not easy, especially since their toxicity is often odorless and hard to detect like carbon monoxide. Yet teasing out the truth of the manager’s behavioral tendencies is an important element of your interview strategy. Like with determining cultural fit, fully preparing for this aspect of the interview is vital, because you’ll come well-informed on the basics and can spend more time asking pointed, tough questions to tease out the truth.

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Stop asking this interview question (and start asking this one)

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 7, 2014

"So ... where do you see yourself in five years?" I've never enjoyed answering this question, and I’m not alone. Most people squirm uncomfortably when this question is asked. People don’t squirm because it’s a tough question, people squirm because it’s a bad question. Sure, it’s better than, "If you were an animal, what animal would you be?" But it’s still bad, because the answer does not tell you what you think it does.

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How to Hire an Innovator and Change Agent

Posted by Bob Corlett on November 20, 2013

Every week I talk with organizations who are looking for a change agent--someone with creativity and drive, and a proven track record of kicking new initiatives into high gear.

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Imagine Your Ideal Salesperson. Turns Out Your Mental Picture is Probably Wrong.

Posted by Mitch Corlett on August 8, 2013

If you're looking for an employee on the front lines of your business (salespeople, customer service, etc), you might have this image of an outgoing, gregarious individual. Or maybe you picture the aggressive (pushy?) self-confident types, who relentlessly drive sales results.

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How to Send an Interesting Interview Follow-Up Note

Posted by Mitch Corlett on August 6, 2013

So you landed the interview, did your company research, had great rapport with the hiring manager and breezed through the interview questions.  You gave a proper, firm handshake, and left the interview feeling pretty good about yourself. Then they didn't call you, or a month went by...and they turned you down. What gives?

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