Staffing Advisors Blog

4 early-warning signs of a problem manager

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 21, 2015

A few years ago, the caliber of your management team was not a public matter. Your internal disagreements stayed private. Outsiders rarely knew whether or not you had few bad apples on your leadership team.

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Why you need a recruiting partner when hiring

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 14, 2015

We all have blind spots, the unconscious biases that affect our decision-making.

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How Bad Glassdoor Reviews Affect Recruiting

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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How To Respond To Negative Glassdoor Reviews

Posted by Mitch Corlett on May 27, 2015

CEOs are increasingly alarmed about their reviews on Glassdoor and other employer review sites, and how it affects their business processes and recruiting prospects. We've dubbed this phenomenon Glassdoor angst. And if you're embarrassed by those reviews, it's easy to overreact. Who likes being made profoundly uncomfortable by someone anonymously bashing your organization? No one wants to have their staffing affected because of some disgruntled former or current employees.

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How useful is pre-employment personality testing?

Posted by Bob Corlett on March 5, 2015

There's something alluring about personality tests. We hope to learn something from the fun quizzes in Cosmo or BuzzFeed. Against all logic, we want these tests to work, even though we know deep down that multiple choice questions can't really get at all the complexities of our personalities.

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Your Recruiting Process Assumes Harvard Grads Cause Shark Attacks

Posted by Bob Corlett on February 19, 2015

Each year in May, about 1500 students graduate from Harvard. And within months of their graduation, there is a big, observable jump in both ice cream sales and the number of shark attacks. The data is predictable and tightly correlated, so obviously graduating from Harvard leads to shark attacks.

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How to lure great employees away from the competition

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 29, 2015

I run an executive search firm, so you might assume that I often recommend recruiting top employees from your direct competitors. But trying to solve a business problem by hiring your competitor's "rock star" can be an astonishingly risky strategy.

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Why I Fired My Sales Department

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 26, 2014

I had an underperformer in my company that I needed to fire: the sales department. And by "the sales department" I mean the website, because we don’t have a sales team or anyone working on commission. (But that’s a whole other thing you can read about over there.)

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What is a Top Performer?

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 4, 2014


Everyone wants to hire top performers, but how do you know one when you see one?

It’s not an easy question. Unless you are constantly hiring for the exact same position, you cannot possibly know who the current top performers are in your job market, what skills actually drive their results, or what their compensation should be. You certainly won’t know whether any of them would consider working for you.
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