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Holes in Your Underwear (and Other Little Secrets)

We have all done it. That last pair of underwear in the drawers drawer is not something you would be proud to have others see you wearing. Your mother always told you not to leave home without pristine underwear in case of an accident. If there is no horrible occurrence to expose your nether regions to the world, who will know? You will, of course! Does it matter? A superstitious mind will give unscientific believability… Read More »Holes in Your Underwear (and Other Little Secrets)

Life and Career Analogs

In a recent impromptu interview with award winning movie writer/director Edward Lyons, a story I hope he will someday allow me to record and promote, something clicked in my brain. My career in talent acquisition in a corporate world is not so different from his. Even though he could have been a great actor or teacher of actors, he has a calling to lead talented people through his craft from the other side of the… Read More »Life and Career Analogs

Reviewing This Week on Make HR Happen – Interviewing

When counseling job seekers on their job search, it has been necessary to dispel myths about any one best approach to interviewing. They have been told intimate, personal, first hand advice that is from a limited perspective. I tell them that it is not a bowl of Cheerios where all pieces are the same. It is more like a bowl of Trail Mix where everything you touch is different. Likewise from the other side of… Read More »Reviewing This Week on Make HR Happen – Interviewing

Talent Selection – Part 5: The Interviewing Paradigm

Not all interviewing methodologies are broken. If you subscribe to the theory that “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!” then you won’t have to worry about change until repeated problems force you to look deeper. The lack of apparent problems by current measuring standards could mean nothing is wrong. Conversely, it could be a sign that we are using the wrong benchmark to measure it. The biggest problem with today’s patchwork methods of interviewing… Read More »Talent Selection – Part 5: The Interviewing Paradigm

Talent Selection – Part 4: Interviewing Tradeoffs

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Anyone with more than a few minutes of experience working in a corporate staffing office knows that certain things are not negotiable. I once worked at a start-up that was a spinoff from a large corporation with a lot of inherited baggage in the form of policies and procedures from the parent company. We had to change everything that didn’t fit. An example of a non-negotiable item when hiring new employees was vacation time. Many… Read More »Talent Selection – Part 4: Interviewing Tradeoffs