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Job Search Ethics

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A number of articles on this site have addressed the polar opposites of the job seeker and the recruiter. Both are individuals and both have a system of ethics that is based on their personal perspectives as well as sharing a common perspective of the world in which they live. It is very easy to pigeonhole these topics into dual ethical perspectives when the answer to resolving the conflict is to operate from the same… Read More »Job Search Ethics

Talent Selection – Part 3: Interviewing Adaptability

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When confronted with issues of flaws in the candidate experience, I have actually heard interviewers speak the words, “I am just following policy.” That is possibly someone looking for a scapegoat to blame for their actions. The psychological term is called “The Nuremberg Defense” which came from the trials of Nazi war criminals for atrocities following WWII, “I was only following orders.” This is sometimes called the Eichmann defense who stated, “I cannot recognize the… Read More »Talent Selection – Part 3: Interviewing Adaptability

Talent Selection – Part 2: Interviewing Reality

Everyone has a theory about interviewing candidates for hire. This applies to everyone involved in conducting interviews and not just people in positions of leadership in HR or recruiting. The two primary ignorance factors that keep us from doing it right are the line managers who dismiss interviewing as something that anybody off the street can do and the HR types who don’t realize that people could have that opinion. If there are no missionaries… Read More »Talent Selection – Part 2: Interviewing Reality

Talent Selection – Part 1: Interviewing Crosscheck

“Flight attendants, prepare for arrival and crosscheck.” I have heard that over the aircraft cabin PA systems for years and thought that it had something to do with counting people. I remember eons ago on school outings teachers would walk down the aisle of the school bus and count heads to make sure the number of heads that got back on the bus was the same number of heads that got off. On a recent… Read More »Talent Selection – Part 1: Interviewing Crosscheck

Rethinking College Degree Requirements in Hiring

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Truthfully, I need to do much more research before engaging in a debate on the value of a college degree. I have always been a staunch advocate for education, my mentors have always pushed me to go to college, and I passed that mental legacy on to my children. Things change. When we examine the current state of the economy and the difficulty facing recent grads looking for meaningful employment on graduation it points to… Read More »Rethinking College Degree Requirements in Hiring


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