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Recruiting Fables – Ella Finds a Dream Job

Once upon a time there was a young woman that had to settle for a night security guard position in a large office building after graduation from college. Not finding work that could use her degree in Psychology, she resigned herself to the drudgery of sitting at the reception desk, signing people in and out, and doing some light clerical work left over from the day shift. The building was one many that had been… Read More »Recruiting Fables – Ella Finds a Dream Job

Recruiting Fables – Hiring Goldilocks

Once upon a time there was a company looking for a special talent that was in high demand by all of its competitors. Possessing the skills that were in high demand, Goldilocks was not particularly interested in changing jobs, but she wandered through the forest of unknown shadows with a willing attitude to listen to new offers. After all, it was a bear market and times were tough. It is never too soon to consider… Read More »Recruiting Fables – Hiring Goldilocks

Hiring for Fit – Find and Hire Culture Matches

Finding a good fit for a culture may not simply be a matter of matching candidates to the existing workforce. Hiring clones is usually a bad idea because it stifles creativity. Hiring for future needs without clearly visualizing the future culture is worse, but there is no doubt that culture is a major impact on hiring. A study by Leadership IQ reported that 46% of new hires will fail within 18 months. These failures were… Read More »Hiring for Fit – Find and Hire Culture Matches

Hiring for Fit – Finding the Pattern to Match

To use the word fit by itself means nothing. It goes without saying that if something is to be a good fit then there must be some sort of defined pattern that the fitted thing must match. In the context of hiring people for fit, the matching pattern is the group of people that are already part of the organization. Hiring indiscriminately will almost always insure a misfit. Hiring clones to match the existing body… Read More »Hiring for Fit – Finding the Pattern to Match

Hiring for Fit – Send In the Clones

The word fit according to Merriam-Webster online dictionary is “…a sudden violent attack of a disease especially when marked by convulsions or unconsciousness… an emotional reaction as in anger or frustration… in an impulsive and irregular manner.” Obviously proponents of hiring for fit are not using this definition to describe their beliefs, but several words in this definition may be applicable: unconsciousness; emotional; frustration; impulsive; irregular. Once upon a time bosses hired whomever they damn… Read More »Hiring for Fit – Send In the Clones


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