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Interviewing the interviewer – for culture-fit, of course

Interviewing the interviewer – for culture-fit, of course

Every employers’ focus these days is on finding the right person for a role. However, as an employee, have you ever gone into a new role only to find out it is not what you thought it was? When the pitch doesn’t match the practice Recently, when interviewing a senior...

Seek out the learners

Seek out the learners

There is a drive for ongoing improvement in every business. Remember the adage, “if you are standing still, you are going backwards”? Well, it is the same for individuals and yet, in the drive to find great staff, one of the attributes or qualities that seems to gain...

Mind the gap – but don’t try to close too much

Mind the gap – but don’t try to close too much

Any business should have strategic goals and objectives…and understand the competencies needed to achieve those objectives. If you compare that to the competencies you have within your business, it becomes your gap analysis. At a simplistic level, you then have the...

Recruiting A players – Topgrading one year on

Recruiting A players – Topgrading one year on

It’s been more than 12 months since I undertook the Topgrading course developed by Brad Smart and made famous by Jack Welch. It follows a process Jack rolled out across GE’s businesses giving his management team the skills to identify and recruit ‘A players’. Jack...

Personality tests – a layman’s description

Personality tests – a layman’s description

Personality tests have been a key part of human resources functions – particularly recruitment – for some decades now. However, a lot of misrepresentation has occurred over the years around these tests. Some have positioned them as a final arbiter (which they...

The rising value of curiosity

The rising value of curiosity

Curiosity as a leadership trait has surged in popularity recently. It is a quality that can underlie authentic diversity and our ability to really uncover the ‘why’ of something. When you consider the power of diversity, doing things a different way, or making...

The power of proactivity

The power of proactivity

When our clients seek to fill key leadership roles, they turn to us to help them define what success in a given role looks like – and then how to best find the person aligned with that success profile. Through this work, we are continually refining our understanding...

Interviewing – a critical management skill

Interviewing – a critical management skill

Interviewing skills can be the make or break of effective recruitment. Managers should have strong capability in this arena, and that best comes from practice. There are some basics I’ll cover here that will help lead you to a better result in your employment...

Succession planning…experts say start now

Succession planning…experts say start now

An event on succession planning just as we’re all into gear for 2016? Absolutely! The clear message from our first Insight Series event for the year – Succession planning: Transitioning yourself and others to a new world – was that you need to start years before you...

Interviewing – a critical management skill

In-house recruitment – critical advice to get it right

We are doing more consulting with in-house human resources teams around best practice recruitment through our recruitment audit process. Each audit has reinforced the importance of getting seven critical steps in the process right: Taking the brief Developing the...