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Hiring: how I evaluate candidates

Frankly, I pictured Sam getting bored or frustrated as time passed. As a result, I didn’t invite Sam back for a second round of interviews. I was in touch with Sam afterwards and provided a complete explanation of my reasoning; it turned out

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10 common hiring mistakes

Sure, I’d welcome to the team a Computer Engineer with great communications skills, but STEM grads aren’t especially known as clear communicators. Yesterday I read an article called “What High-Quality Job Candidates Look for in a Company.” The piece contrasts the job and

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How to Hire Rock Stars

Imagine that you run a start-up: no website; limited funds; no brand recognition, no HR experience. How are you going to attract and hire the best? Have you ever struggled to fill a job opening on your team or in

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Why do you work where you do?

“When you work with your friends, it hardly seems like work.” I’m fortunate enough to work at a great organization.  Well, I say “fortunate”, but it was actually a conscious decision. A little more than nine years ago I was

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Adaptability: A Critical Quality of Great Leaders

“The single biggest problem — the fatal flaw in choosing presidents, school board leaders, or football coaches — is that we believe we can predict the future rather than looking for a leader who can quickly adapt to whatever the

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What’s more important to employers: excitement or experience?

Many a hiring manager has been forced to choose between two qualified (or, if he or she is lucky, outstanding) candidates, and sometimes the situation goes like this: Candidate A personifies excitement, and will attack the role with energy and

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Three questions an interview should answer

While the actual interview will cover a variety of subjects and include many questions, it’s just a comprehensive mechanism to answer three basic questions. Years ago, I read an article in Forbes that said that an interview, from the interviewer’s

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