Topgrading 3rd Edition


The Third Edition was completely rewritten, revised, and updated to explain innovations, such as how to Topgrade entry-level jobs, improve recruiting from networks, and screen candidates in seconds with the Topgrading Snapshot. An unprecedented 40 case studies demonstrate improvement from 26% to 85% high perfomers hired.

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Dr. Brad Smart is widely regarded as the world’s foremost expert on hiring methods. The Third Edition of Topgrading is 100% revised and updated. It contains more than 40 case studies with named companies who report on improved hiring and promoting of A Players from an average of 26% to 85%. The CEOs featured in the case studies state in their own words how Topgrading improved their company’s performance.



Order the latest edition of the most proven hiring method today and receive the following:

  • A discount off retail pricing; and
  • An Implementation Manual so you can use innovations immediately and avoid costly mis-hires.

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Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: 2012: Portfolio Hardcover; 3 Rev Upd edition
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1591845262
ISBN-13: 978-1591845263
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches

“Stated simply, the best talent wins and Topgrading helps identify and hire the best talent. This is true for internal promotions and external hires.”
— KEN CAMP, CEO, Hillenbrand

“The Topgrading interview process is one of the best tools in our arsenal for getting an in-depth understanding of high-potential managers. It probably improved our success promoting high-potential managers from maybe 50% to over 80%.”
— BILL CONATY, former Senior Vice President of Human Resources, General Electric

“The most valuable management skill a person can have is the ability to produce high-talent teams. Nothing else even comes close. That’s why Brad Smart’s Topgrading approach should be a top priority process in your organization.”

“Topgrading is the best practice I know of for hiring and promoting people who turn out to be A Players. In a not-for-profit, that can translate into raising more money to educate the public, and that can save lives…Having the best talent at every salary level is crucial.”
— CASS WHEELER, former CEO, American Heart Association

“Turnover came down, and sales and profits skyrocketed. With 98% hiring success due to Topgrading, the business took off.”
— JACK HARRINGTON, then CEO, Virtual Technology, now CEO, Thales Raytheon Systems

“When I look back at the dramatic success of our company, I can clearly point to the implementation of Topgrading as the pivotal moment that made our success pos­sible. I implore every business owner to make Topgrading mandatory. A Topgraded team is the ultimate secret weapon to crush the competition.”
— RICHARD ROSSI, Co-Founder, EnvisionEMI

“We’ve Topgraded the entire company and our sales and profits have soared.”

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 6.5 × 9.25 × 1.25 in
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