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From the Desk of Brad Smart: How to Recruit When “Help Wanted” Signs Are Everywhere

Hiring talent remains the number one concern of CEOs in the most recent (2021, just before the pandemic) Conference Board Annual Survey; it’s also the top concern of the entire executive suite. PwC’s 2017 CEO survey reports that chief executives view the unavailability of talent and skills as the biggest threat to their business.  – Harvard Business Review  Worker …

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From the Desk of Brad Smart: Tips on How to Interview and Hire Smarter

Our research, spanning decades, shows that only 25% of an organization’s hires are high performers, A Players. With that being the unfortunate reality for most companies and managers, I devoted my career to bolstering the amount of high performers that our clients hired. One of Topgrading’s most important methods, the Topgrading Interview, is paramount in …

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From the Desk of Brad Smart: Estimate the Cost of Your Mis-hires

When CEOs, HR managers, and hiring managers, at all levels, take a few minutes to systematically estimate the costs of mis-hires, they are shocked … they then become more motivated to improve their hiring methods. Google “costs of mis-hires” and you’ll see estimates ranging from 1/10 of a person’s salary (entry-level job), to $62,500 (Fast …

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Recruit and Retain Passive Candidates for Future ‘A-Player’ Roles

The hiring process can become a source of burn-out for your team if challenged with high turnover and mis-hires. Posting job ads and screening candidates over and over is, well, overwhelming. One solution to consider isn’t an overnight fix but will pay dividends: cultivating an ‘A Player’ network of passive candidates for future open roles. …

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From the Desk of Brad Smart:
Wall Street Journal on How to Game Your Resume

With Artificial Intelligence-assisted Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSs) vetting resumes, job hunters should understand how to construct a resume that will maximize their chances of actually talking with a human being. In May 2022, author Heidi Mitchell wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal, How to Make Sure Your Résumé Passes Muster With an AI …

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