From the Desk of Brad Smart: Evidence of Best Hiring Method

You’re probably reading this blog because you’ve experienced too many bad hires, and it’s frustrating, isn’t it? But don’t blame yourself. It’s not your fault – it’s the fault of your hiring method, which simply does not solve the biggest hiring problems you face, am I right?

Specifically, does your hiring method …

  1. Enable you to identify the 50% of resumes that contain serious hype?
  2. Enable you to have honest interviews?
  3. Are you frustrated because your hiring method leaves you with no good way to verify what candidates tell you? The references candidates give are usually worthless and HR departments don’t reveal candidate performance.

Almost all companies are fooled by candidates, so when hiring someone they cross their fingers … and hope for a better result than they’ve experienced in the past.

  1. Has your hiring method impressed you with the documented results achieved?
  2. Do you have testimonials from CEOs who say your hiring method boosted sales and profits?

The proof is in the pudding – case studies. Dr. Michael Lorence did his doctoral dissertation (at Georgia Tech) scrutinizing Topgrading case studies and opined that, indeed, the CEOs and heads of HR stand by every word.

Do you want to see the data and judge for yourself? It will only take a few minutes. At please read a dozen featured case studies and then glance through many more, clicking on the ones similar to your company, to see their statistics.

Finally, American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) did a 2.5 year study of best hiring practices. Twenty leading companies participated, disclosing their hiring methods and the percent high performers hired (the criterion CEOs chose). Only Topgrading companies (Lincoln National and American Heart Association) gave permission to share their impressive hiring results.

One of our Topgrading professionals will be happy to learn your story and hear your hiring concerns. Give us a chance to help you “test drive” Topgrading.

Call 847-244-5544.

Dr. Brad Smart is Founder and CEO of Topgrading, Inc. Topgrading is dedicated to helping companies of all sizes maximize the hiring of high performers. Topgrading assesses candidates for senior positions (where the costs of mis-hires are high) and trains all managers to create teams of almost all high performers.

Brad has seven published books on hiring; the most recent three (the first, second, and third editions of Topgrading) were all best sellers. Brad, and President Chris Mursau’s new book, Foolproof Hiring (Forbes Books), is available for purchase by clicking here. After just six weeks, Foolproof Hiring, achieved Amazon Best Seller status.

Brad can be reached at

To learn more, download our free eGuide or attend our next Topgrading Webinar. Our webinar explains the most effective recruitment methods, how to immediately identify the most honest, high performing applicants, and how to (finally!) verify what candidates tell you (since reference calls are usually worthless).

Contact us to learn more.

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