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How to Shorten the Time Hiring A Players: Method #2

Whether you are a Topgrader or not, these proven methods can save you a lot of time, while maintaining the standard of hiring all high performers for ALL jobs.  We keep learning from clients the time saving methods that they have discovered, so this is a series of blogs and might go on and on indefinitely! […]

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How to Make Hiring Easier and More Successful

Clients complain that the various hiring tools (tests, etc.) don’t seem to work very well, and they spend a HUGE amount of time screening low performers that create fictitious resumes and BS-ers who did the same. But there, finally, is a “Dream Come True” hiring tool! One that can screens candidates FAR better than any […]

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The Pilgrims Were Topgraders: That’s Why We Speak English

As an 11th generation descendant of Governor William Bradford, I have studied his amazing leadership, and I’ve always considered him to be The Grandfather of America, though that’s not exactly an official title. But see if you agree … Governor William Bradford was the first elected leader in the New World. He assembled a terrific A […]

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Inc. Magazine’s Advice to Interviewers

Inc. Magazine recently featured an article that lists 11 “to dos” when interviewing job candidates. Having interviewed around 6,500 candidates for executive jobs throughout my career, it’s easy for me to critique their advice. After reading the article, I feel that I agree with 9 out of the 11 bits of advice but disagree with […]

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How to Shorten the Time Hiring A Players 10 Part Series: Method # 1

Whether you are a Topgrader or not, these proven methods can save you a lot of time, but maintain the standard of hiring all high performers, for ALL jobs.  We keep learning from clients the methods that they have discovered, so this is a series of blogs and might go on and on indefinitely! Before explaining […]

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B Players are NOT Good Enough

Hundreds of companies have embraced Topgrading and have achieved 75%+ hiring success. This means that 75%+ of those hired turn out to be A Players. But, there sometimes is confusion as to what exactly is an A Player, and why is “A Potential” the only other “good” category. Why aren’t B Players good enough? I’ll clarify […]

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Short of candidates? Here’s a solution: hire A Players age 50+

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Across the US and Canada companies large and small are hurting for qualified candidates. Most favor hiring young, energetic people, to flourish in the fast lane of global competition and ever changing technology. Hiring experts (maybe including me) emphasize the importance of hiring energetic “doers,” to flourish in the fast changing tech environment. But there just are not […]

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When to Replace…or Keep…B Players

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Topgrading is all about getting A Players, high performers, in EVERY job, from CEO to cashier. So Topgrading companies have raised the bar from only replacing C Players to also replacing B Players with A Players. But there might be a good reason to keep your B Players.  B Players are rated Good, and A Players are […]

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Three Definitions of an A Player

The term A Player has been tossed around a lot and causes a lot of confusion. Here are 3 of the most useful definitions I’ve found.  In some circumstances I use all 3: High Performer. Topgrading Professionals have conducted tens of thousands of chronological interviews, asking managers 10 questions about every job. One of those […]

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A Good Performer Ain’t Good Enough!

We at Topgrading, Inc. assess managerial talent and train others to do it.  And we have software that motivates candidates to accurately guess how all their bosses would rate their overall performance on this scale: Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor Literally millions of managers of candidates have been asked to rate their former employee’s […]

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