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Working with Recruiters to Improve Your Candidate Pool

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A lot of companies, understandably, do not trust contingency recruiters to screen candidates because they don’t ask candidates for mistakes, failures, or weaker points,  and instead hype successes, accomplishments, and strengths. Companies wanting to do their own candidate screening might contact five or six contingency recruiters to just send them resumes. As a result, many […]

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How To Get Top Performance From Outside Recruitment Firms

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Are you disappointed by your experience with outside recruiters? In this three-part blog series I’ll refer to the recruitment industry as consisting of Executive Search Firms (which are paid up to 35% of first year compensation regardless of whether you hire someone they present), Contingency Recruiters (only paid if a candidate is hired), and Staffing […]

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HR Executive’s “Traits Leaders Need” Needs More

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Josh Bersin is an excellent columnist for HR Executive, and the publication’s recent article, 8 Traits HR Leaders Need to Succeed Today, is worth reading, not just for HR leadership positions but all leadership positions in all companies. Bersin met with a dozen industry leaders to discuss HR business partnership, and the article summarizes their […]

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Should Candidates “Game the System” to Get a Job?

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This blog is for job seekers, candidates for hire. All my career has been devoted to helping companies hire almost all high performers. This blog takes the candidate point of view – what is the best approach a job seeker should take when applying? Should you try to outsmart a company’s hiring system? If you […]

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How to Ace Job Interviews

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Job hunters, this blog is for you! The economy is opening up and millions of people are unemployed. If you will be job hunting or have any friends or relatives who will be, you might pass this blog on. A recent Wall Street Journal article (The Surprising Strategy for Acing a Job Interview) offers some […]

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17 Words to Turbo-Boost Your Career

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If you’re a Topgrader you already know this unique Topgrading “secret.” If not, you can start turbo-boosting your career by conveying to candidates, before anyone in your company talks with them, these priceless 17 words. Do this and you will dramatically improve your success hiring high performers. I’ve personally conducted 6,500 in-depth interviews of candidates […]

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Lessons from the Pilgrim Pandemic

As we continue to face the challenges of COVID-19, many comparisons are being made to past pandemics and crises. For this week’s blog, I want to bring you back to what I think is one of the most powerful stories of perseverance and unity in American history. When the Pilgrims were trying to make their […]

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How to Interview Candidates Virtually

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We at Topgrading have been interviewing virtually for years for clients outside of North America. During the past few years technology has become so reliable that clients and candidates have increasingly favored virtual interviews. The costs are lower and it’s a lot easier to reschedule if there is a problem. Our experience has given us […]

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How to Create a Resilient Organization During the Pandemic

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Human Resources Executive magazine published an article by Josh Bersin entitled “4 Ways to Build Organizational Resilience.” I partly agree with his four points, but I think he missed some important ones such as: resilient organizations need, more than anything, a high percentage of high performers, A Players, who get results. Here are Bersin’s points: […]

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Hiring A Players is Easier in Down Times

When so many people are downsized, furloughed, and laid off, hiring seems like a low priority item. Like you, my wife and I know of dozens of people we interact with who are out of work, whose lives are more than disrupted – many are devastated. We are all looking for positive thoughts during the […]

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