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Interview Questions That Are Risky to Ask

Avoid spending time in a minimum-security prison!  Just kidding, but you know that questions like,  “Are you pregnant” are illegal. Having personally conducted over 6,500 hiring interviews of candidates for executive positions, and having written 5 books on interviewing (the latest:  Topgrading: 3rd edition), I frequently am asked what interview questions NOT to ask.  That happens to […]

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CEOs Want Human Resources to be Tougher Minded

I’ve had the honor of working with famous CEOs that expected and got A Player heads of Human Resources.   Some HR heads rose to CEO (John Hoffmeister, Shell) and others were retained when a new CEO was named (Bill Conaty, under Jack Welch and Jeff Immelt).  But, too often HR has the suffered the Rodney […]

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How Much Mis-Hires Hurt Profits

  There are some relatively simple ways to estimate how much your mis-hires hurt your profits.  I had two such discussions with CEOs last week, and they went like this: Brad:  How many sales reps did you hire last year?  (“1,000”) Brad:  What percent have turned out to be mis-hires, falling short of the minimum quota?  (“75%”) […]

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HOW TO SHORTEN THE TIME HIRING A PLAYERS: METHOD # 5

Whether you are a Topgrader or not, these proven methods can save you a lot a time but maintain 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 Shorten the Time Hiring an A Player: Method #4

Whether you are a Topgrader or not, these proven methods can save you a lot a 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 […]

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MOST Candidates Lie on Their Resume

  Good grief, more than half of all candidates LIE on their resume! A Fortune article reports a study that out of 2,000 people, 58% of the candidates lied on their resume. And over 70% in the financial services industry, by the way. The rather obvious advice by the author of this article is to read resumes […]

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How to Shorten the Time Hiring A Players: Method #3

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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Topgrading Helps Save E*Trade

Topgrading has tremendously helped and even saved many companies all around the world. Read our case study on how Topgrading helped E*Trade. ““I came in as CEO in 2013, and E*Trade was struggling. Topgrading helped us survive and flourish.” – Paul Idzik, CEO The Company: E*TRADE Financial Corporation is a leading technology-enabled company and a well-recognized […]

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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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