Maintaining Control – Part 1

Written By: Brad Smart Throughout my career interviewees have tried again and again to take control of the interview and I’ve experimented with lots of ways to maintain control and have some techniques that are sure to work. In this little ‘ol thumb drive I’m holding there are 6,500 reports I’ve written on candidates for …

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A Practical Definition of ‘A Player’​

Every manager would love to have a team of all A Players and few do. Topgraders really do create those teams and a good starting point is to know the definition of A Player, because there is a lot of confusion on this topic.  In this series Blog 2 will cite how As, Bs, and Cs differ …

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How to Get Candidates to Arrange Reference Calls with Bosses

Hi, I’m Brad Smart, Founder of Topgrading and frequently referred to as the “World’s Expert on Hiring.” I doubt I really am “the” world expert but I do have the experience to help you hire better – to achieve 80%+ HIGH performers hired. This is the second in a new Beginning Topgraders vlog series on …

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How to Get the Whole Truth in Interviews

Hi, I’m Brad Smart, Founder of Topgrading and frequently referred to “The #1 Expert in the World on Hiring.” This is the first in a series of three blogs that will help you hire better. This tip will: •   Cost you nothing, •   Save you a lot of time, and •   Improve your hiring success … Two of …

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The C-Suite Lacks Confidence in HR Data

The title of this blog is actually the title of a very recent SHRM article:  The C-suite Lacks Confidence in HR Data Analytics.  But Why?  Click on the link I’ve provided and you can read the article. I’ll save you the trouble of reading this article.  C-Suite executives simply do not believe the data.  Data …

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Candidate Dishonesty in Resumes and Interviews: The Solution – Blog 4 of 4

You’re skeptical, right? I’ve made the case that human nature makes lying on resumes and in interviews “understandable” and widespread, so how can there be a solution? Well. ‘ol Doc Smart has just the potion for you – a “truth serum”. Blogs aren’t supposed to sell stuff, so I guess I have to give to you …

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Candidate Dishonesty in Resumes and Interviews is Costly: Blog #3 of 4

After a brief hiatus where our blogs focused on Building Your A-Team in 2018, we are back to finish off a series on candidate dishonesty.  Blog #1 in this series suggested that 40% of candidates lie to get jobs and Blog #2 showed the various lies that are told. This blog presents our research on …

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Four Actions to Create Your A Team in 2018

My New Year’s promise to you:  follow the 4 steps in this blog and you will have a dramatically better team in 2018! This is the 3rd in the series on how to create your A Team.  Blog #1 explained how to rate your team members A, B, or C Players.  Blog #2 took it …

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Improve your talent in 2018: A Quick Talent Assessment Blog #2 of 3

I hope 2018 is off to a productive start.  Based on the positive response I received on last week’s blog, improving talent and establishing better hiring practices is on top of the list for resolutions in the New Year. Blog #1 in this series provided descriptions of A, B, and C Players.  Understanding how A, …

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Improve your talent in 2018: Who are the A, B, or C Players?  

This is the time of year to make New Years’ resolutions.  On a personal level we might commit to working out more and communicating more with relatives.  On a business level we systematically go through our annual budgeting and planning processes, committing to increase revenue, drive down costs, and launch initiatives that will turbo-boost our …

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