How to Communicate with CEOs and Other Top Executives

Having interviewed over 6,000 candidates for jobs reporting to CEOs, and having coached the candidates who were hired, I kinda know what ticks CEOs off day in and day out – and one thing is how people communicate with them. This blog spells out 3 of the most irritating ways people communicate with CEOs and, …

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Harvard Business School Has It All Wrong?

The title of the article is: “It’s better to hire a pleasant employee than a superstar, according to Harvard.” This widely read article is based on some Harvard Business School research, but it MISREPRESENTS that research. The author is a poet (no, I didn’t make that up) who says: A working paper from Harvard Business School analyzed …

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Biggest Hiring Mistakes Companies Make

The Wall Street Journal ran a major article enumerating the many hiring mistakes MOST companies make.  Most are mistakes Topgrading has chronicled over the years.  For example, the article says most companies measure COST TO HIRE and SPEED TO HIRE, but fail to measure Quality of Hire, actual hiring results.  We favor measuring the percent …

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The #1 Competency for A Players

In hiring interviews, what is the #1 competency you should focus on – the one that correlates highest with candidates who turn out to be high performers, A Players?  If you’re a CEO, or any hiring manager for that matter, what’s the one competency your interviews should most focus on to make the company more …

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Company Hired Over 80% HIGH Performers and Became Most Valuable in the US

This blog is about a case study with the most impressive hiring improvement perhaps ever. The company’s hiring success shoots up from 25% to over 80%. During those years, that company became the most valuable company in the world. Can you guess the company? This case study shows that YOU can: If you’re a CEO, …

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Maintaining Control

Written By: Brad Smart Throughout my career, interviewees have tried again and again to take control of the interview. 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 hire …

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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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