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Interviewing Myth #9: Candidates Will Change

All hiring managers have been deceived at some point by candidates assuring them that they have overcome weaker points, failures and mistakes of the past, saying, “I’ve learned my lesson and assure you I’ll be: “better organized” “a good team player” “disciplined in keeping my sales activities up to date in Salesforce” “keeping my manager …

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Interviewing Myth #8: You Can “Read” Body Language with the Commonly Given Advice

Do you want to hire better? If you’re a CEO, a manager at any level, or a Human Resources professional, of course you do. This blog is part of a series dispelling 10 myths about interviewing candidates for hire – “myths” because they are common recommendations for the “best” ways to interview… but from our …

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The Pilgrim Topgrader: William Bradford

Happy Thanksgiving! How’s this for an idea: if the Pilgrims had not been Topgraders, had they not elected an A Player leader who packed his team with A Players, tiny Plymouth Colony would have failed and the Dutch, French, or Spanish would have taken over the New World. America as we know it wouldn’t exist, …

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Interviewing Myth #7: Don’t Ask Candidates Much About Their Education Years… Unless They Are Recent Grads

Do you want to hire better? If you’re a CEO, a manager at any level, or a Human Resources professional, of course you do. This blog is part of a series dispelling 10 myths about interviewing candidates for hire – “myths” because they are common recommendations for the “best” ways to interview… but from our …

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Interviewing Myth #6: Talk 50% of the Time

Do you want to hire better? If you’re a CEO, a manager at any level, or a Human Resources professional, of course you do. This blog is part of a series dispelling 10 myths about interviewing candidates for hire – “myths” because they are common recommendations for the “best” ways to interview… but from our …

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Wall Street Journal Trashes Employment Interviews

The title of the October 4 article is: “The Case for Hiring Managers Sight Unseen.” The author, Sam Walker, researched methods used to hire managers. He was certain some form of interviewing would prove most effective but found none. He cited problems such as candidates hyping their accomplishments and hiding failures, interviews that don’t reveal …

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Interviewing Myth #5: Maintain Constant Eye Contact

Do you want to hire better? If you’re a CEO, a manager at any level, or a Human Resources professional, of course you do. This blog is part of a series dispelling 10 myths about interviewing candidates for hire – “myths” because they are common recommendations for the “best” ways to interview… but from our …

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Interviewing Myth #4: Never “Lead the Witness.”

Interviewing authors and trainers do have a very good point: If the candidate says, “I was disorganized in that job and so I didn’t meet all my goals,” do NOT ask, “Did you get better organized in your next job?” Such “leading the witness” makes the candidate think, Heck, I was still disorganized in the …

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Interviewing Myth #3: Always Remain “Neutral” in Interviews

Do you want to hire better? If you’re a CEO, a manager at any level, or a Human Resources professional, of course you do. This blog is part of a series dispelling 10 myths about interviewing candidates for hire – “myths” because they are common recommendations for the “best” ways to interview… but from our …

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Harvard Business Review is Wrong About Hiring

A recent HBR article, Experience Does Not Predict a New Hire’s Success, is misleading at best and dead wrong at worst. It’s based on flawed research from Florida State University. Unfortunately the Harvard Business Review author just interviewed the FSU researchers and obviously did not have the business experience to probe the researchers enough to …

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