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My Scariest Interview – He Threatened to Kill Me!

Hi, I’m Brad Smart, founder of Topgrading. This blog is mostly just to entertain you, but with one important lesson about interviewing. As a professional interviewer of candidates for top jobs, I have conducted thousands of five-hour interviews. And among those interviews a few bizarre and even scary things happened. This blog tells you one …

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Two Dozen Brief Topgrading Case Studies

We have 300 pages of detailed case studies on our site, but we’ve had a lot of requests for brief summaries of just a few. This blog shows a couple dozen – just the name of the company, their Topgrading results, and a quote or two from the CEO saying Topgrading made the company more successful. To …

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How to Interview for Culture Fit

Assessing candidates’ “culture fit” is becoming more important everywhere, and the best way to measure culture fit is the Topgrading Interview. With record lows in unemployment, you know it’s getting harder and harder to attract high performers, A Players, at all levels of companies in the US. Global clients say that as the business world …

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“Cheetah” CEOs Outperform “Lamb” CEOs

Topgrading research disputes what has become the mantra in leadership books and even Harvard Business Review, and that is that Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the most important competency for a leader. University of Chicago researchers studied 225 CEOs assessed with Topgrading methods and found that Cheetah CEOs (Extremely High in Driving Results but only High …

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#1 Management Book in UK Written by Topgraders

At Kensington Palace my son’s consultancy, ghSmart, won a most prestigious award: The Chartered Management Institute named The CEO Next Door the BEST management book of the year. The book mines 17,000 reports based on Topgrading interviews to show how managers rise to become successful CEOs. Two of Geoff’s partners accepted the award at the black-tie …

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Harvard Says: Your Approach to Hiring is All Wrong

If you’re a CEO, HR director or hiring manager at any level, your biggest headache is bad hires. This blog documents how bad hiring is in almost all companies, and I offer proven fixes to the many problems. This is a long blog and vlog, but since it highlights the causes of your biggest headache …

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Ambitious Managers Should Work as Hard to Fix Their Serious Weakness(es) As They Do to Build on Their Strengths

Are you a manager and want to get promoted? Identify your weaker points and fix them. As a manager, do you want to coach your people more effectively? If so, be candid, show tough love, do not ignore their serious weaknesses. Having assessed and coached 6,500 senior managers, my experience tells me you should ignore …

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Successful Start-up Executive Offers Keys to Success

“Without question, Topgrading absolutely has made my career and all the companies I’ve run more successful.”– TJ Johnson, Executive Chairman, HTG Molecular Diagnostics This is a mini case study of how TJ Johnson created a very successful career. TJ was General Manager of a division of Hillenbrand when I interviewed him as part of a …

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Maintain Control of Your Interview (Part 2)

Last year our most popular blog was Maintain Control of Your Interview, Part 1. In Part 2, I review the basics covered in Part 1 and offer some more sophisticated ways to keep control. Every interviewer knows that most candidates for selection want to “put their best foot forward.” Oftentimes, A Players try to control …

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“This hiring method made my career more successful.”

Most successful Topgraders attend a Topgrading Workshop (our public workshop or one just for their company) to learn Topgrading methods. Very successful executive and turn-around CEO Jim Kanir did it differently. I interviewed him for a CEO job, he got the job, and then he read one of my Topgrading books and used Topgrading ever …

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