"Think of your hiring efforts as a poker hand. You dont just want the
highest cards. You want the best cards. If you go for the highest cards and end
up with Ace, Queen, Jack, Ten and Nine you have five really high cards, but not
a Straight. The person with a pair of twos is going to take your money. The
person with the pair of twos has the cards that fit best in the hand. A win
during the hiring process is finding a person with the right skills for your
Andrew J. Harvey and Raymond E. Foster (Leadership: Texas Hold 'em
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Companies have always had to compete for the best talent, and in the future, the
competition will be even more fierce. In fact, America is on the cusp of a great
shortage of skilled labor. In his new book, Get Em While Theyre Hot: How to
Attract, Develop and Retain Peak Performers in the Coming Labor Shortage, Tony
Zeiss, Ph.D., defines the coming crisis: The U.S. Department of Labors Bureau
of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2011, our economy will need 10 million
more workers than will be available. Futurist Rick Smyre predicts that 40 to 60
percent of the jobs that will be needed in 2015 dont exist today.
Ten Stupid Hiring Mistakes
Employers make lots of mistakes in the process of recruiting, interviewing and
hiring new employees. I've seen some of the worst. I hope this article helps
your company ratchet its own hiring practices up a notch or so. If you've got
cautionary examples of such problematic practices, I invite you to submit them.
I also urge you to share hiring practices that reveal your company to be a cut
above the rest. I'd like nothing more than to publish a column of the ten
smartest hiring practices.
Tips for Finding the Best Employee
Give them the facts up front will this job require that they type rapidly and
accurately? Is there substantial public contact? Will they need to know, or get
rapidly up-to-speed on, specific software packages, University policies and
procedures, or legal requirements? Will the job require overtime, travel, making
presentations, running errands, working under pressure, multitasking, etc.? Give
them the opportunity to ask questions. Help the applicant self-identify whether
they are really well-suited to your position by giving them as much information
How to find the perfect employee or close to it
One business person hasnt relied on job interviews in a long time. Shocking?
That person is Seth Godin. In Godins blog, he explains why and how he finds the
right employees. But if you do believe in doing interviews, read on for
sound advice to help you find the right employee: Let the team in on the
interview process; Use behavioral interviewing techniques; Consider your
clients needs; Try Internet searches; and, Use trial runs.
Between the Lines: Tips for Spotting Resume Red Flags
The resume looks great, but can you believe everything you read? In today's
tight labor market, it's tempting to take your applicants' resumes at face
value--especially if you're desperate to fill a position--but that's a huge
mistake, which could cost you dearly down the road.
Recruiting and Hiring
Good hiring does not happen by accident. It is the result of careful planning.
The purpose is to get away from hiring by "gut feel," or because we like
someone, and to move to a more rational and structured selection process. A poor
hiring decision can cause great harm to your company. For one thing, poor hires
are hard to terminate. Employment law and circumstances, even in so-called "at
will" states, may restrict your organization's ability to quickly terminate poor
performers, so your company may be saddled with a poor performer indefinitely.
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