Recruiting, Hiring & Termination

Overcoming Confirmation Bias in Hiring

Multiple studies show that hiring interviews are poor predictors of job performance. Candidates who seem like a perfect fit in the interview turn out to be all wrong for the job, and later we wonder how we could have missed the obvious warning signs. In this Quick Take, you will learn how the psychological phenomenon known as “confirmation bias” can influence hiring decisions, a simple technique that counters confirmation bias, and how to apply this technique in hiring interviews.

The Psychological Contract: When New Hires Don’t Stick Around

You hired Jerry 18 months ago. He lacked experience but turned out to be a quick study and a hard worker, so you gave him a nice salary bump in year two. Now Jerry’s in your office, telling you he’s moving on. He likes the company. He likes you. But this other opportunity came up. You feel betrayed. In this Quick Take, you will learn why expectations between employers and new hires are often misaligned, a concept known as the “psychological contract” – and how it governs the way an employee thinks about your organization, and how to create clarity and alignment so that expectations on both sides are met.

Hiring for Grit

He looked so good on paper. But a year later he hasn’t lived up to his potential. Yes, he’s smart and talented. But when he encounters obstacles, he throws up his hands. In this Quick Take, you will learn why talent, credentials and past accomplishments don’t always predict on-the-job success; two key indicators you should look for in every job candidate’s resume or work history; and a hiring approach that can help identify candidates with the grit to get the job done.

Situational Interviews: How They Can Improve Your Hiring Decisions

Have you ever hired someone who seemed like a star in the interview but ended up being a dud on the job? If so, you’re not alone. According to multiple research studies, traditional interview questions often fail to reveal whether a candidate will succeed in your organization. But a recent study found one type of question that is especially predictive of an employee’s future success. In this Quick Take you will learn what a major study of job interviews discovered about why traditional interview questions so often fail to predict future performance, why 'situational interview' questions far outperformed all others in the study, and how to create and use these questions, based on the specific job you need to fill.

Reference Checks: How to Get Feedback That Predicts Future Performance

Managers check references for many reasons. But the most critical goal is to ferret out information that will accurately predict how a candidate will perform if hired. In this Quick Take you will learn the often-overlooked goal of a successful reference check, what researchers say is one of the biggest obstacles to getting truthful answers and why the way you phrase questions is the key to getting the information you need to make an informed hiring decision.

Hiring Interviews: The ‘Deep Conversations’ Method to Ensure You Hire the Right Person

We’ve all interviewed people for key positions and come away thinking, 'This candidate is perfect.' And we’ve all had the experience where we looked back after hiring a 'perfect candidate' and asked, 'What was I thinking? What did I miss? How could I have prevented such a mistake?' In this Quick Take, you will learn: A communications model called 'Deep Conversations', how to use this model to 'peel the onion' and achieve deep levels of communication that will help you foolproof your hiring decisions, and why this technique works both for people who are concealing information, and those who simply lack self-awareness.

Recruiting: The Reality Check Technique for Gaining Alignment

There’s a huge difference between making a good hire and making a great hire. A good hire is one that places a qualified candidate into the position you need to fill today. It meets your organization’s immediate need. A great hire, on the other hand, meets both short and long term needs – for your organization as well as your new hire. The question is, how do you make that happen. In this Quick Take, you’ll learn the real reason top performers accept jobs, the 'reality check' technique for gaining alignment between your goals and the candidate’s, and why long-term goal alignment protects you from the costliest mistake you can make in the hiring process.

How to Smoke Out Impostors in Job Interviews

Why is hiring the right people so hard? Because many job candidates are remarkably good at persuading us that they can do things they can’t. What’s more, we often don’t realize how our emotions and personal biases can affect our choices. In this Quick Take you will learn: The most dangerous attitude a hiring manager can possibly bring to an interview, the preparation oversight that gives Impostors an opening, and two proven questioning techniques that will expose Impostors every time.

How to Conduct Effective Exit Interviews

Reflect back on some exit interviews you’ve conducted. When the person walked out of the room, were you ever thinking: I still don’t have a clue why the person REALLY left and that was a complete waste of time. Clearly, that’s not your goal. You’d like your exit interviews to reveal useful information you can use to improve your company and your retention rates. In this Quick Take, you’ll learn: The one type of employee that will give you the most useful info. The #1 obstacle to getting meaningful input. And, a simple questioning technique that will transform the way you conduct exit interviews and get far superior results.


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