Jim Roddy

About the Author

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Jim Roddy is the president of Jameson Publishing and author of the book “Hire Like You Just Beat Cancer,” which features hiring lessons, interview best practices, and recruiting strategies for managers through the perspective of a cancer-surviving executive. For more information on the book, go to http://www.HireLikeYouJustBeatCancer.com.

Before Hiring, Clean Up Your Culture

I know football is America’s most popular sport, but I’ve got baseball on my brain because the Major League playoffs are here. One of the most important positions in the batting order is the “cleanup hitter,” who bats fourth in the lineup and is expected to “clean up” the bases by driving in runners. There’s…

4 Hiring Lessons From Business Guru Michael Gerber

When I was afforded the opportunity to talk one-on-one with renowned business author Michael Gerber, I cleared my schedule. And of course I asked him about hiring. Gerber is the author of the best-selling E-Myth series along with Awakening The Entrepreneur Within and The Most Successful Small Business In The World. In 2010,…

Here’s Why You Should Never, Ever Hire People Who Smoke

I’m going to tick off nearly every smoker who visits this website — and delight most every non-smoker — by detailing why it’s a good rule of thumb to not hire smokers. A Rule of Thumb is a principle whose broad application is not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable in every…

Sports Mirrors Life: 4 Hiring Lessons From ESPN

It’s a dream come true for recruiters and hiring managers who want to kill time at work without getting grief from their boss. I recently discovered that ESPN.com is chock full of hiring lessons, so keep clicking away instead of getting back to that boring spreadsheet the next time a co-worker questions your…

6 Great Hiring Quotes From the Book “Decisive”

I just finished reading the book Decisive by Dan and Chip Heath, authors of business best-sellers Made to Stick and Switch, and thought the content was vital to hiring managers. I was relieved that many of the decision-making principles detailed in the book mirror the Hire Like You Just Beat Cancer method my team…

Is Your Hiring Process Too Friendly?

We all agree that nothing ruins a workplace culture like a jerk co-worker or a rude manager. But how do you uncover those characteristics in your pre-employment interviews? Even Vladimir Putin can seem charming if you only ask questions like What are your career goals? What motivates you? and What are you looking for…

Hire Candidates With These 5 Traits — or Prepare to Perish

Take 30 seconds to read this passage from this year’s Global CEO Study from IBM. You’ll find it either unsettling or reassuring based on your recruiting practices. For years, organizations have been embroiled in the so-called war for talent. The challenge has historically been a shortage of particular skills. But today, it’s virtually impossible…

4 Hazards of Group Interviews

Because I’ve written a book on hiring best practices (Hire Like You Just Beat Cancer), I receive emails out of the blue from executives considering a shift in their recruiting strategy. This one is from a hiring manager in Kalamazoo, Michigan followed by my thoughts on his strategy: One of the ideas I’m…