Mel Kleiman

About the Author

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at

Hiring Wisdom: It Takes a Little Ingenuity to Cope When Talent Gets Tight


How about this recruitment ad: Been Out of Work for a While? Then We Want to Talk to You! Just because a person has gaps in their employment history or has never worked are the worst  reasons possible to not consider them for employment. These groups include: Retirees who have a wealth of…

Hiring Wisdom: Why a “Chat Out” With Employees Can Improve Performance

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Many of the nation’s largest companies have spent millions on exhaustive research into the link between people, profits, and motivation/employee engagement. Typical results include: Companies with highly committed employees had a 112 percent three-year total return to shareholders compared to a 76 percent return for companies with low employee commitment. Satisfaction rose in…

Hiring Wisdom: The 10 Most Significant Changes Recruiting New Employees

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Last week I got a call from a client I’d done an hourly employee recruiting and selection presentation for in 2011. She started by saying how much her meeting attendees had enjoyed it and that many had seen dramatically improved results from implementing a number of the tools and techniques I shared. She…

Hiring Wisdom: Getting Applicants to Talk Truthfully About Tough Topics


People have a propensity to meet our expectations, so make sure you tell interviewees that you expect the truth. When you do this, you change their mindset. Now, instead of telling you what they think you want to hear, they will tell you what you’ve said you want to hear – the truth….

Hiring Wisdom: Is Loyalty Now Just a Thing of the Past?


Much ado has been made about the erosion of employee loyalty, but which came first, the chicken or the egg? Because of things like mergers, downsizing, phasing out pensions, technological innovations, and economic cycles, employers were the first ones to let loyalty go by the boards. Employees simply followed suitHR. It seems there’s…

Hiring Wisdom: Do You Believe These Lies About the “New” World of Work?


Except for the recent brouhaha about raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, the business press routinely ignores the more than 60 percent of American workers who are hourly employees. A recent article in Fast Company (titled, These Are The New Rules of Work) is, by far, more typical. The article’s subhead…