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Help Your Board Make a Successful CEO Hire

The Center for Creative Leadership has estimated that “failure” in senior leadership positions has increased in recent years. As the senior partner for a boutique career transition firm, working exclusively with senior executives, I have been a witness to a large number of executive exits. We assist in transitioning these same executives into…

Technology is Turning Reference Checks Into Assessments

One of the biggest challenges of recruiting is quality of information. We all know that resumes tell us relatively little and doing structured interviews is expensive. As I discussed in “Using References as a Screening Tool,” technology has given the old sport of reference checking a new life. Ray Bixler, CEO of SkillSurvey,…

The Hype of Candidate Engagement and Candidate Experience

It seems that 2016 was the year when recruiters fixated on improving candidate engagement and the candidate experience. There were hundreds of articles and reports on candidate engagement, awards, and at least one conference devoted entirely to discussing it. There is nothing wrong about wanting to make the experience a candidate has friendlier…

Is Your HR Technology Controlling or Enabling?

HR processes can be divided into two categories. The most traditional are “control” processes used to ensure employees are working in a way that supports the goals of the company. Things like time tracking, organizational hierarchies, certification tests, and annual performance reviews tend to fall into this category. These can be contrasted with “enablement”…

Competency Modeling Is As Dated As A Jeans Jacket

What do competency models and jean jackets have in common? They both belong in the nineties, says Christy Panico. She’s assessment manager at Pinsight, a Colorado company that provides online job simulations. In her presentation at DisruptHr Denver in 2015, she challenged the use of competency models as “static and inflexible.” “Does your…

Job Boards Aren’t Dead, Just Changing

No doubt you have heard doomsayers predicting the death of job boards. You also likely realize that the boards are still an important part of a diversified recruitment strategy. However, while the boards may not be dying, the landscape definitely is changing. If you are responsible for recruitment strategy ROI, it’s important to…

Do You Remember Everything You Did In 2016?

Recognize This! – Technology can help us look back at all we have done over the year, celebrating accomplishments and increasing our sense of meaning and belonging through work. The year’s end offers an excellent opportunity to look back at all of one’s accomplishments. Not merely for the sake of nostalgia, taking time…