Ready, Aim… Hire

When is a year of experience not a year of experience? When that experience doesn’t match your needs. Take my friend Zack for instance. A VP of Development, he recently came to me with a problem. “We hire the best people money can buy,” he said. “They have degrees and tons of experience. Why can’t …

Interviewing Tip #1: Research Your Hiring Manager and Company

If you’re interviewing for a position, you’ve heard the old adage: “Research the company.” Yes, that’s true, and it’s not enough. It’s time to research the hiring manager also. Here’s how you research the company and the hiring manager: Research the company by reading the web site. Read the annual and quarterly reports. Read the …

Hiring Tip #5: Ask Behavior-description Interview Questions

You’re hiring someone. You don’t want to waste your time in the interview. So, if you want to ask good interview questions, ask people about how they’ve worked in the past. People repeat perceived successful behaviors (whether those behaviors were successful or not). Behavior-description questions elicit the candidate’s story of how they worked in the …