What is the Ideal Number of Applicants to Have on a Shortlist?

I liked Frank. Frank was one of the Hiring Leaders I worked with in a large multinational company I used to work for. He was affable, had good emotional intelligence, and was a man who efficiently got things done. But from an HR point of view, he was a lot of work sometimes. Frank was [...]

November 16th, 2017|Tags: , |

Give Some Applicants An Extra Point Or Two

I have had the pleasure of career counselling a number of professionals. Along the way we define what their viable career choices are and how they are going to get there, because “If you don’t know where you’re going any road will get you there.” I personally try to keep it fairly simple. My approach [...]

September 27th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Is it really that easy to find good staff?

Sometimes I feel like such a nerd. Why? Well, because when I see the updated Department of Employment Labour Market Research pop up in my in-box I get a little bit excited. Yes, I know that sounds strange. But I’ll tell you why I get a bit excited. You have these recruitment agencies doing this [...]

August 28th, 2017|Tags: , |

Riding That Wave. The Future Workforce Has Begun

As an HR professional, based out of Adelaide, South Australia since the 90’s, I feel like I witnessed, or have been a part of three business waves. The first wave saw bigger companies that were decentralised opt to centralise. They decentralised again after they did the sums and thought centralising was not good, before they [...]

August 17th, 2017|Tags: , , |

John the MD’s Dream

Claire, the receptionist was impeccably dressed, had the front office looking spickety- span, and greeted John, the MD, with a warm smile and a pleasant “Good Morning” greeting. “I hope you don’t mind that I got your favourite blueberry muffin and heated it up for you to enjoy while meeting the GM today”, she said. John [...]

Scheming for Your Next New Hire

At some workshops I recently conducted for a somewhat sizeable company, I asked the workshop participants who had got their jobs at the company after being referred from a colleague or former colleague. Up to 50% of all the workshop participants acknowledged they had gotten their jobs after being referred. I later learned that the [...]

April 26th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Did Your Preferred Candidate Turn You Down? This Could Be Why?

Things were going so well so far (other than the fact you just lost one of your best staff members and you were looking for a high quality candidate to fill the much needed gap in your team). You had done all the right things, or so you thought, to get your staffing situation back [...]

April 18th, 2017|Tags: , |

Uh-oh. I May Have Discriminated While Recruiting

A number of years ago I was on an interview panel with a Managing Director and one of the board members who was on the Recruitment Committee. We were in the process of hiring a new Financial Controller. The board member, who was one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet, was [...]

January 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Reference Checking: Level 201

There are plenty of examples of both low and high profile employees being investigated and removed from companies after it has been discovered that they do not have the experience or credentials they claimed they had on their CV and at the interview. So how can we be certain we are hiring someone that actually [...]

October 31st, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

The Psychology of the Interview Panel

I was part of a panel interview recently. The other panel members were well organised. They had a range of open ended questions. I thought that was very good. After all, you do not want to ask questions that are “yes” or “no”, like - Are you good at managing staff? After all, who wouldn’t [...]

May 23rd, 2016|Tags: , , , |