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Profiling & Interviewing Candidates

💼 TALENT BRIEF | July 29, 2020 💼

Hello and welcome to TALENT BRIEF! This is a twice monthly e-newsletter with the latest headlines about recruiting and retaining top employees. I follow thought leaders, podcasts, and news stories in talent acquisition and management to bring you the best ideas, so you don’t have to slog through it yourself. I’ll tease out the key […]

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Tips for Employers Hiring in the Pandemic

UPDATE! I recently spoke about this with Marc Bautis on the Agent of Wealth podcast. You can listen to the episode here. My favorite coffee shop reopened this week, for to-go coffee and pastries only, but I took it as a promising sign. As the economy gets going again, it will hopefully lead to job […]

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14 Favorite Interview Questions

What was the first way you made money? Used by Pharma exec, Cindy Whitehead to assess entrepreneurial ambition and hustle for her sales reps. We think it reveals truths about a person’s drive, work ethic and creativity: Did they build a slime empire in grade school, or was their first job post-college thru a family […]

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Five Suggestions for Babyproofing Your Job Interview

In this Washington Post article from Masha Rumer, she recounts the challenges she faced returning to work after taking time off to raise her daughter. Once upon a time, I was a fan of job interviews. That all changed after I’d switched careers, had a baby and decided to spend the first year at home […]

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The Cost of Living with a Bad Hire

I’m guilty of making a bad hiring decision and then not firing as quickly as I should have. How did this happen? After 15 years of recruiting, it was unnatural. Like a mother eating her young. But here was this problem employee, living in our house, as our au pair. For those unfamiliar with the program, […]

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The Casting Call at NYC Agencies: Younger is Better?

Do you remember the exact moment you became old? Old, as in, “OMG, why is everyone suddenly younger than me?!” Fortunately, for me it was this moment, around 39, and not this moment. The crazy thing is I didn’t see it coming. Inside, I felt completely the same: Sharp, fit, alert, invincible. But the outside world […]

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Glassdoor’s Top 10 List of Unusual Job Interview Questions

  Looking to spice things up next time you interview? Look no further! After collecting hundreds of thousands of interview questions shared by candidates over the last year, Glassdoor revealed its annual list of the toughest (and wackiest) questions job seekers could hear from potential employers in 2016. What’s the purpose of asking these curveball […]

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When Things Go Wrong in InterviewLand, Part 2

Past posts about interviews gone wrong assumed that the candidate screwed up. But we, as interviewers, also have a responsibility to shape the way interviews unfold. Imagine if a talk show host, news anchor or sports reporter didn’t prepare for an interview. They didn’t research what had already been written and asked silly questions, or […]

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The Producer Everybody Wants

We were recently told by a hiring manager that flexibility is the most-coveted AND hard-to-come-by trait among producers. Hard to come by because producers often feel the squeeze between the client ask, budget, and what the Creative team wants to deliver. They have to both manage the scope and embrace the possibilities… presenting clever workarounds […]

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