Profiling & Interviewing Candidates

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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Jeff Greene: Maybe You Shouldn’t Hire a VP of Digital Strategy

We were captivated by Jeff Greene’s article about hiring a digital strategy lead because we can relate to it.   We’ve been asked many times by clients to find someone “to help grow their digital engagements.”  This is almost never a single hire, though most agencies are hopeful for a guru. As Jeff observes, we’re talking about […]

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Hiring Trend: Innovation Strategists

Many ad agencies now have innovation “labs” patterned after R&D labs in product development companies. For example, R/GA has its Retail and Software Development Labs, BBH’s Labs sit under their Chief Digital Officer, Iris Worldwide just launched The Nursery… there are many, many others… all with the goal of interpreting new technologies and opportunities to […]

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