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Profiling & Interviewing Candidates

ABIGAIL HART GRAY: The Best Experience Designers are Social Choreographers

Say hello to Abigail Hart Gray, VP, Experience Design at digital commerce agency Fluid. Abigail graduated cum laude from Harvard, with a BA in architecture. She worked for top architectural firms for a few years and got her Master’s at Columbia before jumping feet first into digital marketing.   She cuts an intimidating profile: Crazy […]

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The One That Got Away

Don’t Let the Perfect Hire Slip Thru Your Fingers Today’s post is written with my employer clients in mind but is applicable to anyone involved in interviewing and hiring decisions. The topic is candidate drop-off – when your favorite person for the job suddenly goes dark then takes another offer. Oh no, what happened? We […]

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Victor Erdos, Group Director, Digital Delivery, G2

What Makes a Successful Project Manager I had a phone interview scheduled with Victor earlier this year. I was running between appointments that day and called him from a crowded Starbucks. “Listen, I need 5 minutes to find a quiet place to hunker down,” I said. “Oh, well if you’re nearby, why don’t we just […]

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Jeff Stibel: Why I Hire People Who Fail

Here’s an article I read recently and liked. The takeaway: Hire people that aren’t afraid to risk failure. They don’t play a safe game. They’re not afraid to go beyond what is known and comfortable. Be progressive enough to tolerate missteps in the name of forward motion and innovative thinking. JEFF STIBEL is Chairman and […]

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Hiring Accountable & Nice People

This is the final post in our 3-part series about Recognizing and Hiring On It people. Last week we talked about how to screen for qualities like Persistence, Entrepreneurial and Leadership. Today it’s Accountable and Conscientious, plus a few tips on how to motivate and retain your favorite On It team members. Accountable What it […]

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How to Hire On It People

Welcome back. In last week’s post we talked about the deeply moving experience of being around “On It” people… the people that volunteer to shovel dirt and end up moving mountains. Here’s what I promised for Part 2: How to identify and screen for the On It qualities, e.g. Entrepreneurial, Natural Leaders, Accountable, and Conscientious. […]

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I'm On It: People That Make Stuff Happen

There’s nothing as intoxicating as these three words: “I’M ON IT.” As in… 1.       I just read that wicked long email you forwarded me. I’ll make sense out of it and ensure we take necessary action. 2.       Wow, the client sounds completely ticked off. I’ll smooth things over. 3.       Don’t worry, hon. I’ll talk to […]

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Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com

BE LUCKY.  I love this entry from Katie Couric’s book, The Best Advice I Ever Got. Tony Hsieh is the guy who has doubled Zappos’ revenues every year, to over $1 billion in annual revenues today. At age 24, he sold one of his first companies – an advertising network called LinkExchange – to Microsoft […]

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