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What do Senior Management Employees Have in Common?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | | | |
Are they workaholics or do they prefer to work out? Are they sharp dressers or do they prefer more casual attire? A lighthearted, newly-released survey from CareerBuilder surveyed 552 executives (hiring and human resources managers in senior leadership positions including CEOs, CFOs, COOs and Senior VPs) to take a closer look at their personalities and preferences. Here’s what they had to say. Business Casual Only 1 in 5 executives consider a business suit typical office attire. Most executives (57 percent) dress in business casual clothing, while 18 (more…)

They Did What? Over-the-Top Employee Fraud Cases

Sure. We’ve all done it – slipped an office pile of Post-Its into our purse or grabbed a cool pen, but for most folks, that’s where lifting office supplies ends. But, that’s not the case with these bad hires. HRMorning.com, a network of news, opinion and more for HR pros, shares a few examples of in-house theft and employee fraud that will make you think twice about that next new hire. A million in made-up expenses: A former medical company manager got reimbursed for more than (more…)

It’s Not a Crystal Ball, But It’s Close…

More and more companies are taming the paper tiger and moving to greener methods of record keeping. And, as a result of more advanced technology, many are also placing more emphasis on data projections and analytics. Why? Because they work. Many of us wish we could have a crystal ball when it comes to hiring, but that’s just not feasible. The value that data can deliver is… The Abracadabra of Analytics  Companies are increasingly turning to data to understand employee interactions and productivity. From observing new employees during (more…)

Bad Hire Takeaways

A recent survey conducted by Robert Half reported that 36 percent of the 1,400 executives surveyed felt the top factor leading to a failed hire is a poor skills match. The second most common reason (30 percent) could be attributed to unclear performance objectives. “Companies can’t afford hiring mistakes, which are costly and can erode staff morale,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International and author of the “Human Resources Kit For Dummies”. “Finding the right match requires time and attention, and it’s something (more…)

Treat Employees Like Adults? What a Concept

We’ve all heard of a little company called Netflix, right? But are you familiar with their approach to finding and keeping talent? It starts with personal responsibility. Over the years, they have learned that if they ask people to rely on logic and common sense instead of formal policies, most of the time they get better results, and at a lower cost. They believe that if you are careful to hire people who will put the company’s interests first and who understand and support the desire (more…)

Career Builder Survey Reveals 1 in 5 Employers Have Asked Illegal Interview Question

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | | | |
Job seekers are often the ones sweating to ask the right questions, but hiring managers also need to mind their Ps and Qs. In a recent CareerBuilder survey, 20 percent of hiring managers said they have unknowingly asked an illegal interview question. And while intentions are harmless, a risk for legal action remains. More than 2,100 hiring and human resource managers across industries participated in the nationwide survey and it was determined that the following are interview questions that should be eschewed: What is your religious affiliation? Are (more…)

The Perfect Employee. Say, What?  

The perfect employee. Does he/she exist? What traits or combination of technical skills and personality characteristics indicate that a person will be a good fit (or not) for the long haul? Take Five Ken Sundheim, founder and CEO, KAS Placement, a sales and marketing recruiting firm, says that when hiring for any size business, it’s not what the candidates know today. Information can always be taught. The most intelligent companies hire on future success and heavily weigh personality when determining the most apt employees. Regardless of industry, pay, (more…)

Validity vs. Reliability. Do You Know the Difference?

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | |
While validity and reliability go hand in hand when it comes to personality assessment or other forms of employment testing, they do differ. Validity basically refers to research that provides evidence that a test actually measures what it is supposed to measure. Reliability is more of a consistency measure. How reliable is it? Consider this: You measured the length of your dining room table. It was 72 inches long. What if you measured it the next day and it was 68 inches? You would have to find (more…)

Do You Need a Retention Refresher?

At the end of 2014, CareerBuilder conducted a survey of more than 3,000 employers from multiple industries to figure out what will affect employee retention the most in 2015. According to the results, 30 percent of employees regularly search for jobs and 23 percent of employees in the 18-34 range expect to have a new job by the end of the year. You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again – employee retention is the key to company success. Just in case you need a (more…)

What Makes a Great Leader?

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - By: Greg Moran - Tags: | | |
When hiring for upper management positions, do leaders look for proven entrepreneurial spirit, management ability, a track record of growing companies or all of the above? Surely, it depends on the job at hand, but what are some of the most coveted qualities to have and how do you ensure you are hiring the right people who have these traits to get the job done? Attitude Is Everything Kenneth Hanifan, principal, Slater Hanifan Group, Inc. (Las Vegas, NV), a 119-person, multi-disciplined civil engineering/consulting firm, says that they (more…)