Should You Hire Someone Who Didn’t Graduate College?

If they can do the job, then as a CHRO, I’d say: Absolutely. I certainly value formal education and for some roles it’s mandatory. (I wouldn’t hire a self-taught brain surgeon.) In most cases however, college is but one path to competence…and it’s not always the quickest or most financially sound road to travel. A good way to evaluate candidates and to eliminate […]

The Problem of Candidate Exaggeration

Hiring managers aren’t expecting candidates to outright lie on an application or during an interview. It happens of course and unscrupulous applicants are weeded out by a series of HR-endorsed process checks. Exaggeration of accomplishments however is far more common. And while they are difficult to spot on a resume, gaps in knowledge, skills, and competencies appear quickly during an interview. So how […]

Interview Red Flags Candidates Should Watch For

There’s a host of advice for HR and hiring managers on spotting red flags that may signal a problem or high maintenance employee, but little counsel is given on the reverse point of view. Because an interview is a two-way assessment, candidates should also be vigilant in their evaluation of the prospective employer and watchful of wording that could spell trouble down the line. Traditionally red […]

The HR Guide to Getting and Crushing Your Dream Job

The HR Guide to Getting and Crushing Your Dream Job People often assume that you have an abundance of free time when you’re job hunting. They figure you’re either phoning it in at a current employer or channel surfing in a bathrobe. The truth, however, is that searching for a new gig or vying for a key promotion is a full-time role in itself. The HR Guide […]

So…Tell Me About Yourself

While it’s awkward, vague, potentially creepy depending on the style with which it’s delivered, there is no reason to shrink from the standard, “Tell me about yourself,” interview question. In most cases, it’s simply a lazy interview intro wielded by inexperienced HR professionals or managers who simply don’t hire frequently enough to have a proper plan. In these situations there is no […]

Resume Tips for Top Grads

So you just graduated from a top-tier school. Congratulations. Now the real work begins. Even when you’re among the best of the best you still have to stand out from the crowd. To do so it’s important to showcase: Transferable Skills: Take stock of the lessons learned and skills developed during your college years that would readily apply to the job […]

Questions to Ask the Interviewer

Many job seekers believe their questions should come at the end of the interview. While that’s better than having no inquires at all, asking the interviewer well-placed, thoughtful questions throughout the conversation makes it more of a balanced discussion and increases the level of rapport. It also demonstrates your interest in the role, understanding of the company, and offers insight into how […]

How to Answer Classic Interview Questions

Hiring managers aren’t always experts at the hiring portion of their title. For many replacing a team member or adding a new one is a dreaded, time-consuming task taken on as infrequently as possible. It’s an understandable sentiment. After all, they have day jobs and the complexities of sourcing, hiring, onboarding, and training can be major distractions. Of course savvy HR and business leaders understand […]

How to Answer Odd Interview Questions

Some interviewers have logical, data-backed reasons for asking, what on the surface, can appear to be an oddball question. They might be soliciting insights into your decision-making skills, values, or creativity. There’s nothing wrong with this as long as the questions and the evaluation of answers are validated and consistent. Unfortunately many ill-prepared interviewers are just winging it or trying their hand a practice […]

How to Answer the Weakness Question

While thankfully, the “What’s your greatest weakness?” question is being posed less frequently these days, it’s still a go-to for interviewers who are unfamiliar with more telling behavior and experience based inquires. If you find yourself on the receiving end of this old favorite, avoid the trite by offering both substance and a solution. Let’s face it; if you answer the question with, […]