Interviewing — 5 Ways to Take it From Good to Great

In Employers, HIring Good People, Recruiting by Barbara Ashton

1. Make it About Them Making people feel important is the single most important thing you can do to make an impression on anyone, anywhere, any time. By showing sincere interest in your candidate you are sending a  strong signal to them that they matter, and that you appreciate they are showing interest in your company. WIIFM What’s  In It For …

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Headhunter Insider Tips on Keeping Your Spear Sharp

In Employers, Headhunters, Hiring, HIring Good People, Recruiting, Using a Recruiter by Barbara Ashton

It’s no secret many are confused when they hear the term headhunter, images of bone-in-hair-painted-faces charge top of mind. Executive search may carry a tamer vision, but they are in fact one and the same. It’s all about the fine art of targeting, tracking and bringing home that exceptional trophy hire. The WHAT of Headhunting Let’s start with a simple …

Devil in the Details – The Unbelievable But True Story of a Seriously Bad Hire

In Bad Hire Situations, Cost of a Bad Hire, Employers, Hiring, Recruiting by Barbara Ashton

This is without a doubt one of the craziest bad hire stories I’ve ever heard. I was at a house party a while back and met a lawyer. Upon hearing I was in the recruiting business he told me this true story. It happened to a colleague of his who was a partner in his law firm. This partner had a hard time hiring right …

DON’T GET SUED – TOP 7 MISTAKES EMPLOYERS MAKE

In Employers, Employment Agreements, Employment Law, Hiring, Leadership by Barbara Ashton

The following is a list of pitfalls and common foibles for which many employers have been sued. Stop what you’re doing and take head.  It’s cheaper in the long run to be informed, than it is to be sued. 1. Make everyone an “independent contractor” to avoid costly payroll benefits  Independent contractor status is a very slippery slope if not …

Skimping on Employee Training Because of Costs? Bad Idea.

In A-Level Talent, Employee Training, Employers, Hiring, HIring Good People, Leadership Training, Management Training, Retention Strategies, Team building by Barbara Ashton

 Too often small-business owners ignore the value of providing a formal training program, focusing instead on worrying that the employees they invest time and money into are just going to leave anyway. What About If Your Customers Leave? Inadequate training is THE biggest underlying reason for the scarcity of great customer service. Are you trusting a client who generates $100,000 with …

What’s Your Employee Value Proposition?

In A-Level Talent, Employee Value Proposition, Employers, Hiring, HIring Good People, Recruiting, Retention Strategies, Team building by Barbara Ashton

                Employee Value Proposition (EVP) is the balance of the rewards and benefits that are received by employees in return for their performance at the workplace.  Wikipedia is right, but there’s far more to ensuring you have what it takes to attract A-Level talent. Start by asking yourself, “why would I work for me?”  Aside …

Play Nice. Get Ahead Faster. 3 Easy Steps.

In Employers, Recruiting, Sustainable Leadership, Team building, Uncategorized by Barbara Ashton

No matter your education, ability or accomplishments if you’re not skilled at playing well with others, all your hard work and drive will be for not.   Here’s 3 common sense ways to help you to “play nice”.   Verbal and non-verbal communications. Verbal or non-verbal sarcasm or talking down to co-workers is felt not just by those you are …