Posts Tagged ‘interviewing’

Can years of education predict work performance?

I received a lot of positive feedback in response to my last blog Why many CEOs fail: They talk smart but don’t act smart. Clearly many people in the recruitment sector have witnessed the same thing whether inside their own company or inside a client’s company. Looking at the recent actions of President Trump, it’s obvious…

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Public sector recruitment: ‘cutting red tape’ is not necessarily an improvement

Late last year the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet made a massive change to its recruitment policies. Out went the traditional ‘selection criteria’ approach to recruitment, including advertising the pay grade of the position, and in came a ‘one page pitch’. The Age reported: The head of PM&C’s corporate services division, Ben Neal, said…

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Why crap interviewers don’t know they are crap

Most people who conduct recruitment interviews have never been trained in how to interview effectively. Yet this lack of training doesn’t stop these interviewers from believing that they have good interview skills and don’t need any training. It’s called confirmation bias eg ‘I hired Gavin and he turned out to be a winner’. A view…

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CEO recruitment is broken and no solution in sight

Continuing my search to understand what underlies the decision making mistakes made by boards of large companies, I turned to the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the preeminent educational body for public, private and not-for-profit company directors in Australia.   I collected a copy of the AICD Professional Development Handbook (July 2014 to June…

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The Flanagan/Myer resume fraud: what have we learned?

The case of the mysterious Andrew Flanagan becomes more intriguing as further information is uncovered. Certainly the mainstream media have had a field day, providing plenty of expanded coverage in the days after Mr Flanagan’s deception was first uncovered. Here’s what else we know, thanks to the investigative efforts of various Fairfax Media, Smart Company, and News Corporation journalists,…

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Myer sacks lying executive on his first day: How were they duped?

It was a highly embarrassing day for Myer this past Tuesday. After announcing the previous Thursday that ‘Andrew Flanagan, has been ­appointed group general manager for strategy and business development’, Myer confirmed on Tuesday that Flanagan had been fired after it was revealed that he was not, as reported, ‘formerly managing director and Asia-Pacific vice-president for Spanish fashion giant…

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How many interviews does it take to hire top talent?

At the Australasian Talent Conference last month, I attended an interesting break out session on the future of interviewing and whether assessment would make interviews redundant. The panel made plenty of interesting points in response to questions and comments. Unsurprisingly nobody was predicting the end of interviews any time soon. One of the excellent points…

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