Posts Tagged ‘referees/references’

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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How hiring mistakes are made

For those of us who follow the AFL version of football in this country, you couldn’t help but know that last week, perennial bad boy Brendan Fevola was in trouble, yet again. Fevola is alleged to have exposed himself to a Brisbane mother at a Club Family Day.   Fevola’s club, the Brisbane Lions, responding…

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Interviewing Preparation

This article originally appeared in Issue 55 of InSight Published 22 October 2008   This weekend I had one of those all-too frequent embarrassing conversations with a friend about experiences with recruiters. She mentioned she had been to an interview last week with a recruiter and, of course, I asked how it went. She said…

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15 unwise assumptions for recruiters to make

This article originally appeared in Issue 52 of InSight Published 1 October 2008     I always knew that when one of my recruiters started a sentence with ‘I assumed…” that it was going to be a story with an unhappy ending.   Assumptions are for the unskilled, the lazy or the unthinking. The Macquarie…

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Personality Conflict

This lead story appeared in Issue 32 of my Newsletter, InSight Published: 14 May 2008     Answers to interview questions you should never accept:   Part 1: “I left because of a personality conflict with my boss”     Consider the following interview exchange, which any recruiter with more than a few weeks experience…

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Adventures of a Job Seeker

This lead story appeared in Issue 31 of my Newsletter, InSight Published: 7 May 2008     I have recently witnessed, at close quarters, the experiences of a very good friend of mine as she looked for a job. She’s a recruiter. Her track record is excellent. She’s a successful leader of people, a proven…

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The Marketing Power of Evidence

This lead story appeared in Issue 29 of my Newsletter, InSight. Published: 23 April 2008     Recently I watched and listened as a reasonably experienced consultant (let’s call him James) put a candidate forward for a permanent role, to a client over the phone.    The candidate was not ‘ideal’ but was certainly close…

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