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4 Hours to Save 400: The Ultimate Time Leverage

Thought experiment: If there were a "leverage machine" where you could invest 4 hours and get 400 hours of free time back in your life each year. Would you play that game?

Put money aside for a moment. Even though we all know a great hire will add way more value to your...

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Startup Hiring: 6 Key Traits
The ideal hire for a startup can differ quite a bit from what a large company needs. Here are 6 traits that are especially important to consider when hiring for your startup. These go beyond the obvious things like experience, intelligence, honesty, and generally liking the person. 

  1. Comfort...
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Weaknesses: Are They Just Overexpressed Strengths?

Weaknesses. Development priorities. Areas for improvement. Call them what you want—we all have them. Some are career-limiting (lack of drive) and some may be minor annoyances (overtalking). Some are intractable (ethical gaps) and some are quite addressable (lack of domain...

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Video Interviewing

More and more interviews are being done on Zoom: during the initial (screening) stages it doesn’t make sense to invest financially and logistically to fly a candidate on-site. For remote-first organizations, that is doubly true.

But remote (video) interviewing introduces a risk—will...

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Passivity

Let me be clear: there are a lot of ways that someone can be a bad interviewer. But once we remove the most obvious (and egregious) ones—berating the candidate, being a complete jerk, being late, and being distracted on your phone, etc.—there is one interviewing fail mode that has a...

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Stay at 20%

There is one common mistake I see in my coaching clients who otherwise have solid rapport: they go too “flat” when they are listening to the candidate’s story. They are typically fairly engaged with great rapport when delivering their questions but that rapport energy drops off...

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Hard Questions

We spoke a couple of weeks ago about examining your pet questions and putting them through a Talgo filter to see if they are really giving you the data you think they are.

There is one class of question that I want to draw special attention to: the “hard” interview question. This is a...

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Drop The Formality

Many of my coaching clients are too stiff and formal in how they present themselves when interviewing a candidate. The most common form of this overexpressed politeness is that they often ask “would you be willing to share…" or “could you please tell me…” before...

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Your Favorite Pet Questions

Your favorite interview questions might feel like a set of secret weapons, but they may not be as good as you think. It’s easy to fall into a groove just because you’ve been doing something a certain way for a long time. Or perhaps because you are optimizing for something other than...

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