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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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A Manager's Secret Weapon

As a manager in the business world, becoming an excellent interviewer could easily become your secret weapon.

Consider your role—as you move from an individual contributor to a manager, your success starts to hinge almost entirely on the collective output of the people on your team....

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Growing the Right Way

One of the biggest issues when growing your company is ensuring that you keep your bar for quality high. It’s easy to do for your first dozen hires because they generally come pre-vetted and from your existing networks. Once you start scaling beyond that, you need a reliable process in...

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Continuous Improvement

Whether you’re about to implement the Talgo approach for the first time, or you’ve been doing it consistently for awhile, it’s important to have a process in place to review and improve upon your starting point.

The Japanese philosophy for this is known as Kaizen...

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3 Rapport Juicers

If you’re making a commitment to being a better interviewer this year, rapport is a great place to start. It will get you better data and it creates a better experience for the candidate too.

Here are 3 pieces of advice you can apply to your next interview:

  1. Curious > Polite
  2. ...
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Five Resolutions

Happy New Year! Here are five resolutions you can make to improve your interviewing and hiring game in 2024:

  1. Sharpen Role Definitions: Commit to putting down—in writing—a Target that outlines measurable, time-bound results for each role. Pair them with sharp, differentiated...
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Drucker on Talent

One of my favorite business thinkers is Peter Drucker, author of The Effective Executive. Here are a few selected quotes, along with my reflections on how they apply to interviewing and hiring:

“What the executive needs are criteria that enable him to work on the truly important, that is,...

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Interview Coaching

When coaching interviewers, I find myself giving certain advice repeatedly. Here are three areas that almost every new interviewer struggles with.

1. Vocalize More.

We help condense the nuanced concept of rapport (curiosity, fascination) into a memorable tagline: Smile, Nod, Vocalize. Most people...

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