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Rich, Insightful Reference Interviews

If you’re not conducting high-quality, high-touch reference interviews, you are leaving enormous value on the table—on multiple fronts! Having rich interactions with the key individuals from your candidate’s professional past is not just “good hygiene,” it can add...

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5 Reasons To Kill The “Take Home” Interview Assignment

A “take home” is when you give candidates a sample business or technical assignment that they perform on their own time. In the past decade, we have seen a huge increase in these take-homes in interviewing processes. Companies tend to do this to cut down interviewing time or to screen...

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The Four Leaps

Most of us care about growing and progressing in our careers. Regardless of our underlying motivation (money, mission, fun), we have a natural desire to “move up”—to elevate our roles and our impact.

Unfortunately, most of us will hit a wall at some point, reaching a level where...

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The Art of Interruption

Interviews can be intensely vulnerable and emotional experiences for candidates. They’re trying to put their best foot forward, but nerves inevitably get in the way. Based on my experiences interviewing many high performers, believe me: even stellar candidates can end up rambling in an...

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Part 6: Asking About People Development

“OK Jordan, where do you go with THIS story?” It’s a question we are often asked in our coaching work. This post is the next in a series that will discuss common “story archetypes” that candidates share, and what kinds of information you are seeking in each. More to...

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Leading Through Uncertainty

When we’re not training investors and operators on interviewing skills, Matt and I are active interviewers (executive assessors) ourselves. Given the turbulence in the tech economy and the remarkable collapse of SVB, I’ll take a detour from interviewing content this week, and share...

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Part 5: Messes

“OK Jordan, where do you go with this story?” It’s a question we are often asked in our coaching work. This post is the next in a series that will discuss common “story archetypes” that candidates share, and what kinds of information you are seeking in each. More to...

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Part 4: Asking About Improvements

“Where do you go with this story?” It’s a question we are often asked in our interview coaching. This post is the next in a series that will discuss common “story archetypes” that candidates share, and what kinds of information you are seeking with your follow-up...

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Part 3: Asking About Innovations

“Where do you go with this story?” It’s a question we are often asked in our interview coaching. This post is the third in a series that will discuss common “story archetypes” that candidates share, and what kinds of information you are seeking with your follow-up...

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