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How Chick-fil-A Hires: The Christian Way

The famous Chick-fil-A sandwich. Credit: J. Reed

There are a few things you need to become a franchisee operator of a Chick-fil-A.

A commitment to the company. A strong belief in “wholesome values”. A willingness to endure a year-long vetting process. And it helps…


Added by Paul Petrone on July 25, 2014 at 11:25am — No Comments

How Zappos Hires: All About Culture

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. Credit: Wikipedia

When Tony Hsieh started Zappos in 1999, he was smart enough to realize what would make his company stand out.

There was nothing unique or proprietary about a site that sells shoes. It had competitive prices, but…


Added by Paul Petrone on July 24, 2014 at 4:11pm — No Comments

How Yahoo Hires: Recruiter-In-Chief

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

If you gave Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer truth serum and asked her about her hiring practices, she’d probably say she’s trying to put Yahoo on par with her former company, Google.

If you gave Yahoo employees truth…


Added by Paul Petrone on July 24, 2014 at 11:22am — 7 Comments

How Amazon Hires: No Mistakes Allowed

The E-commerce site’s hiring practice takes after its intense CEO, Jeff Bezos. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

Amazon’s theory on hiring can be tied to something its CEO, Jeff Bezos, …


Added by Paul Petrone on July 23, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Why Your Lowest-Paid Hires Can Matter The Most

Credit: Ethan

There are two coffee shops in my neighborhood: a Tim Hortons and a Dunkin’ Donuts.

The prices at both are pretty much the same. The food is different - if anything I prefer Dunkin’ Donuts. And yet, I got to the Tim Hortons every…


Added by Paul Petrone on July 22, 2014 at 3:25pm — No Comments

What Companies Are Consistently Getting Wrong About Hiring

Credit: Vo Minh Thong

Forbes reports that the average customer satisfaction ranking for companies in America is around 86…


Added by Paul Petrone on July 21, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

What You Can Learn From What Google Learned About Hiring

Larry Page and Sergey Brin were both high-achieving students, as both earned master’s degrees from Stanford before they co-founded Google.

Understandably, when they started hiring at Google, they focused in on hiring people like them, namely people from great schools with high…


Added by Paul Petrone on July 18, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

What The Normal HR Team Looks Like

62 percent of HR professionals are women. Credit: Pixbay

So what does the normal human resource department look like?

Well, according to a survey by the Society for Human…


Added by Paul Petrone on July 17, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Survey Shows Direction Of HR: Technology, Hiring, Strategy

A look into the future. Credit: Matt Ragan

A recent survey by the country’s largest HR association revealed several clear trends emerging in human resources: an increased focus on hiring, an infusion of technology and a metamorphosis into a strategic…


Added by Paul Petrone on July 17, 2014 at 11:43am — No Comments

Studies Reveal Everything Wrong With HR – And How To Fix It

Two recent studies – one by a well-respected university, a second by a leading industry journal – chastised human resource departments in general, saying they rely too much on “gut instincts” and fads instead of hard numbers and science.

“Faulty practices and decision making (is) abound in HR,” read one study…


Added by Paul Petrone on July 16, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

The Best Way To Control Hiring Costs

Credit: Wikipedia Commons

So here’s an interesting statistic, according to our friends at Towers Watson: hiring is expected to increase this…


Added by Paul Petrone on July 14, 2014 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Why Candidate Experience Matters – And How To Make It Great

Want to stand out in a crowded field? Treat your candidates right. Credit: Oleg Chursin

If you ask anyone in business how important customer service is, they’ll all answer the same way: very. That’s because they know a bad…


Added by Paul Petrone on July 14, 2014 at 10:11am — 1 Comment

Standardization: The Key To A Great Hiring Process

Imagine if you found a new, safe and cheap energy source that produced no emissions and could replace gasoline tomorrow. If you – and only you – started using it to power your car, how much impact would that make in the world?

Very little.

But what if you told everyone about it…


Added by Paul Petrone on July 8, 2014 at 2:14pm — 1 Comment

What Star Wars Is Really About

When you boil it down to its most basic components, it becomes obvious what the Star Wars saga is really about: the importance of recruiting.

Think about it. Emperor Palpatine was probably the greatest recruiter of his time. He understood that if he could convince the…


Added by Paul Petrone on June 27, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Why Video Interviews Aren't The Answer

Video interviewing software is more and more common these days – reports show that as many as 60 percent of companies use them in their hiring…


Added by Paul Petrone on June 27, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Why HR Needs To Embrace Technology

When the electronic spreadsheet came out, many feared bookkeepers would be a thing of the past.

They figured basic accounting could be done by machine, that there was no longer the need for a person to insert number after number into paper ledgers. But that wasn’t what…


Added by Paul Petrone on June 23, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Why A Person Is So Much More Than A Resume

One thing I’ve never liked about applying for jobs is the initial screening process is all about a resume, a single piece of paper. And there is so much more to a person than a single piece of paper.

Just ask Josh McCown.

McCown is now an NFL quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after having his best season last year, at the football-ancient age of 34. But the real story is that he got a second chance in the NFL, and it certainly wasn’t about his resume.

If he had a…


Added by Paul Petrone on June 20, 2014 at 11:14am — 1 Comment

My Break-Up Letter To The Cover Letter

Dear Cover Letter,

It has been great. We’ve had a lot of great years, a lot of great memories, reading you under those humming florescent lights, tucked away in my cubicle.

But I’m sorry. It is over. It just isn’t working out anymore.

It isn’t you. I swear. You’ve…


Added by Paul Petrone on June 18, 2014 at 2:45pm — 12 Comments

What Businesses Can Learn From the San Antonio Spurs

Sunday night, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat to win the NBA championship in one of the most shocking thrashings in NBA Finals history, with the Spurs…


Added by Paul Petrone on June 16, 2014 at 4:25pm — 3 Comments

What Every Company Needs To Get Right

What’s the most important part of any organization? What should the leader or leaders of all organizations be focused on?

The answer, really, is obvious: getting the right people. Just ask Kevin Ryan, a man who has founded…


Added by Paul Petrone on June 12, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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