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How many interviews does it take to hire top talent?

At the Australasian Talent Conference held in Sydney last month, I attended an interesting break-out session on the future of interviewing and whether assessment would make interviews redundant. 

The panel made plenty of interesting points in response to questions and comments. Unsurprisingly nobody was…

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Added by Ross Clennett on June 11, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Big Biller: Valuable enough for a slice of your equity pie?

Last year I was coaching a newly acquired client of mine. As the sole owner of a small but very successful agency, she was working with me on various strategies to capitalise on her recent growth. 

She has a team of six relatively successful consultants. Three of those have been employed long term with her.…

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Added by Ross Clennett on June 5, 2014 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Competence drives confidence

When have you been most confident at work, in any job? 

I strongly suspect it was when you had a high level of competence in that job. 

I recently had reason to recall the start of my recruitment agency career, in London twenty five years ago. I was twenty two years old. I was working in an office for the first time. I was living out of home for the first time. I was resident in a country that was not my own. I was in a job that I had zero previous experience in…

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Added by Ross Clennett on May 27, 2014 at 7:08am — No Comments

Headhunting: Unethical or a necessary part of a competitive job market?

Two very interesting and relevant US court cases were settled in the past three weeks involving anti-competitive behavior, namely no-headhunting agreements between large and high profile publicly listed companies. 

In the most high profile case, four massive tech firms (Google, Apple, Adobe and Intel)…

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Added by Ross Clennett on May 13, 2014 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Working in a recruitment agency: How realistic should videos be?

There's an old recruitment joke that's been doing the rounds for years about a recently deceased HR Manager (insert lawyer, management consultant etc) arriving at the Pearly Gates and being given a tour of Heaven…

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Added by Ross Clennett on April 3, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

How fools recruit: 'I'll know them when I meet them'

No matter how far we think businesses have come with respect to recruitment and employment practices, there are always plenty of reminders that old habits die hard. 

One of these old habits is the classic client response to a recruiter who requests a job description; ‘I don't need a job description,…

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Added by Ross Clennett on March 20, 2014 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Is Your Candidate Just Very Confident or Are They Really a Charismatic Narcissist?

Having conducted over three thousand interviews, mainly with accounting staff of all levels of skill from accounts clerks to CFOs, I became very used to minimising the…

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Added by Ross Clennett on January 23, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Why Candidates Decline Job Offers (And What To Do About It)

Every recruiter has had, or will have, the experience of a candidate declining a job offer, contrary to everything the candidate has said or done up until that point. 

This is a very expensive failure of your recruitment process because at the time of the offer you have completed around 95% of the necessary…

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Added by Ross Clennett on January 13, 2014 at 8:00pm — 10 Comments

How Law & Order teaches you better interviewing skills

‘Objection! Leading the witness! 

‘Objection! Speculation!' 

‘Objection! Relevance?' 

These lines are classic courtroom interjections I have heard in movie and TV dramas for as long as I can remember. 

It's all designed to create greater dramatic tension. How true is it all to real life in a US courtroom? I don't know, as I have never been in one but I certainly enjoy watching the fictionalised courtrooms that the characters in the various…

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Added by Ross Clennett on November 2, 2013 at 10:35pm — No Comments

Key Selection Criteria: When less is more

Malcolm Gladwell's book, Blink: the power of thinking without thinking, (Penguin, 2005) provided me with some fantastic insights highly relevant for recruiters, specifically when Gladwell explores the ‘less is more' syndrome.

Gladwell asserts that in certain circumstances, receiving more information about an issue can cause you to become more inaccurate or ineffective in your response to, or conclusions about, that issue with a corresponding increase in your…

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Added by Ross Clennett on January 24, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The grass is not greener: Why star recruits rarely shine

If you're a top biller and you wonder whether the grass might be greener on the other side, the evidence is likely to have you recommit to your current employer.

 

Here's why:

 

Recently Harvard Business Review published an article based on detailed research over seven years into the…

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Added by Ross Clennett on January 15, 2013 at 5:54am — 2 Comments

Lessons from Linkedin's Reid Hoffman: The future's in network literacy

In The Start Up of You by Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha (Crown Business, 2012) the real gold is in Chapter 7. The chapter opens thus: 

A decade ago, Bill Gates wrote: 'The most meaningful way to differentiate your company from your competition, the best way to put distance between you and the crowd, is to do an outstanding job with information. How you gather, manage and use information will determine whether you win or…

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Added by Ross Clennett on August 9, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Do you have a business development culture?

A common question I am asked when I coach a recruitment agency owner is 'what do the best and most profitable agencies do better than other agencies?'
 
There are a number of things that make the best ones stand out but certainly one of the most important is having a business development culture.
 
The most profitable) recruitment agencies have a culture of accountability and business development which serves them well in good times (they…
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Added by Ross Clennett on May 15, 2012 at 1:04am — No Comments

The Steve Jobs way: Seven lessons in business leadership

Having spent a couple of days of my holidays reading the Steve Jobs biography I couldn't help but reflect on the remarkable accomplishments of the man and the lessons applicable for business owners everywhere, big or small.

 

This could have been a very long list, but here are the seven things that are most strongly front of mind for me (text is paraphrased and quoted from the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 2011).

 

1)   …

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Added by Ross Clennett on April 12, 2012 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Candidate interviews: the dud KPI

When I am running my Building a Profitable Desk workshop and it comes around to the discussion of High Pay-Off Activities (or KPIs, if you prefer), I will inevitably have a participant nominate ‘interviews' as a high pay-off activity.

 

When I disagree, there is often a slight pause and then this look of confusion appears on the face of one or more participants. To those recruiters I am sure it seem like I'm slightly odd - I…

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Added by Ross Clennett on January 16, 2012 at 4:16am — No Comments

‘Don't drink the bar dry' and other event networking tips for recruiters

I am not a networking expert but through the hard yards of personal experience I learned how to get the most from networking events when I was a recruiter.



In this day and age with the accompanying vast amounts of free information available via the internet, it frequently surprises me how unprepared most recruiters appear to be, for live networking events.

 

There are many opportunities to network online and maybe that abundance causes recruiters to be less prepared…

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Added by Ross Clennett on January 12, 2012 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

There is more in you than you think

Two weeks ago I took my eldest son to the 2012 Year 7 Orientation Day at his new secondary school. All the kids and parents were milling around before the event started. There was an excited buzz in the air as students from many different primary schools checked out their future school-mates.

 

As I was waiting for the formalities to start, I was looking around the hall and noticed the school motto plastered across the wall: There is more in…

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Added by Ross Clennett on December 12, 2011 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Why PSAs Suck

One of the more humiliating recent events within the Australian recruitment industry was Chandler Macleod’s withdrawal from the $400 million Australian Defence Force recruitment contract it had won from incumbent provider, Manpower.



At the time of the contract win in July 2008, Stephen Cartwright, the CEO at that time of Chandler Macleod, described it as a ‘landmark contract’. And so it proved to be a ‘landmark’ in how quickly a contract ‘win’ could turn into a morale-sapping, PR and… Continue

Added by Ross Clennett on April 16, 2010 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Hiring 32 professionals.......an update on the Atlassian32 recruitment campaign

In August 2009 I blogged about the innovative recruitment campaign of Australian software company, Atlassian. This campaign invited open slather recruitment agency participation ... with a catch. The Atlassian32 campaign was launched with the purpose of hiring 32 software engineers for their Sydney head office.



After I posted the article on my personal blog 39 people commented on the article, easily the most number of comments any of my blog posts has received. To say… Continue

Added by Ross Clennett on February 25, 2010 at 5:20pm — 7 Comments

What exactly are ‘communication skills'?

It has to be one of the most clichéd lines in job descriptions and hence, recruitment advertising - the request for ‘excellent communication skills'.



It is omnipresent in today's recruitment lexicon. Alternatively, substitute your favourite synonym such as ‘excellent', ‘good', ‘outstanding', ‘exceptional', ‘superior' or ‘high level'.



Unfortunately these phrases are of no help whatsoever to candidates, or recruiters.



Why?



To make an accurate assessment… Continue

Added by Ross Clennett on December 3, 2009 at 3:15pm — No Comments

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