From November, 2014

Four Problems With Amazon’s Arduous Quest for Purple Squirrels

“I’d rather interview 50 people and not hire anyone than hire the wrong person,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.

According to this recent article from Business Insider, Amazon has a notoriously hard Squirrel0001selection process.  Not only is the process full of thought provoking interviewing questions but potential employees may have to endure up to five interviews, each lasting a possible two to three hours.  Amazon has full time employees called “bar raisers” who spend 20-30 hours per week interviewing potential employees in addition to fulfilling their own regular work responsibilities.  These bar raisers come from various parts of the company and serve to prevent hiring managers from making hasty hiring decisions to fill an open position.  Each bar raiser has veto power and so if any one of them has an issue with the candidate at any point during the interview process, they can dismiss the application. Continue reading “Four Problems With Amazon’s Arduous Quest for Purple Squirrels” »

What Matters Most To Your Team, Talent or Personality?

The argument continues over whether employers should hire for cultural fit or for skills.  Many say skills because hiring for cultural fit inevitably gives way to discrimination.  Others say hire for cultural fit because poor cultural fit leads to employee turnover and the high costs associated with it.  Lately I see more and more articles pointing to the significance of hiring for cultural fit over talent.  This recent sports story highlights how highly we value cohesion in the workplace. Continue reading “What Matters Most To Your Team, Talent or Personality?” »

Survey Says Hiring Process Suffers From Huge Disconnects Between Job Candidate and Employer

Careerbuilder released a survey recently of 374 HR professionals and 319 job candidates asking them how technology degrades the hiring process. Here are a few problems reported.

Disconnect #1:

Fifty-three percent of HR professionals believe a long application process helps to screen out unenthusiastic job candidates. Unfortunately for employers, over 60% of job candidates reported that they started an application process but dropped out because it was too complicated or lengthy.  Continue reading “Survey Says Hiring Process Suffers From Huge Disconnects Between Job Candidate and Employer” »