Biased? Don’t Be! Look Who Got Into All 8 Ivy League Schools!

Why do we have laws protecting job candidates from discrimination on the grounds of  Ivy leaguerrace, ethnicity, age, gender and so on?  Because hiring managers have preconceived notions about whether candidates of a particular race, ethnicity, etc. will fit into their corporate culture and are capable or intellectual enough to execute the duties of their open positions.  You know this.  Minorities are the underdog.  Well this recent story reveals how foolish and off base are biases are. Read more

Weird Interview Questions: Why Are They Asked & How Should You Ask Them?

cereal aisle“How many square feet of pizza are eaten in the U.S. each year?”

“Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman?”

“How much would you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?”

“If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?”

“A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune.  What happened?” (Huh?)

These questions are not asked by mom and pops organizations but by major hedge funds, retailers and internet giants.  A couple of the questions above have since been banned by the company that asked them as they were deemed ridiculous and useless. Read more

Personality and Success: What Trait Leads You To The Top?

According to the volume of content on the blogs and news sites I frequent, becoming successful and a leader must be the two most sought after goals in humanity.  Every week Happy HaloI see the same content rehashed over and over.  “Seven way to be successful”, “Nine traits of a successful leader”, “Ten of the most successful CEOs share their ten traits on successfully leading yourself to success.”  That’s a bit overdone but you understand my point. Read more

Here’s What Ticks Job Candidates Off Most About Your Application Process!

A recent survey of 95,000+ job candidates and 150 companies revealed what is going right and what is going wrong in the job application process.  For many months since my last blog post on this subject, I was led to believe that one of the largest turnoffs for candidatesAngry smiley face during the application process was its length and many cumbersome hurdles.  A recent report by Talent Board on the candidate experience tells a different story.  The results show that dissatisfaction was not correlated to the length and complexity of the process but rather to the lack of information provided to candidates before, during and after the application process.  Additionally candidates wanted a clear means to demonstrate their qualifications relevantly and to provide feedback. Read more

Video Interviewing’s Hidden Benefit: Destroying Prejudices

6219aa32-7e83-41d2-9ac3-46da700dcdc1.jpgI will skip over the standard praise for video interviewing (faster, cheaper, more revealing) that dominates the majority of the posts about the subject and get right into a secret power video interviewing has that is beneficial to both employers and candidates.  Video interviewing can destroy our preconceived notions of a job candidate and that’s good for everyone involved in the hiring process. Read more

Content Overload: Are We Really Providing Value?

Take all the data created from the beginning of man, every scroll, painting, book and scrap of music, up until 2003, digitize it, and you would have around 5 exabytes of data.  Five exabytes equals five billion gigabytes!  That’s really a lot of data!  Amazing though that may seem, even more surprising is the fact that we now create five exabytes of data every two days!  In fact ninety percent of all the world’s data has been created in just the past few years! Read more