Paul Falcone shares the time-tested methods for successful interviewing and hiring . . .

Effective interviewing and successful onboarding are where it all begins: hire the right people upfront and all else seems to fall properly into place. Successful new hires know how to motivate themselves, bring creative and innovative ideas to your organization, and add fresh insights that allow your team to reinvent itself in light of your company’s changing needs. And while there’s no guarantee that every hire will ultimately become a success, there’s a consistent and time-tested formula to ensure that you’re making “high probability hires” every time — i.e., candidates who stand the greatest chance of integrating seamlessly into your organization both from a cultural as well as technical perspective. Gleaned from many of the techniques that Paul originally introduced in his best-selling book 96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire, the blog entries below will help catapult your interviewing skills to new heights so that you can attract and retain the strongest individuals that the market has to offer.

Interviewing Remote Employees: How to Measure and Manage the Unseen

August 4, 2018

With better and faster technology, remote employment is on the rise, bringing with it greater flexibility in corporate hiring practices and workers’ career management goals. It also requires a different set of interviewing skills to find the candidates most likely to succeed in the role. Like its counterpart article that focuses on hiring freelancers and […]

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Interviewing and Evaluating Freelancers: The New Frontier of Hiring Just-in-Time and Virtual Talent

August 4, 2018

The so-called “gig economy” is changing the corporate landscape. Individuals are performing just-in-time professional services for companies on an as-needed basis, freeing up to portfolio workers and giving employers flexibility. The trend in hiring freelancers and remote workers is growing significantly, and we hope the questions suggested here will help you make stronger selection decisions when […]

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Interview Ice Breakers: 7 Questions to Segue into Meaningful Candidate Conversations

April 13, 2017
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“The relationship [between interviewer and candidate] isn’t ready to dig into details right off the bat,” said Gabrielle Bowden, HR director and assistant controller at The Bridges Club at Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Taking the time to build rapport, establish some common ground and make the individual feel welcome are critical to the relationship-building process […]

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7 Creative Interview Questions to Ask Millennials

July 23, 2016
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There are 90 million Millennials that were born roughly between the years of 1980 and 2000, and this massive demographic bubble is even larger than the Baby Boomer generation that preceded it (roughly 77 million strong). More significantly, Millennials will make up more than half of the U.S. workforce. So the 35-and-under crowd is certainly […]

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Do’s and Don’t’s of Behavior-Based Interview Questions

June 7, 2016
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MANY companies have taken to relying on behavioral interview questions as their primary method of candidate evaluation. Their goal is to get away from the flat question-and-answer format that plagues interviewers who aren’t sure how to delve more deeply into candidates’ responses. The purpose of the behavior-based question is to talk more freely, hear customized, […]

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5 Key Questions to Ask (or Avoid Asking) During a Job Interview

February 7, 2015
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Ever wonder how many questions or what specific questions you should be asking an employer towards the end of your interview?   In this article we look at five smart questions that will not only help you gain important additional information–they’ll help impress the employer as well. Here’s a major hint: Asking no questions typically leaves a […]

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5 Simple Tips for Writing Better Resumes

July 12, 2014
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A lot has changed in just the past few years in terms of resume writing and posting expectations. Turn to these five short tips to save time and get answers to some of your hottest questions as you spiff up your resume for prospective employer consideration…

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3 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Generate Meaningful Candidate References

November 29, 2013
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Hiring candidates without checking references is like having a loose cannon on the deck of your ship. Until you’ve vetted your impressions with prior immediate supervisors who have managed the individual on a day-to-day basis, you won’t know whom you’re hiring or what the real person behind the “interviewing facade” is all about until you’re well into the relationship. The critical part of effective reference checking lies in how you structure your call and set expectations, both with the candidate and the prior supervisors.

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Tapping the Hidden Job Market: A Business Research Directory to Help You Identify the Dominant and Growth-Oriented Companies in Your Field

October 2, 2013

[quote style=”1″]Utilize this smart, strategic and proactive way to approach a job search, and you’ll really stand out among your peers because very few job candidates have the wisdom to present themselves in such a favorable light.[/quote] Identifying the dominant and growth-oriented companies in America (AKA the “Hidden Job Market”) isn’t as hard as you […]

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