Advice for Hiring Companies

Trigger’s Broom and the problem with Track Record

In the one of the classic scene’s from the BBC comedy series ‘Only Fools and Horses’, Trigger, a gormless and dim-witted but close friend of Del-Boy Trotter, claims that he’s had his road sweeper’s broom for 20 years.  But then he adds that the broom has had 17 new heads and 14 new handles.  “So how can it be the same bloody broom then?” asks his friend Sid.

Sometimes the same logic can apply to headhunters’ track record…

Advice for Hiring Companies

Stephen Spielberg’s Address Book

Imagine you are out for an evening stroll in Pacific Palisades and, lying under some shrubs near the sidewalk, you see a leather-bound filofax, almost hidden from view.  You pick it up and, with rising astonishment and excitement, realise that it belongs to Stephen Spielberg.   It contains his calendar, to do lists and his address book, listing hundreds of his contacts in Hollywood.   Could this be your ticket to fame and fortune?

Advice for Hiring Companies

5 Common Interview Traps

The interview continues to be the most common selection device and tends to have a  disproportionate amount of influence on hiring decisions. And yet numerous studies have shown that it is a very poor predictor of job performance.

Very often the candidate who is most skilled in interview techniques is the person hired, even though they may not be the best-fit candidate for the position.  Conversely, the applicant who performs  poorly in the job interview is likely to be eliminated from the process regardless of experience, fit, or even references.  Research highlights five common traps for Interviewers to avoid…

Advice for Hiring Companies

The Warren Harding Error

When Donald Trump recently contracted COVID-19, Warren Harding was briefly in the news as one of the four US Presidents who died of natural causes while in office.  Despite a landslide victory when elected, and his huge popularity at the time, he was largely forgotten in the mainstream consciousness until he featured in Chapter 3 of Malcolm Gladwell’s book, ‘Blink’.

Gladwell Warren Harding as a cautionary tale which highlights how the Interview Process can fail.

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