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Sweet, Sour or Spicy in the Recruitment Selection Process

By: mprinz Tuesday May 17, 2016 comments

The future of interviewing could depend upon which snack your candidate chooses and how much they drool. For years, employers have searched for the answers: What makes a great employee? How do you know if a candidate is empathetic or merciless, outgoing or introverted? How do you know if theyll fit the position youre looking to fill? As humans, we tend to over complicatethings. Sure there are online personality tests and empathy and job-fit and more. The problem with each lies in their subjectivity. Its not that difficult for a desperate... Read More

The Search to Hire Smarter – Is there a Missing Link?

By: mprinz Sunday May 1, 2016 comments

The first evidence of commerce dates back to the Stone Age with the trading of obsidian and flint. Someone discovered rocks had value and acquired help to unearth, move and market them. The first manager probably clutched a club while directing where to dig and where to drag. Whats impressive: this happened about 8,000 years before the wheel made its debut. That someone then communicated the value of the stones to others from afar and shortly thereafter a trade route grew. Even back then, there had to be a mutually beneficial reason... Read More

Part I –Emotional Intelligence Testing in Recruiting

By: mprinz Thursday February 11, 2016 comments

A pool of candidates is a lot like a box of chocolates you never know who youre going to get even after youve checked-out resumes and validated credentials. You hope by looking over each one, trusting experience and your gut, youll pick out the good from the bad. Besides, when in doubt, theres always flipping a coin. But that didnt work out too well at the Iowa caucuses. How do you determine if someone will be good (i.e. stable, reliable, productive) before you bring him or her in? More and more companies are looking to Emotional... Read More

Do Recruiters (or Hiring Managers) Get the New career Path

By: Jerry Thurber Monday November 23, 2015 comments

A fellow named Sir Ken Robinson who is famous for a TED talk about how schools kill creativity said in a recent Fast Company article the following: Its important to note, that there just isnt a straight line between what you do at school and what you go on to do in your career. I argue that it is like being in the ocean. You keep correcting your course according to the things that happen to you. But companies force us to write resumes as though it were a plan. He goes on later to say that companies need people who can think differently... Read More

A Stock Market of Labor Resources?

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday November 10, 2015 comments

The way labor moves about from one job to the next and the way companies find, recruit and hire labor is the technological equivalent of buying pork bellies in the slaughter yards 100 years ago. Wingham Rowan, the founder of a British company called Slivers-of-Time recently spoke of A New Kind of Job Market at TED in London. In this talk he asked what would happen if stocks and bonds were traded by a person who got up each morning, outlined the key requirements she needed, posted it on several websites, then waited patiently for someone... Read More

Yoga for the Stressed Out Recruiter

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday January 20, 2015 comments

Recruiting can be stressful. You try so hard to find the perfect candidate and sometimes it seems like all the stars are aligned against you. To help with this problem, I have come up with some yoga poses to be used for some of those more stressful moments. Down Dog : This pose is used when that candidate you had high hopes for totally pisses-off the President of the company by saying something really stupid. The pose is to be executed at the end of the day when you are debriefing the candidate and he says So how did I do? To perform... Read More

6 HR Trends on Their Way Out for 2015:

Wednesday January 7, 2015 comments

6 HR Trends on Their Way Out for 2015: 2015 will be seen as a pivotal year in the death of an old paradigm in human resources and the beginning of the new paradigm: The New Employee Economy . As with most major shifts, this wont happen overnight (and many will think itdidn'thappen at all) but it will. While there are many changes that will happen, here is my list of 6 Things that were (still) in during 2014, but will be on their way out in 2015: Things that are out Things that will be in ... Read More


By: Casey Siewert Tuesday November 11, 2014 comments


Today is a day that we honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. I'm sure you can think of a few people off the top of your head that you should (if you haven't already) send a quick note to, thanking them for their service. If my grandfather were still here today, I would have called him to thank him, but also to hear some of his great stories. Burt served in the Navy as an electrician from 1951-1955. Back when [somehow] it was possible to pay someone to pass your swimming test. Yes, you read that right. He... Read More

Who Are You Connected To? It Might Get You Hired

By: Jerry Thurber Wednesday October 29, 2014 comments Tags: hr innovation, hr trends and ideas, social HR

In the not too distant future, will people hire you based on the strength of your connections in Linked In and other social and professional networks? Is it happening today? Should it ever happen? Hire me I know HR Margo! (With all apologies to Margo for admitting that we are connected on Twitter) There is a constant struggle to find high-performers in any organization. Companies have tried all sorts of things to figure out how to beat dumb luck as the best way to find that special person who is able to contribute more than any of... Read More

Skills Path is the New Career Path

By: Jerry Thurber Wednesday October 22, 2014 comments

Stop worrying about a candidates career path. For certain types of positions (and that number is growing) there really is no need to be overly concerned about where a candidate worked and how long he/she worked there. In the new employee economy it is all about Skill Path, not Career Path. What is Skill Path? Skill Path is the development of an increasing set of capabilities and/or a deepening level of expertise: regardless of where you worked. How have you advanced as a software developer, a health care provider, a manager or leader? Are... Read More