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"Hiring Smart" Killed "Managing Tough"


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Are you hiring manager? Want to hunt the best talent? What is the most effective and efficient technique? Is there one?

Yes, there is. The technique is called “Hiring Smart”.

by apesara

In his book 45 EFFECTIVE WAYS FOR HIRING SMART: How to Predict Winners and Losers in the Incredibly Expensive People-Reading Game Pierre Mornell outlines 45 techniques for hiring smart. My favorite is #45 – “Design Your Own System”.

For me the easiest way to design my own system is adopting working one and adapting it to my needs. So here it is, below is the template I adopted form the book. There are many techniques from the template I already use and they are effective for me. Some look way farfetched like #27. But I still leave it in the list – some day I might decide it is exactly what I needed. Use “TODO’s…” column to capture actual facts. Use “What I think” column to write down assumptions, conclusions, and questions. Enjoy.

# TODO’s and Observations What I think
1 Make Phone Contact
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2 Ask for a Letter & Resume
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3 Give and Assignment
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4 Walk Around the Office
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5 Read Resumes in Teams
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6 Cast The Widest Net
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7 Use Caution With Big Changes
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8 Rethink The Position
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9 Pre-Interview Combinations
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10 Pre-Interview Interview
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11 Trust Your Instincts
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12 The Passionate Candidate
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13 All Your Questions At Once
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14 Have Fun
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15 Assign a Mini-Project
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16 Seek Closure
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17 Inappropriate Behavior
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18 Strengths & Weaknesses
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19 Be the Expert
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20 Take Notes
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21 Interview in Teams
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22 Ask for a Legal Release
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23 Throw a Few Curveballs
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24 Ask for a Return Call
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25 Assign a Take-Home Project
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26 Travel with Finalists
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27 Meet the Spouse
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28 Put Problems on the Table
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29 Use and Intuition Person
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30 Psychological Tests
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31 Handwriting Analysis
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32 Ask for a Call Back
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33 Network up
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34 Use the Internet
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35 Perform due Diligence
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36 Ask, “What Will I hear?”
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37 Device a Phone Checklist
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38 Meet References
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39 Invest in People
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40 Find Someone You Trust
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41 Three Cardinal Rules
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42 Ask Yourself 10 Questions
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43 Use Yourself as a Test Case
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44 Suggest a Trial Run
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45 Design Your Own System
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Think it is too time consuming? Think twice and listen to those who are in the know:

“You cannot spend too much time or effort on “hiring smart”. The alternative is to manage tough, which is much more time consuming” – Gary Rogers, Chairman & CEO, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream

Happy hiring.

15 May 2008

One Comment »

  • Shilpan | successsoul.com said:

    Alik

    In my personal experience as an entrepreneur, I’ve firm belief that taking time to hire the best of the breed pays off handsomely. Business is just another brick and mortar without people who can understand your vision and make every effort to fulfill the vision by going extra mile.

    Great post.

    Shilpan

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