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A New Free Way to Share Your Job Openings in LinkedIn | No BS Hiring Advice


LinkedIn has released a new feature that is perfect for sharing your new job openings for free.

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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Two Chrome Extensions to Help with Recruiting and Sourcing | No BS Hiring Advice


Here are two Chrome extensions that I think will be helpful to you as you recruit and source.

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

No BS Hiring Advice
No BS Hiring Advice

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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A Sourcing Tool to Help You Find Talent | No BS Hiring Advice


In this video, I share a tool to help generate clean Boolean search strings that you can use on LinkedIn, Google and others.

Summary

I want to share with the information about a sourcing tool that's going to be very effective for you with generating Boolean search strings. Now, if you go to socialtalent.co and then, from there, I want you to use a drop down menu. You get to a place on this site where there's a drop down and, if you go to social talent.co, not .com use products, which in the current iteration of the site, is the first item on top, use the drop down to go to sourcehub, click on sourcehub and register on the site.
Once you register, it will give you the option of downloading a Chrome extension for this or use it on the web. Now, what you'll find is a tool that's going to generate Boolean code for you. So, think in terms of all the possible permutations of a search string for someone that you might use. I'll just use a description for Java J2EE and enter after each one. And it's going to give you possible options.
So, for example, in J2EE, it offers me J2EE. I'm going to enter that again. And there's Java, Java/J2EE and you go on and on with a different search string, the different titles, the title possibilities that someone might have for this and add a location. Enter. (I'm just going to add a location for myself so that I have something that will generate here on the web version).
I entered developer, Java J2EE, Java/J2EE because some people will enter that differently and, to Boolean, it wants those differences. Hit go and it's going to generate a search string for you. So, it's going to show you titles. It's going to give you the option of excluding things, adding particular skills and excluding those skills and as you scroll down, you're going to see that it has generated a search string that is far more extensive than what I might have entered.
So, in this particular example, I use developer It generates a search string for OR dev OR programmer OR DevOps OR develop OR developing OR development OR developed. You get the point here.
Then, it's going to give you the choice of opening in a couple of different areas. So it can be on LinkedIn, Twitter, you can conduct a search of LinkedIn through Google, Twitter, Google Plus GitHub, on and on and on. Stack Overflow. It looks like about 12 different sites that you can do this search and with the result being this is going to be a far more accurate search than what you might have developed on your own.
The tool is free. Catch that term. Three. No charge. Nada. Nothing. The result winds up being you get a search string that's going to be extremely helpful to you that you can employ anywhere.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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Sell! | No BS Hiring Advice


If you’re not selling your opportunity to everyone you interview, you are taking a big risk come offer time . . .and beyond.

Summary

Let me tell you a quick story about an old client of mine many years ago. It was a startup firm that quickly grew with a thousand people. When they interviewed people, they had two goals in mind. Number one was to hire someone for their jobs, of course. But number two was they wanted to make sure that when people walked out, they thought to themselves, "Man, I hope I get this job." And, if they didn't get the job, they were so disappointed.
"This firm was terrific. You know, they've got high standards. They present themselves extremely well. They seem to do great work. I really wish I'd gotten that job," they would think to themselves. Is that the way people leave your office? Seriously, is that how they leave your firm after an interview?
No? You're missing a great opportunity. The fact of the matter is, when a potential hire comes to your firm, it's an opportunity to sell the organization to them, make them fall in love. Because, after all, if they're not in love, the likelihood of their taking the job unless they're desperate is somewhere near non-existent, right?
So often, whether you, in HR, are preoccupied, or you, as a manager, are just thinking of 27 different things, you're not focused on the one thing that you need . . . actually, two things that you need to.
Number one is one that you're doing and that is you're evaluating and assessing their knowledge but, the second thing, is making them want to join you for all you're doing, all this work and taking all this time to evaluate someone and, if you make an offer and they're not interested because you kind of turned them off with your disinterest, what good was all this?
So, I want to encourage you take some time to sell the opportunity. It's not just what you say . . . you know, if you say "we got this job here, it's a nice opportunity," and you don't seem passionate about it, if you've appeared disinterested because you've been saying this over and over again to every person who walks in, that's not selling.
Selling is about personality and making them want to join you, making them feel good about joining you, even if that's not your eventual choice. Remember, in this age of social media, where it's so easy for people to share complaints, it's also easy for them to share positive experiences with people.
"I interviewed with his firm. Wow, what a great environment this is!" They can talk about that ad infinitum with their friends and colleagues Don't miss this opportunity because it really will make hiring a lot easier for you and for your firm.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

No BS Hiring Advice
No BS Hiring Advice

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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Stupid Recruiting Mistakes: Treating Passive Candidates Like Active Ones | No BS Hiring Advice


It is bizarre to me that so many firms deal with passive candidates in the same transactional way they deal with active ones!

Summary

This video is about stupid interviewing mistakes that you, as an employer, engage in. Let me just give you one example. If you were involved on the receiving end of an informational interview, how would you respond if someone walked in to talk with you and then suddenly you're dealing with him asking, "Do you know about any jobs? Like jobs? Help me, I need a job."
Obviously, the first thing that you're going to do is pull away, right? Well, when you deal with a passive candidate, one who's not really looking for a job right now, who's not on a job board, that you recruited, and you deal with them the same way as an active one, how do you think they respond to that?
"Well, I've got to train them!"
I'm going to tell you when you treat people like a commodity who don't really care right now, whether you want hire them, you haven't done anything to persuade them that they should come to work for you.

"Well, they have to persuade me!"

No. You recruited them you talk to them about an opportunity that made sense. They're curious but once you commoditize the conversation and treat them like the active applicant, their first reaction is to be disgusted because, once again, they've been fooled; they've been tricked and you've lied to them. You've lied to them about caring; you've lied to them that they matter. To a passive job hunter, unlike when I started in search 100 years ago, now they can communicate their experience whether it's on glassdoor or just putting it up on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and sharing their experience of you and how your hiring managers have conducted themselves.
It doesn't serve you to commoditize the relationship. Even if you don't hire them, you have to show some care. You have to demonstrate that they matter, even when you turn them down.
Now, if you're an HR, and you're talking to a hiring manager, you have to let them know this was not an active job hunter. "I went out to get them. You've got to take a little bit of time to develop a relationship with them, even if you decide not to hire them. After all, I'm not telling you to hire them just because you recruited them. I'm just telling you to deal with them in a different way than the active job hunter who basically is getting on a conveyor belt and being moved along.
With the (I misspoke and said "active;" I meant to say) passive one, you have to go slower. You have to demonstrate care. You can have people in your organization who you know know how to present the opportunity to them and will create an environment that it seems like the employees are well cared for. Because, again, when you commoditize the relationship, all they know is they got treated just like any other toenail fungus. Treated badly.
So, don't treat them like they're active because they're not. You're trying to persuade them that you have an opportunity. Once they understand that, I assure you, if they have the experience, this will go a long way towards helping them want to join. Obviously, the money has to be right. Obviously, the people and the work have to be right. But,you know, assuming that they are, assuming that this is a good fit for them, you can't turn them off with mistreatment like that.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

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Trends in Staffing | No BS Hiring Advice


In this video, I refer to an article written by Dr. John Sullivan about the top trend in recruiting for the coming year.

Summary

This is a video that I'm doing calling attention to an article by Dr. John Sullivan on eremedia.com or you may also find it on ere.net where he talks about the number one trend toward going into recruiting for the new year. He goes through a variety of them, but this is the number one trend he believes is going to be important for a company. I think it's valid. It's a shift toward database decision making in recruiting.
Why? Because, lately, in recruiting, he says everyone's gotten good at collecting metrics. Unfortunately, after collecting them, no one ever does anything with them. Here's his best practices for creating a database decision model.
He says data is going to reveal which sources provide and produce quality applicants and hires and will also reveal which types of interviews and interview questions best identify future top performance.
In a previous trend, he recognizes that the cost of a bad hire is extraordinary. DUH! Like you know all recruiting firms have spoken about this for years but no one pays attention to us and hopefully you'll notice this trend and not take a "penny wise, pound foolish" and start to measure where your top people are coming from.
It can can also show you whether your references are an accurate predictor of future performances because, these days, half of new hires are coming from employee referrals. It can also show you your new hire failure rate which can also average as high as 46%. It reveals which recruiters and hiring managers routinely produce the highest quality hires and which do not. It also reveals which single factor has the highest impact on hiring success.
For example, he offers the relationship with the hiring manager. Data can be useful but it's also an examination of the past and it doesn't take into consideration the future. They're going to be new factors and new avenues for exploration for where you find retail and right now it's heavily referral oriented great saves you money. It's also like getting a testimonial from someone who works at your firm as to the quality of this individual. That's terrific but in the future, there may be new ways you have to be open to them as well. It started measuring the success of these techniques and not just simply the old ones.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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You Are Missing Different Groups in Your Recruiting | No BS Hiring Advice


In this video, I point our 3 different groups most organizations do a terrible job of sourcing

Summary

I'm going to talk with those of you who are involved with hiring. And I'll start by saying, I worked in search for more than 40 years, and filled more than 1200 full time positions, plus consulting assignments. I now coach people, so I'm not you're trying to sell you recruiting business. What I'm here to do is to offer some very simple advice in a no BS kind of way because your hiring managers are screwing themselves out of their ignorance and their bigotry. So, there are a number of different groups that could be interviewed and could be hired and do great work for you.
I'll start off with the one group that, time and again, delivers results but for many of your managers, they're worried about nonsense. That group is older workers --seniors, individuals who are close to retirement age, whatever that means these days. They are generally older than the hiring manager and the story they tell themselves is that these people will not take direction, they're burned out tired has-beens. That's a simple way of putting it, right?
And it's a lie that they're telling themselves and you and HR needs to confront it because you're staring at productivity issues. You're staring at them, complaining that they're not seeing enough people and demographics are such that they can take 22 year olds from Gen Z who have no experience. They can do that. Their work ethic is very similar to the older generation.
I'll simply say that, you know, the studies that I've been seeing point to Gen Z as being like a clone of the Baby Boomers in terms of their work ethic. So what's the issue with the Boomers? if you're liking Gen Z, the Boomers actually have experience, they will take direction and they'll work hard. They're not rushing out to retirement because they can't afford it. So, that's one group that you're hiring managers should pay attention to.
Another one, for certain types of positions, are ex-offenders. You know, people who've been incarcerated. Now ex-offenders, as long as they're involved with social services, as well, will work very hard, do a lot of good work. They need certain types of training, and then they need certain types of supports in your organization. But it's a population that gets ignored and often can do jobs that you really need people to do because these are not people who've been trained for accounting and finance or technology. They are labor for a lot of your organizations. Don't neglect ex-offenders, even if you have to pay to train them because once they've trained, they will be loyal.
The third group is moms who are returning from maternity or raising kids, for that matter. This is a workforce that wants to work, has decided that they're ready to work and there are a lot of jobs that they can do and, as an HR professional, you need to fill jobs, right? And your hiring managers want very simple behaviors out of people. What's the cost of training to get someone up to speed on things that they did before? Not all that expensive believe it or not.
I don't care what field this person worked in. They can do the job with a certain amount of training. You can also, if you're paying for training, get them to commit to work for your organization for a certain period of time or be obligated to pay the firm back for that training. It's not difficult. Just don't go crazy with . . . "You have to work for us for three years or else you will have to pay us back."
Nonsense. Absolute nonsense. Don't do that kind of crap. Just amortize it out over the course of a year. If they leave the within the year. They owe you the money back.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

No BS Hiring Advice
No BS Hiring Advice

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

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Why Are We Having So Much Trouble Sourcing Candidates? | No BS Hiring Advice


This is a Simulcast of No B. S. Hiring Advice Radio

Recruiting. Sourcing. This is where the hiring process begins. We are all told how millions of jobs are going unfilled.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job

No BS Hiring Advice
No BS Hiring Advice

hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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Want to Hire People With Drive? | No BS Hiring Advice


Cal Fussman is an American journalist and writer for Esquire’s, “What I’ve Learned” column. He shares a great insight from a remarkable and surprising source.

Summary

Hi, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm called the Big Game Hunter because I coach people I want to coach people to play their professional and personal games big.
Now, I was listening to a podcast this morning Tim Ferriss from the 4-Hour Work Week was interviewing Cal Fussman who's an American journalist and a writer for Esquire and the column that he writes is "What I've Learned." There was a great lesson that Cal shared from the interview he did with Dr. Dre. I know you're going to be surprised that I'm using dr. Dre as a reference and, if you are, too bad, it's a great lesson that he got.
Fussman asked him, " So, when you're working on a project and you're really into it, how long is it before you get some sleep?" And dr. Dre tells him. "Oh, man. When, I'm into something– – 72 hours. I can go without sleep."
If you're a startup and you want to hire some with a lot of juice, 72 hours. That's a great answer. If you're interviewing someone and you ask that question and reference, dr. Dre and they give you, "Oh, I need my eight hours," they may be a good hire but not for a project that really takes a lot of passion and drive and energy. They may be a good operational person but not the one that's going to be in the trenches driving things, who's going to be pushing to excel, who's going to be doing whatever it takes to deliver something on time within budget that is extraordinary.
If that's what you're looking for, if you’re a startup . . . Man, that's your question to ask. If you're working for a large firm, you may not want to hear 72 hours as the answer. You may want to hear something in the 20s or 30s or whatever the number is. But reference the Dr.Dre story.
Cal Fussman who's interviewed people like Mikhail Gorbachev and many other successful individuals swears by this question. If you look him up, visit Wikipedia Then look up where you like. As a matter of fact, go to Tim. Tim Ferriss' podcast and listen to it again. Cal Fussman is his name.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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Employer Interviewing Mistakes: Not Seeing People for Who They Are | No BS Hiring Advice


I discuss one of the classic mistakes hiring managers make.

Summary

This is a video in a series that I've been doing about employer interviewing and hiring mistakes and the mistake I'm going to talk with you about is not seeing people for who they really are. That's the influence of bias, both positive and negative bias.
The person who walks in the door, who is . . . I'm going to use bad slang here . . . Drop-dead gorgeous . . . That's male or female. You see them and they are so impressive for their appearance that you go through the questions and . . . Excuse my language . . . Half-assed kind of way and, instead are mesmerized by how good-looking they are.
Conversely, you can also be adversely affected and have a bias toward people who are fat, who looks different than you, dresses poorly because they can't afford a better wardrobe, individuals of all different races, religions, backgrounds . . . And you can justify your decision based upon objective criteria . . . But, if you ask yourself the question, "if this person were drop-dead gorgeous walking in the in the door, would I give them a second chance," if you're honest with yourself, you probably would.
Let me go to the example of the person who's different than you and you perceive them negatively. You have to put your biases aside. You know, this person could be a great intellect, a dedicated individual. You want to hire a team player.? There is no more team player than this individual . . . But you're distracted because of their girth. Why is that? Because you have to get them a bigger chair? So, what? The firm can afford it. If this person is of a different religion or race than you, get to the intellect, get to their knowledge. Understand what makes them tick.
Instead of asking them to tell you about themselves, instead ask the this question instead. "So, as you look back at your life, what brought you to this moment? What was what's your background that had you enter this field and wind up in my office today?"
What you're going to do is learn about the individual and their life holistically. I've spoken about this in another video based upon a podcast called, "Reply All," that was released and made this suggestion then because it makes a lot of sense.
You know, there are things about a person and their life that you'll find out by asking them my question or the question was offered on "Reply All," instead of tell me about yourself. You'll find out about what brought them to this point.
What their training was. What their education is. How they wound up and being the first in their family to have this experience or how they stumbled into this career, but it got adopted by someone who trained the heck out of them.
I remember there's a guy in New York I met many years ago who used to adopt . . . I'm putting that in air quotes . . .A number of young Inner city kids and train the heck out of them in network engineering. He had a data center in his brownstone and would bring the kids in and train the heck out of them. They would work for him for nothing because they loved the education that they got and they all went on to great fields.
Did any of them have a comp sci degree? No. None of them even had degrees . . . But if you look at their resume you'd go, "where have they been working? No degree. Delete."
But you'd find out if you actually talked to them about how they were involved with providing communications to the Baltic Nations at times when the Soviet Union, the old Soviet Union was trying to block them from being able to have international communications or how each of them broke the networking blockades that existed on their banking systems that the old Soviets had Implemented and what their part of it was. You'd never know that unless you actually talk to them and asked the question like the one I'm suggesting.
So, take the time to get to know someone. Don't just simply respond impulsively and reflexively which basically involves no thought. It's a conditioned learning response that's keeping you from getting the person that you really want and need.
So, get out there. Experiment a little bit. If I'm wrong from your vantage point, no harm. no foul, right? No one gets hurt. You're still going to get the same information and you may still reject them, but following my lead here, you're going to learn a lot more about a person and their background and see really from that story much better than you'll find through your standard questions about fit

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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