google-site-verification: googleb943d61bcb9cdbf7.html
No BS Hiring Advice

Stupid Interviewing Mistakes: Arbitrary Selection Criteria | No BS Hiring Advice


A note I read from someone points out another of those stupid interviewing mistakes employers make.

Summary

I thought I would share one of these situations; it's a victory for someone and, at the same time, it's a funny little story. I'm going to read it off my screen, right? I have to share this. It's so funny.
I applied to a job opportunity a few weeks back and I had to take a typing test. I had to pass this test before being moved it to the next level. I practiced at home for a week, and I could type 41 words per minute, the passing grade was 40. And then I went to my test and failed. I typed 33.
("Oh, my God!")
I talked with my agent and friend that also works for the company. And I asked why they would not move me to the next level. I got a text message from my friend and she told me that the whole staff took the test and everyone failed.
Then, they go on to basicallywound talk about the follow up to this was they wound up taking an interview with another organization and the manager spent two and a half hours; got hired.
Folks, sometimes when you hire people, you gotta think outside the box because your box was created, not for the real world. It was based upon some, perhaps, arbitrary criteria that comes back and cost you very good people. People who really care; people who will put an effort.
Eight words. I know we could do a percentage difference of 20% between what she typed on the test and what the expectation is. Nerves sometimes come into play. Have you ever considered that? And, certainly, it seems arbitrary when your existing staff can't pass the test.

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.  

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

 

No BS Hiring Advice

The #1 Mistake Hiring Managers Make When Interviewing | No BS Hiring Advice


I worked in search for more than 40 years and filled a lot of positions–more than 1200 full time plus consulting and interim roles. This is by far the biggest mistake you as a hiring manager make

Summary

I'm surprised I haven't done a video around this topic, but I picked up on it. And here it is. The number one mistake employers make. The number one mistake hiring managers make when interviewing people.
I want to start off with a story from when I started in search. And this is back in the Stone Ages, pre-computer, pre-fax machine. Way back when and there's a guy who trained me and there were three of us who were starting in the field at the same time and he says something that was . . . he asked three questions and the first one was, "how do you tell a job applicant is lying to you?" Most of us know they are prone to exaggeration. So the correct answer he offered was, "their lips are moving."
The next question was, "how can you tell a recruiter is lying to you?" Their lips are moving and lastly, and this is the one that I want you to hear. "How can you tell one of your clients is lying to you? Their lips are moving.
Now, you may not think you're a liar. You may not think you're lying to the candidates that you're talking to. But, the fact of the matter is, you're finessing the situation. What you're doing is minimizing some of the problems that you have, or you're not even disclosing them.
I know this for a fact, because, having worked in recruiting for as many years as I had, I've never ever heard a hiring manager ever say to a job hunter, "You know, you're stepping into a maelstrom. As a matter of fact, I've just taken over this group and my predecessor got fired and her predecessor got fired. And it doesn't take a genius to figure out my butt's on the line and I'm trying to hire someone to save it.
NO! Everyone talks about a terrific opportunity with a great company. We help our people grow! Have I mentioned, we're like family around here, even though you've got a group of lunatics that you absolutely love.
So, the number one mistake that you're making is you're setting people up for failure, you're setting them up to be disappointed and to not trust you. Although you may fill the job, and that's only the beginning of the relationship, the next part of the relationship is getting them to perform.
How much do you think they're going to trust you if they find out on week one, all the problems in the office? I know when I worked in search, I changed firms at the end. I joined an organization . . . well I left the firm where there were a bunch of lunatics, but I was told about this mature group of people, you know, very wise, very smart, very capable, and I know what they were. They were nuts! Nuts in different ways and the owner was nuts in different ways. But that's a different conversation.
My surprise caused me to never really want to listen to the people I was working for. I just kept my head down. I helped my clients fill positions and did a great job. But there came a point where I couldn't take it. I left
What do you think is going to happen to people who you hire? You think they're going to listen to you because, Lord knows, that it wasn't my experience. What I chose to do was nod my head and give them a back 75-80% because I felt, shall we say, screwed over.
Your big mistake is you don't confide your problems, particularly to leadership candidates and, if you're hiring senior professionals, they need to know what they're walking into.
A classic story. It doesn't involve me, except that I took the phone call from this guy. He had been a client of mine. And he joined an organization where they withheld the fact from him that he was taking over a large business unit, a large function where 80% of the money had been spent on this one particular program that he was going to be running but only 20% of the work had been done!
I got him out of their as fast as I could, because he was the "Fall Guy" and no one should ever be put in that position. How do you put people in that position by withholding information? Or, shall we say, "finessing the truth" a little bit sometimes.
Be honest with folks. Tell them, "hey look, not everything is going to be perfect. We do a lot of things well and, at times, we're not great. As a matter of fact . . . " and then you tell them some story about some lunatic behavior.
Do you think they'll trust you that much more instead of all these people with the "happy smile button faces" that all talk about this great opportunity with a terrific team of people. "We're like family around here!"
Stop lying. Seriously. Stop lying. Stop embellishing the truth. Stop trying to "finesse" situations and just give people the straight scoop about what they're walking into. You will get more out of them. They will trust you more, you'll be seen as the leader that you want to be seen as.

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 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

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

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 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.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

 

No BS Hiring Advice

Hiring Clones of Yourself | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the mistake many managers make by hiring clones of themselves.

Summary

Today, I want to speak with you about a mistake that hiring managers make when they're trying to fill positions. What's that mistake? The mistake is really very simple. It's the mistake of trying to hire a basic version of "Mini Me." You know a personality clone of yourself, a skills clone of yourself, rather than looking at someone who will complement your abilities rather than complement your personality or your skills.
Let me give you example. If you work in an organization where everyone is visionary and you don't have someone whose feet are grounded, well, you need to hire someone whose feet are on the ground who can look at the details and not just simply "the big picture" in order to bring these ideas to fruition, right? Well, a lot of organizations make that mistake. The managers look for clones, interview that way. They're looking for identical personalities and they want to hire "a puppy." So, my encouragement is look for someone different. Look for someone who could fulfill your vision. Someone who can Implement your ideas if you're a visionary.
If you're a detail-oriented person, look for someone who's got a big picture approach. And if you'd like to know more about this, there is a wonderful book that's out now called, "How The World Sees You," by a woman named Sally Hogshead. she is identified a series of personality types that exist in the world and encourages people to be more of themselves, but from there, look for people who will complement that individual.
So remarkable and an easy read, she willoffer you a free copy of her exam, as well. No idea for your own personality match, but that's for another time. I'll just simply said look for people who will complement you rather than "Mini Me's."

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.

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

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and 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 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.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

 

No BS Hiring Advice

Stupid Hiring Mistakes: Not Preparing or Coaching Hiring Managers | No BS Hiring Advice


Another video in my series of dumb mistakes employers make when interviewing.

Summary

Hi, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm referred to as The Big Game Hunter because I coach people to play their professional game and their personal game bigger. I want to talk with you as an HR professional, in particular, and it can apply to hiring managers, as well who sometimes have staff people do part of the interview, to talk with you about one of the . . . I can't call anything else . . . Stupid interviewing mistakes that you as an organization are making. And that is you really don't spend time understanding how people should be interviewed in order to evaluate them for your organization. Now, I want to start by saying, I have a bias against interviewing for fit because you're not using any sort of way that objectively measures fit for either your current staff or for outsiders.
So, in not using a standardized approach to evaluate for fit, I think you're prone to infecting the process with your own biases and, thus, hire people just like you, rather than bring any sort of diversity into your organization. Now, that's where I start off by acknowledging my own opinions from my 40 plus years. Now. Let's go further.
For you as an HR professional, when you have a hiring manager who's interviewing for a position, have you ever sat in on the interviews to see what questions they're asking that willobjectively measure whether an individual's qualified to do the job and some of the tangents that they go down that might distract them from the real crux of what the evaluation should be.
Have you ever noticed how bias sometimes injects itself into the interview? I suspect not .Usually what HR does is trust that the hiring manager really can evaluate for what they're looking for and they don't really . . . They're not really aware of some of the rat holes that they go down that, shall we say . . . Again, let me drop the bias term here that distract them from reallyqualifying people effectively. It's why the these managers have more turnover than others. It's why these managers often have dysfunctional groups and have to replace staff that are trying to move people out with regularity and many other tip-offs that these managers aren't as good at interviewing as others.
But, these are two of the obvious places where bad hires and bad interviewing really creeps in. For you as a hiring manager who sometimes has staff people interview,have you ever asked them to qualify for very specific things and then asked them the questions that they might ask because you may find that as a part of the reason that you'll get in turndowns on your offers is because their nerves or their uncertainty about what to really ask for to satisfy you Is causing the job applicant to have doubts about joining a team like this.
So ,your willingness to prepare staff and explain why it is you want them to ask a particular question will go a long way toward avoiding some of these unfortunate misunderstandings. And before you dismiss the applicant for doing that ,you would react the same way if you had someone lame sitting in front of you. you would question the rational behavior of this organization to put out someone so incapable in front of you to evaluate you.
So, take a little time with your staff to coach them about what to ask, why you want them to ask it, what you're looking for in the way of an answer and that's going to go a long way towards solving some of these behavioral quirks that cause job applicants to really doubt the effectiveness of your team, the quality and caliber of you team and of your organization,
I'm Jeff Altman. I think you'll find this helpful if you apply this and you'll see some loose ends in your organization.
By the way, there's a lot of information on my website, which is eee.TheBigGamHunter.us. Click the tab on top that says blog and look for no BS hiring advice. There's a lot of information that will help you there.
Hope you have a great day. Take care.

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 1200

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

episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and 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 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 LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

 

No BS Hiring Advice

Stupid Hiring Mistake: Your Job Descriptions are Ridiculous! | No BS Hiring Advice


In this video, Jeff discusses another stupid hiring mistake.

 

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 what 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 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and 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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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 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 LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

 

No BS Hiring Advice

Stupid Hiring Mistakes: Your Job Descriptions are Ridiculous! | No BS Hiring Advice

In this video, Jeff discusses another stupid hiring mistake.

 

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 what 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 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and 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)

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.  

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

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

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

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

Stupid Hiring Mistakes: Trusting First Impressions

 

I discuss another stupid hiring mistake employers make . . . and it’s more textured than what you think.

———————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

 

Stupid Hiring Mistakes: Your Decision Process is as Long as a US Presidential Election

Another stupid hiring mistake too many firms make– a long hiring process.

———————————————————————————————————

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

Stupid Hiring Mistake #1: Talking Too Much

 

In this video, I speak about a mistake hiring managers make too often–talking too much and what you should be doing instead.

———————————————————————————————————

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us