You made some successful hires. Congratulations. Then there are the others. Why were they successful? Why were they unsuccessful?

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, a coach who helps people professionally in a variety of different ways. And today, I've got some No BS Hiring Advice to help you make better decisions with staffing.

Now over the years, I've done hundreds of videos on hiring and one thing I haven't reminded you of, is the importance of periodically reviewing decisions that you've made in order to figure out what you did well, and what you missed. Now, this is not simply about the bad hires that you've made, although those are the easy starting points.

"Oh, this this woman," or, "oh, this guy," or, whatever it is, be aware of what you missed and what you could have asked in order to draw out the better information. But it's also about the positive stuff because,, as time has gone by, when you think about some of the hires that you've made that worked out, many of them didn't work out for the reasons that you chose.

So, I want you to start deconstructing your hires over the course of time.. Pick five at random. What do they do well? What didn't they do well? What could you have done to figure this out, some of these things earlier?

Because the statistics are that hiring managers, within 18 months of bringing someone onboard have buyer's remorse, approximately 50% of the time. In other words, hiring is little better than tossing a coin. You could have saved a lot of trouble. If we just tossed the coin.

When you had those three very good people? Hey, you know, someone would win and that would be that. But, instead, you took the time and trouble. Now I'm going to encourage you to do it one more time periodically. Do this is as a once a year thing. You sit down and evaluate five of your previous hires, not just the bad ones, but the good ones, as well. What you could have done that could have ensured a better selection, what you did choose to ask that help these people be chosen and have them work out. And then from there (here's the extra part of this), test the assumption.

Is this just a coincidence? What experiment can you construct, including talking with them about their interviews? Here it is a year later they're on board and what their experience was like on their side.

I hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. Visit my website, There's a lot there that you can watch, listen to or read that'll help you with staffing, help you with job search, a whole host of different things related to effectiveness in the workplace.

If you're interested in one on one coaching, you can schedule time at the website for that. I'd love to help you. I also want to say, you can watch me on TV. If you've got a fire TV or fire stick, you can watch my job search content at Job Search TV. That's the name of the app that you have to download. On Apple TV, Roku, Sony, Samsung,, like 90 different TV platforms, download either ZingoTV or I'd love to meet with you. I'd love to share information with you.

Have a great day and take care.


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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1700 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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