Interview Questions You Should Ask

I find that one of the simplest ways to improve interviewing performance is through asking good questions:  Here are some of my favorites.

  • What’s the biggest change your group has gone through in the last year?
  • One year from now, if I get the job, what will earn me a “gold star”? What are the key accomplishments you’d like to see in this role over the next year?
  • What’s your (or my future boss’) leadership style?
  • About which competitor are ...
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My Goal is to Fire Someone…

One of my secret weaknesses is a certain flame-broiled hamburger and accompanying onion ring meal that frankly, just makes me happy even though certified as one of my vices by my doctor.  It was last Saturday afternoon while both daughters were attending their bi-weekly dance class when the hunger pangs attacked.  I had two hours to kill and was looking for a distraction or perhaps a way to reward myself for being a good ...

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Using a Star to Become a Star Hire

A popular method used by organizations that prefer more formalized interview methods is a technique called the Behavioral Interview.  Also known as Targeted Selection, this approach is to extract specific experiences from the interviewee that would likely predict future behavior; a well-believed notion within the HR ranks.  You know you’re in the middle of such an interview when the interviewer asks: “Tell me about a time when _____________.  “Describe the issue, what you did and ...

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FMLA and The National Defense Authorization Act

Recently, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2010 which makes significant changes to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). All employers who must comply with the FMLA, are strongly encouraged to become knowledgeable of these changes and incorporate them into their administration of the FMLA, and FMLA policy language.

This is a basic overview of those changes:

1) Up until these recent changes under the NDAA, the FMLA provided eligible ...

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Lower Labor Costs with Strategic Staffing

What business isn’t looking to control expenses? Staffing firms offer many effective solutions for reducing overhead, managing operating costs and improving organizational performance. Used effectively, staffing services can save you more than they cost.

Here are some key ways you can use staffing to reduce costs in your organization:

  1. Convert fixed expenses to variable. Develop a plan to staff your business strategically. Minimize the number of permanent employees on your staff to the level needed to sustain your core volume of ...
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The Power of the Leadership Gesture

I’m always so motivated by the leader who makes the special gesture.  I’m not talking about the grand monetary gift to employees or the motivating speech, but the simple, genuine, consideration of care for those who work alongside them.  During this time of year we all scramble trying to calculate bonuses, gifts for staff, or clients in some attempt to make summarize the year into a moment.

But in all of the giving, I’m still fascinated ...

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