Would you interview a fish on land? 

The answer to that question is, probably not. You want to see the fish in their natural environment. How do they swim, do they interact with other fish, how do they search for food? This isn’t about fish, but the idea of conducting part of the interview within the environment the employee is going to work, is often overlooked by HR and hiring managers.   I once had a position where I was responsible for hiring custodians to clean dormitories at a residential high school. The custodians would be assigned to one dorm and serve as the point person for the overall day to day operation of the building. The custodians saw the same students, day after day, got to know them,…

Google for Jobs

Have you checked out Google for Jobs yet? Here is a snapshot of what you find if you type in your desired job type with location with various filter options. Read more.. It’s notable that Indeed has chosen not to participate in Google’s new venture, so jobs solely posted on Indeed won’t show up. At this point, Indeed is the top job site – according to most experts and data – so it’s not an issue yet. Search results are driven by SEO and metadata, of course..it is Google. While Google wants to give company career pages priority over job…

Gauging an Interviewee’s Questions

During an interview they asked what?​ Getting insight into what an interviewee asks during an interview.  Hiring is hard. It’s time consuming and you typically put in a lot of effort coming up with a list of those that you want to interview in person. We’ve all conducted interviews where you carefully went through the position, you got a good sense of the person’s qualifications and experience and you’re feeling good. Then, you ask the candidate if they have any questions…and you’re left scratching your head. You’re ready to talk about important new initiatives, success factors and the company’s culture when the candidate asks questions…

Succession planning; it’s not just for executives

Many of us know this story…The star employee that’s great at what they do, gets promoted into a position that they were unsuited for, and, ultimately fails. Who’s to blame here? The organization needed them, and the employee stepped up. The employer has an opportunity for growth, and promoted internally. I say neither is to blame, but timing and intentional conversation about an employee’s long-term goals and development is the key to success. I heard the term “battlefield promotion” once and thought, at the time, it is unrepresentative of the internal promotion, but looking back, it’s exactly the correct term.…

Amy Cann, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SMS

Amy Cann, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SMS, Founder and Senior HR & Safety Consultant   My major in college was Human Resources, even though, I was not sure exactly what HR was, but I have not regretted it once!  I love helping people solve their challenges and the complexity of compliance. In early 2017, after 20 years in this…

Laura Sullivan, PHR

Laura Sullivan, PHR, Partner and Senior Talent Consultant I’ve been in the field of Human Resources for over 20 years and have had the great honor of working for amazing organizations and leaders that taught me a tremendous amount about business, best practices and most importantly, the people that make up organizations. I discovered early on…

millennial employment strategies

“Best Employment Strategies for Millennials” – Updated!

In an article by Forbes; according to the Governance Studies at Brookings report “How Millennials Could Upend Wall Street and Corporate America,” Millennials will comprise more than one of three adult Americans by 2020 and 75 percent of the workforce by 2025.  How do you prepare for this workforce as a growing organization? On November 15th, I presented another “Best Employment Strategies for Millennials” interactive workshop at the One Hundred Club. It was geared towards anyone with responsibility for hiring and/or managing people in their organization. Two of the many themes we talked about were: 1) The need for feedback, which…