What do you do when Reference Checks throw up two diametrically opposed assessments?

Project ManagementThis happened to a global resource company client of mine a couple of years ago. They had advertised for a senior engineer to fulfil the role of Project Manager for all of their major feasibility studies that were in the pipeline. The person they had shortlisted had all of the right experience and qualifications, and had recently been employed in a role at another company that involved major project oversight. Prior to that, this candidate had a succession of business development type roles which relied on his engineering experience and training. According to my client he seemed like the right person for the job. Certainly he seemed to ‘tick all the right boxes,’ but there was something that didn’t quite seem to gel in their due diligence and so they asked me for my assessment. It concerned the fact that the two reference checks they had undertaken were throwing up anomalies that they could not reconcile and they wanted to know why. Here is what I discovered…
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How to attract more of the right type of candidates with hidden persuaders

Once you know what are the motivating drivers and patterns of thinking shared by your best performers in any particular role, then it is possible to craft a recruitment advert using hidden language that’s more likely to attract and appeal to potential candidates who think in the same way as your high achievers.  Here’s how… [Read more...]

How to Find Good People

One of the most common questions we all hear time and time again, “What’s the best way to find good employees?” Whether you are an executive in a large public corporation or the owner of a private business, it seems to be the number one issue with regard to finding and developing the right people to grow your business. Here is an article by Alwyn Cosgrove, a business consultant based in the USA, I read the other day that I feel speaks directly to this question, and looks at it in a slightly different way. [Read more...]