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Hire Once Hire Right

With Nancy Slessenger and Marketer Perry Marshall In this webinar hiring expert Nancy Slessenger discusses how to avoid the biggest hiring mistakes: - - Not being clear on what you really need - Writing an ad that shuts down your campaign - Using resumes- Not using application forms - Asking really bad questions This webinar…
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Five key steps to a successful hiring and recruitment campaign

A vital recruitment tool that you need to be using is a task-based assessment that is not only a barrier to poor candidates, but is a great way of highlighting a really good candidate. But it’s not that simple. Before you even get to that stage there are a number of steps that you must…
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Should you ask all candidates the same questions?

My very first job as a school governor (equivalent to a school board member) was to recruit a new deputy head. It was quite clear who the best candidate was and I can say, without doubt, that we recruited the wrong candidate. I arrived at the meeting and was given a piece of paper with…
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Employee Review and Appraisal Comments

18 Examples of What Not to Write Have you ever had a comment like one of these made about you on your employee review? “An invaluable member of the team.”“Exceeds expectations.”“Happy and cheerful while interacting with colleagues and managers.”“A great listener.”“Thinks about the happiness of colleagues.”“A real team player.”“Seeks opportunities to improve learning.”“Passionate about working…
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How To Find Out What People’s Values Really Are

Values tell you how people are likely to behave When I am working with clients on objectives, it often helps to clarify the difference between Values, Behaviours and Objectives: Objectives are what you need to achieveBehaviours are how you do itValues are why you do it that way Know what their values are When we are recruiting or dealing with new…
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The Deadly Self-Appraisal Form and How to Fill It In

How to make the most of your appraisal or performance review Your System Check how the appraisal system or performance review works in your organisation. Often these things will have been updated with new forms and new ways of doing things since you last used them. Pay particular attention to What the paperwork involves –…
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What is the difference between objectives and KPIs?

A Grapevine reader sent in a question asking what the difference is between objectives, goals (or aims) and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) is. This is a common question, so here is an answer for you, in case have been wondering. OBJECTIVES Objectives are what you need to achieve. KPIS KPIs are like your car speedometer…
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Why you should never use resumes or CVs to sort your candidates

Nine reasons why you should never use resumes or CVs to sort your candidates This is the method most people use to identify the candidates they are going to invite in for a final interview. If you've ever found it difficult, you may be surprised to learn that it’s not only you – it’s because…
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