Don Charlton

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Classic TLNT

The 3 Most Hated Interview Questions – and How You Can Juice Them Up

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

When you’re asking interview questions day in and day out, it’s easy to fall into a rut.

Even the most intuitive and engaging hiring managers may find themselves rattling off the same set of stock questions every day, and thanks to Google, these prompts are less effective than ever before. Applicants search online for common corporate hiring questions and then simply memorize their responses. It’s hard to learn anything about your candidates when they’re telling you exactly what you want to hear. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

5 Keys to Make Sure That You Get Team Hiring Right

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Stop what you’re doing right now. Collaboration should be the foundation on which your entire hiring process is built.

Hey, if Vanilla Ice can lead off his most timeless classic (we know, Go Ninja, Go Ninja GO! is tough to beat) with a call for collaboration, you can incorporate it into your team hiring.

Here are five (5) ways to stop, collaborate and hire: Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Six Interview Questions You Really Need to Ask

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Can you remember all of the questions to ask in an interview?

Hey, nobody could blame you for missing one every now and then. After all, every interview demands a lot and you need to do the best you can with your available time and resources.

To make things a little easier, try these interview questions from Kristi Hedges. She’s an executive coach, leadership development consultant and author. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Some Smart Interview Takeaways From This Year’s Academy Awards


The glitz, the glamour, the upsets and the tear-jerking acceptance speeches

Yes, the Academy Awards this year graced us again with Hollywood’s elite and we sure did enjoy it (even if it ran a little long).

It wasn’t just a night of beautiful people though, we actually learned a few great interview tips along the way. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

This Is a Serious Question: Should We Kill Human Resources?


An argument for the “end of HR” has been made from time to time.

Heck, just a few months ago we read a scathing takedown of the classic HR model by Bernard Marr, which he titled Why We No Longer Need HR Departments. He led off by saying:

Nothing matters more to companies than the people who work there. Companies are nothing without the right people! And I am sure that not one, single individual wants to be referred to as a ‘human resource’.” Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

3 Things That Should Define The Future Of Recruiting


The future of recruiting depends on the future of technology.

As we’ve seen, man hangs on for dear life as technology progresses. The person (or company) who understands the progress of tomorrow will have a leg up on the competition.

Here are three (3) elements that will define the future of recruiting. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Goodbye Firing Squad: Why Panel Interviews Are Bad for Hiring

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Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday. 

If there’s one truly divisive aspect of the hiring process, it’s the panel interview.

Some companies swear by it, claiming that this stressful test is a good way to test a candidate’s mettle. Other companies decry it as nothing more than an ineffective and off-putting leftover from the HR manuals in your grandfather’s attic.

Interestingly enough, opponents of the panel interview have recently become much more vocal than the supporters, and today more and more companies are turning away from what some have called the “firing squad” interview format. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Why You Need to Make Sure You Don’t Have Bias in Your Hiring Process


Hiring bias is like a crack in the bottom of your business’s boat. If you continue on without ever fixing it, you will ultimately sink.

Whether you know it’s down there or not, it’s always best to check for any problems. Your hiring depends on it.

But what if bias helps you hire the right person? It’d be hard to argue against it. Deep down, when the final decision comes (even after all the talking about “fair hiring”) you could rely on the very bias you talk about avoiding, and it could work. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

4 Ways to Leverage Your Office Vibe When Recruiting Top Talent

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Recruiting is a hugely competitive process, and it’s what sets the tone for a new employee’s time at your company.

Few things send a stronger signal to applicants than your office space and the team that fills it. Use them correctly and learn how to recruit top talent with your space (in ways that require little extra effort) and you’ll find powerful assets in attracting and hiring top talent.

And, who knows, you just might find yourself having a better time conducting each interview. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Three Far-Too-Common Mistakes With Social Media Recruiting

With every best practice in social media recruiting, come countless other pretenders that deliver poor results.

Failure is nothing to fear though, if all those attempts and efforts ultimately lead you to hiring bliss. Shame should set in if you keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again.

Avoid these three (3) common mistakes found in social recruiting: Read more…