Shannon Johnson: Having the Right Mindset to Get Hired

January 31, 2019

A great hire happens when Career & Hiring objectives are in alignment.

Now more than ever, people want to feel whole in their careers and personal development has taken the lead in the decision-making process. Today we are going to look at hiring from the Interviewee’s perspective.

Today’s Quote:

"The things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with your purpose" - Jack Canfield

Show Guest: 

As a Success Mentor, Shannon Johnson's passion for people has been the common denominator of her success throughout her 25 year career in corporate America. Today she is founder of her company, Stand Out and Get Hired, inc...taking one of her most successful achievements in launching best-in-class products to market, to now, launching the most exciting product of all...our future leaders.

Shannon worked for leading Fortune 500 companies in the retail, staffing, and pharmaceutical industries. Holding positions in marketing, management and sales, she has always been attracted to innovation and addicted to influencing others to think differently and get better every day.  

Her mission is to inspire ambitious, driven, college students to take action in preparing to embark on their careers where they will thrive. She knows that Everything is possible when you believe in YOU FIRST & take action!

Episode highlights:

  • How to hire & get hired in the right role
  • The 3 pillars to “Stand Out & Get Hired”

Mindset

  • Getting your game plan together to successfully get hired
  • Settling for a “job”
  • How do you get the interview first?

Preparation

  • Not performing at 100% in an interview kills your confidence
  • Interviewing burns people out, then you lose momentum
  • Emphasis on the Resume- important but not
    • The resume is really a screening tool for the company!

Why is this important

  • Being sold on the Mission!
  • Bring your value and strengths to life
  • Mastering the skill of interviewing
  • Prepare for what will happen
  • Practice- mock interviews
  • Put your “Game face” on

How does a person/company stand out to make the right decision

  • Know your values
  • Your Why
  • Target what you Desire
  • Take Action

Shannon’s plan

  • Building your Brand

    • Expert in You… values, vision, strength building  
    • Strength dashboard- strength finder assessment
  • Grow your quality network
    • Linkedin network, utilizing, leveraging and maximizing relationships that already exist
  • Sharpen your Interview Skills
    • Skills to beat your competition
    • Fundamentals:  approach the opportunity, preparation (dress, execution)
    • Interviewing is a behavioral test. (highlight stories around 10 different behaviors)
      • Practice, follow up (stand out and be memorable)
      • Be relentless with follow up!

Rick’s Input

  • Identify target companies (no spray and pray)
  • Utilize Linkedin, Separate yourself from the pack (rise above)
  • Be pleasantly persistent & ask for the Interview

Key Take Aways

  • Align with your purpose
  • Take action to beat your competition
  • Self Awareness, Grow your Quality Network, Sharpen your Interview Skills
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Katie Weber: Evaluating Your Team to Get the Right People in the Right Seats

January 24, 2019

Today we are talking about Workforce Planning and our goal is to provide Clarity of what is really needed vs. what you think you want.  Evaluating Your Internal Team and Your Mission is crucial to get the right people in the right seats at your company!

Today’s Quote:

"Never look back unless you are planning to go that way."Henry David Thoreau

Show Guest:

Katie Weber, Founder & CEO of KMW Recruitment Consulting, a recruitment and coaching firm specializing in high-growth and transition scenarios for small to mid-size companies. With nearly 20 years of diverse recruitment experience, Katie has worked around the world with early stage start-ups to Global Fortune 500s. She now utilizes that experience to quickly assess recruitment challenges, recommend and implement best practices, and find creative solutions ranging from engaged search to plug and play recruitment teams for her clients.  She has developed a Recruiting Search Framework with supporting tools that facilitates organizational communication, reinforces recruitment branding, eliminates bias, and attracts the right talent. With the addition of High Performance & Career Coaching, she ensures that the candidates she places change the game with levels of confidence, employee engagement, productivity and influence that are off the charts. Her hires are often the company's best hires and top performers. The company motto is: It's not just about filling a position, it's about fueling your mission!

Katie serves on the Advisory Board for London-based start-up, Grad DNA, holds a BA in Psychology from Elizabethtown College, and has a coaching certification from High Performance Institute.  She is available for speaking engagements or workshops and will be a speaker at the April ERE Recruiting Conference in San Diego.

Episode highlights:

  • What happens when you don't plan?
  • Where to start
  • How to implement your hiring plan

Why is it important?

  • Run Lean- Instagram sold for $1B to Facebook with just 13 employees (2013)
  • Cost of a Bad Hire
    • Kills Morale, productivity
    • Disengagement is contagious

Planning & Kicking off your hiring plans for 2019

    • Evaluating the Mission

      • Defining what needs to be accomplished
    • Think about leadership first.
      • Evaluate the team that is already in place (workforce planning)
    • Budget & Timeline
    • The volume of positions needed to be filled, vs lack of internal leadership to manage them- open headcount before leadership.
  • Invest in hiring / promoting strong leaders
    • To chose the right recruiting strategy (partner, in-house recruiter)

Define who “We” are and Who we need

  • First Who, Then What - Jim Collins

    • Dare to Go From "Good to Great" - “First the people, then the direction”
    • Get the Right people on the bus, In the Right seats
    • Get the Wrong people off the bus

Evaluating your internal team

    • Cultural fit (Values, Attitude, Mission Ownership)
    • Education & Training required
      • Provide resources
    • Work Performance
      • Current
      • Growth
  • Accomplishments- Recognize even the small wins
  • Fulfillment- breeds engagement > Increased Productivity

Employment Branding/Messaging

  • Define the 3 things that are most important to them in terms of the job search

    • (open leadership) for greater collaboration
    • Top 3 trait alignment
    • What does that mean
    • Usually describing a company challenge
  • Transparency

Take Aways

  • Evaluate your mission, evaluate your people
  • Over communicate everything!
  • Fit people into your Company and not your Job
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Brenan German Part Deux: Overcoming Your # 1 Hiring Failure for 2019

December 28, 2018

The One change you must make for 2019. Overcoming hiring failures. Spoiler Alert: it is your Interview Process… 1950 called and they want their process back!

Today’s Quote:

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." -Jimmy Dean

Show highlights:

  • Divulge the secret of an effective interview
  • Halos & Horns
  • Layout our interview structure

Up front, What is the secret to an effective Interview?

  • Process
  • Alignment
  • Engagement

Halo’s & Horns

  • Bias, Conclusions & Assumptions

    • Your attitude determines your altitude
  • Gut decisions
  • Coin flip methodology

Effective Interview Structure

Brenan’s Format

  • Plan
  • Build
  • Decision
  • Scoring methodology
  • Practice

Rick’s Format

  • Structure (Organized, Timed, real time feedback)
  • Pre-determined questions
  • Give & Receive Feedback

Differentiate your company by closing the process with Everyone you decide not to move forward with!

Brenan German is Founder and President at Bright Talent Resources, Inc., a boutique Human Resources Advisory, Project Management, Training, and Recruiting Services firm.

As lead consultant, Brenan acts as an advisor to organizations wanting to re-engineer or develop a high performing, measureable, technology enabled, human resources function. Brenan has over 20 years of hands-on Human Resources leadership experience developing intelligent and successful talent management functions within some of the country’s most respected and well-known companies such as The Gallup Organization, Edwards Lifesciences, and Black & Decker. Brenan’s particular expertise involves the alignment of talent management strategies to business goals, and the implementation of systems and processes to reach measureable objectives, demonstrating clearly the bottom line impact expected of strategic Human Resources programs.

A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Brenan is an active participant in a number of organizations: Chair of the Orange County Employment Managers Association (OCEMA), Founding Board Member of the Talent Acquisition Group of San Diego (TAGSD), Member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), and Advisor to Sigma Pi International Educational Foundation.

 

 

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Charles Antis: Discovering Your Company’s Purpose

December 13, 2018

It’s all about Purpose... Why? Because if your model exists just to make money, you won’t be relevant anymore. What is your companies purpose? Today we are going to help you discover your purpose and share ways to build purpose into to your hiring process.

Today’s Quote:

“When you're surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.” - Howard Schultz

Show highlights:

  • Discovering your purpose
  • Getting others to rally around your company’s purpose (super power)
  • How to hire Purpose-driven people

Let’s start by talking about how you discovered your companies purpose

  • Origin Story:
  • Reason to exist other than making money
  • you have to have a Why
  • “We exist to keep families safe and dry” - Antis purpose

Why is it important to have a purpose?

  • The purpose of a company is to make money!
  • Involved in changing people’s lives
  • Benefits of Purpose
    • Retention
    • Increased productivity

Hiring with Purpose

  • Have a reason why
  • Getting others to buy in
  • Knowing your “Why” and building it from the inside out.
  • Helping employees discover their “Superpowers”

Tribal leadership- when the culture goes wrong. survival

Demonstrating that as a leader, you are there to serve them

Interviewing for Purpose

  • Messaging

    • Clear and consistent with how the leaders lead
  • Interview
    • Core values alignment
    • Hire for alignment over skills
    • Discovery of superpowers in the interview

Results

  • 20% culture lift in a month- gift card that they can donate to a cause that is near and dear. To someone who did
  • Retain 93%
  • Melt away silos builds a stronger bond between individuals and departments

Charles Antis, Founder & CEO of Antis Roofing & Waterproofing is a well-respected and widely known roofing expert, entrepreneur and humanitarian. Charles began his career as a roofing professional in 1984. Since then, he has become one of the most trusted names in the Southern California roofing industry, as well as an inspirational business leader championing social corporate responsibility.

Charles has been the recipient of many prestigious awards over the years and was recently honored with the 2017 US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizen Award, Small and Mid-Size Business. In 2017, he was also named as National Philanthropy Day Honoree, Outstanding Corporation or Business, Mid-Size; the Civic 50 Orange County Honoree; and received the top honor with the CNA Insurance/National Roofing Contractors Association (CAN/NRCA) Community Involvement Award.

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Rocky Romanella: Define and Build Your Core Company Values

October 11, 2018

Define and build your core company values. Companies with clearly defined values & purpose consistently outperform their competitors by as much as 10x. Today’s episode is focused on helping you define who you are.

Today's Quote:

"Effectiveness without values is a tool without a purpose." - Edward de Bono (1933 - ), Author and Inventor

Show Guest:

Rocky Romanella is currently the Founder and CEO of 3SIXTY Management Services, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in Executive Speaking, Leadership Development, and Consulting Services.  

Rocky is an experienced CEO who led one of the largest rebranding initiatives in franchising history – The UPS Store, revolutionizing the $9 billion retail shipping and business services market. He steered UPS’s entry into the healthcare industry and created the mantra, “It’s a patient, not a package. ®”  

He also led the integration of more than 20 acquisitions to improve financial performance, capabilities and global network footprint. Rocky has the rare ability to see a clear vision of the changing business landscape, the passion to develop strategies, tactics and metrics to drive desired results. He is the Author of Tighten the Lug Nuts: the Principles of Balanced Leadership(Amazon.com). 

Episode highlights:

  • Who you are?
  • Defining your company values
  • How to align your hiring with your values

“Without a strong set of values, the best leadership strategy can go awry. With a good value structure in place, the worst leadership approach can right itself and eventually lead to the desired outcome.” - Rocky Romanella

Why is this  Important?

  • People desire a sense of purpose to really thrive
  • Core values are the Foundation for defining your Mission & Purpose
  • Attrition issues/bad hires
    • *small business don't believe they need to have values well defined... Wrong!

How do you define who you are?

  • Start with your personal brand

    • “Your true character is defined by your honesty of purpose”
    • Ask peers
    • Company Survey
    • What won't I compromise

Step by step of how to define and build your core company values:

Rick’s process:

  • Start with Personal values first
  • KPI driven VS. People driven
  • Established Leadership Team
    • Define everyone’s core values and build from there.
    • Prioritize top values
    • Own your Values!
  • Understand your values? You must:
    • Articulate clearly in writing.
    • Test your values through daily decision-making.
  • Rocky’s Structure:
    • Mission
    • Vision
    • Strategy
    • Roadmap

 How to transfer your values into your hiring:

  • Values Alignment

    • Values drive hiring
    • Behavioral interview process
    • Assessments: Disc, Predictive Learning
    • Don’t compromise on hiring!

 

 

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Shawn Andrews: What Is Emotional Intelligence (EQ) And How Is It Relevant To Hiring?

September 20, 2018

Why should we care about EQ when building a company today? People with high EQ, work better with others, manage customers more effectively and cultivate an accepting company culture.   

Today's Quote:

“Emotion is more powerful than logic” - Albert Einstein

Show Guest:

Dr. Shawn Andrews is a keynote speaker, organizational consultant, and the founder and CEO of Andrews Research International. She serves as adjunct professor at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, where she teaches courses on Organizational Behavior, Women in Leadership, Diversity in Organizations, and Leadership and Ethics. She was the 2017 Diversity & Inclusion columnist for Training Industry Magazine, and is the author of the book, The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and the Gender Divide (Amazon.com)

Episode highlights:

    • EQ, What is it?
    • How to you get it?
    • Incorporate into your hiring

What is EQ?

Set of emotional and social skills that collectively establish how well we:

  • Perceive and express ourselves
  • Develop and maintain social relationships
  • Cope with challenges, manage stress and make decisions
  • Use emotional information to guide our thinking and action
  • Managing emotions
    • Manage stress
    • Overcome obstacles
    • Inspire toward collective goals
  • Self perception, Self expression, interpersonal, decision making, Stress Management
  • Tied into core company values

Why is it Important?

  • Low Emotional Intelligence breeds bad cultures
  • “Hire hard, manage easy”

What if you don’t have EQ? How do you get it?

  • Get EQ assessment
  • Read a book

EQ for different roles:

Leadership:

  1. Interpersonal relationships
  2. Assertiveness
  3. Self-awareness

Sales:

  1. Self-actualization
  2. Assertiveness
  3. Happiness

Marketing / Creative:

  1. Optimism
  2. Reality testing
  3. Independence

Customer Service:

  1. Stress tolerance
  2. Assertiveness
  3. Happiness

Product Development /Manufacturing:

  1. Flexibility
  2. Problem solving
  3. Independence

Interviewing for EQ

  • Behavioral Interviewing

    • Comfortable candidate- feel conversational, warm & informal
    • Start: difficult challenge that was solved, commend… then go granular
    • Hire hard, manage easy”
  • Deep reference checking
    • Evidence of low & high EQ behaviors

 

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Darrell Gurney: Breaking Bad, Career And Hiring Habits!

September 13, 2018

Why is it that we put more thought into lunch choices than we do our career or hiring decisions?

Today we are going to discuss the top three bad habits that both candidates and companies do throughout the hiring process that kill their ability to make a smart decision.

Today's Quote:

To change habits, we must study the habits of successful role models.” – Jack Canfield

Show Guest:

Darrell Gurney is a career expert, executive coach and authority in supporting people through successful transitions. He brings back the power of social connection by teaching professionals that you’re simply one face-to-face relationship away from your dream job life.

He is the author of the Amazon bestseller “Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest."

As founder of both CareerGuy.com and TheBackForty.com, Darrell’s motto for both career and life is, as Frank Sinatra sings, “the best is yet to come, and won’t it be fine!”

Episode highlights:

  • The top 3 bad habits we need to stop right now!
  • Why these habits are so detrimental
  • Good habits to replace the bad

Hiring bad habits from both sides:

Darrell’s top 3:

  • 1. Looking to see what jobs are available & Going through the front door by applying for open positions.          

    • Take charge of their career path vs be at the effect
    • Get out of your box: the house, the computer screen, the phone, and get in front of people.
    • 80% of all jobs are filled before they are ever advertised by the people in the know bringing in the people they know
  • 2. Failing to develop relationships beyond the job search process.
    • Never submerge in your job or your life. Get out, be making connections, be talking to people about your interests and passions
  • 3. Not treating yourself like a business
    • Realize that you have your own business, and you always have -- you simply lease out your employable assets
    • A business owner is always concerned first and foremost about two measures: ROI (Return on Investment) and ROE (Return on Equity). You want to similarly always watch, manage and monitor your own Return on Individuality and Return on Effort.

Rick’s top 3:

  • Winging it-

    • company values -clueless
    • Not clear on what the business needs
    • Work that needs to be accomplished
    • Listening!
  • Interview Process
    • Not clearly defined
    • Following the pack -
    • Accepting the Status quo
    • Testing people before engaging
  • Transactional relationship
    • Not understanding the person across from you
    • Focus on skills
    • Protective of the culture

Why are these habits bad?

  • How can you get where you are going when you don’t know where you are?

How do we fix these habits?

  • Winging it- not clear on what the business needs

    • Build preparation time into your schedule
    • Define what the business needs (not your wants) and who you need to take you there
  • Interview Process
    • Structured, Organized, Timed & Purpose Driven
    • Get to the Truth!
  • Transactional relationship
    • Heal the person’s wound with your opportunity

 

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J.C. Ruffalo: Team Chemistry Either Attracts or Repels Investors, Customers and Top Talent

August 3, 2018

Today we are talking about the chemistry of your team! Look, you can have the greatest product in the world but without a strong team chemistry, your company will ultimately fail.

Today's Quote:

"Skills are Cheap. Chemistry is expensive" Mal Pancoast

Show highlights:

  • Why chemistry is so important
  • How to Monitor your team chemistry
  • What to do to encourage or change the chemistry 

Elements of good team chemistry:

  • Constructive Chemistry
  • *Good chemistry, Your brains produce more Oxytocin, which is the hormone that helps us feel more connected to other people. Higher levels of Oxytocin produce more pleasure, deeper trust, and stronger intimacy.

Warning signs of bad chemistry:

  • Destructive Chemistry
  • Identify bad chemistry early on… disrespectful, not being productive, dropping the ball, personal issues.
  • Adding value or afraid of adding value
  • Lieing,  false information or not saying anything.
  • Personal Issues- ie: How do you deal with someone involved with drugs? (JC’s Story)

Monitoring your chemistry:

  • Proactive, Honest
  • Best Monitor: Praise is the most important element of a team. People will give more because they feel valued
  • checks and balances, always questioning

Interviewing to uncover chemistry:

  • Understanding Yourself & Your business needs…. Vision - opposing working styles
  • How to identify in the interview - Wound, Desire, Accomplishment
  • Best job in vetting people. Honesty is not that common. People can turn in a heartbeat
  • Optimistic pessimism 
  • Behavioral Questions - Evidence & Knockouts!

Ways to omit bad chemistry:

  • Communicate
  • Identify & change with minimum impact to the organization
  • Hire slow, fire quickly 

J.C. Ruffalo joined the OCTANe OC team in June 2014 and is the Director of LaunchPad SBDC and Investor Relations. JC Mentor's hundreds of companies each year and has assisted LaunchPad companies to achieve over $750 million in capital infusion and, as a result, create over 3,500 new jobs in Southern California.  

Prior to Octane, JC co-founded a small startup (Double Splash Media), which was involved with email marketing. He also worked for LKQ, a large corporation that is the world’s largest supplier of automotive replacement parts, as a buyer and general manager.

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Anita Kanti: Abolish the Resume!

July 13, 2018

 A majority of the most talented people have terrible resumes. Why? Because they are busy making things happen!

Companies miss out on great people because they never make it past the resume screen. Automating the process and screening for buzzwords is just not an effective tool for finding the right people for your business. We are in the people business when we recruit. So, pick up the phone and judge based on your conversation and not the resume.

Today's Quote:

"Insanity is knowing that what you're doing is completely idiotic, but still, somehow, you just can't stop it."

- Elizabeth Wurtzel

Show highlights:

  • Positive points of resumes
  • Everything wrong with a resume
  • Alternate solutions to resumes - solve the resume black hole

What resumes are good for:

  • Contact information
  • Career History
  • The “white space”

What is wrong with the resume:

  • Keyword dependent -wrong keywords or no keywords
  • Designed to match with wish list of skills
  • Too heavily relied upon in the interview process
  • People lie

 Alternate options to a resume:

  • Video clips
  • Video talent snapshot (resume) - Why is this a good idea?
  • -discrimination bias?
  • - how can a 1 minute video give you an accurate picture?
  • AI
  • Actual assessment - conversation
  • Wound, Desire, Accomplishment

Effective use of a resume and how to identify great people:

  • Just a tool, not a wall
  • A  guide to formulate skills based questions - Transferable skills

Anita Kanti is the Executive Talent Manager of Huawei Technologises. She is a global business partner and senior manager supporting executive leadership deliverables' for leadership talent acquisition needs for the US and China marketplace.

As both a motivational life coach and strategic talent manager, Anita Kanti offers progressive solutions to help her company and clients optimize their strengths and create a pathway of success. Anita is a proven expert in  talent recruitment, both in leading corporations such as Broadcom Inc., and United Healthcare, as well as building a company of her own, Anita K Solutions. Anita K has combined her expertise in talent development and leadership with her training in motivational techniques to create a unique and effective life coaching philosophy.

 

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Brenda Diederichs: Public Sector Versus Private Sector - What’s the Sexier Career Option? Startups, Pay Attention!

July 5, 2018

Public sector VS private sector!  We put on the gloves in an epic showdown of today's episode, to settle the differences and find out the better career option. Let's see who will come out victorious!

The 3 rounds for the undisputed championship:

  • Round 1: Brenda - bashes up the logic behind joining a startup
  • Round 2: Rick - negatives of the public sector
  • Round 3: Each counter the punches from their opponent

Round 1: Why do you think it is silly to work for a startup?

  • No career security
  • Lack of stability

Round 2: Cons of working for the public sector (federal, state, county, city)

  • Slow moving
  • Not entrepreneurial, Doesn’t attract the strongest people
  • Clamored with politics and red tape
  • Ability to innovate severely limited
  • Mediocre Pay / No Stock Options
  • Not sexy… at all (unless you are an officer or firefighter)

Round 3: Counter Punches! Closing argument Evidence 

  • Pace
  • Innovation
  • Career Growth
  • Challenging
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Attractiveness- to attract talented people
  • Engagement- the perception of each worker 
  • Brenda’s Knock out Punch! *Interview Process -  You probably do NOT have an effective process! 

Brenda Diederichs has been serving as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the County of Orange since June 2016. Brenda began her HR career at San Bernardino County, while earning her BA in Political Science, from California State Polytechnic University Pomona. She next worked for the Southern California Rapid Transit District for 10 years in both HR and Labor Relations. While there she earned a law degree from Loyola Law School.

Brenda went on to practice labor and employment law providing and serve as the labor and employment law department chair for two major public law firms for 10 years, before returning to public service as the Executive Officer for Labor and Employment, Human Resources and Training for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She opened her own law firm in 2007, which she operated until returning to public service in 2014 as the Human Resources Director for the City of Riverside. 

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Meredith Fish: Transforming Your Leaders Into Talent Magnets

June 28, 2018

As an Entrepreneur or business leader, it is crucial in this market, to brand yourself to attract talented people! One company is developing their managers to become thought leaders and influencers. A fantastic example of how your company can increase engagement and retention.  Making your company safe from guys like me!

 Show highlights:

  • Your journey @ Alteryx
  • Why it is important to brand yourself as a hiring manager
  • How to make yourself attractive to talented people

What were the challenges you faced when you joined Alteryx?

  • Lack of candidate flow, people not responding
  • Low awareness
  • Lack of engagement felt it was a TA problem not a business problem
  • Did not know what to do with people when they had them in for the interview
  • Managers not involved in the hiring process, not engaged, not sharing, not networking- not taking an active role in hiring & attracting
  • Disjointed

Internal/organizational solutions:

  • Candidate flow- posted jobs to get recognition
  • Ownership of glass door
  • Updated LinkedIn recruiter page, moved careers on the website to show the importance of careers
  • Open houses- the Wrong time of day. First one bombed. Changed to a networking event for developers- Huge success- resulted in 6 hires.

Leadership alignment. Making yourself attractive to the talented people you NEED to hire!

  • Start by listening! Demonstrate high EQ
  • Helped to understand through education & enablement that TA is a joint effort.
  • Marketing yourself
    • Leveraging networks, networking as a tool for talent attraction & career development
    • Communicate: Linkedin & employee referrals- let everyone know
    • Develop a Thought leader mentality- sharing content, pictures of the team in a team meeting, sharing ideas, etc.
    • Personal Brand- thinking broadly about the needs of the company, not just their roles.

 Career Focus:

  • Own your career development, 20 minutes a week to share interesting content, pictures, write new content.
  • Elevate those around you to achieve more!
  • Partnership with other thought leaders- both parties are interviewing each other. Successful managers connect people.

Strong Process:

  • Tight interview plan, no overlapping questions, interview team prepped, own and respect the process.
  • Structured, Timed & Impressive

Meredith Fish is the Global Director of Talent Management for Alteryx, Inc (NYSE: AYX). With over 15 years of Human Resources experience, Meredith has worked in a variety of industries and organizations including retail, finance, real estate, and information technology companies. She has the proven ability to build strong relationships and obtain organizational results. Meredith is an approachable and effective leader who motivates employees to maximize productivity. Her areas of expertise are Talent Acquisition, learning, and development and employee relations.

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Mark James: Preparing for Your Interview is the Key to Winning a Great Hire!

June 21, 2018

Today’s show is all about Preparation! Preparation is the first step in conducting an effective Interview. Both interviewer and interviewee parties need to be prepared. Just showing up without an idea of where you are going is the quickest way to lose an opportunity. An Interview without Preparation is really just PreparationH! In this episode we stressed the importance of preparation and how it needs to happen.

Show Guest:

Mark James is the Founder and President of Hire Consulting Services and the author of his new book, “Keys to the C Suite”. (Amazon.com) Mark is a Certified Personnel Consultant and has been providing executive career transition coaching and executive search consulting services for over 20 years. He is also a Certified Partner with the Predictive Index suite of behavior assessments. Mark coaches executives in career transition on a daily basis which makes him an expert in today's topic.

Episode highlights:

  • Interviewee/candidate preparation
  • Hiring manager preparation
  • Provide a process for how each party needs to prepare

 Why is it important to prepare for an interview?

  • Preparation puts you in the right MINDSET … sets the tone, eliminates surprises
  • Set proper objective - get the offer/make the hire
  • Being prepared = being impressive- demonstrates success

 Interviewee:

  • Research the company to determine something that the company may not know themselves
  • Not prepared to tell their story
  • Ask for the interview schedule & format

 Hiring Manager (company):

  • Research the person
  • Knowing what needs to be accomplished
  • Prepare your interview team

 The dangers of not preparing for the interview:

  • Wasted time, frustration
  • Inaccurate picture of who you really are
  • Lose the person
  • Increase the likelihood of making a bad decision

 How to best prepare to get hired:

  • Self-assessment, presenting yourself, researching the company
  • Research company
  • Ask targeted questions
  • Know how to showcase your accomplishments to make them relevant to the company mission
  • Proactive

 Best preparation practices to attract the right talent:

  • Schedule time to prepare - assuming all else has been covered
  • Review assessment notes, LinkedIn profile, social channels, resume- look for commonalities, interests &  data points to cover
  • Prepare interview team- provide targeted behavioral questions

Look for cultural fit, evidence of success & transferable skills:

  • Performance Metrics- what needs to be accomplished
  • Have a plan: Connect the dots- competitive advantage
  • Give & receive feedback -in real time

 

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Event Interview:Paul Pickle From Octane OC’s Technology Innovation Forum

June 13, 2018

Paul Pickle, Former President & COO, of Microsemi & MC of Octane OC's 2018 Technology Innovation Forum. We discussed the future of Semiconductor and whats on the horizon. 

 

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Event Interview: Ryan Permeh From Octane OC’s Technology Innovation Forum

June 11, 2018

Ryan PermehCo-Founder & Chief Scientist of Cylance I had the pleasure to sit down with Ryan for a quick interview at Octane OC's Technology Innovation Forum Event. He shared some great Insight on Leveraging the Cybersecurity hub in SoCal.

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