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Taking the Guesswork out of Hiring

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By virtue of our office arrangement, I spend more waking hours with Katie Heckman and Jeff Daigle than I spend with anyone else. Exceptional in their roles as product marketing manager and creative director, Katie and Jeff came to ReadyTalk through a multi-step, unique hiring process. My quality of life is very high as a result of working with great people. How do we find them?

When we hire people at ReadyTalk, first we make sure that they are naturally wired to be successful in that position. Then, we go through a series of "talent" and "cultural" interviews before we make an offer. The "talent" interviews are based on Marcus Buckingham's book, First Break All The Rules. Talents refer to a person's recurring thoughts and patterns of behavior. What makes them tick? As much as a person may want to work in project management, for example, if they aren't organized and task-oriented, they probably won't be successful in that position. This sounds obvious, but I know many people with years of experience working in a field that doesn't really suit them.

To help us assess those natural characteristics, we conduct assessment tests from a company called Profiles International. This Thursday, we are really excited to present Profiles executive Robin Mottern, on Taking the Guesswork out of Hiring. Though I haven't heard Robin speak, I know that her web seminar will be insightful from my own experience with her company. ReadyTalk's strength in hiring wouldn't be quite the same without their help.

[tags] Robin Mottern, HR, hiring, web seminar [/tags]


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