7 Steps To Hire The Best

Written by Michael Mercer, Ph.D.

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4th Prediction Method = Role-Play

Ifrepparttar applicant did well on 3rd Prediction Method, then have applicant do Role-Play immediately after In-Depth Interview. The 15 – 30 minute role-play lets you see ifrepparttar 119461 applicant has critical job skills. For example, have a Sales Rep applicant role-play selling. Then, assessrepparttar 119462 applicant using a customized Role-Play Rating Checklist.

5th Prediction Method = Realistic Job Preview

If you decide applicant did well on 1st – 4th Prediction Methods, then do Realistic Job Preview: For RJP,repparttar 119463 applicant spends ½ - 1 day watching an employee doingrepparttar 119464 job. Benefit: Applicants who received RJP are less likely to (a) accept job offer – but, if they accept, (b) turnover. Reason: The RJP assures they know what they are getting themselves into!

6th Prediction Method = 1 Executive Must Approve All Hiring

Ifrepparttar 119465 applicant did well on 1st – 5th Prediction Methods, then one executive at your company reviews Applicant Rating Summary Form. Your company’s quick Applicant Summary Rating Form * summarizes ratings – positive, average, or negative – on 1st – 5th Prediction Methods * “forces” managers to actually use your structured hiring steps

Important: Ifrepparttar 119466 applicant’s ratings on 1st – 5th Prediction Methods include + all positive ratings, then executive may approve hiring applicant - average or negative ratings, thenrepparttar 119467 executive may not allow applicant to be hired

7th Prediction Method = Reference Checks

If your company decidesrepparttar 119468 applicant did well on 1st – 6th Prediction Methods – plus accepts job offer – then you conduct Reference Checks. If they prove + positive, then your company keeps applicant as an employee - negative, then you take appropriate action

How Much Time Do You Need to Hirerepparttar 119469 Best? Many managers moan they are time-crunched, and ask how much time these seven steps require. Two answers: 1. If an applicant does well on 1st – 7th Prediction Methods, then you invested 2 – 3 hours to hirerepparttar 119470 best 2. Ask yourself: How much time – and money – did you waste when you hired average or below-average applicants? You wasted many hours – plus salary, benefits and low productivity – because you failed to invest only 2 – 3 hours to hirerepparttar 119471 best!

© Copyright 2005 Michael Mercer, Ph.D.

Michael Mercer, Ph.D., is America’s Hire the Best Expert™. Dr. Mercer authored five books, including “Hire the Best -- & Avoid the Rest™”. Many companies rely on his pre-employment test – “Abilities & Behavior Forecaster™ Test” – to help hire the best. You can subscribe to his free e-Newsletter at www.DrMercer.com or call him at (847) 382-0690.

Nine Secrets to Running Outstanding Meetings

Written by Ed Sykes

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6. Engagerepparttar Participants Johnny would continuerepparttar 119460 flow ofrepparttar 119461 conversation with his guests by asking follow-up questions or summarize what they said.

Ask additional questions to draw out important information with your meeting participants. Sayrepparttar 119462 following:

Tell me more about… That’s an interesting viewpoint, please explain further… If I understand what you are saying…

If there are participants that are quiet, make it safe for them to give feedback or suggestions. Sayrepparttar 119463 following:

“Mike, we would really like to hear your ideas on… “Jane, you look like you really want to add something important torepparttar 119464 discussion, please tell us.”

Once they make their comments say, “Thanks for your valuable comments. I look forward to you contributing more insights inrepparttar 119465 future.”

7. Makerepparttar 119466 Meeting Participantsrepparttar 119467 Stars Johnny Carson had a way of letting his guests, whether they were infamous or famous, be celebrities onrepparttar 119468 Tonight Show. He allowed them to tell their jokes and witty stories, as well as complimented them, so thatrepparttar 119469 stars were and ultimatelyrepparttar 119470 show was successful.

You can dorepparttar 119471 same for your staff in meetings. You could dominaterepparttar 119472 meeting and develop allrepparttar 119473 ideas yourself. You wouldn’t accomplish much becauserepparttar 119474 meeting participants would have no sense of ownership and would be slow to initiate your ideas. Or you can encouragerepparttar 119475 participants to contribute ideas so that they take ownership ofrepparttar 119476 ideas and take responsibility for implementing their ideas. Also, acknowledge and reward these “solution creators” in front ofrepparttar 119477 group.

Let them shine!

8. Endrepparttar 119478 Meetingrepparttar 119479 Right Way While excusing his guests, Johnny would sincerely thank them for coming onrepparttar 119480 show and compliment them on their contributions. The guests left with a good feeling and always wanted to come back again and again.

Make sure you thankrepparttar 119481 meeting participants for their time and contributions. Let them know how they made a difference inrepparttar 119482 meeting. If there were solutions created inrepparttar 119483 meeting, communicate what isrepparttar 119484 clear course of action to accomplishing those solutions. Express your confidence that you know that these solutions will be achieved.

9. Follow-up, Follow-up, Follow-up Johnny Carson would talk about how great a show was because of a guest. This was another way to makerepparttar 119485 guests on his show feel special.

Send an e-mail to all relevant employees, whether they were inrepparttar 119486 meeting or not, explaining what was covered inrepparttar 119487 meeting, what was decided on inrepparttar 119488 meeting, and what course of action we are taking.

Also again, acknowledge key people inrepparttar 119489 meeting for their contributions.

Follow these nine techniques used byrepparttar 119490 master of late night and your meetings will be outstanding.

Ed Sykes is a professional speaker, author, and a leading expert in the areas of leadership, motivation, stress management, customer service, and team building. You can e-mail him at mailto:esykes@thesykesgrp.com, or call him at (757) 427-7032. Go to his web site, http://www.thesykesgrp.com, and signup for the newsletter, OnPoint, and receive the free ebook, "Empowerment and Stress Secrets for the Busy Professional."

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