The Art of Reading An Interview Candidate

by blogadmin 14. May 2019 04:55

Carol Helsel | Leadership In Action | May 15, 2019 

One of the most important skills of an interviewer is the ability to read (or interpret verbal and non-verbal cues) a candidate you're interviewing. The key is to remain objective and not distort information because of preconceptions. Judith Orloff MD, psychiatrist and author, shares 3 techniques that can help:

1. Observe Body Cues.

-Pay attention to appearance. Are they dressed for success?

-Notice posture. Do they portray confidence? Arrogance? Signs of low self-esteem?

-Watch for physical movements such as nervous habits, distance, what they do with their hands.

-Interprent facial expressions. Do they look worried, bitter, happy?

2. Listen to You Intuition.

This is simply your gut feel. Honor these feelings.

3. Sense Emotional Energy.

The vibe we give off is usually registered with intuition. Some candidates emit positive energy, while others may be off-putting. Ask yourself how you feel being around this person.

With practice, you can ignite your senses and excel at identifying and selecting the candidate who will fit best!

 

Post by Carol Helsel, Senior HR Consultant, for Partners In Action, Inc. 

 

Is Your Team The Perfect Blend?

by blogadmin 29. April 2019 02:25

"You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note." ~Doug Floyd

 A number of years ago, a good friend and I were asked to prepare some punch for an event. We had talked about what type of punch to serve and decided that we would take every type of juice we could think of and mix it together. We were sure it would make a tasty, healthy punch.

Yes, it turned brown and muddy! The flavor was good, however, as some did venture to try it! We realized we had spoiled the beauty and color of the individual fruit by trying to mix it with every bottle we had selected for the punch.

The same method could be a mixed result with people. When we draw on each other's strengths, our team is enriched and it works well. But if we try to mix everyone together to come out with one style or one approach, we lose the very characteristics that made each individual stand out. Appreciated should be the unique perspectives that people bring to the team. Results will show how your organization's work will be enriched and fruitful! 

 

The Seeds of Sustainable Success

by blogadmin 22. April 2019 02:26

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." ~Robert Stevenson

Our tendency is to look at the bank account or sales figures each day to determine if we are successful. You may be working hard on long-term projects that will not show results in the short-term. The real question is not whether you are seeing sales today, but rather what you are doing that will produce the greatest results long-term.

While leaders must balance the need for short-term sales with the long-term goals; the short-term gains will not predict sustainable success. If we are investing in the most important things; the things that will make a difference a year or more from now, then we will achieve success. Begin focusing your time and resources on those critical factors and achieve true success.

 

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