Jonathan D. Davis's Blog (31)

Hunt for Needles in Haystacks?

I'm always hunting for ways hiring managers to more accurately determine who to hire that DON'T involve the requirement of being a better interviewer.  In the past I've suggested that you should look at obvious traits like obesity and…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on June 17, 2011 at 6:49pm — 3 Comments

The Doctor Will See You Now

As I was browsing through the Sunday paper last week there was one article in particular that really caught my eye.  It was written by Paul Sullivan of the New York Times and it shared the findings of a new academic…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on May 19, 2011 at 11:17am — No Comments

Let's Go Down Together

One of my very favorite songs is called Down Together by the Refreshments. The refrain includes the lyrics, "Cars break down and people break down and other things break down too so let's go...down together".

 

I had the chance to have dinner with…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on April 5, 2011 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Attitude is [almost] Everything

Conor Neill, a close friend of mine and a prominent Entrepreneur in Spain, wrote this short story below for…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on March 25, 2011 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Icarus Was On To Something

The story…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on March 18, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

In Defense of Discrimination: Obesity

On February 9th, 2011 I began this series on Discrimination with some thoughts on the…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on March 10, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

When teams Plan the Fight they don't Fight the Plan

A couple of months back I interviewed Patrick Thean about the success he's experienced in…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on March 3, 2011 at 9:29am — No Comments

In Defense of Discrimination [Part 1]

[Author's Note: at no time during this series centering on Discrimination will I ever suggest or condone discrimination of anyone based on race, gender, nationality, religion, etc, etc.]

On February 7th, 2011, President Obama…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on February 9, 2011 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

You Can't Always Hire A-Players

Sure, there are some experts out there who will tell you that you can always hire A-Players, but I'm not one of them.  Considering 54% of all hires are mis-hires (according to a 2000 Fortune…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on February 2, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Recruiting Season is Heating Up

In case you haven't noticed, the hiring freeze that seemed to overtake the our nation over the last 14 months is thawing, just in time for Spring.

Here are a few of the articles that I've noticed in the past few days that suggest it's time for you to pay attention and get your act together because it's going to be time for you to start RECRUITING instead of…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on January 25, 2011 at 12:45pm — No Comments

CIDS Interviews: Fair or Not?

In a slightly modified version of my recent post "How to Prepare for a Topgrading Interview" it drew…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on January 12, 2011 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Please Make Productivity Your Resolution

The EO Network recently launched a blog entitled Overdrive.  I follow this in my RSS Feed and today it rewarded me with an article that I'm sure you'll appreciate heading into a New Year.

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on January 5, 2011 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Eatin' Good in the Neighborhood

Those who have heard me speak publicly or have been clients of HireBetter are very familiar with my insistence that Job Descriptions are largely worthless when written by starting at the beginning.  What I encourage people to do instead…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on December 28, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

If You Love Them, Let Them Leave

Last week Major League Baseball was rocked by an incredible story that screamed "Blog About Me!".  Cliff Lee, an 8 year veteran pitcher who's had the chance to play in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Seattle and Texas, was the most sought after free agent of the off-season.  The Rangers, who had his services for a mere 15 starts (plus the post-season) were so enamored with him that they attempted to "break the bank" to keep him in Texas.…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on December 22, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

How to Prepare for a Topgrading Interview

I found this interesting: in the past couple of months the top keyword search strings that lead people to this blog were often about preparing for a Topgrading Interview. The irony is that you can't really "prepare" for a Topgrading interview. Yes, journaling about your career history, reflecting back on the praise you received or the criticism that challenged you, thinking about your Boss and what you liked or disliked about them -…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on December 14, 2010 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

The Greatest Interview Question of All Time

I'm on vacation with my family in Boston this weekend (Go Jets!) and so I thought I'd go digging for some "old fashioned" blog posts that might still have a lot of validity in today's market.



Kacey Claiborne, our Director of Talent Evaluation at…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on December 7, 2010 at 1:11pm — 7 Comments

Reality Potions and their Risks

Derek Jeter is one of the most well-known and well-respected players in all of Major League Baseball. This year, at the age of 36, his contract is up for renewal. As the Captain of the Yankees, many fans expected the Front Office to give him whatever he wanted so that he could finish out his Hall of Fame career in pinstripes.…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on November 30, 2010 at 9:01pm — 11 Comments

Palms and Lips - the Significance of Body Language

Because of the generosity of Joe Navarro, a man who spent 25 years as a counterintelligence special agent, I've had the opportunity to share a lot of research and guidance about nonverbal and verbal communication with you over the last few weeks. To…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on November 23, 2010 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Can Leaders Learn Anything from Baseball?

The Hot Stove was fired up early this year with the new policy of Major League Baseball being anyone who was eligible automatically become a free agent upon the last pitch in the World Series. As a Cardinals Fan, this was a welcome change because it meant that I had an excuse to start paying attention again.…



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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on November 16, 2010 at 12:01pm — 13 Comments

The Most Honest Part of Your Body

Joe Navarro's career as a counterintelligence special agent for the FBI made him one of the most uniquely qualified experts on nonverbal communication. When you spend 25 years interrogating terrorists and criminals you're bound to pick up on a few things.



In Chapter 1 of…

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Added by Jonathan D. Davis on November 9, 2010 at 2:54pm — 2 Comments

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