What does data tell us about the best way to interview and select managers?

Data from employers shows that training interviewers in how to follow a structured interview process can pay real dividends. Trained interviewers tend to make better hiring decisions, which ultimately drives up the calibre of team members as well as the

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How has leadership changed in recent years?

As little as a decade ago, it was assumed that effective leaders needed to be charismatic individuals with a strong vision for their organisations. However, the latest business school research as well as practice suggests that a different style of

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How can we know that training will genuinely make a difference?

Most organisations are besieged by consultants offering to train them in various skills such as emotional intelligence, leadership, selling, negotiation and so on. But how can we know if any given training intervention will actually work or not? It’s important

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What does good leadership look like?

The field of leadership can at times appear confusing or even contradictory. There are many different models and theories of leadership (e.g. transformational, transactional, charismatic, authentic, etc). So when it comes to developing leaders, what model should we use? We

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What can Google teach us about how not to interview?

We at Talentspace have worked with a growing number of web and technology firms in recent years to train their interviewers in competency-based interviewing techniques (also known as capability-based interviews or behavioural interviews). We often heard managers saying that Google

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What’s wrong with the Myers-Briggs personality test?

We at Talentspace have long had concerns about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which is probably the bestselling personality test around the world. A recent article on the Harvard Business Review blog encapsulated the issue neatly. Columbia University professor of

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What enables managers to interview effectively? (Video)

This 30-minute presentation is an overview of the principles that allow managers to interview candidates more effectively, i.e. to weed out weaker candidates and hire only the strongest ones. The presentation is based on a day-long interactive training workshop that

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Do we really need competencies when it comes to interviewing?

Many managers believe themselves to be good judges of character. However, most human resources professionals as well as business schools researchers accept that the traditional interview is a poor method for selecting the best candidates. We know this because of

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