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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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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 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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When hiring, what are the most effective – and ineffective – interview questions to ask candidates?

Candidates don’t always tell the truth. Some exaggerate while a few may outright lie about their skills and experience. So what questions should managers ask during selection interviews – and what questions should they avoid – if they want to

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Want to read The Sunday Times’ guide to successfully recruiting and interviewing candidates?

The Sunday Times commissioned Talentspace to write a book on Successful Interviewing and Recruitment.  The first edition of the book came out in 2008 but was successful enough to warrant a second edition which was published in 2010. The book

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What are the characteristics of good quality feedback and criticism?

Few people enjoy being criticised.  Yet constructive, carefully-phrased criticism is a potent tool.  Organisations that foster a culture of constructive criticism find that their teams perform more strongly.  Individuals who seek out criticism and feedback about themselves learn more quickly

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How can structuring a selection interview make it more effective?

Many managers believe that they are good judges of character.  Unfortunately, many line managers overestimate their ability to spot strong candidates and weed out weak ones.  In this article from the Executive Appointments section of The Sunday Times, Talentspace director

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