When you get asked to be a reference, you can answer yes or no. No matter your answer refer to this guide to make sure you are getting through the process effectively. Being considerate of other people's time and being prepared for your calls will make the hiring process easier on both sides.
During a reference call for a COO or other executive-level position, you might not know what questions to ask to get the most valuable information about your candidate. Since most of your candidates are probably very qualified for the job, you will want to ask the references questions that will help you differentiate them and get a deeper insight into each one. Here's our list of 10.
Is a personality match a strong enough reason for making a decision as important as staff selection?
Despite the overwhelming support for tools such as work samples and structured interviews, many are still relying on instincts or assessing likability to make hiring decisions. Lauren Rivera has described an “emotional spark of commonality” to explain what happens when interviewers perceive their candidates as similar to them, which triggers positive feelings that may or may not be warranted by evidence.
Many of the articles we read are about what we need to change to become better in work and life. Be a better communicator. Be a better planner. Use our time more effectively. Get to the gym. Eat fewer carbs.
But sometimes it is important to consider who we are, not as a starting point for change, but to leverage what we know about ourselves and play to it.
Communication skills are an essential part of the leader’s toolbox. However, a recent article reported that nearly seventy percent of managers polled indicated that managers find communicating with employees is the biggest challenge for them.
What’s at stake if managers don’t step out of their comfort zones to connect with employees?
A recent article in Entrepreneur suggested asking employees if they could wrap up work and get on a plane in five hours as means of gauging effectiveness on the job.
The Hawaii Question encourages employees to see their productivity for themselves. As many organizations move away from the annual review to adopt more continuous feedback cycles, questions like this one could prompt the inner monologue that drives improvement.
Their work life has consisted of more recessions than the previous two generations. They’ve learned from Baby Boomers and are mentoring Millennials. And according to a recent study, the stress is exhausting them.
Actor Alan Alda’s new book If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating is a deep dive into what matters most in communication—empathy. Leaders, trainers, and interviewers will find valuable tips on how to build and sustain connection to others.