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Interviewing Candidates for Character Character should be an essential attribute sought of any new hire. Here is how to identify it. MORE...

Orchestrating the Interview Process Your company's interview process needs to be well defined, consistently applied and tightly controlled. MORE...

Recruiting and Retaining Superstars The quality of your people defines your culture. Your recruitment efforts leverage and replicate their strengths. Your best people, not just programs, can be your best sales tool in attracting and retaining superstars. MORE...

The Process of Making a Job Offer – Part 1 Making a job offer requires a process, not a pitch. In this first in a three part series, we look at the process of qualifying candidate's motivations and boosting your probability of a successful hire. MORE...

The Process of Making a Job Offer – Part 2: Establishing a Common Vision In the second of our three part series, we explore further how a job offer process can increase your probability of making a successful hire by unearthing your candidate's true motivations and expectations. MORE...

The Process of Making a Job Offer – Part 3: Gaining Acceptance In the third of our series, we discuss the job offer itself -- how to make it, and how to close the deal. MORE...

After Acceptance: Mitigating the Counteroffer and Beginning the Onboarding Process How to ensure your new hire actually starts work, and that his or her first days on the job are everything you promised they would be. MORE...

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