The Future in High-Performance HR

It’s important to think about the future. No, this isn’t an article about innovative hiring strategies or the best applicant tracking technologies. That article would have been called something like “The Future of High-Performance HR.” This article is about thinking about the future—more specifically, how thinking about the future determines the success of HR systems. The impact of HR systems How do we know if HR systems achieve desired outcomes? ...
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How To Use Assessments Without Alienating Applicants

In my previous post, I talked about how to make your applications more convenient for applicants.[divider type="white" spacing="10"] This included discussing the length of the overall application from the candidates’ perspective from the general application to any assessments they may have to complete. Hint: it should not be too long. I said I would talk more about screening and assessments, the things that make the process more convenient for you ...
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Interview Better with This Trick

How can you make the best impression in an interview? If you are the interviewer, you probably want to make a good impression as part of your employer branding strategy. A positive impression can convince the best candidates to accept an offer from you, and not someone else. And of course, if you are being interviewed, making a good impression will probably help to get you an offer. What influences ...
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Not Getting Job Applicants? Convenience Could Be The Key

In previous posts we have hit on job posts and working on the technology behind everything. Now let’s move on to those little things like CRB which can do to make things more convenient for your applicants. [divider type="white" spacing="10"]These are the things that they probably won’t even notice when they are filling out their application, but they would notice if they were not there. They will make your candidates ...
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The Best of 2016: Most Popular Cangrade Articles

Let’s take a look back at the best Cangrade articles from 2016. For the purposes of this list, “best” just means “most popular.” These are the most viewed articles, month by month. (Just click each title if you want to read the full article).   January: Personality Types Don't Exist Some of the most popular assessments claim that people have distinct personality types, and that you can take the assessment ...
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Check Your Tech: It Could Be Hurting Your Application Process

Now that we all understand what not to do in the job post, I want to visit the technological aspect of what you are putting in front of potential candidates. Since competing for talent is seen as one of the greatest challenges for most companies, you need to make sure that you make a good first impression.[divider type="white" spacing="10"] One of the first impressions you have where candidates can actually ...
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Happy Holidays!

Warm holiday wishes from all of us here at Cangrade. We will return next week to wrap up 2016 with a countdown of the year’s most popular articles. Cover image: Dave Hosford ...
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4 Things For A Better Job Post

As some of you may know this is the first in a series of posts about different ways you can improve the application process for your company and better compete for candidates. I wrote a brief introduction describing how tedious this process can be if you would like to go back and read it. But honestly, I don’t really have to tell anyone what a pain it is to apply ...
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The Outcome Bias: 3 Tips to Avoid It

The outcome bias is a tendency to judge people based on outcomes (rather than their intentions). What’s wrong with that? After all, results do matter. But if we ignore people’s intentions, it undermines the ability to make fair decisions—especially to encourage ethical behavior and discourage unethical behavior. We’ve already discussed some disturbing trends, such as how focusing too much on goals can damage organizations, and how some job postings attract ...
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Does Everyone Hate Applying To Jobs?

We have all had to sit down and force ourselves to fill out job applications. Whether it’s the first time you are looking for a job, or you’re just looking for a change, you are eventually going to have to fill one of these puppies out. And unless you are insanely lucky, you will also come out of the process with some horror stories of how AWFUL they can be. From ...
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How to “Read People” (And what makes some experienced professionals more accurate)

Do years of professional experience improve your “gut instincts” about people? This seems like it should be true. Until recently, there hasn’t been much research to answer the question. (Though there is occasionally some really good research on job interviews and the hiring process). Most previous research includes younger populations, especially college students, who typically have little or no professional experience. Are experienced professionals different? A new series of studies—including ...
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What Really Drives Sales Performance?

Sales is essential to the success of many organizations. And it can be a serious challenge to understand what really works, and what doesn’t. Fortunately there is a lot we can learn by using scientific methods. Organizations can conduct their own research to find what specifically works best for them. It’s also illuminating to look at overall trends in “big data.” One of the most interesting large-scale analyses includes more ...
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Managing Emotions at Work

Work can be rewarding. Work can be frustrating. When an employee is truly engaged, there will be strong emotions involved. Emotions are going to happen. We can’t control that. But we can control how we manage them. Researchers call it emotion regulation, and there are 3 basic ways to do it. Paying attention (or not) Changing how we think Changing how we respond Note: People also regulate emotions by choosing ...
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The Ben Franklin Effect: Giving to Get Business Results

Benjamin Franklin is a notable historical figure for many reasons. One reason is a brilliant observation: that you can get someone to like you, by getting them to do a favor for you. This is known as The Ben Franklin Effect. His autobiography describes how he once used this knowledge to his advantage, turning a rival legislator into a helpful friend: [blockquote]Having heard that he had in his library a ...
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Hiring is Like a Game of Chess

Hiring and chess have a lot in common. Anyone can pick a person they like, or move a piece on a board. The rest is extremely complex. It’s all about having the right strategy. …but neither problem has actually been “solved.” Not chess. Not hiring. Of course, we still know a whole lot about both, even though we don’t know everything. Stereotypes about people shouldn’t influence hiring or chess strategy ...
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Is Your Job “Creepy”?

Halloween is right around the corner. But do you know what makes a person really “creepy?” Recent research provides us with some useful clues. It turns out that not knowing is a big part of it. Not just that uncertainty about a person can be creepy…creepy people probably don’t know that they’re creepy. That’s right. Less than 10% of people think that the people who creep them out are actually ...
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5 Leadership Lessons from the 2016 Election

What is the defining characteristic of the 2016 Election? Everyone seems to hate it. Many people feel alienated or angry, many more are just disengaged. What went wrong? It’s easy to see the telltale signs if you know where to look. We don’t even need to discuss the specifics of any particular party or campaign. Fill in the blanks as you like.   1. Rigid hierarchy The more rigid a ...
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3 New Insights on Work-Life Balance

How can you balance “work” with the rest of “life?” It is a tricky question—it can be difficult to decide what we really mean by balance. There are actually 5 different ways people tend to think about it. Then perhaps the best first step is to understand how ‘work’ and 'life’ really influence our happiness. In this article, we discuss 3 insights from recent research. 1. Two different types of balance ...
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How Extraverts Can Ruin Teamwork

Extraversion is a preference for social situations and social interactions. You might assume that people with more of this personality trait are better at teamwork. But that assumption would be incorrect. Extraversion sometimes does in fact provide real advantages when it comes to teamwork. But it is often a disadvantage. Researchers have recently discovered more about how and why. Keep reading to find out. The extraversion advantage Why are extraverted people sometimes ...
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6 Reasons Employees Don’t “Speak Up”

People don’t always “speak up” when they see a problem at work. And the results can be disastrous. The best case scenario is that unaddressed problems only end up costing time and productivity. Other far-too-common results include accidents and injuries, failure to address unethical behaviors, and public scandals. Employee silence can also reduce innovation and damage morale, job engagement, and satisfaction. What motivates employees to remain silent? Keep reading for useful ...
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What is “Job Fit”?

What does it mean when a person “fits” with his or her job? The answer is far more complicated than you might think. Even the experts haven’t really been able to agree on it. Why can’t we figure this out? It’s not because we don’t have good theories, or good evidence. We do.   It’s because there is way too much. Fitting it all together to form a coherent story—a ...
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5 Dangers of Setting Goals

Setting goals is a good idea. It’s beneficial. It’s important. It’s necessary. Or, at least that’s what many people believe. The idea is so widely believed, it has become the cornerstone of culture in business, politics, schools, sports, sometimes even our personal lives. Top researchers in business and psychology disagree. They do think that goal setting can be beneficial. However, the benefits have probably been exaggerated, while systematic harms have ...
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The Trait that Defines a Leader

What’s the trait that most defines a leader? It’s easy to think of traits that are important for leadership. Charisma, work ethic, intelligence… But researchers have found that one trait often stands out above the rest. That trait is assertiveness. How assertiveness defines a leader Are assertive leaders better? Or are they worse? It’s not quite that simple.   Leaders tend to be evaluated along 2 basic dimensions: Likeability: How ...
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How Weekends Affect Monday Morning

Does it matter how you use your weekend? We know that it does. But what are the weekend activities that most influence how you will feel Monday morning? What can you do this weekend to get the biggest boost at work next week? Psychological resources Psychological resources are thoughts or ways of thinking that help you to achieve your goals. And recent research has identified 2 of the main resources ...
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The Olympics Can Teach Us about Hiring

What can the Olympic Games teach us about hiring? We know that the best athletes in the world are very dedicated. They have spent tremendous amounts of time and effort practicing to reach the highest levels of competition. Hours of practice, years of experience…all this time can make a difference. But not quite how you might think. Practice doesn’t make perfect If you looked at each athlete’s résumé for their ...
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