Got An HR Interview Coming Up? Here Are 7 Things Your Next Employer Is Looking For…

by Alan Collins

Question: Alan, I’ve got an HR interview coming up next week. While I’ve interviewed lots of candidates as an HR Director, I haven’t interviewed myself for an HR job in five years. 

I’m excited, but I’m nervous and apprehensive as hell now that I’m on the other side of the table.  

What’s your take on what employers are really looking for these days?  
–Sarah A.   


Answer:  Hi Sarah, before I answer your question, let’s first talk about your apprehension.

Everyone gets nervous before interviews. It doesn’t matter if you have twenty-years of experience in HR and have interviewed hundreds of job candidates yourself as a recruiter…when you flip over to that other side of the table as an interviewee, it can be stressful.

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Own It! The Best Networking Advice You’ll Ever Get…

by Alan Collins

I’m plowing through Sallie Krawcheck’s new book, Own It: The Power of Women at Work. 

Sallie is CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, an online investment platform aimed at women.  

According to the Huffington Post, Sallie at one time was widely considered the most powerful woman on Wall Street.  Nevertheless, she was fired twice from high-profile banking jobs partly, she believes, because she was a woman.

In Own It, she is brutally candid about her experiences and is a must read!

However, the #1 value you’ll gain from her book are the terrific insights for managing your career, playing to your strengths and building on the power you already have.  

I highly recommend it.  Whether you’re a woman or a man.  Whether you’re in HR or not.

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The Awesome Power of Standing Up For Yourself in HR

by Alan Collins

Years ago, I made an honest, but frustrating mistake many HR professionals make.

It was one that taught me the value of standing up for yourself and sticking to your guns — when you  know you’re right.

It occurred when a hiring executive called me and wanted me to make an offer to an outstanding engineering candidate.

The position had been tough to fill.  We’d been searching for months and interviewed tons of candidates.  But we had finally landed our person.

I called the candidate. Made a verbal offer of $130K plus our standard bonus and benefit package.  The candidate was overjoyed and he verbally accepted over the phone. Everything clicked.

Except one thing.

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How To Deal With Missed Opportunities in HR…

by Alan Collins

Ten years ago, a student at Harvard invited 5 people over to his dorm room to discuss a business opportunity.

Only 2 of the 5 people showed up.

Today, those two people are billionaires.

Dustin Moskovitz is worth $9.9 Billion and Eduardo Saverin $5.8 Billion.

And the guy they met that night?

You got it!  

It was Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, whose current net worth is: $35.7 Billion.

The point:  There’s nothing more expensive than a missed opportunity.

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The Day I Was Forced To Fire My HR Staff…And What I Learned About Change!

by Alan Collins

Years ago, I was forced to downsize my HR team by 10%.

This meant firing six talented folks that I had worked with for years.

Their performance results were terrific.

I knew their families.

I had bonded with them personally.

We had enjoyed lots of great times together.

So this was going to be tough.  I hated it.  Didn’t want to do it.  And I pushed back hard on the decision.

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What Every HR Professional Must Know To Successfully Drive Change in Their Organization — An Expert Interview with Larry Pearlman

By Alan Collins

Change happens.  It always has and always will.  If anything, it’s occurring faster now than ever before.

But one thing hasn’t changed…

The true superstars in HR play a crucial role in making change in their organizations happen!

Whether that change involves introducing new technology, reducing costs, changing compensation or benefits or helping the organization adapt to a new business strategy…the best HR folks are at the table helping to enable that change!

And that’s where Larry Pearlman comes in. 

Larry, along with Steve Merkin, teaches future HR leaders in their Master’s class at University of Illinois entitled “Change Management in Organizations.”  He’s helping them deepen their knowledge and skill in change management…and preparing them for today’s volatile, ever-evolving workplace.

He balances this teaching role with his full-time day job as Senior Vice President with Marsh Risk Consulting where he specializes in safety culture, safety leadership, transformation and change management.  Larry has been instrumental in designing and implementing transformational change for Fortune 500 companies across the globe.

I recently caught up with Larry and asked him to squeeze some time into his hectic schedule to share some insights about change management and HR’s role as part of our Success in HR Expert Interview Series.

Here are his insights…  

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HR Pros: The ONE Thing You Must Do In 2017 To Make It Your Best Year Yet…

By Alan Collins

Five HR people are sitting in a conference room.

Two decide to go to the CEO to present their new breakthrough idea for improving employee retention.

Question:  How many HR folks are left in that conference room?

The answer may surprise you.

It’s FIVE!
Five people are still there.

Explanation: Deciding is not DOING!

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