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Is in-person interviewing dead?

by Alan Collins

Video interviewing is picking up steam!

More and more firms have begun slowly moving away from time-consuming, in-person interviews that can be nightmares to schedule.

Instead, they’ve begun replacing them with virtual or video interviews that are more efficient, easier to set up and less costly.

As evidence of the rise of video
interviewing, apps like Skype, Zoom
and Cisco’s Webex have skyrocketed
in usage and profitability.

Why is this happening?

The current reasons are obvious: the “Great Resignation” and the pandemic (which still seems to be lingering on).

To cope, many organizations have implemented mandatory vaccinations and are being very cautious about who they bring into their workplace.

However, this trend of more remote interviewing is not new. Over the last few years, technology has been driving a gradual shift away from face-to-face interviews.

In fact, Korn Ferry’s rough estimates suggest that between 30% and 70% of initial interviews are conducted by video.

And because of this, many HR leaders and business observers have begun raising a provocative question…

Is this a sign that the
in-person interview is dead?

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Success in HR Does Not Define You. But Here’s Who Does.

by Alan Collins

Success in HR does not define you.

YOU define success in HR.


There are two HR people who illustrate this perfectly.

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Here’s person #1.

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6 Subtle Warning Signs That It’s Time to Leave Your Current HR Job 

By Alan Collins 

Here’s a quick story a headhunter friend of mine likes to tell about a fictitious fisherman.

As his story goes, this fishing dude had just bought a brand new shiny anchor for his boat.

And as he went forward to tie it to the side of his boat, he slipped and fell overboard.

Suddenly, he’s sitting on the bottom of the river in fifteen feet of water, cradling his new anchor.

He paid a lot for it, didn’t want to let go…but he was running out of breath.

So, realizing his choice was either to drown or lose the anchor, he reluctantly let it go and swims to the surface.

And he lives to fish again.

Not one to waste a good story, the fisherman then shares his near-death experience with his colleagues the next day at work.

Everyone has a good laugh at his expense.

But then he shares something else that stops them dead in their tracks.

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15 Things I Wish We’d STOP Doing in HR…

by Alan Collins

I’m going to rant in this article so be prepared.

If we want to improve both the impact of HR and the success of the organizations we support, we must put our foot down and STOP doing some things.

Below is my list of 15 things that I think are just plain asinine, most of which the pandemic represents the ideal time to stop doing.

Would love to add your input. So feel free to add your own frustration to the list by clicking HERE.

That said, here you go.

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Three Global Leaders Share 22 Minutes of Sheer Brilliance…

by Alan Collins

While scrambling to finish up a project for a client, I stumbled across the three awesome videos on YouTube — that every HR pro should watch.

I’ve posted them below.

It’ll take you just 22 minutes to view all three.

But the insights you’ll learn about HR’s role and what we bring to the table…are simply BRILLIANT!  

So go grab your favorite beverage and check them out.

If you’re busy right now, bookmark this page and come back when you have time.

But DO watch them. 

Even if you’ve seen these before, view them again.

Or share them with your HR colleagues.

Or your boss.

Or pick out one to spice up your next HR meeting.

They are classics.

In any event, check them out below and ENJOY!

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HR Consulting on the Side: “I’ve Just Landed My First Gig. What’s Your Advice?”

Hi Alan,

For the first time, I’m going to be doing some HR consulting on the side for a small business. 

What I should charge to create a company handbook, revise new hire paperwork, including an online employee application…and be available for phone consultation?

I want to be reasonable but also don’t want to cut myself short.  

Any advice on what to charge and on agreements you have that you would be willing to share would be appreciated?

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6 Ways To Become an HR Superhero in Your Organization — No Matter How Much (Or Little) Experience You Have!

by Alan Collins

A few nights ago, I saw Black Widow on HBO Max.

I loved it!

It had great action sequences, a cool story and heart. Scarlett Johansoon was terrific in the starring role.

I highly recommend it.

I’m a big superhero fan and movie buff.  As a kid I collected comic books and fantasized having powers like Spider-Man.

Growing up, I wouldn’t be surprised if you had your own super-powered role model as well.

And, maybe you still do.

If so, envision this: Imagine being an HR superhero in your organization.

If you’ve gained a reputation with your clients as someone who is awesome at what you do in HR, it’s just like being your favorite superhero — gifted with super powers.

When you’ve reached this level:

It doesn’t matter how much HR experience you have.

It doesn’t matter what college you went to.

It doesn’t matter what degrees you have.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re HR certified or not.

No one gives a crap about that stuff.

Instead, they are spellbound by your powers and your awesomeness. 

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