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Fire them before you hire them

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Karl Alrichs believes hiring managers spend too much time interviewing candidates—and asking them the wrong questions to boot. Then they’re surprised to find themselves having to fire those same candidates a few months later, after discovering that good interview skills don’t necessarily signal a great fit on the job.

“We hire for hard skills, but we fire for soft skills,” the consultant for Hiring Smart, an Indiana firm specializing in employee selection, told participants at the 2007 SHRM Annual Conference. “Our new slogan should be ‘Fire them before we hire them.’”

Culling through stacks of resumes and conducting two or three rounds of interviews isn’t particularly effective, Alrichs contended. It’s too time consuming, too subjective and too often results in bad hires.

Instead, he advocates a streamlined system that frontloads the hiring process by placing more responsibility on job seekers. It relies heavily on autom...(register to read more)

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