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Hiring And Dating. Are They Really So Different? Part 2 Of 2

Welcome at the second part of our mini serial by Miroslava Barcova, Statutory Director at Delta Advisory/ Kennedy Executive Search Czechia. In the previous article we got to the first date/ first round of an interview. What comes next? 1. Next rounds Usually people do not get married after the first date. The same stands for employment. And the more mature people are, the more rounds it takes to accept give and get t
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Hiring And Dating. The Same, Just Different. Part 1 Of 2

This week’s posting comes from Miroslava Barcova, Statutory Director at Delta Advisory in Prague/ Kennedy Executive Search Czechia: “Dating and finding a new job: Two completely different things, different life situations, personal life and work. Do they really differ so much or can we find any similarities common to both of them? First of all, they both are relationships. Let’s have a closer look at the
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Why Italians Are Like Mobile Phones

Italy is a country of endless resources and at the same time of great contradictions, many of which come from its unique history that also contributed in shaping the culture and personality of the Italian people. Philip Kotler wrote “For the rest of the world Italy is a proper enigma, the most notable among marketing theoreticals – because it is the only country system that manages to produce value despite the situat
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One Thing You Should Know About Hiring And Firing In The Netherlands

Every culture has its own recipe. So does the Dutch culture. Also when it comes to hiring and firing. Here comes what you should know about hiring and firing in the The Netherlands – written by a Dutch. The Netherlands has been quite successful on an economic note for over 400 years. If you look at all the lists, the country, on a global scale,  is one of the largest investors, has one of the lowest unemployment rate
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How Many Job Interviews Are Too Many?

The job interview process is probably the most crucial part to a successful hiring. And without successful people on board – from the switchboard operator, over Research & Development and accounts receivables to the CEO – no company will stay in business. Much has been written (including on this blog) on how to master the job interview, both for the hiring manager and the candidate. This is the qualit
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How To Tell A Candidate They Did Not Get The Job

Congratulations! You have found the right candidate (male/ female; “he” as of now to make it easier to read) and he has accepted your offer. Your business critical position is filled, you can relax and your overtime will stop. One unsettling thing on your to do list remains: How to tell the other candidate (s) they did not get the job? After all, you have created hopes. You have shown a potential career p
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ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) And Personality Tests: Saviors Or Nemeses Of HR?

  This is a post by my good virtual friends Neil Patrick from 40pluscareerguru and Marcia LaReau from Forward Motion on the use of technology such as ATS (“applicant tracking systems”, a software that enables the electronic handling of recruitment needs) or personality tests in the hiring process. Neil: Recently, I’ve been speaking with Marcia LaReau, President of Forward Motion, LLC about the use of
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How To Do A Reference Check

In my career as a headhunter, I have found new jobs for approximately 350 knowledge workers and interviewed thousands of candidates. And all of them saw themselves as above average candidates and often felt they understood both strategy and leadership better than their superiors. Indeed, in 13 years in recruitment Which candidates tell the truth and which ones over estimate their own capabilities? One of the most rel
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Should You Post Your Job Ads Without Text?

This week’s posting comes  from Nico, long time contact of mine and today HR Manager: “My mentor, an experienced recruiter, once called one of his top clients and said ‘I met a candidate who would be a perfect fit for you. You should meet her and try to work out something together!’ I thought he was crazy. He will never be in the position to know the firm as much as the HR department. The job
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How To Make A Job Offer That NO ONE Can Turn Down

Congratulations! After having screened dozens or hundreds of resumes and having conducted numerous interviews, you have found the right candidate for your job vacancy. Weeks or months of hard work come to an end. Make sure you get it right at this critical point of time of the hiring process: one false move can result in a refusal and if you screw it up now, you have to start at zero again (unless you have a back-up
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