Geoffrey James

Posts by Geoffrey James

  • 10 Myths to be Aware of When Hiring a Team

    November 12, 2015

    Most job descriptions identify being a "team player" as a desirable characteristic in a successful job candidate. However, while most recruiters have a sense of what a good team player might look like, their assessment of a candidate is likely to be based more upon anecdote than fact. In addition, scientific research into team and teamwork has now proven that much of the conventional wisdom about teams is dead wrong, according to the newly published book Team Genius: The New...

  • Colleges Aren't Preparing Students for the Workforce: What This Means for Recruiters

    July 1, 2015

    A college degree has traditionally been a strong indicator that a candidate will succeed in an entry-level job. Unfortunately, colleges in the U.S. are failing to prepare students for the workforce, which is forcing corporations to change their hiring practices. The failure of academia According to a recent McKinsey study, only one out of four employers believes that traditional universities are "doing an adequate job of preparing graduates for the workplace." A similar study...

  • The 8 Books Every Recruiter Should Read

    May 18, 2015

    According to Amazon, there are over 7,000 books about recruiting. Since at the rate of one book per day it would take almost 20 years to read them all, I thought it might be useful to winnow the list down to the must-read essentials. Here they are: 1. Moneyball Subtitle: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Author: Michael Lewis Why it's a must-read: Yes, this book is about baseball recruiting, but it contains the key to hiring effective teams without paying money for superstars....

  • The Future of Recruiting: Tools Predicting the Candidate's Personality and...

    May 5, 2015

    The challenge of recruiting has always been to find candidates who have 1) the right technical skills to do the job and 2) a personality that fits well...

  • 4 Ways to Prevent Damage to Your Talent Brand

    March 26, 2015

    A recent study from Cornell University discovered that when job candidates are exposed to negative information about a company, they're much less likely...

  • 8 LinkedIn Profile Warning Signs

    March 5, 2015

    Recruiters and hiring managers have become quite adept at eliminating candidates based on resume red flags. Embarrassing typos, messy formatting, or...