Quality of Hire Articles

  • Use This Six-point System to Hire the Best Candidates

    January 31, 2019

    In the process of writing the 4th edition of Hire with Your Head, my publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., wanted to know what has changed from when the first edition was published in 1997. Not much, I said. Despite the enormous investment in technology and process improvement, companies still struggle to find enough top-tier talent to fill high-demand positions...

  • Raise the Talent Bar by Redefining the Bar

    January 9, 2019

    Raising the talent bar involves consistently hiring people who are in the top half of their peer group. If this is a strategic talent acquisition goal for your company, you need to consider these fundamental truths about hiring people who are already in the top half: Unless you have an excess supply of people who are in the top half applying to your job postings...

  • How to Improve Quality of Hire by Changing the Way You Source Candidates

    August 22, 2018

    Maximizing quality of hire and spending less money at the same time may seem impossible, but it isn’t. It all comes down to allocating a company’s recruiting budget based on the channels that produce the best candidates. Just take a look at the graphic below, which shows quality of hire by sourcing channel: The data behind the chart (more details) reveals the...

  • How to Determine When You Should Take a Risk on a Candidate

    April 16, 2018

    No candidate selection process can deliver a 100% success rate—even world class assessors make mistakes from time to time. As long as...

  • How to Use the 80/20 Talent Rule to Increase Quality of Hire

    March 22, 2018

    Most companies unknowingly violate this the 80/20 Talent Rule every day. The rule is: Focus 80% of your hiring and recruiting efforts...

  • Here Are the Best (and Worst) Predictors of Quality of Hire

    January 11, 2018

    In the last few years, we’ve run a survey asking how recently hired people found their jobs and how active or passive they were when...