Posts Tagged ‘employees’

The Right Way To Do A Resource Audit

In last week’s post we summarized some key internal resources a business must review and audit to effectively plan and get things done. The approach discussed works best for service businesses, which is what I tend to serve. Let’s broaden the scope this week and examine what goes into a resource audit for any type…

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How I work – Professional Competencies

Professional competencies speak to how technical skills are applied. They will demonstrate an employee’s potential for promotion within the business. Everybody claims to want the same competencies in a candidate, so I examine how these are exhibited in the workplace, against the company’s goals. With this I build a prioritized competency table, like a point…

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How To Ask Bad Interview Questions

Let us also dedicate a few words to bad interview questions. Here are some formats to avoid: Yes/No questions. Especially ones where the obvious answer is yes. “Are you good at problem solving?” If anybody answers no let me know, I would like to interview that person for this blog. Trick or silly questions. “If…

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How To Ask Good Interview Questions

Interview Questions matter – having spent the last few weeks explaining competencies and their value in the hiring process, it is worth discussing how to ask the right questions during the interview process. Job interviews are difficult to handle. Candidates are nervous, anxious to please and make the right impression. Employers are hoping for a…

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How to Choose Your Competencies

Using these two groups of competencies helps to list out specific traits. There is nothing on those lists that an employer would not want in his or her workforce. But choices must be made, so how do you choose the competencies for your team? Bringing it all together What can be taught, what must be…

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Examples of Professional Competencies

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Professional Competencies are about getting the work done. If Basic Competencies spoke to soft skills, then Professional Competencies point to a person’s effectiveness in the day to day tasks of the job. As mentioned, these are not about a specific technical skill, rather the universal abilities to, well, get things done. The categories of Professional…

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Examples of Basic Competencies

For many years we have been struggling with the definition – and correct appreciation – of soft skills. Basic Competencies are a useful replacement. Many employers find “soft skills” too vague: when it comes to actually evaluating and choosing a new employee they prefer a material selection process; something to which they can point with…

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Startup Buzz: Finding the Funding

I had the pleasure last week of attending this year’s Startup Buzz. The theme this time around was Finding the Funding. After this same event last year I shared the main criteria investors examine to select whether or not to invest in a new startup. This year the panel discussed various aspects of the planning…

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Competencies – What Are They

Hiring by competencies will encompass everything you need in terms of skill, behaviors and abilities. Competencies are transferrable to different environments, situations and problems, and point to superior performance and continuous improvement. So what is exactly is a competency? The word is often used interchangeably with skill or behavior, both of which are not quite correct. So…

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Training versus Coaching

Training and Coaching are two words often used interchangeably. Most companies have some form of training, and a consequence of the confusion between these two terms, is that they do not also add a form of coaching, thinking it is all already done. Let’s start with definitions. What is the difference? Training is, in essence,…

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