Lee-Martin Seymour's Blog (7)

Xref wants to hear YOUR thoughts on the recruitment process

Have you ever wondered how your recruitment process - streamlined and perfected over many successful hires – can be thrown by what you feel should be a simple box ticking exercise; why your competitors have been able to snap up your ideal candidate before you could complete your due diligence; and why, at the end of the process, you’re left with a pool of second bests?

You’re not alone.

With mounting pressure to find and place candidates, increasingly global competition for…


Added by Lee-Martin Seymour on March 1, 2017 at 9:27 — No Comments

Checking Candidate References: Don’t Leave it to the Intern

It’s been the status quo for decades. And it’s inefficient, inconsistent and risky. What am I talking about? Traditional phone-based reference checking for candidates.

But it remains the only way we can be sure our candidates are genuine. It’s the only way we can get an independent assessment of their strengths and weaknesses – yes, even independent of our own biases during interviews. And perhaps most importantly, it’s the only way we can get deep insight into a candidate’s…


Added by Lee-Martin Seymour on February 23, 2017 at 15:39 — No Comments

Combining HR Tech Solutions to Secure the Best Talent

The rise of HR technology solutions is having a major impact on the industry and the inefficiencies of running Australian businesses as a whole. Advancements in technology and data collection in recent years mean good-quality data has become the minimum requirement for successful business processes. And although there can be animosity from veteran HR professionals about the new digital solutions, there’s no doubt about the value, efficiency and security they offer.

One of the key…


Added by Lee-Martin Seymour on November 22, 2016 at 11:19 — No Comments

Engage, attract, retain

“Are they engaged?” Without context, that question can be interpreted in many, very different ways. In a marketing environment you might be talking about the intended audience of your latest campaign, trying to determine how well you’re speaking to them and how likely they are to buy; in a social setting, you’re more likely to be talking about a couple going through that very special moment in their relationship. In our world of HR, the meaning lies somewhere in the middle – it’s not quite…


Added by Lee-Martin Seymour on October 24, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

Complement don't compete, human driven automation

Today’s workplaces are increasingly “going paperless”, with a growing number of organisations opting for cloud-based solutions to offer secure and systematic business processes. The HR industry is no different when it comes to basic processes such as file storage and sharing but other, arguably more critical, practices are still stuck in the past.

This is certainly what we’ve seen with reference checking, which is often still conducted via phone, reliant on referee availability for a…


Added by Lee-Martin Seymour on September 29, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

How well do we really know candidates?

It’s no secret, especially in this particular forum, that business success is born of the working environments that recognise their people as their number one asset. Getting the most out of our workforce is an age-old HR challenge, but how do we really know we’re hiring the right people to join our team in the first place?

In 2000 Jack Welch, Chairman and CEO of General Electric from 1981 to 2001, made the observation that there are four types of managers – those employees that…


Added by Lee-Martin Seymour on September 8, 2016 at 8:55 — No Comments

Driving Change through Automation

There is a moment in the 1951 classic, The Catcher in The Rye, when Holden Caulfield walks through the Museum of Natural History and exclaims, ‘The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move. . . . Nobody’d be different. The only thing that would be different would be you.’ Flash-forward 65 years and the image of that “museum” bears a striking resemblance to the current state of today’s HR industry. For a long time,…


Added by Lee-Martin Seymour on July 6, 2016 at 11:32 — No Comments

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