Celebrating Birthdays and Milestones

Do you celebrate your birthday with your colleagues at work? Do you look forward to it or you feel it is an intrusion? Celebrations make people feel appreciated and bring them together, both of which help to form deeper relationships between team members and across...

Onboarding – Company Culture

We talked about the onboarding process in our earlier post. We discussed the steps and the importance of having a checklist. Yet, we need to keep in mind that we should not lose our way in the process. It should be an experience for the new hire and not a process...

Onboarding – Process & Checklists

Do you remember when you started with your current employer? How was your onboarding experience? Did it help you to have a smooth start in the new position? Or was it bumpy and you would rather forget? First impressions are crucial when it comes to starting any new...

Offer Letter and Employment Contract

Do you give an offer letter or an employment contract or both, when you hire someone in your company? Do you use different templates based on the position you are hiring? Do you issue a conditional offer letter? The practice of using offer letters and employment...

What not to ask during the interview

As I was talking to somebody recently about interviews and what we can and cannot ask, I thought this could be an interesting topic to discuss. Back in 1999, when I started my first job in India, the most common interview question that we had to face was “when do you...

Cost per Hire

On my previous blog post, I had mentioned that hiring mistakes can be expensive. I would like to expand on that further. There are different cost elements involved in hiring a candidate. It is important to know what those are and how to calculate the cost.  The...

Interviews and Unconscious Bias

Our unconscious bias shows up when we interact with another person. We display biases in a job interview or a performance review discussion. The dictionary defines bias as a strong inclination of the mind or a preconceived opinion about something or someone. We all...

Hiring and Selection Tools

We spend more than one-third of our day at work with our colleagues and bosses. These are important relationships in our lives. But do you wonder how can we decide in a 30 minutes interview, whether a person fits into our organization? It takes a lot more than a job...

Background Checks

 Checking the criminal records of future hires is a common practice in many organizations. What is the purpose of such record check? And to what extent do these reports influence the company’s hiring decision?  Let us look at some considerations for a Criminal...

Job Postings

Reviewing job postings at least once a year is a good practice. It helps us keep these up to date with all changes in internal and external environments. Here are some points to consider for your job posting: Company information Update the company information section...