11/15/12: Top Talent Development Posts this Week

November 15, 2012 by Wally Bock

Every week, I review blogs and other publications that cover talent development to find the very best talent development posts. This week, you’ll find pointers to pieces about why you may benefit from hiring from within, why skills and experience are irrelevant when hiring, bridging the hiring gap for college graduates, and why most firms need leadership development to advance talent management strategy.

From TLNT: Internal or External? Why You May Benefit Promoting From Within

“Let’s say there is a skills gap in your company. If budgets allow, your first inclination might be to hire someone from outside the company to close that gap.”

From Brad Remillard at Chief Executive: Skills and Experiences Are Irrelevant When Hiring

“Since most people have been taught interviewing is about the candidate’s skills and experiences, the interviewer tends to ask a lot of questions about their past. For example, ‘What have you done in this area?’ or ‘Have you ever done _____?’ Those trained in behavioral interviewing will take those same questions and convert them into asking for an example such as, ‘Give me an example where you have done X’ or ‘Tell me about a time when you had X as an issue?’ All of this may be good to know, but the fact is you really don’t care about any of this.”

From the NY Times: Bridging the Hiring Gap for College Graduates

“MANY newly minted college graduates are filled with anxiety, fearing that they won’t find decent jobs despite their knowledge and skills, and that they will never be free of tuition debt. At the same time, executives say they can’t find qualified applicants for a wide range of jobs. So, this fall, I talked to about a dozen C.E.O.’s in a variety of industries, along with more than 135 graduates, to try to get to the bottom of this paradox.”

From Right Management: Most Firms Need Leadership Development to Advance Talent Management Strategy

“As a leader, you know the importance of having a clear and actionable talent management strategy if you want your company to optimize performance. Yet, only 12 percent of major organizations have a fully implemented talent management strategy, according to a survey of 537 U.S. companies we recently conducted.”

Wally Bock is a coach, a writer and President of Three Star Leadership.

Posted in Talent Management

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