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Tag: Reference Check

Are high pedigree, Ivy League job candidates always the best?

March 30, 2019
The 2019 college admission cheating and bribery scandal is a reminder to evaluate ivy league and regular candidates carefully when hiring ... instead of treating certain labels as a proxy/substitute...

Insider threats – Hiding in Plain Sight

February 23, 2019
Knowingly or not, we have been watching incidents where insider threats have been the primary cause of serious and often expensive problems that have affected over 100 million people. I...

Ghosting an employer … it can professionally haunt you and … others

February 2, 2019
In this blog, which is part two of a series, I address the professional consequences of ghosting, and how it affects colleagues. Are the ease and possible pleasure of ghosting...

The Relevance and Absence of the Reference Check in the #MeToo Era

October 5, 2018
If anyone is looking for evidence that background and reference checks are still worthwhile, look no further than the current headlines around the ongoing Supreme Court nomination process in the US....

How to be a fox when interviewing a wolf (Part 2)

April 28, 2018
In this blog, Dr. Helen continues to discuss corporate psychopaths who often become successful and powerful by using exploitation and manipulation to get ahead. She lists a few ways that...

Corporate Psychopaths – wolves in the workplace (Part 1)

April 21, 2018
To borrow from the animal narrative, I would argue that corporate psychopaths don't always slink and slither throughout certain organizations as they are portrayed on the cover of ‘Snakes and...

The Challenges of Hiring Staff to Work in the Cannabis Industry

January 27, 2018
The standard practices used by many employers and hiring managers will probably be inadequate for the cannabis (or marijuana) industry - especially in the early days ...

Q&A with Dr. Helen – What You Need to Know About Reference Checks

January 20, 2018
In this article, Dr. Helen answers some frequently asked questions about the usefulness of the reference check and its relevance in the modern job search and hiring process. The job...

Hiring and HR at the Start of the Blockchain Era

January 13, 2018
During the early days of the blockchain era, many organizations will make expensive mistakes when hiring staff. The typical screening strategies won't work since nobody has a degree or diploma...

Insider threats and data breaches: they’re not always what you think …

November 18, 2017
There’s something you should know before you invest your entire IT and information security budget on technical solutions – if a smart thief wanted to steal your intellectual property and/or your...

What Do HR and Psychology Have to Do With Cyber Threats?

November 7, 2016
I’ve been thinking about cyber threats / security and adapting what I learned and applied when I was working in a very secure environment. In that work environment, we were...

Are Reference Checks Worthwhile?

August 2, 2015
When properly structured, a good Reference Check will give employers and organizations valuable insights about the nature of the qualities that a candidate will contribute if/when hired. I like to...