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Tag: Soft Skills

What We Can Learn About Hiring from Viral Posts and Basketball

July 6, 2019
In this article, I use a viral post from LinkedIn and Barack Obama's insights about the Toronto Raptors' historic 2019 NBA Championship to describe what we can learn about hiring...

Q&A with Dr. Helen – Ethical ways to support university admissions prep in Canada

April 6, 2019
Applicants can have high university grades but fail to gain admission to competitive programs because their applications are not written effectively. In this blog, I discuss some of the ethical...

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...

What Takes Longer: Hiring an Employee, or Buying a Car?

February 9, 2019
One of the challenges that employers face when hiring credentialed professionals is that on the surface, most of the candidates look similar. There's a fixed number of institutions that offer...

Hiring is like dating. Do you need to up your game?

October 13, 2018
Many employers treat hiring like a blind date, hoping for “love at first sight.” They spend a little bit of time with a candidate. They ask some basic questions, then ask...

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....

Automation is Now

July 7, 2018
Automation doesn’t have to be a negative. Change can be a positive, once fear is overcome. Automation and AI are causing – and sometimes allowing – some people to change...

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 ...

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...

Does my boss like me?

November 25, 2017
Right now, if you’re sitting at your workspace and asking yourself "does my boss like me?" you might already suspect that you’re not your boss’ favourite. On the other hand,...

How to stay relevant in the era of artificial intelligence

November 4, 2017
The repercussions of modern innovations are starting to become unsettling to professionals in a broad range of occupations (e.g., law, financial planning, and to a lesser extent, medicine). White-collar workers...

Recruiting the Right Employee Ambassadors

September 2, 2017
Most organizations think carefully about their approach to recruiting and hiring employees. How many organizations consider how they will recruit employees as communication ambassadors during times of organizational change?

Automation … is it your new competition?

May 27, 2017
Automation can be extremely cost effective for businesses and other organizations. The downside is that many workers are being replaced by automation. In this blog post, Dr. Helen Ofosu discusses...

Soft Skills – So Hard to Develop …

March 17, 2016
One of the great ironies in the world of Human Resources (HR) is the term soft skills in contrast to hard skills. The terms make it seem as though the...

Using I-O Psychology For Better Hiring

January 30, 2016
As a specialist in Industrial / Organizational (I/O) psychology, I have expertise in assessing human behaviour within the context of work. This means that I can help you to identify...

Why Psychology is Useful for Career Coaching and HR (Part 2)

January 27, 2016
I understand that my approach to Career Coaching and Human Resources (HR) services is not typical. In this post I explain how I use I/O psychology to build resilient careers...

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...

A Tale of Two Universities

March 30, 2015
In my mind, the link between these two trips is not the obvious fact that both locations are university campuses. What made these two trips similar is that both institutions...

When Hiring, Think about the “Bring vs. Learn Concept”

June 5, 2014
When I work with hiring managers and business owners, I ask them what their next employee must “bring” into the job from day one - and also what things the...

Work Simulations Can Be Your Best Friend …

May 26, 2014
Personally, I’m a big fan of simulations and tests as a useful supplement to job interview questions. Some people are good at talking (i.e., “performing” well during a job interview)...

Unusual CV and Foreign Experience

September 9, 2013
As someone who has helped hiring managers and HR professionals with their recruitment, I have noticed that sometimes the people who are responsible for the initial screening do not always...