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The IQ vs EQ Debate: Beyond the Resume

Posted by Ken McGovern in Executive Search, Succession Planning, Team Development | 0 comments

08.11.19

Identifying the RIGHT prospective employee is a journey that goes beyond simply finding resumes that boast high GPAs from highly ranked schools or impressive professional credentials.  In fact, I cringe when I think of all the truly qualified people who are overlooked by “black box” online hiring filters just because they are missing a key word in their resume.  Technology is great…until it isn’t.

For me, the credentials are important, but they are secondary to the “person.”

On behalf of my clients I phone screen prospective candidates for IQ (Intelligence Quotient) – hard skills, professional experience, job transitions – basically, reviewing what is in black and white on their resume. I am focusing on topics and skills that are teachable, learnable, measurable, and quantifiable. Yes, I need to know that they have the capacity to do the job, but I don’t overlook someone who has never held the position I’m hiring for. It’s about their overall skillset – I’m looking macro, not micro for most searches.

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What we can learn from El Capitan

Posted by Ken McGovern in Executive Search, Leadership | 0 comments

23.07.19

I’d like to think I’m a moderate risk taker – I’m one for taking some good calculated chances here and there.   I’m NOT one for even thinking of attempting a free solo climb of El Capitan like Alex Honnold (check out this documentary if you want to bite all your nails off and sit on the edge of your seat with one hand over your eyes and the other hand gripping the arm rest).

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Two Quality Candidates – A Nice Problem to Have

Posted by Ken McGovern in Executive Search | 0 comments

14.03.19

Two highly qualified AND likeable job candidate resumes are sitting in front of you.  You’ve gone through extensive interviews, background checks, and reference checks on both and now it’s decision time.  Enough waffling, enough “Pro and Con” back and forth in your brain – you must choose one or the other.

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Don’t Hire Me Until…

Posted by Ken McGovern in Executive Search | 0 comments

02.11.18

Let’s be honest, building out A-Teams for your business isn’t easy. Great talent, great culture, profitable business – we all want it! The issue arises when business owners get impatient with the process.  They have a talent gap, they want it filled… yesterday.  Unfortunately, when hasty hiring decisions are made to fill a role, a lot of proverbial rocks are left unturned.  The result is high turnover and employee morale takes a nose dive.

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Search is an Extension of Your Company

Posted by Ken McGovern in Executive Search | 0 comments

09.01.18

In my line of work, I speak with a lot of potential hires on behalf of client organizations, so it’s not surprising that I’ve learned quite a bit about what candidates want and don’t want from me and the companies I represent.  We believe that what makes KMR’s search process different from every other firms is our focus on becoming an extension of your business.  We learn the ins and outs of your company, what makes you different and unique, so that we can represent your brand and your culture in the candidate marketplace.  Beyond the job functions and expectations, we consult with a client organization to fully understand their marketplace, their culture, their pain points so we can provide to you a short list of the highest quality candidates for the role, not a long list of possibilities.

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