Talent Identification: 10 Key Interview Questions a Manager Should Ask

To create an engaged, committed, and accountable team, managers should focus on creating recruitment strategies that (1) assess and select job candidates for talent, (2) right fit for the team, and (3) organizational culture. In order to do this, managers need to ask great interview questions. The following 10 interview questions can help managers focus on excellence to attract talent and expand their team’s strengths: What was your most significant achievement in the past 12 months? 2. What are you passionate about? 3. What kind of roles or activities do you naturally excel in? 4. Give me an example of a weakness. 5. Are you a big picture or a detail person? 6. When you achieve success at work, how do you like to be recognized? 7. Give an example of a time at work when something distracted you from being positive, productive, or accurate in your job responsibilities? 8. Review the last two weeks in your mind. When were you at your best — engaged and productive? What talents were being used at that time? 9. What unique qualities could you bring to the company? 10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? A team’s success ultimately depends on its ability to perform. I help managers recruit, engage, manage, and develop their employees based on their unique talents. In addition, I coach managers and teams to learn how to intentionally use their talents and strengths to help them achieve performance objectives and maximize the team’s potential for...

A Must Read for Leaders, Managers, and HR Professionals! No Joke!

“God gives each of us special talents and gifts. It is both our privilege and our duty to make the most of them.” – Robert E. Allen As a former HR Professional, I have personally witnessed the profound impact not engaged and actively disengaged employees have on an organization’s financial success, productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction. That is why I made a BIG SHIFT! 1. WHAT IS DIFFERENT? I am a strengths-based Executive Coach/Trainer that helps Leaders, Managers and teams develop and use their talents and strengths​ to achieve success! 2. WHY? Gallup’s work personally resonated with me as a former Certified ​HR Professional for 15 years,​ because all the companies I have worked for used ​the conventional approach of​ focusing​ on what an employee did wrong, identifying​ and developing​  performance plans based on fixing his/her​ weaknesses, and if all else failed, terminate the employee. ​ ​​This April, I had the privilege of training with Gallup to become a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. I am only the 3rd person in the State of Arizona to have this certification. I chose to study under Gallup because of the extensive research and work they have done for decades with employees and organizations to understand the impact of employee engagement in the workplace. 3. MY AH-HA MOMENT:  “Why in all my HR years did I not know about strengths-based development?” Darn it! What bus did I miss! 4. THE ASTONISHING DISCOVERY: According to Gallup’s most recent study that only 30% of the U.S. workforce in engaged! Which means, 70% of the U.S. workforce in not engaged or actively disengaged. Engaged employees work with passion and feel a profound...