Category Archives: Recruiting Tips

Four Tips for Recruiting Rock Solid Restaurant Executives

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What is the stuff that the top restaurant executive recruits are made of? Reputation and reference checks are one way to get a sense of a candidate’s character, but they don’t tell the whole story. A good hiring manager develops an instinct for recognizing intangible traits. Hint: you can’t spot them on a resume. In…

10 Tips to Help You Recruit Smarter

Top 10 Tips to Recruit Restaurant Executives Smarter

Edge out the competition in recruiting a winning executive team for your restaurant or food service company: Write down your interview questions in advance. Prepare to ask all candidates the same questions. You will be more organized and better able to evaluate candidates in a methodical way. Line up interviews back to back. This makes…

HIRING AUTHORITIES: Don’t Make the Warren Harding Error When You Decide on a Job Candidate

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Anyone who has ever met with a job candidate and had to decide whether or not to hire them may have found themselves weighing how much they ought to “go with their gut,” follow their heart, or trust a sense of intuition about the individual versus mentally sorting out and prioritizing the information available to…

Six Ways to Spot a Talented Executive Recruiter

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A good executive recruiter is an invaluable resource for attracting top talent for a company’s most critical or hard-to-fill positions. What do you look for in hiring an executive recruiter? Not all recruiters are created equal. Here are six ways to tell you are working with the real deal: 1. They have a niche. Almost…

CEO Culture Clash at Nike

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A few years ago, I got to hear what was like the recruiter’s equivalent to Moses preaching on the mount. I was at a conference for executive recruiters in Manhattan, and one of the keynote speakers was Gerry Roche. Now in his late 70’s and retired, Roche is one of the most distinguished professionals in…

Blood, Sweat, and Garlic: Four Lessons about Executive Recruiting that I Learned on the Police Beat

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Though at this point in my life I have been making a living as a restaurant-industry executive recruiter longer than anything else, I had another career before this one that has turned out to be a great segue: newspaper journalism. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was fortunate to start my post-college…

Hiring Authorities: Don’t Forget Your BROCCOLI

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I remember the time in 2004 when I interviewed with a 50-person recruiting firm in Silicon Valley. Actually, I don’t remember all the details about the interview, but I remember well the queasy feeling it gave me because my interviewer did not give me any B.R.O.C.C.O.L.I. I entered the empty reception area with plastic chairs,…