How to Influence and Persuade People: The WIIFY Principle

What’s the best way to convince others and gain their buy-in?  Like many, you might believe that providing facts and rationale are the best way to win people over to your point of view.  But even a quick look at …

The Difference Between Recruiters and Business Psychologists

When I tell people I’m a Business Psychologist that helps companies choose the right people for key roles, many respond with, “Oh, you’re a Recruiter”.  Recruiters can play an important part in the hiring process, but what Business Psychologist do …

The Costs of Bad Hires; getting senior leadership to take action

What’s a company’s greatest expense?  Many might guess it’s the cost of producing products, research and development, or marketing and advertising.  However, for most companies, their greatest expense by far is employees.  Just think about the costs associated with paying …

The Drawbacks of Using “Big” Consulting Firms

Human Resource professionals, executives, and other important decision-makers within companies are often tasked with choosing a consulting firm to help them with pressing Human Capital needs (e.g., recruiting, selecting, and developing people, etc.).  Too often, I see these busy professionals …

Interviewing people: The overlooked importance of building and maintaining rapport.

Strike-up a conversation with Human Resource professionals and Psychologists about best practices related to interviewing and you’ll quickly hear discussion about using behaviorally based interview techniques, asking questions about what people did do in business situations rather than what they …

What’s one of the best things I can do to advance in my career?

I’m asked this question often in my work as a Business Psychologist and Human Resource Consultant.  One of my answers is “find a mentor”.  Working with a mentor can have tremendous benefits, and it’s one of the most valuable things …

Do you need to pass criminal background checks and psychological testing to be a Business Consulting Psychologist?

In my experience as a Business Psychologist and Human Resource Consultant, the answer is yes, you most certainly do need to maintain a clean record and must repeatedly pass psychological evaluations.  For example, in my work with Energy companies (e.g., …

How candid should you be about your weaknesses during a job interview?

People seeking advice about the best way to approach a job interview often ask me this question, as I have conducted thousands of interviews over my career as a Business Psychologist and Human Resource Consultant.  In my experience, a clear …