The science of first impressions (and why most candidates mess them up)

Meeting someone new can be nerve-wracking, particularly in a formal setting such as a job interview. This is because that meeting has serious consequences. The outcome of your first encounter with a potential employer impacts your livelihood, your day-to-day life for the foreseeable future. So, there’s a lot riding on the first impression you make…

Study: Canadian employers don’t know what workers want

A series of surveys and reports have come out recently that all seem to reveal the same thing: Canadian companies really don’t understand what their employees actually care about. The disconnect is causing higher turnover rates as workers jump ship seeking what their current job doesn’t offer. For example, a new poll released last week…

Cheating spouses more likely to engage in corporate misconduct

People who cheat on their spouses are more likely to cheat at work. If you have a work colleague who is cheating on their significant other, there’s also a bigger chance they’re laundering money or engaging in similarly shady business than if they were a faithful partner. A new study from the McCombs School of…

Surprising ways candidates sabotage their own chances of being hired

I was once hiring a graphic designer to join the web team for our content marketing department. As this was an entry-level creative position, the candidates were mostly younger people, university students and recent grads. I interviewed the applicant who had the strongest resume. He had solid design skills, an impressive list of content management,…

7 reasons why someone else gets the job (and what you can do about them)

If you have been applying for job after job and going on interview after interview only to lose the position to another candidate every time, you’re probably wondering what’s up. We have a pretty good idea of why, all things being equal when it comes to skills and qualifications, an employer might choose to hire…