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How Do Hiring Executives ACTUALLY Make Hiring Decisions?

I’ve been following a fascinating thread on the LinkedIn channel that looks at Influencers and how they hire, which I think LinkedIn members will find informative.

You’ll find some great insights into the thinking of hiring executives.

You’ll also see some of what I would consider rather “off the wall” approaches, including a very small minority of hiring executives who don”t even ask for or look at a person’s resume. (While I think a powerful LinkedIn profile may even eclipse the executive resume in some cases, the last thing you want to do is be caught flat-footed when someone asks for your resume!)

I highly encourage you to browse through some of the posts yourself, but here are a few excerpts:

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> A.J.  Jacobs (Editor at Large, Esquire Magazine): “Desperately seeking chutzpa”

> Angie Hicks (Angie’s List): She looks for a number of traits, among them: “smart, adroit, confident, passionate, committed”

> Arne Sorenson (CEO Marriott International) says: “Just be yourself”

> Gary Shapiro (President & CEO Consumer Electronics Association): “We want innovators… Moxie over degree”

> Walt Bettinger (President & CEO, Charles Schwab): “Hiring is more art than science… Let’s do lunch”

> Jeff Miller (EVP & COO, Haliburton): “Always ask: Where can this person go from here?”

> Mark Tercek (President & CEO, The Nature Conservancy): “You need brains, but also a big heart”

> Padmassree Warrior (CTSO, Cisco Systems): “the X Factor, an intangible combination of exceptional talent and fit for the role”

> Spencer Rascoff (CEO, Zillow): “Nothing matters more than culture fit”

To view all the posts:
How Executives Hire