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Tom Foster works with CEOs on organizational design, managerial and cross-functional working relationships. Based on the research of Elliott Jaques, his methods create step-by-step instructions for the practical application of levels of work in the behavioral interview.
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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Foster Learning Corporation; 1 edition (March 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988916517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988916517
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed reading Hiring Talent and found the insight very practical and useful. Several step by step instructions were provided about the interview process and only wish there was more application to different fields of work. Perhaps lists of sample questions, given specific fields of work you find yourself in. It is a definite recommended read for anyone that has to go through the process of hiring someone and offers insight into how to see if someone is really qualified for the type of work you are hiring for.
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Tom Foster has put into an operational form some of the most profound research on humanness I have come across. This is an unapparent, game changer book, that gives insight into how to hire and manage people. Definitely worth the read!
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As a Vistage Chair, I lead private peer advisory boards made up of Business Owners, Professional CEOs, and groups of Top Executives. In the many of years of doing this work, this is the first book I have seen that brings in the element of time span thinking ability. This is so important in either, making the right hire for the specific job, or in promoting people within your organization. When you read this book, it will become quite clear why some new of the new hires you have made because they looked like a perfect fit, failed. You will also see why, some of the people you have promoted in your organization could never be successful in their new position. This book is a must read for anyone building and leading successful companies, as it gives you the knowledge and tools to insure people are hired and promoted correctly for the positions available.
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The selection process of an organization is very challenging for employers. The success of an organization depends on selecting the most qualified applicants that will excel in your organization. Tom Foster, has written an excellent guide to the hiring process using the methods of behavioral interviewing and the levels of work. Hiring Talent: Decoding Levels of Work in the Behavioral Interviews will walk you through the steps on how to select the best applicants. It will provide you with information that you can incorporate as a standard of practice in your organization.

Foster's book is well organized which starts with preparing managers for the interview and pointing out some of the most common mistakes. It states the importance of an interview team, the role of each team member, and the most efficient way of conducting an interview. Foster has covered all aspects of preparing you with the tools necessary for the hiring and selection process. To assist managers, Foster has detail illustrations of matrices, examples of levels of work and illustrative interviews to help you to uncover the skills and behaviors to finding the most effective applicants. Foster states, "Hiring Talent is a skill that requires practice".

The four important points that Foster makes, which he calls the "Building Blocks" is for managers to know [1] the levels of work, which is based on research by Dr. Elliott Jaques. The levels refers to: administrative, supervisors, upper management, and CEOs and to obtain the right person for the position you must fully understand, at each level, the decisions they make, what problems they solve and the time-span of the role. [2] Organize a role description, which Foster describes as knowing the title of the position, the purpose, and the level of work.
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Foster's insight and expertise is refreshing, practically presented and engaging.
Not only hiring managers, but supervisors, executive managers (and anyone hoping to advance into any management position) would profit greatly by immersing oneself into the concept of "levels of work".
I found it personally as well as professionally profitable.
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Foster has done an excellent job of fusing together two topics that often reside in different "specialty" arena's. Behavioral based interviewing works, however, it is often a one size fits all mentality that prevents this approach from taking your interviewing to the "next level". By coupling jaques levels of work with this interviewing technique you shuold dramatically increase your success rate in hiring.
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Hiring new people is always a challenge. In this book Tom Foster provides an excellent road map for not only helping employers identify what is needed for a role but also provides a methodology for asking questions. Our entire company is embracing his concepts; and it is working.
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This book puts in an understandable way an interview structure that helps you to know who and what you're hiring. It helps you through the various levels of work in the workplace and the method of creating an accurate role description. After you understand what you want the new hire to accomplish it helps you compose the correct line of questioning for interviewing. It's logical, structured and easy to follow.
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