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Topgrading: How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best People, Revised and Updated Edition Hardcover – April 7, 2005
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I also question whether or not the best candidates wouldn't get up and leave in disgust, or run as fast as they can from a company that would use this kind of interviewing tool.
The tone of the interviewing methodology seems, to me, to be adversarial and condescending, which will not generate the most accurate eveidence of talent of fit with a given organization. This is tedious, and excessive. It would not take a genius to BS his or her way into giving impressive answers. I question whether or not candidates, the best candidates especially, would not be offended at being asked these questions. I can imagine that candidates who are desperate would be happy to sit through this 'therapy session', but real professionals would more likely determine that a company using this method would not be a good fit. If you believe in making your candidates run a gauntlet of pain and fire, then be honest: set that up.Read more ›
Woody Daroca Denver, Co.
An interesting aspect of this book is the emphasis on HIGH SCHOOL behavior as a critical success factor. By the end of the book, I was convinced Topgrading originated as a hiring manual for hourly-workers. With the decline of factory jobs in the USA, this book appears to have been "Topgraded" to sell into the professional marketplace.
This is not a manual for improving or leading a workforce - it is a manual for cherry-picking. It is demeaning, demoralizing, and degrading. Based on the philosophy that the employee is completely expendable, this book succeeds in "Topgrading" worker exploitation.
The company that "Topgrades" is the company you want to own. It is not the company you want to be employed by.
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Great book! Worth reading for all professionals in HR, or any supervising / managerial role.Published 6 months ago by AjP97
Great concepts in the book but more for large corporations than the small business owner.Published 17 months ago by Thomas Smith
As a 25 year experienced HR professional I have gone from hot to cold on the practice of "Top Grading". Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by W Alexander Hodges
It's a long interview. And a long book. But it's totally worth reading and doing it - we have hired probably 75 people using the method, and we have been surprised by what happened... Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by Daniel T.
The book was priced reasonably and arrived on time but the whole top grading concept is a bit different. Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by bklynbob
The fundamental premise of this book is that people can be sorted neatly into "A", "B" and "C" categories. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by MarkRen
This was an okay read as this management philosophy had gotten obsolete by the time I purchased this book. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Dwayne
Another business book. It assumes that you have at-will employment and the ability to flush as often as needed. Should focus more on improving and developing.Published on April 10, 2013 by phillip j roscher