- Paperback: 62 pages
- Publisher: Pritchett (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 094400234X
- ISBN-13: 978-0944002346
- Package Dimensions: 22.1 x 15 x 0.5 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 660,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Topgrading (How To Hire, Coach and Keep A Players) Paperback – 2005
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Of course chapter 14 makes it clear. Chapter Title: Implementing top grading successfully:
1) Read top grading and work through the DVD.
2) Senior Managerd participate in a topgrading workshop
3) HR participates in top grading workshop
Etc, etc through half of the next 7.
BUY MORE TOPGRADING STUFF.
Here's a tl;dr: Have multiple rounds of multiple hour interviews. This will weed out candidates who are not sufficiently committed to working for you.
That's simple enough, and not an awful philosophy - if someone won't stay for a two hour interview, perhaps they are not the best fit for your company. However, there are no magic bullet, and in promoting this method, you may lose out on candidates who have better things to do than spend 10 hours interviewing for 1 company or firm. I was once subjected to topgrading, and far from creating the impression of competence and high standards, I began to wonder if the company knew what it wanted. Generally 10 minutes is all you need to know if you have a culture fit, and maybe another hour to sample knowledge-base. The authors would probably argue that it was implemented badly, but after reading topgrading, I can see they followed it to the letter.
My advice is to be rigorous when interviewing, and look for a good culture fit. Someone who wants to and is capable of working with you will overcome gaps in knowledge with proper guidance. The advice given here is so-so at best.
In the end, my biggest problem with the method is that the way the authors go about promoting and justifying their method strikes me as sociopathic at best.
Perhaps detail in the book would better explain the contents, but I think I'll pass.