Author Archive | Kevin Kalstad

Why counter-offers are rarely prudent

Counter-Offers Are a Sucker’s Play By Kris Dunn · 03.15.2013 Retention is important for organizations. Paying substantially more for the talent that’s currently sitting in your office is a total sucker’s play. Don’t confuse the two. Let’s break this down a little bit. You found that diamond in the rough. You hired them, nurtured them and grew them to […]

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Why so many job interviewers are terrible

Managers often think that they have reached a career level where they have been magically imbued with the gift of giving a good job interview. It doesn’t work that way. By Stephenie Overman FORTUNE — What songs best describe your work ethic? How many cows are in Canada? A penguin walks through that door right […]

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Interview tips “101”

I my 30+  years in the Hospitality Industry many things have changed, but one thing remains true move than ever. In this  day of social media, texts, e-mails, and voice mail, the face to face interview remains one of the most vital parts of the job search process. You cannot be too prepared for this […]

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Give em’ the Pickle …

My very first restaurant job was washing dishes at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor in Portland, Oregon. At that time Marriott owned the brand, and I was a Marriott employee, but we all “worked for Farrell’s”. Being in Portland we had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Farrell and his wife Mona in for a quick bite. […]

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6 Things Hiring Managers Don’t Get About Recruiting

Having worked in executive search for more than 10 years, I have had great success in finding candidates but have encountered many obstacles in trying to place those candidates because often many hiring managers mismanage the hiring process. Below are five issues hiring managers must consider when trying to fill their open positions with superstar […]

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Talent, Passion, and the Creativity Maze

We live in a world mad for talent. From Hollywood and sports to executive search firms and HR departments around the globe, everyone seeks that special mix of natural abilities and attitudes that will make performance pop. A few months ago, Douglas Conant wrote a terrific blog post on how to find talented candidates for […]

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Restaurants Mark Strongest Net Positive Sales Since 2007

Driven by positive same-store sales and an increasingly optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) rose to its highest level in five months. The RPI, a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry, stood at 100.6 in November, up 0.6 percent […]

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Time … is your friend, not your enemy!

Time … is your friend, not your enemy! By Kevin Kalstad, CPC  | Gecko Hospitality In the past 4 weeks I have seen not one, but two great candidates walk away from two great job offers / opportunities. True Story! Both situations were with different candidates and clients, but in essence it all boiled down […]

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Interview Tips 101

Before the interview: 1. Double check the DATE, TIME, and PLACE of the interview. Prepare your route and arrive 15 minutes prior to the interview time. Hiring managers expect this from excellent candidates. 2. Look up the company’s website and refer to what you’ve learned in the interview. Find out all you can about the […]

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