New Book – Hire with Fire – Coming November, 2019


About the Book

HIRE with FIRE is the manager’s guide to a relationship-driven interview and hiring process. This process is designed to improve the candidate experience, help you hire the right people, build your employer brand and make employee recruitment fast and easy.

Improve the Candidate Experience and Build Your Employer Brand

This inspiring management and leadership training book teaches hiring managers and human resource professionals how to improve their employer brand by enriching the candidate experience during the interview and hiring process. Through their relationship-driven approach, the authors discuss interviewing and hiring methods that will enhance your employer brand and create a great working relationship with every candidate you interview, not just the people you hire.

Interview and Hire the Right People

In addition, you will also learn how to select, interview, and hire top performers. As a manager, your goal is to hire the person with the right skill sets and abilities to perform the job well. However, it may be equally important to hire someone who is passionate about their work. Employees who are passionate, “on fire,” and engaged are typically high achievers and top performers who can positively impact your company’s culture, potential for growth and your bottom line.
The authors discuss relationship-driven hiring methods and four key traits to help you determine if a candidate is the right fit for your company. By using their methods, you will hire the right employees who are also engaged and passionate about their work.

Attract, Engage, and Retain Top Talent

Denise and Randy bring a human touch to human resources and the hiring process. Their personal stories, along with their interviewing and hiring methods, will help you build great working relationships with the people you interview, hire and supervise. Through the relationship-driven interview and hiring method, you will learn new strategies to attract top talent, retain top performers and create an engaging work culture.

Why HIRE with FIRE

Whether you are a CEO, an HR manager, experienced or new to hiring, HIRE with FIRE will show you how to hire engaged people who will set your team and company on fire. This is not a book filled with compliance issues and various other complexities — it’s a book about human interaction, instilling hope, and igniting passion in yourself and others.

By comparing the hiring process to a personal relationship, the HIRE with FIRE method will help you view hiring from a broader human relationship perspective. The authors’ insight, as well as comments from leading management professionals, will help you build successful relationships with both candidates and future employees that will benefit your company for years to come.

Prepare to revolutionize the way you think about interviews and the hiring process.

Cover Design by Jaycee DeLorenzo and Book Illustrations by Carlos Lemos

Note from Denise and Randy

Randy and Denise Wilkerson

Hi Friends,

We are so excited to share HIRE with FIRE:  The Relationship-Driven Interview and Hiring Method with you.  Over the last two decades of working in the recruiting business, we have found that new employees have a higher success rate when a relationship is created early between the interviewer and the candidate. This relationship often continues throughout the interview process into employment. 

HIRE with FIRE is about building great relationships with the people you interview. We believe the employee-employer relationship actually starts the moment the candidate is contacted about a position, whether that is by email, phone or a face-to-face interaction. The initial contact made by your company, through human resources or a hiring manager, sets the tone and stirs the candidate’s interest in a potential job opportunity.

Throughout the interview process, the employer and potential employee will meet to get to know each other better. During this time, they may experience a variety of different feelings similar to the emotions involved in a dating relationship, the nervous energy of meeting someone for the first time, the awkwardness of getting to know each other, or the worry about their first impression. Interviewing, just like dating, involves feelings. By definition, feelings are an emotional state or reaction. Sometimes those feelings bring insecurity. Oftentimes, if we are lucky, they bring us reassurance, enthusiasm and passion. Either way, as human beings, our feelings are an important part of who we are. Although we hate to admit it, our feelings can change our destiny and can cause us to move forward or turn back. Our emotions often guide us into knowing whether or not an anticipated change, such as a career move or a candidate hire, is going to benefit us or cause us peril. This instinctual feeling is known as our gut reaction.

In HIRE with FIRE, we look at how gut reaction can influence our decisions and we will discuss how your emotions may influence your decision on who you hire. We will also take a closer look into the candidate’s feelings during the interview process and the impact it has on their decision to accept a job offer, their onboarding experience and their longevity with your company.

We believe that the process of interviewing and hiring can be more than a mundane managerial task.  It is the start of an employer-employee relationship versus just “making a hire.” Although mindful of the legalities and complexities of modern hiring, we believe it can still be a fun and rewarding experience.  Through the use of the acronym, FIRE, we will discuss the importance of pre-screening and selection.  Along the way we will also share some of our personal stories and relate them to the hiring process. 

We hope that you will find a few minutes to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fire.  

All the best,

Denise and Randy