Since 1982, we have helped hundreds of companies gain a competitive edge in their interviewing.

Our Team

We are located just north of San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and deliver behavioral interviewing training locally, across the country and around the world. Our network of associates is carefully selected and trained by our Principals. Our team is highly educated, many holding advanced degrees, and have hands-on recruiting and interviewing experience at Fortune 500 companies.

Principals
Leif Everest

Leif Everest

President

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Leif Everest is an experienced consultant, facilitator and instructional designer in competency-based behavioral interviewing techniques. For the past 17 years, he has worked with a wide range of industries, including high tech, engineering, legal, financial services, healthcare, and hospitality. With his combined background in delivering computer training, program design and web development, Leif managed the implementation of Effective Interviewing!® eLearning and HirePath Online Interview Tools. Formerly, Leif was an Account Manager for TMP Worldwide, one of the world's largest recruitment advertising agencies. He earned a BA in Communications with honors from the University of California Santa Barbara, and holds a certificate as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

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Jim Kennedy

Jim Kennedy

Founder and CEO

Jim Kennedy is a leading authority on selection interviewing, and has spent many years training seasoned professionals to interview more effectively. He is the author of Getting Behind the Resume: Interviewing Today's Candidates, and his ideas have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and other publications. Jim was the Director of Human Resources for J. Walter Thompson, a global advertising agency, and former Manager of Employment for General Foods Corporation (now Kraft Foods). Jim is a graduate of Stanford University and the Harvard Business School Middle Management Program.

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Anna Everest

Anna Everest

Vice President

Anna Everest has over 27 years as an instructional designer and skilled seminar trainer, as well as a co-author of several articles on interviewing culturally diverse candidates. She draws on her own diverse, bilingual background, and many years of entrepreneurial and business experience to help companies respond to today's hiring issues. Anna has worked in start-up companies and Fortune 500s, such as KPMG, one of the world's largest professional services organizations. Anna has degrees in Business Administration from San Francisco State University and Psychology from University of Colorado and a Master's degree in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior from Golden Gate University.

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Associates
Tom Blaisse

Tom Blaisse

Associate, Pennsylvania

Tom Blaisse has over 20 years experience as a speaker, seminar leader and executive coach, specializing in communication strategies, interviewing skills and leadership. For ten years he served as a Senior Consultant for Franklin Covey, and prior to that was the Director of Training for Hershey Entertainment and Resort. Tom has worked in a variety of industries including banking, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, technology, pharmaceuticals and government. He earned his undergraduate degree in Communications from De Sales University in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He holds a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Rider University in Trenton, New Jersey.

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Paige Chen

Paige Chen

Associate, San Francisco

Paige Chen is a dynamic facilitator specializing in leadership development, interviewing skills, and management effectiveness. Paige has consulted at the top levels of organizations, including executives of Fortune 100 companies, founders of technology start-ups, and leaders of non-profits and international NGOs. In addition, she leverages over fifteen years of her own corporate experience with McKinsey, R.R. Donnelley, Wells Fargo, and a Bay Area internet startup. Throughout her career, Paige has experienced first-hand the significant impact hiring decisions can have on teams and organizations. She has broad industry experience, including financial and professional services, consumer goods, retail, manufacturing, entertainment, technology, government, and not-for-profit. Paige holds an engineering degree from Princeton University, and a MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

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John Ford

John Ford

Associate, New York

John Ford has over 30 years experience in behavioral interviewing, management development, and organizational communication. His experience with major corporations includes positions in management education with the American Stock Exchange, Merrill Lynch, and CBS, where he established the CBS School of Management in New York. He was the vice president of human resources at Time Warner's Home Box Office. John's extensive background in human resources, recruiting and interviewing has taken him all over the world with assignments for leading Fortune 500 companies, working with both entry and executive levels. John earned his BA in Communications from the University of Maryland, and has completed graduate work at several institutions, including Harvard Business School.

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Matt Horan

Matt Horan

Associate, Florida

Matt Horan has expertise as a speaker and seminar leader, specializing in selection interviewing skills, personal effectiveness, management development and leadership. In his work, he draws on over 25 years experience as a naval officer, practicing attorney and business leader. His corporate leadership experience includes positions as South Florida Division President for Centex Homes and as Global Head of Talent for Mind Gym. He was a member of a recruiting committee with several law firms, and responsible for recruiting and developing a worldwide network of freelance trainers for a performance development consultancy. He earned a BS in General Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and his JD with honors from the University of Florida College of Law.

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Carol Stevens

Carol Stevens

Associate, Texas

Carol Stevens has experience in strategic consulting, management, and training. She began her corporate career in Exxon's management development program, and then transitioned into a training and development role at Administaff. Clients span a variety of industries from manufacturing and oil and gas to health care and hospitality, and her specialties include leadership development, management skills and selection interviewing. Carol holds a business degree in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin, where she currently serves on the Chancellor's Council. Carol has served as a Board Member for several non-profit organizations, including the Houston Chapter of ASTD.

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Kate Youll

Kate Youll

Associate, London (UK)

Kate Youll has considerable experience in human resources and management development in a wide variety of industries, spanning over twenty years. She has worked with senior executives and management teams to implement organizational change, define HR strategies and deliver programs linked to HR business goals. She has delivered leadership training to, and in collaboration with the British Army. Her current clients include JP Morgan Chase, AT&T, Aspect Communications, Computer Associates and Foster Wheeler Energy. Kate graduated in Business Studies from London University, has post-graduate qualification in Management, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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