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.
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).
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.
Anna Everest has been a consultant, instructional designer and skilled seminar trainer since 1987. She has many years of experience helping companies respond to today's hiring issues. She has co-authored several articles on interviewing culturally diverse candidates drawing on her own diverse, bilingual background. Her professional career started with small entrepreneurial companies then expanded to KPMG, one of the world's largest professional services organizations. She has undergraduate 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.
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.
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 15 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.
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.
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.
Marianne Smith has over 25 years of experience improving organizational effectiveness through behavioral interviewing training, coaching, competency assessment, leadership development, and performance management. Early in her career at a technology start-up, she moved from a technical role into operational and corporate leadership roles. She then operated a successful training design and delivery consultancy serving clients in technology, banking, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and petroleum industries. As Director of Learning and Development for Paradigm Geophysical, Marianne led a global initiative to train managers around the world to utilize behavioral interviewing in making strategic hiring decisions. Marianne earned a BS degree from the University of Texas at Austin and holds certificates in CPLP, GPHR, and SHRM-SCP.
Associate, New York
Nicole Weber has over 20 years of experience specializing in talent assessment, leadership development, organizational change and executive coaching. She has delivered training globally across a wide range of industries, including banking, healthcare, transportation, and law, as well as to various business schools. Nicole began her career as a Global Markets Financial Analyst and later incorporated her business knowledge into HR Management. Her experience includes management of undergraduate recruiting at Goldman Sachs, delivering training programs at Merrill Lynch Investment Banking, as well as leadership roles as a Senior Recruiter at McKinsey and HR Business Partner at Bloomberg. Nicole holds a BA in Political Science from Trinity College and a MBA from Cornell Business School.
Associate, London (UK)
Kate Youll has considerable experience in human resources and management development in a wide variety of industries, spanning over 20 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.