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Hire Like Google — Project the ‘Career Trajectory’ of Your Candidates

I frequently get asked the question “What is the one thing that recruiting functions should be systematically doing, but for some unexplained reason, it doesn’t do it?” Well, one quick answer to that question is “to project the career trajectory of potential hires.” Which simply means to assess whether a candidate, after they are hired, are likely to progress and ... Read More »

Passive Candidates — Valuable, Yes, but They’re Not Passive Nor Are They Candidates

Why calling them “passive candidates” or “passive job seekers” is misleading Using the term “passive candidate” is just wrong for so many reasons. First, these recruiting targets haven’t applied for anything, so they can’t be classified as candidates (the correct name for those who have not applied is prospects). Calling them “passive job seekers” is equally inaccurate because they are ... Read More »

The Value and Use of Best Practices in Recruiting

By Kimberly Do and Dr. John Sullivan What is a best practice in recruiting? A best practice is a unique leading-edge solution applied at a noted firm to an emerging recruiting problem. It is “best” because a firm known for its excellence in management is implementing it. It is “a practice” because it has already been successfully implemented in at ... Read More »

Top 15 Design Principles for Talent Metrics and Analytics

Published at ATC Hub February 4, 2014 Whether you work in Australia, the USA or Europe, the hottest topic relating to how the Talent Management function operates is how to shift to a “metric based” decision-making model using advanced and predictive analytics (Note: the #2 topic is often making all talent applications fully accessible from the mobile phone). The fact ... Read More »

Sourcing Revelation — Work Anniversaries Are the Best Time to Recruit Employed Prospects

Rather than being data-driven, I have found that most recruiters and sourcers contact employed prospects almost randomly on a trial-and-error basis. However, there are specific times when employees who previously said “no and stop calling me” actually change their mind and are fully receptive to a recruiting call. So in case you didn’t realize it, the months immediately around an ... Read More »

The Top 10 ‘Bleeding Edge’ Recruiting Trends to Watch in 2015

Most articles that cover recruiting trends highlight what I consider to be obvious approaches that many firms have already adopted. But my perspective on trends is unique because I am focused on what I call the “bleeding-edge trends.” These trends are unique and rare because they have been adopted by less than 5 percent of the major firms. However, they ... Read More »

There Is Little Recruiting Competition During December … So Be Bold and Seize a Great Opportunity

Between Thanksgiving and the rest of the year in the Silicon Valley and in many other geographic areas around the U.S., it is mostly a dead period for recruiting. But recruiting leaders should realize that failing to recruit during this period is a huge missed opportunity, simply because the recruiting competition is mostly inactive during this extended period. This lack ... Read More »

Hire to Hurt: the Boldest Recruiting Strategy of Them All

The recruiting function is unique among business functions because almost no one in recruiting can actually name even a handful of the different strategies that are available to the chief recruiting leader. But this article is not about the complete list of recruiting strategies, but instead it is about which strategy from among the 20+ possibilities is the boldest and ... Read More »

Improve Offer Acceptance Rates by Revealing the Quality of Your Team Members

Top candidates demand quality co-workers … so show them profiles of team members Imagine this recruiting scenario. During a final interview, one of your top tech candidates clearly appears to be wavering about whether she is willing to leave her current “pretty good job” and accept a possible new opportunity at your firm. Suddenly the hiring manager makes a bold ... Read More »