March 21 , 2018

Recruiting Strategy

The World’s Most Effective Referral Approach – Give Me 5!

 An effective referral tool that takes advantage of “memory retrieval cues” Most already realize that employee referral programs routinely produce the highest quality of hires, but few know that the “Give Me 5” program produces the highest-performing hires of any individual referral approach. The “Give Me 5 Names” tool is easy, fast, and free. You start by proactively approaching individual ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Hire Self-Motivated People — the Single Smartest Thing a Hiring Manager Can Do

How recruiters can become a hero of your hiring managers by dramatically reducing the number of hours that they have to spend motivating and watching their employees  If you are a corporate manager, you already know that you routinely spend a significant portion of your time trying to motivate your employees. On average, I estimate that encouraging, cajoling, and the ... Read More »

If Martian Executives Visited Recruiting … What Would They Find Missing?

It may seem like a strange proposition at first, but what if an experienced business executive who knew nothing about recruiting visited and took a snapshot assessment of your function? Obviously even a Martian executive would be able to quickly find and understand traditional recruiting functions like employer branding, sourcing, and interview processes. But what would they find missing? In ... Read More »

Recruit Top Prospects During Their ‘Angry Hours’ — Because Timing Is Everything

An in-depth analysis on how the right timing can dramatically improve recruiting In my experience, the hardest-to-recruit exceptional targets are those who I label as “no, and stop calling me” passive top prospects who simply won’t accept a recruiter’s call. Even though most recruiters will tell you that their lack of interest in changing jobs is unwavering, my research has ... Read More »