Dr John Sullivan

Dr John Sullivan is an internationally known HR thought-leader from the Silicon Valley who specializes in providing bold and high business impact; strategic Talent Management solutions to large corporations.

Proactive Referrals From Your Top Performers – The World’s Most Effective Recruiting Program

Employee referral

Employee referrals are the top hiring source, and among niche subprograms, proactive referrals from top performers are the best. So why not prioritize your top-performing employees as a primary source for referring additional exceptional candidates.  All employee referrals are not equal. Because a referral from a top performer employee will produce nearly 3 times more compared to the referral from …

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How Recruiting Won The Super Bowl By Targeting “Wrong Fit Candidates”

Super Bowl was won by recruiting

Credit recruiting with winning the Super Bowl because every Tampa point was scored by recently recruited players plucked from “wrong fit” situations. Yes, each of the 5 Buccaneer players involved in scoring every winning team point during Super Bowl LV. Surprisingly, each individual was recently released from their previous teams because of a lag in their performance. Fortunately, Tampa’s recruiters …

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Interviewed by Los Angeles Times Reporter – Allegations against Angels’ Mickey Callaway prompt scrutiny of MLB hiring practices

By Mike Digiovanna, Allegations against Angels’ Mickey Callaway prompt scrutiny of MLB hiring practices “It makes you look negligent,” said Dr. John Sullivan, a retired San Francisco State professor of management who has advised numerous Silicon Valley companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, on how to vet candidates for past sexual harassment issues. “You should have checked. You should have …

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This Common Recruiting Approach May Mean Jail Time – An Alert

Anti-poaching agreements are illegal

If you’re one of many firms that have used no-poach recruiting agreements, realize that jail time may be in your future. Last month, many were shocked when they learned that, on top of the millions in civil penalties historically levied against firms like Google, Apple, Intel, and Pixar, three Texas healthcare providers (Surgical Care Affiliates) are now facing DOJ charges.  …

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Recruiting Lessons From The Super Bowl

Recruiting lessons from the super bowl

Examining how Super Bowl teams recruit will provide corporate leaders with valuable lessons on how to improve their recruiting. The first is avoiding candidate generalizations. Yes, many of the candidate generalizations routinely made by hiring managers covering age, experience, and college backgrounds would be laughed at by NFL recruiters. For example, a corporate recruit with the age and years of …

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