Recruiting Strategy

Remote College Recruiting, Part 1 of a 2-Part Series

As recruiting continues to become more difficult, more and more companies are looking to reinvigorate their college recruiting programs and concentrate a greater percentage of external hiring efforts on entry-level professionals. If you are preparing to go that route, I suggest you look at some of the new approaches that comprise “remote” college recruiting. Many of these approaches produce three-times …

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Interviews: Is it Time to Blow Them Up? (Part 2 in a 2-Part Series)

Last week I started this series by asking why organizations continue to use interviews as the primary means of assessment, given that they stink as a predictive indicator of performance and nearly every person involved hates them. The response to Part 1 was largely supportive, while a few comments supported interviews for their ability to help gauge team fit. To …

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Interviews: Is it Time to Blow Them Up? (Part 1 in a 2-Part Series)

I’ve always been curious as to why everyone continues to use interviews as a primary means of assessing candidates. Managers don’t like to do them, candidates literally hate them, and as a predictive indicator of performance, they stink! “Interviews are a terrible predictor of performance.”   That quote isn’t an opinion, it’s a statement of fact based on the past …

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Reference Checking Approaches: Is it Time to Blow Yours up?

Reference checking of candidates is conducted by nearly every firm in the Untied States. Some firms conduct them internally, while others outsource the process. Unfortunately, both approaches are often executed with little concern for accuracy or effectiveness. In fact, it is not uncommon for reference checks to be completed by recruiting coordinators with little subject-matter expertise, using a generic set …

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Google Continues to Innovate in Recruiting and Candidate Assessment

There’s no doubt about it: Google is one of the most innovative recruiting organizations on the planet. I’ve written in the past about some of their world-class practices, but in light of recent innovations and global news interest, an update is in order. In less than nine years, Google has grown from a tiny dorm-room entity that couldn’t attract anyone …

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Competitive Advantage Recruiting: Living in a Bubble, Part 2

If you are a fierce competitor who wants to practice competitive advantage recruiting, this second part of the article will continue to discuss action steps to take to identify and then counter your competitors’ recruiting actions. Part 1 in this series introduced the initial three steps for building a competitive advantage in recruiting, which included applying counterycyclical hiring, learning to …

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Competitive Advantage Recruiting: Living in a Bubble, Part 1

Business is all about head-to-head competition. Firms regularly compete for a limited supply of customers by designing products to outstage the competition, pricing products to undercut the competition, distributing products as close as possible to the customer, and branding them to drive loyalty over time. In each competitive arena, leading companies strive to develop a competitive advantage. In the marketing …

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How To Develop A Recruiting Strategy

Recruiting Managers, Do You Really Have a Recruiting Strategy? Part 1. What is a recruiting strategy? When I meet with directors or managers of corporate recruiting, I routinely ask them a simple question: “What is the name of your recruiting strategy?” Almost without fail, I get one of two basic responses, either, “We hire great people,” or a just blank …

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I Bet You Can’t Name Your Firm’s Recruiting Strategy; If Not, Pick One From This List

Basic recruiting strategies This group of strategies isn't particularly exciting or new. But these strategies do offer viable options for less-aggressive talent functions. Butts/bums in chairs: This strategy emphasizes hiring the cheapest and then releasing them when their pay-level makes them too expensive to keep or they themselves get frustrated and quit. Cost reduction is the only focus here. Hire …

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Being Strategic Requires Two Separate Recruiting Teams

Profile of the Two Teams Strategic recruiting team: It focuses on the very highest impact jobs, including mission critical jobs, senior execs, revenue producing jobs, jobs with a high consequence of an error, and "high value customer" impact jobs. These jobs require a firm to hire candidates who are in high demand and convincing these individuals to join the firm …

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