Recruiting Strategy

Change Your Recruiting Metric From Time to Fill to Need Date

As the earliest proponent of speed of hire, I am pleased that so many managers and recruiters have come to the realization that reducing the time that it takes to hire someone is critical if you want to 1) get currently employed top performers and 2) minimize the “damages” that an open position can have on productivity. At the same …

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World-Class Recruiters Prioritize. Do You?

Recruiting managers frequently ask me, “What are the smartest things that I can do to dramatically improve recruiting ó when I have no budget?” Fortunately, it’s an easy question to answer. After first focusing on employee referrals and then developing recruiting metrics, the next smartest thing any recruiting manager or recruiter can do to improve their performance is to prioritize …

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The Top Strategic Recruiting Metrics

Metrics are becoming more and more essential for successful recruiting managers. Unfortunately, most metrics that are regularly used in recruiting cover administrative rather than strategic areas. These are my top recommended strategic ó as opposed to administrative ó recruiting metrics: Performance of hire: On-the-job performance ratings (or performance appraisals) after 6 or 12 months in the job.   New hire failure …

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Transitioning From a Recruiting to a Talent Management Function

Generally, everyone in HR and recruiting says that they want to be more strategic. But it takes more than just using the word “strategic” to actually become strategic. As a former chief talent officer, I can assure you that most recruiting managers have not yet made the transition into becoming strategic. In fact, there’s little chance that recruiting will transition …

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How To Recruit Innovative, Outside-the-Box People

Managers and recruiters often complain that they only see bland candidates. They say they’re desperate to hire innovative people, but that they just can’t seem to find them. I don’t dispute the fact that most firms can’t find them, but there is certainly no shortage of innovative people. The problem occurs with the process many companies use to recruit. In …

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Hiring To Hurt: How It’s Done (Part 2)

As we saw in Part 1 of this two-part article series, many HR professionals in general ó and recruiters in particular ó act as though they are isolated from the competitive battlefield of business. All too often they act like socialists instead of capitalists. But fierce competitors hire away a competitor’s talent: Because it’s a great source of trained, experienced talent   …

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Hire To Hurt: A High-Impact Recruiting Strategy

The world of business is highly competitive. Firms frequently introduce new products or run attack ads with the specific intention to hurt their direct competitors. It’s not unusual for managers to undertake deliberate actions to steal customers, force competitors to lower their prices, or even to capture prime retail locations. Some firms do it subtly, while others make no bones …

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The Search for the Perfect Candidate

Recruiters are no different than most people; they gravitate toward what is easy. In sourcing, that means settling for “active” candidates. But what they should be doing is seeking out the most difficult candidates to source&nbsp:ó currently employed top performers, most of whom are not actively looking for a new job and therefore they do not appear on job boards, …

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New-Hire Questionnaire for Improving Recruiting

Many managers think that recruiting stops after you hire someone. But smart managers know that the best way to ensure that you always hire great people is to continually improve your recruiting process. One way to improve the process is to gather information from those that have just gone through it using a new-hire recruiting questionnaire. One of the most …

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Radio: Try the Most Targeted Recruiting Tool

Okay, before you instantly think, “John’s nuts!” stop and think about radio for a minute. Don’t you personally listen to it several times a day, perhaps in your car, in places where you are a “captive” audience? Some of the most under-used tools in recruiting involve the media. Nearly every major firm has used TV and radio advertising (with great …

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