I was recently in New York walking through the Meatpacking District on a Sunday morning and encountered a perfect example of how important it is to hire people who are passionate about their craft.
The previous night, I was (allegedly) having some cocktails with friends and stumbled upon one of the best Gin & Tonics I’d ever had. The drink was so good, in fact, that I asked the bartender what kind of gin he had used because it had a flavor profile that I wasn’t used to. Read more
“RecOps” is the practice of recruiting optimization. Read more
It works in a similar way that “Continuous Improvement” does in Manufacturing or “Agile Development” does in software.
These practices serve to enable positive outcomes like fewer defects on a production line or faster software deployment, for example.
A pair of luxury Italian shoes can cost many thousands of dollars. The best ones are handmade, of course. Using old world techniques and custom materials.
The most expensive cars in the world routinely eclipse the $3M mark. And they too are not made on a high speed assembly line. Read more
Do you have a process for deciding who is allowed to interview job candidates at your company? If you don’t, you’re not alone. Most companies don’t give interview team selection much thought at all. But I would argue that selecting the proper interview team is one of the most critical steps of the hiring process. Read more
I think we can all agree that most people today do a lot of “headline reading”.
A headline reader is someone who scrolls through a social feed or news app and reads a headline but doesn’t bother to read the full article. Read more
And yet they form an opinion (or claim expertise) about the topic without reading a word.
I don’t know of a single company who doesn’t want to improve their candidate experience.
One of the best ways to make a big impact is during the interview process. Specifically, the on-site interview.
While it’s smart to optimize your hiring process from beginning to end, there are some simple tactics that anyone can employ without much effort or investment.
One such tactic is something I like to call “The Golden Lanyard”. Read more
If you’re not familiar with a Flash Briefing, imagine that you’re a really important person and whenever you give the command, you have a room full of experts who take turns briefing you on a bunch of topics that you chose.
I use it every single morning as part of my daily routine. It’s one of the best ways to multitask while you’re in the shower, eating breakfast, making lunch for the kids or whatever.
I thought I’d share my list of Flash Briefings because I get so much value out of them. I find that most of my friends who bought an Echo only use them to play music or don’t use them at all. Read more
Even if I’m open to a new job opportunity, chances are that during the week, I don’t have the time (or headspace) to fully process an email from a recruiter. No matter what the subject line says.
If I don’t know you...chances are I’m not reading your email.
But there’s a sweet spot during the week when the phone doesn’t ring, the meetings actually stop and I almost never get emails. Read more
Design thinking is a process that takes time and effort to do correctly. While most recruiting teams are familiar with brainstorming sessions, they often miss the user-centric, research-based work that makes the design thinking process so effective. Read more
How can we put a man on the moon but we can’t seem to get a candidate through the hiring process without something going wrong?
While I’m just a recruiting practitioner - not a scientist - I have a theory. Read more
The candidate experience at job fairs hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years. Booths have gotten bigger, with more creative use of space, but the concept is still the same — attendees line up, talk to a company rep for two or three minutes and walk off with a paper brochure. If they’re lucky, they get a chance to interview in a makeshift, curtain-walled office flanked by three other candidates doing the same thing. Read more
When you first learned how to ride a bike, did someone explain to you that the wheels had 36 spokes, that your chain had exactly 128 links or that your seat was adjustable 12 inches in either direction? Read more
Because I've worked in the recruiting tech space for a few years, I often get calls and emails from ex-colleagues who say something like...
"Hey, I'm putting together my budget for next year. What new and cool tech should I ask for?"
I think (and always explain) that this approach is the inverse of how you should think about your "tech stack". Read more
As a recruiter, I've always favored candidates who displayed something called "distance traveled".
Distance traveled describes… Read more
These two businesses are next to each other and are competing for the same retail talent.
One has a small, nearly invisible sign. Next to the sign are two non-customer-friendly notices. Read more
A low unemployment rate doesn't mean that there is a one-for-one ratio of talent to jobs. In the US labor market, the reality is that there are tens of thousands of jobs that remain unfilled because there aren't enough qualified workers. Read more
I used to fish a lot as a kid. In the summer, I would leave my house early in the morning and not come home until I heard my mom yelling in the distance that it was time for dinner.
I learned three great lessons from fishing that I carried over into my career in recruiting.
If the fish aren't biting... Read more
I've always had a problem with recruiting metrics because I think they're flawed.
Everyone measures "Time To Fill", "Cost Per Hire", "Quality of Hire", etc.
But what are you really measuring these metrics against? What is the baseline for your specific company in each of these categories? Read more
Recently, a couple of my friends were interviewing for jobs. The only reason I know this is because they told EVERYONE.
Since the interview process at most companies is multiple steps and takes forever, I (and everyone else) got to hear about the good, the bad and the ugly over the course of several weeks. Read more
Pay equality is a sensitive subject. This is mostly due to a world full of bad actors who have consistently underpaid women and minorities.
But, in some cases, pay INEQUALITY makes a lot of sense. Read more