Recruiting training

The Interview Questions You Should Be Asking

Although it’s a proven best-practice, most employers do not use a structured, standardized question set to interview job applicants. This inevitably leads to a wild variance in the quality of new hires because no one is comparing apples to apples. The shame of this is that most employers do have a structured, standardized…

Too Many Tools Are Killing Your Recruiting Effort

You’ve heard of this concept of the inverted-u curve, right? It’s fairly straightforward. In the beginning, you have nothing or very little. As you increase the resources you begin to become more effective. Eventually, as you add more resources you’ll actually reach maximum potential. In the attempt to go even higher, you keep…

Introducing ATAP: Driving the Future of the Talent Acquisition Profession

The talent acquisition profession is one that has grown and evolved over the years, mostly by necessity. It has happened without standard education, measurements, or ethics. It has happened without effective advocacy and representation. Numerous communities, many grassroots in nature, were established to help fill the void of educational and networking opportunities (and…

How Our Own In-house Talent Acquisition Is Standing Out From the Crowd

In 2016 SAP needed to stand out from the crowd and have its biggest year for employment branding, with actual employees telling their own life stories. Many candidates know little about us, or perceive us as a somewhat safe, bureaucratic German software company. We have to work harder than most companies to get…

Memo to Recruiters: Don’t Want To Be Replaced By A Robot? Stop Recruiting Like One

Like you I have seen the many articles the past months with statistics that say that X percent of the workforce is one day going to be replaced by a robot. Some of this has leaked into the recruiter and HR field too. “This tool” or this “HR tech software” is going to replace most…

Talent Advisors and Exceptional Hiring Managers

Over the last decade of my career, I have spoken to and received feedback from hundreds of talent acquisition, HR, and business executives. One theme rings true through the last 10 years, but more recently has gotten louder in the last year in these conversations with TA leaders. “I want (need) my recruiters…

70% of Recruiters Don’t Care or Are Clueless: Long Live AI Recruiting

I try to not to get all worked up over recruiters being replaced by robots, or recruiting-is-dead click-bait articles, but some of them are just annoying as heck. I want to try and bring some additional facts and sanity to this discussion, as most of the discussions I have seen are based on…

In Recruiting, Back to Basics Does More Harm Than Good

Back to basics is terrible strategy. Having to engage in such a wasteful activity means people were allowed to stray from these core best practices. Why does this happen? The basics are harder than most people will admit. It’s typically not the doing of them that’s difficult; it’s the remembering to do all…

Leading and Managing a Team of Recruiting Professionals — Remember Who the Team Really Works for

Have you ever heard that old analogy: “the best salesperson often makes the worst sales manager”? Well, I am sure you can tell where this one is going. Often, in corporate talent-acquisition departments, the person who was the best recruiter often gets promoted to manage and lead a team of recruiters. That was me…