Karen Mattonen is one of the progenitors of The Recruiting Animal Show. It's true. We had a shouting match on The Recruiters Lounge last winter and Dirty Jimmy Stroud wouldn't publish it so I had to go into business for myself.
Now, she's got St Jimmy Durbin on the roaster and holds him there for 45 minutes plus. He's a tough cookie though so I'm sure that he handled himself well. And if he didn't Franki, his partner, would surely have pulled his chestnuts out of the fire.
Shally Steckerl has just revealed that he has decided to grow sourcers in his own home. His wife, Mrs Steckerl, will be his partner. How do I know? Well, yesterday...
Madonna invited Elvis to
The Recruiting Animal Show.
That's right, yesterday, for a number of reasons, I didn't have a guest or a panel scheduled for my weekly show. I was going to cancel but then thought, "Hey, I'll move ahead anyway and see what happens." Actually, I had prepared a little talk in the manner of Jim Stroud's pal, Otis Collier.
Maureen Sharib, however, had other plans. Without telling me, The Madonna of Telephone Sourcing invited Shally Steckerl, the Elvis of Internet Sourcing to be a surprise guest on The Recruiting Animal Show. In fact, I was so surprised I didn't have much of a chance to be surly until Shally left and the focus turned to newcomer, Tina Winner, who specializes in placing temporary executives on contract.
It's unclear exactly why, but various reports including The Jerusalem Post and the Washington Post are citing the ability of Syrians to contact Israelis directly and the rise in the number of anti regime groups. ...
While there are plenty of pro-regime Facebook groups, there are plenty attacking the regime with many focusing on Lebanon such as: "Save the Lebanese detainees in Syria," "No Syria, no Bashar," and "Now that Syria is out of Lebanon, let's keep them out".
Richie Gwyn in The Toronto Star says that suddenly less people are being killed in Iraq.
While violence continues, it is becoming less intense and more sporadic. Last May, there were 1,051 major acts of violence; in October, the count was down to 464. Iraqi deaths, both civilian and military, have dropped from some 3,000 a month early this year to fewer than 1,000.
More important than the statistics is what's happening in the streets of Baghdad. Weddings are again being held in the open. Cafés are reopening. A few of the middle-class Iraqis who fled have returned, although as yet very few.
It means that the U.S. should be less likely to slip into an economic recession, and, therefore, that the world as a whole may be able to breathe a bit more easily.
Possible reasons? Al Qaeda has recognized that its brutality was alienating the populace. Also, fighters might be getting ready to face a Turkish invasion.
Much to my surprise The Recruiting Network is holding the contest this year. I expected JD Jason Davis to continue his run with it.
So, yeah, JD is my friend but so what, I'm going to encourage you to vote for his Recruitingblogs.com as the best recruiting website of 2007. It came out of nowhere and has grown virally by leaps and bounds.
1. Define the skills, experience and characteristics of the ideal candidate.
2. Ask the same questions of all candidates using your ideal profile to identify the issues to probe.
3. Let the candidate interview your sales team. This tests her interests and investigative skills.
4. Give the candidate one day to prepare a mock sales call on behalf of your firm. You play the prospect. Plan a rough script that you will follow.
Don't make interview notes while you are playing a role. It will be out of character and interrupt the play. Let a non-participant who knows what you are looking for watch and score.
5. Different sales skills are more important in one business than another. So, when you use an online assessment tool, remember that they are very general and cannot take the peculiarities of your business into account.
6. Ask short-listed candidates to write a one-page business plan describing how they would approach the job. Tell them very clearly that you only want one page and let each one tell you when she will have it ready.
7. Don't wait until you are desperate to hire to start looking. You won't have time to be picky. Always be on the lookout for potential candidates.