What's the goal of The Recruiting Animal Show?
To create a business broadcast that you don't have to force yourself to listen to. You listen because you want to.
Sometimes, people criticize the show because they say it's entertaining but not informative. I only wish that was true -- because it's hard to be entertaining and if you're not entertaining you're not going to be informative -- because no one's going to listen to you.
And over the past year, we haven't been that entertaining. Why? Because the average person doesn't have much to say. So lots of shows have flopped and it's my fault because I should have given those guests shorter sessions.
Therefore, I've tried to come up with some ideas for a shorter format that might give the limited guest (and the audience) a break. Here they are.
1. The one blog posting interview
When I see a blog that has some substance - be it stupid or inane - I will invite the author to come on to discuss it.
But just the blog posting - not his whole life.
He'll be on for 10 to 20 minutes and, presumably, he'll have something to say - because he wrote about the topic already.
I could do the same with anyone who leaves a good comment.
2. The story of a search
Another option is to invite recruiters to tell the story of one search from start to finish. It could end well or in disaster.
I'm assuming that a recruiter who doesn't have Alzheimer's can remember the details of a search well enough so I don't have to absolutely pull the information out of her.
And the story of a search will offer all sorts of teaching moments, won't it?
3. The story of a job search
I'm also open to job hunters coming on to tell us the story of their searches and, of course, we'd give them our critiques.
4. The one topic interview
And if you don't write blog postings and you don't comment on blogs but you've got a good topic to talk about, we want to speak to you anyways.
This is a great way for Animal Alumni - people who've already been on the show - to be a guest again after they've already delivered the traditional one hour confession.
So, anyone who has felt the urge to help me make the show fast-paced, hard-hitting and lively -- these are 4 easy ways in.
5. The Traditional Animal
And you can stilll come on as the sole guest for the whole show if you want to and we'll try to squeeze every bit of valuable information out of you.
This seems to work best when we have a slew of callers who challenge the guest with interesting stories of their own.
But it doesn't work all the time.