On The Recruiting Animal Show - May 18, 2016
Here are some clips from the show. The full show is at the bottom of the list.
On The Recruiting Animal Show - May 18, 2016
Here are some clips from the show. The full show is at the bottom of the list.
On November 4, 2015, Jacob Sten Madsen was the guest on The Recruiting Animal Show.
We spent half of The Recruiting Animal Show talking about how to turn down a candidate who has lost out on a job with compassion.
Here is a bit of that article (edited):
"Often, candidate reactions are irrational. When a candidate is told that he's not getting an offer it can feel like his career is OVER because he's come to see it in the context of that dream job or dream company. The recruiter can see that this isn’t true but, in the moment, for the candidate, losing out on a dream job can feel like a nightmare."
Unfortunately, we had sound problems. Jacob was calling from England and soon after he signed on his connection started creating echoes whenever anyone else spoke. As a result, half the show had to be deleted.
Jerry was hunting in South Dakota. Maureen Sharib rode shotgun in his stead.
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On August 5, 2015, Matt Charney was the guest on The Recruiting Animal Show.
It got off to a bad start. I was ready to call in on Skype when I discovered that BlogTalkRadio doesn't offer a direct connection via Skype anymore. You have to use their DirectConnect service.
It hadn't been that good in the past but maybe it improved so I was ready to use it but the site told me that I should switch to Firefox or Chrome if I wanted a good sound.
Now, I use the Pale Moon browser which is Firefox tweaked for Windows but I thought that maybe it wouldn't be recognized as Firefox so I opened a new browser and logged in there without logging out on Pale Moon.
Unfortunately, DirectConnect wouldn't let me in. It kept processing me and processing me until I gave up and tried to call in to the host phone number using Skype. But I kept getting a busy signal.
I was a bit frantic by then because BlogTalkRadio was telling me that the show had already started so I called in on the phone but maybe it hadn't started. I don't know. Anyway, I didn't have time to review my intro before the show started so it might seem a bit stilted. It's about building rapport with candidates and clients based on this article by Scott Morefield in StaffingTalk.
That's not the end the technical problems, of course. Matt Charney apparently tried to connect via Skype as well and when he couldn't he decided to call in on his mobile phone and his sound was really, really bad. I wasn't the only one complaining this time; others did too so you know it was true. I had to go over the recording after the show and amplify every single thing he said. The sound's not great but at least, now, you can hear him. Jim Durbin had a bad connection, too, so I amplified everything he said, as well.
Enough, you're saying; why do I have to hear about this stuff? Well, let me tell you, when you can't hear what the other guy is saying it affects the conversation. Even if you can kind of hear him, your mind is focused on making out what he says instead of being free to think about what he's saying.
Now, to the subject. I planned the show around Matt's ebook about content marketing. It's a free 35 page pdf and I thought it was pretty good. One of our longest conversations was about sending candidates content at every stage of the hiring process. I thought from what he said in the book that there was more to it than there is.
The thing I found most interesting was Matt's announcement that Glassdoor is spending millions on Google keywords. He also told us about a new job description tool called Textio.com.
Matt referred people to Hubspot's resource library to get information about Inbound Marketing. He said that the process has already been perfected and adapts perfectly to the ongoing supply of information to candidates during the hiring process. Matty also wrote a little ebook on Inbound Marketing himself.
I saw after the show that Derek Zeller had been complaining throughout that I would not unmute him but, in fact, I opened every line that called in and, somehow, Jim Durbin, Alejandro Guzman Acha, Michael Cox and Alan Fluhrer managed to get through. I think Derek was just eager to plug his masterpiece posting which Matty referred to. You can find it here.
With all of those things going wrong, the show was a bit of a mess. Plus, Matt hinted that I waste a lot of time with my monologue and the singing and banter at the start of the show. So, I've solved that problem. I managed to extract a fair number of clips from the wreck and you can access each one individually here.
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New Files - Unsorted
Advice For Guests
Animal Show Business
Cold Calling - Phone Fear
Generations - Gen Y - Millennials
Hiring (In General)
Interviewing - Greatest Weakness Question
Recruiters - Corporate Recruiter vs Headhunter
Recruiters - Headhunters
Recruiting - Corporate Recruiting
Recruiting - First Contact
Recruiting - Odd Stories
Recruiting - Does a Recruiter Have To Be a People Person
Recruiting - How Long Did It Take You To Get Good
Recruiting - Predicting Time To Fill
Recruiting - Productivity
Sales - New Business Development
Social Media Marketing
Social Recruiting - Video
Specialists vs Generalists
Amy Ala, an IT Recruiter for a Major Software Company, was our guest on The Recruiting Animal Show on June 24, 2015.
Technically, things got off to a bad start. I called in on Skype with a headset but when the show started I couldn't hear anything so I had to call back in on BlogTalkRadio's Direct Connect option.
When I listened to the recording I could tell that Direct Connect is not that good. The sound was fuzzy and the volume varied but I was just happy to be there and we had a very good time. At least, I did and the people on Twitter seemed to, as well.
Amy likes to talk about salary negotiations so we spent a lot of time talking about that and, as you will see, we had a little difference of opinion.
We covered a lot of other territory, as well, and my intro was about the way war photographers react to dangerous situations.
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Nick Livingston is the CEO of Honeit.com. He was the guest on The Recruiting Animal Show on June 17, 2015.
A few weeks ago, Daniel Chait told us that while the golden rules of recruiting are very well known, lots of companies don't use them.
As a result, interviewers are unprepared. They miss important questions and don't take notes so when they arrive at the selection meetings they have only a foggy memory of what was said.
Honeit tries to solve these problems by having you conduct the interview via their website. It hosts the interview questions and records the interview. This way, interviewers know what to ask and they have a record of what was said.
If the candidate has to go through a number of interviews staggered over a few days or weeks, subsequent interviewers can listen to the previous recordings and, then, hone in on the issues that remain unresolved.
A key feature, here, is the clip-making function.
Before asking about an important topic, the interviewer can press a button to start recording that part of the conversation as a separate clip. When the topic ends, she presses another button to end the clip.
When these short clips are available and their topics labelled, the next interviewer will not have to wade through an entire recording, including chit-chat, to get to the material that concerns her the most.
There is even a chance that she might not have to conduct another interview at all and this is the way, Nick claims, Honeit can speed up the interviewing process.
He is targeting both third party recruiters and corporate recruiting departments and you can try it for free at Honeit.com. (The video feature only works with the premium account).
Before founding a start-up, Nick was a headhunter and a corporate recruiter (at MTV and TubeMogul) so we also discussed a lot of plain old recruiting topics -- though Alejandro complained about that (and Maureen supported him). The song was terrible. Pathetic is a better word. My intro was stilted for some reason. I seemed sort of confused (and I was). And Jerry wasn't around so there was no aftershow.
She was the guest on The Recruiting Animal Show on June 10, 2015.
From my experience of her on Twitter I expected her to be a bit feisty but she turned out to be a proper English lady -- with a school-marmish hate-on for contingent recruiting and contingent recruiters, at least, of the English variety.
Thayer says that her company only places the best, top level people that and she has never had to go out looking for business. It comes to her via referrals.
She likes to give free and sincere career advice and believes that if you focus on taking care of the candidate it will benefit your clients much more than if you focus on them.
She thinks that for the sake of diversity hiring managers should not look to their personal networks for their hiring needs but place ads that will bring in people they don't already know.
I found Thayer's description of the IT networking parties she threw very early in her career particularly interesting.
There is also a discussion of the relation between advice, persuasion and selling.
My introduction is about phone fear due to extreme negative predictions but it could have used a rewrite.
Thayer did sing but not very well. You can barely hear her.
He was the guest on The Recruiting Animal Show on June 03, 2015.
Greenhouse is an Applicant Tracking System with a difference.
Daniel believes that the recruiting function inside companies is terribly disorganized.
Here's one of their advertising videos that shows you clearly what they think.
It's funny by the way -- and ironic when you consider that Danny criticizes me during the show for saying that hiring managers are blockheads.
So, anyway, Greenhouse software tells these blockheads - just joking - what they have to do at every step in the recruiting process.
It also tracks the results of various strategies so that the user can compare them and figure out what works best.
Daniel is a great speaker. There are many good videos of him online. In this one, he outlines a "killer" interview process. And this is a good follow up. In fact, if you watch those you don't have to listen to his appearance on The Recruiting Animal Show. But you can if you like.
Did Daniel enjoy his time on the show? On Twitter, he said it was fun in it's own way - which, to me, means no. But, hey, that's show biz. I listened to a bunch his interviews and no one pressed him to justify his ideas. Not that we did that much either. In fact, I'm sorry that Jerry had to leave early because he was very lively in the first part of the show.
Daniel's view of the corporate recruiting function was confirmed by Michael Cox who is the Director of Recruiting at a 500 person company. Alejandro helped out with the interview and Maureen Sharib, as usual, was the only caller with the guts to participate in the song.
I started off bydifferentiating myself from Fidel Castro. In the introduction I said that, unlike the population of Cuba, the mob gets to speak on The Recruiting Animal Show and that proved true in spades. Throughout the show, I had a perverse kind of riot on my hands.
If I said the song I picked was by Bruce Springsteen, that was no good but if I said it was by Tom Waites, then it was fine.
If I asked Jeff how he trained people to be big billers, that was no good but if the callers asked him how he trained his staff, well, that was just fine.
The complaints were endless and, in my opinion, they interfered with the show. And that's a regular flaw some listeners tell me. "You don't have to be like Fidel," they say, "but you have to know when to rein in the masses." And maybe they're right. You can judge for yourself. But, before I forget, let me compliment the guest for proving he's a real man. When most people tell you they have no voice it means that they are too chicken to sing -- but not him.
From: The Recruiting Animal Aftershow - April 22, 2015