Your Recruiting Function Needs More Cowbell!


You know if Justin Timberlake, Alec Baldwin, or Christopher Walken are going to be on SNL, great skits are sure to follow!  One of my favorite Christopher Walken skits is when he is teamed up with Will Ferrell et al on this infamous ‘More Cowbell” segment – if you haven’t seen it, please fix this ASAP…

So, great Recruiters put their pants on the same way as average Recruiters…but what is it they do that makes Gold when they do it??  A little more cowbell…that is what.  What can you do to “explore the space” a little bit more?

Take the time to understand the business – know the goals, objectives, and direction.  Get the fact that yours are now the same — so best to find an organization/team you can believe in and for which you can and are willing to add value.  Know your competitors and what makes your organization and team stand apart.

Know the team and the roles you are recruiting for inside and out — and what kind of people will be happy, productive, and successful in those roles.  It is not what you will find in the average job description from the HR system.  Work with your hiring teams to define the profiles — and then don’t keep it a secret.  You, your hiring team, AND your candidates should understand them.  Teach your teams how to assess for these profiles and hold yourself and your hiring teams accountable for doing this properly.

And finally, don’t listen to the haters that say you can’t provide a better candidate experience because of lack of time and resources – set and manage expectations, do what you say you are going to do, and treat candidates the way you would want to be treated.

It may be a bit annoying that you are adding more upfront work to you and your hiring teams to go this extra mile to bring some “wellness” to what has historically been an unhealthy process in most organizations.  But look at it this way, if your recruiting process has a fever, then the only prescription may be more cowbell.


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12 2011

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    I have a disease and the only cure is more cowbell.

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