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The Key To Hiring Top Talent Is Surprisingly Old School

The Key To Hiring Top Talent Is Surprisingly Old School

I never thought that I would get to the stage in life where I’d become “that guy.” You know… the grumpy old guy who is totally resistant to technology? The guy that says the new way is useless, despite rave reviews. You may have seen them lately, articles claiming “Snapchat is the new wave of recruiting!” or “You should be texting your candidates to hire the best ones!” Yet, here I am still doing it the “old school” way – and I’m telling you it’s still the best way to hire the best candidates on the market today.

There are many many recruiters who spend their days pouring over resumes online. And yes – LinkedIn, Facebook, texting, and emails can be effective and useful in moving through the hiring process, but they must be used in conjunction with the phone. When you choose not to heavily utilize the phone during your recruiting process, you’re missing out. Essential things such as emotions, flow, and culture fit, simply cannot be conveyed online. Hesitation, sighs, excitement, and confusion can all be picked up on through a short phone call. These types of non-calculated responses can tell you a lot about a candidate and are a major part of how I evaluate and select the very best candidates to submit to my clients.

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When you partner with JSG for your hiring needs, you are not working with a recruiter who hides behind the comfort of a computer screen. You are choosing to work with a recruiter who will hit the ground running, making thousands of phone calls; a team that vets hundreds of candidates to get to the one or two candidates who are the best fit for your company.

So keep in mind, not all “old school” strategies are outdated and irrelevant. Sometimes you just need the right person to execute them!

Who You Gonna Call? Probably that recruiter you have a great relationship with.

Who You Gonna Call?

Who You Gonna Call? Probably that recruiter you have a great relationship with.

Over my lifetime, I’ve watched the telephone evolve from a clunky device attached to the kitchen wall, to a short-distance cordless contraption, to massive car phones that cost by the minute. All these things have led up to today, where 78% of teenagers have a cell phone with more computing power than NASA used to send Neil Armstrong to the moon.

Along with the convenience of being able reach loved ones near and far with a the quick click of a touch screen, has come the ability to instantly screen unfamiliar calls. In the past, we learned not to pick up the phone during dinner time unless we wanted to buy something, then came caller ID and we began to screen any number we didn’t have memorized. Now, if the number isn’t saved in your phone, there better be an incredibly compelling message or text, otherwise it might as well be renamed “Don’t Answer, Ever.”

This isn’t necessarily because we want to be rude or antisocial, the Average American is incredibly busy and an unknown phone call is an uninvited interruption to the task at hand.  With an average of 4.7 hours a day already spent on our phones, combined with family time, work, and leisure activities, we have to prioritize who gets a piece of our valuable time.

As an Executive Recruiter, I may fall into any of the prioritization levels, based on need and experience. I may be greeted with resounding gratefulness, I might be a quick welcome distraction from the day-to-day, or I could even be seen as a nuisance. Do you know how much it costs you and your organization not to answer the phone when I call? Regardless of past experiences, if you have an immediate hiring need, you’ll want to prioritize a conversation with me. Why?

For those that don’t know, I make nearly 20,000 calls every year for my clients in order to find them the ideal candidate that fits their culture and has the skills needed to effectively improve their organizational demands. My agile recruiting process saves companies thousands of dollars annually and is the much-needed assistant to your Human Resource department that is juggling hundreds of projects.

Even with all the technological advances of the past 25 years, the phone still serves a human fundamental need to converse with one another. Business is about relationships, and relationships start with a simple and honest conversation. Let’s establish and build our relationship now, so when you have a critical hiring need, you’ll know EXACTLY who you’re gonna call.