Having the experience doesn’t mean you’re entitled

I’m in the middle of yet another recruitment campaign. As with all the ones I’ve administered, this one too has its stories to be shared. The latest of which is an interaction with an experienced candidate who’s applying for an independent contractor position. I went through his profile and writer’s portfolio. Was quite impressed by […]

About those reference checks

How many times in your career have you been asked to provide references? Or be one for someone? My guess is plenty. Enough for you to take this seriously. Particularly, if you’re the employer/recruiter. I, however, question the veracity of a reference check. Nobody seems to be giving anything but glowing references. Even if they […]

It’s not about the talent pool but your research

While I do think ‘value creation’ is slowly becoming a throw-away word, clarifying or conveying the value proposition is still a matter of perspective. You can draft up the most compelling values statement for your clients to see and still may not be able to move the needle. The decision makers don’t give a hoot […]

The survival mindset

One of the major reasons why people (kids and adults alike) quit Brazilian JuJutsu (BJJ) has got nothing to do with their conflicting schedules as they claim. It’s the teaching methodology. Period. I know that first hand having been part of two different (yet so similar) schools of thoughts. When I signed up for my […]

Using scorecards to recruit talent

Possibly the most useful document that the management can refer to time and again. If, and that’s a big “if,” managers learn to use it well. While thousands of organisations across the world follow Drucker’s “what gets measured, gets done” advice, most don’t quite get it right. For starters, they don’t even measure that damn […]

Just because it says “easy apply” doesn’t mean you have to

One thing that I absolutely hate about Job Boards and LinkedIn is that they’ve made the candidate’s application process damn simpler! If you’re confused, let me clarify — it’s simpler for the candidate but a living hell for a recruiter who’s determined (or desperate) to find the right candidate for the role in question. Sure, […]

On job descriptions

It stuns me how most job postings out there suck. A majority of them are outright trash while most are horrendous. Thankfully, there are a few that have earned the right to be nominated for FBI’s most wanted list. And then you expect great candidates to show up at your door? Yeah, dream on. If […]

Go beyond the resume, always

Hiring is possibly one of the most difficult and riskiest discipline in any organization. Don’t believe me? Check with your human resources manager or the recruiter-par-excellence who’re going bald over the perfect hires that they won’t ever find. And even if they do, the candidates are either going to quit within the next three months […]

The real reason why recruiters don’t ever call back

You thought you rocked the interview. The recruiter whom you’ve been in touch with for the past 6 weeks even confirmed that everyone ‘liked’ you and think that you’re a great fit for the profile! That was 3 weeks back and you haven’t heard anything yet. You’ve sent the recruiter an email and called her […]

You can’t ‘turnaround’ people all the time

It’s a harsh reality. One that has bitten me in the rear more than a few times. Blame it to my insatiable optimism in people, I’ve always believed that if I want to, I can help any individual turn things around for themselves in their careers, organizations or life in general. I was wrong. And […]