Crazy Little Thing Called Hiring

If you haven’t seen Bohemian Rhapsody, you’re missing out.

If you’re not yet a fan of Queen, you will be by the ending credits… and if you’re already a fan, you’ll learn something new about this legendary band.

One of the things we all learn – and one of the film’s hysterical cameos – is how music producer Ray Foster shot down their legendary single, which forced them to walk from the music label.

Ray (played brilliantly by Queen-fan actor Mike Myers) just didn’t get it. The talent was standing there right in front of him, yet he couldn’t see it.

mike-myers-queenAnd that’s what I worry about for you. There’s so much talent out there. Often, it’s right under your nose. But we can’t see it. Because we’re too focused on a resume, or what school they went to, or some 3-month gap in their career history.

Don’t be lazy, and don’t be Ray.

If you’re a leader in business – or aspire to become one – your number one job is to spot and amass talent. Do that, and the rest takes care of itself. You’ll build a winning business every time because, in most cases, your competitor’s hiring bites the dust. But that means you need to do things differently than most executives under pressure…

  • Focus on the person, not their resume
  • Make sure you’re not overlooking the candidate’s rare gift
  • don’t assume that a Rockstar in one company will be a Rockstar in another
  • Learn how to do reference checks that will rock you
  • Dig and dig some more until you learn what the person is made of. (Freddie Mercury got his start as a shy baggage handler at Heathrow Airport)

Spotting talent is simple, but not easy.

My book Recruit Rockstars plays like a rock anthem on how to do it.

Grab your free copy here.

And if you already have it (thank you), get a copy for your boss, or your Board, or your staff. Together, we are the champions.

Never settle,

Jeff Hyman

Jeff Hyman

Jeff Hyman launched his recruiting career at Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart, the preeminent global executive search firms. Today, he’s Chief Talent Officer at Chicago-based Strong Suit Executive Search. Along the way, Jeff created four companies, backed by $50 million in venture capital. He currently teaches the MBA course about recruiting at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and hosts the five-star Strong Suit Podcast. Jeff has been featured by Inc., Fortune, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg, and other media outlets. He holds a master’s degree from Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from The Wharton School.

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