This Headhunter Saw a Ghost

ghost-businessmanghost-businessmanWanna know how insane this market has become?

Here it is in CNN:

“The job market is so good, new hires aren’t showing up for their first day of work.”

It’s insane. But true.

Look past the crappy candidate manners for the more important message…

Whatever you’re doing to find, hire, keep great talent: Isn’t enough.

Candidates will be candidates. Many with bad manners. Or bad judgment. And sometimes, sh*t happens. You offered $100K. She accepted. In the two weeks between when she gave notice and when she’s scheduled to report for work, her former boss calls her with an offer for $140K.

What do you expect her to do?

I expect her to keep her word. But I’m not her. And I can understand her dilemma. I may even hate her decision, but I can see why she reneged.

It’s your job to get candidates in the boat and keep them there. Particularly when they’re most at risk: between when they resign and when they show for work.

But even after that… the first day. The first week. The first month.

It takes so little to spook a candidate. And make them revisit their decision. And when it’s raining job offers (3 or 4 in a one-week period), you can’t take anything for granted.

Show the love. Wine and dine. Call and re-call (and have other board members call).

And always have a backup plan.

Welcome to hiring in 2019.



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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