The Uber Ride From Hell

I’m sure you’ve had one too.

Mine was this morning.

Stop & start.
Stop & start.
Stop & start.

I almost tossed my Starbucks Egg Bites.

I’m a simple guy. With simple needs. All I ask is that we not ride the brake pedal. It’s really not that hard.


But one thing that is super-hard is trying to recruit great people to your business when you stop & start, stop & start.

Here’s the scenario: You and your team find a great candidate. All systems go. But then, one of you isn’t so sure.

  • “What are we looking for again?”
  • “Are you sure she’s the one?”
  • “Will he really fit our culture?”

So, hit the brake! The recruiting stops. And days -or weeks- pass while trying to figure it out.

Then, you start again. That amazing candidate is long gone! (Can you blame her? At 3.7% unemployment, she has no shortage of choices.)

So, it’s back to square one. Restart the process. And fill the candidate pipeline again. More weeks elapse.

And you find the right one. He’s a winner!

But wait. Frank in Finance now feels the need to hijack the interview process. And he doesn’t really buy in to your candidate spec.

So hit the brakes – again. And get Frank on board. He really wants an MBA degree. And this candidate doesn’t have one.

So, back to the beginning. And wait… yet again. For more candidates. The perfect one comes thru a referral. She’s a Rockstar. But she’s 10% more expensive than we can afford.

“Maybe we didn’t pick the right comp target to begin with.”

You get the picture. One of the keys to recruiting is knowing what you want and need before you start, and which of your colleagues is gonna be taking the ride with you.

Otherwise, you’ll get nowhere fast.

And get nauseous, like an Uber ride gone bad.

This new short video shows you step-by-step how to figure out precisely what the right candidate looks like.

Here’s the video.

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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