September 5, 2007

Another Recruiting Issue

Filed under: Insights,Signaling — admin @ 6:27 pm

Seth Godin discusses short-sighted recruiting techniques here. One observant commenter recognizes that the typical cover letter, interview, and attention to detail format might actually reveal desirable characteristics in a candidate. Even if those activities were just completely wasteful, this technique might be useful in separating low-ability individuals from high-ability individuals (i.e. screening).

On the other hand (and what I think Seth is driving at), those screening techniques are not very useful anymore. It may have worked back in the day, but now individuals can effortlessly create business networks (LinkedIn), resume profiles (Monster), and, in some cases, simply pay to have a good cover letter/resume written. Those old signals are just simply weak, and we need to look for more appropriate ones.