April 3, 2020
Mental health has never been a more important topic, especially in the light of the shocking phase shift we have all experienced during this enduring pandemic.
We all need to learn to recognise the symptoms of stress behaviour - in our colleagues, as well as a amongst ourselves.. Importantly, as we adjust to our new realities, we need to quickly learn strategies for dealing with mental health challenges that we are likely to need in today and tomorrow.
I'll be joined by creator of Value Through Vulnerability podcast host Garry Turner, Leadership Coach Helen Amery & Integrative Psychotherapist Zuzana Tarcalova
Episode 53 of Brainfood Live On Air is supported by our buddies at Applied. If you are serious about de-biasing your recruiting, you need to take a look at Applied's unique diversity & inclusion recruiting tools. Contact a member of the team for more information here
March 27, 2020
The most popular content categories in Recruiting Brainfood every week are 'SOURCING' and 'COOL TOOLS'.
That tells me one thing: recruiters are always looking for a edge to get to the best candidates more effectively. Who better than the Wizard Sourcer himself - Jonathan Kidder Tech Recruiter at Amazon - to help us navigate the world of chrome extensions, free tools, sourcing channels and the rest. Must watch for anyone who is interested in improving their sourcing game
We're on at Friday 27th March, 3.,30pm GMT / 09.30 CST
Episode 52 of Brainfood Live On Air is supported by our buddies at Stack Overflow Talent. Talk to developers where they already want to be - on the tech world's most popular Q&A site. Contact a member of the team for more information here
March 20, 2020
How do you build a differentiated employer brand?
When your employer already is a famous B2C brand, what steps do you need to take to position your company as an employer of choice, especially if you need to attract the highly skilled, in-demand tech talent to a non-tech brand?
This is the topic of Brainfood Live On Air, Ep51. We will be joined by Chris Wray, Head of Recruitment Strategy at Sainsburys
Episode 51 is supported by our buddies at VideoMyJob.VideoMyJob is an award-winning recruitment video production app used by top companies to create their own branded videos in-house. Up for your employer branding game today - request a demo here
March 13, 2020
Do your company run an Internal Mobility programme?
Chances are it does. and equal chances are, that it is NOT running effectively.
Even the best employers frequently lose their top talent to competitors, rather than have staff transfer internally to other positions in the business.
Why does this happen? And how do we fix it?
This is the topic of Ep50 of Brainfood Live On Air.
I'll be joined by industry experts Andrew Gadomski and Katrina Hutchinson-O'Neill who will help us uncover the real reasons behind the failure of Internal Mobility and what steps you can take to fix it.
Episode 50 is supported by our buddies at EASYRECRUE. - the single platform to manage the talent lifecycle, from job application to career development. Take the first step towards optimising your TA strategy by registering for a demo here
March 6, 2020
Have you heard of Open Hiring?
It's a radical method of recruiting which does away entirely with CV and Interview - and indeed, any other form of assessment - and simply hires people for jobs if they want them.
But some companies have experimented with it and they swear that it works better than any other method. And if they are right, what does that mean for our industry? Has it all been a lie? What if 'randomised' hiring like this could produce a more effective workforce? It would certainly improve diversity, which we all convinced is the key to high performing teams.
We're talking about this, and assessment methods, in Ep49 of Brainfood Live. I'll be joined by recruiting legends Robin Schooling and Gerry Crispin who will help us guide through the conversation.
Also with bonus segment on COVID-19 and impact on recruiting with Lars Schmidt
Episode 49 is supported by our buddies at PASS. If you plan on doing some radical hiring, you probably still want to do a decent background check.PASS is the one stop shop for all the checks you need to do. Claim your free 30 day trial here
February 28, 2020
Brainfood Live is back with a focus on Sourcing Mentality - with one of the world's best to help guide us through it - Aaron Lintz, Recruitment Leader at Thoughtworks, with additional guests Guillaume Alexandre and Katherine Robinson
- What is the state of sourcing today?
- How important is sourcing amongst all the other responsibilities a recruiter has to perform?
- Have we hit 'peak sourcing'
- How do we source for intangibles?
- How do we source for soft skills?
- How do we source for diversity?
- And most importantly, how to develop a sourcers mentality?
Awesome conversation with 3 of the best sourcers on the planet - make sure to give this a listen
Episode 48 is supported by our buddies at Seen By Indeed. Hiring for tech talent? Talk to thousands of qualified candidates today - contact Seen By Indeed here
February 21, 2020
As the conversation in D&I matures from diversity to inclusion, this show is a timely primer for the elements recruiters need to bake into their recruiting approach in order to support the building of truly inclusive workplace culture.
I'm joined by D&I expert Joanne Lockwood, to explore the recruiter challenges of creating a truly inclusive workplace culture.
You will learn about:
1. 3 x Layers of Diversity Framework
2. Inclusion is an active term
3. Privilege - can we use the term inclusively?
5. Role of the Incumbent for change
6. Relationship between Identity & Idea
7. How to truly include everyone in the debate
Must listen for anyone interested in D&I - give it a listen
Episode 47 of Brainfood Live On Air is supported by our buddies at Applied. If you are serious about de-biasing your recruiting, you need to take a look at Applied's unique diversity & inclusion recruiting tools. Contact a member of the team for more information here
February 15, 2020
Do you want to know how well your job ads are doing?
Appcast - recently acquired for $70 million by StepStone, are one of the few businesses who might be able to give us the numbers.
They are publishing their annual report on job application metrics and Brainfood Live has none other than CEO Christian Forman as special guest to talk us through the show.
Must attend webinar for anyone spending budget on job ads and employer branding.
- What is the behaviour of the modern job applicant?
- How does applicant behaviour differ across industry segments?
- What is the regional variability of job applicant metrics?
- How do you know you job ad is going well?
- What is the future of programmatic job advertising?
- Any opinion on what Facebook / Google are going to do?
Episode 46 of Brainfood Live On Air is supported by our buddies atUncubed- tech recruiters, community for tech recruiters and genuinely awesome newsletter - get it all from Uncubed here
February 7, 2020
Job Descriptions: is there a more reviled document in the our business?
Hard to think of a document which is held is less esteem than any other by nearly every stakeholder involved - the Hiring manager, the recruiter and not least - the candidate.
Why are they are so bad? Why do we still need them? And more importantly, how could be do better with them?
This is the topic of Ep45 of Brainfood Live On Air - how to write Authentic Job descriptions that Candidates Want to Read with ace writer and consultant, Katrina Kibben.
You will learn
- how to find your 'voice'
- how to write as you speak
- how to structure a JD that flows
- how to tell the salient points
- how to write tight and compelling copy
Episode 45 is supported by our buddies at VideoMyJob.VideoMyJob is an award-winning recruitment video production app used by top companies to create their own branded videos in-house. Up for your employer branding game today - request a demo here
February 1, 2020
How do you assess software engineers?
One of the toughest challenges in tech recruiting is how usually non-tech people (tech recruiters) can effectively assess software engineers.
All the signals are bad...
- Resume / CV ....self reported document, easy to game
- Brand name previous employers.....'must be good because she worked at Google'
- Phone screen....irrelevant testing, using a medium that engineers don't often use
- Face to face interview....rote pitching of questions, looking for bingo buzzword answers.
- Tech-to-tech interviews.....many critiques of the whiteboard
- Coding challenge....how can recruiters interpret the results?
It's a conundrum which is annoying to recruiters and candidates alike. So what is the best practice for recruiters who want to credibly assess an engineers suitability for a role they are hiring for?
This is the topic of Ep44 of Brainfood Live On Air; I'll be joined by tech sourcing legend Amy Miller formerly of Google and now at Amazon Lab126 , who is going to help me unpack the challenge and together work through some options we might consider.
Episode 44 of Brainfood Live On Air is supported by our buddies at Codility. Improve your tech hiring efforts with online technical skills assessments to identify the strongest developer hires. Check out more information here.