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Guerrilla Hiring (Not Hiring Guerillas)

I often talk with job hunters, HR folks and recruiters about how hiring continues to evolve; think mobile/social recruiting.

When I read this post about a woman who recently applied to,  interviewed for and landed a job in less than a week; I was amazed (job on east coast and she lived on the west coast!)

Here’s her story…

“So, on a fluke, I emailed them my resume. By the next afternoon, I had already done a Skype™ interview with HR and they assigned me a project so they could see my work. I emailed my project, they loved it and offered me a job. I was on an airplane that Sunday and started work on Monday!” What’s on Karen’s Plate

Let’s examine this. She…

1) Wasn’t even looking for a job., she ‘stumbled’ across this posting and decided it was her dream job

2) Sent a resume and someone actually looked at it (wow)

3) Interviewed via Skype™  (candidate and hiring manager actually saw each other, felt the mutual energy, etc.)

4) Completed an assignment (wow again). (So this means that the company actually knew enough about the job to have an assignment that an interviewee could complete and then they made it easy for her to submit it.)

5) Evaluated the organization – I wonder what they did to help her understand their culture? (Made interviewing completely painless!)

Of course all interviews can’t happen like this but imagine streamlining the process to even vaguely resemble something like this. What if you Skype interviewed several candidates? If they don’t know how to use Skype — do you want to hire them? and… can you use Skype?

As a hiring manager, do you have an ‘assignment’ for your short list of candidates?

As someone how waited months for a job to — ‘get approved’, ‘open up’, have a new ‘description/classification written’, etc., this whole thing blows me away. In a good way!

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2 Responses
  • Carl Hoffman
    June 22, 2012

    My favorite author Karen Armstrong, a former Catholic nun wrote words that I always remember. Technology always wins. I am waiting for the iPnone 5 so I can use Skype. I have a 91 year old woman in my church that uses Skype regularly to keep up with her relatives. Thanks again for another informative entry.

  • Deborah
    July 5, 2012

    Your congregant who is 91 is an inspiration to us all! I use skype on my iphone 3… it’s so cool. Carl, keep up the great work sharing the inspiring stories from your corner of the world. We are so grateful. I am familiar with the charter for compassion. an amazing organization. thank you also for reminding me about it.

    What the world needs now is compassion, compassion, compassion.

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