We’re talking General Mental Ability, the CTO hiring crisis, using IFTTT to automate your sourcing, sexist psychometrics(?), Louis Theroux’s interviewing style and a host of TA jobs from Space X to help find the people who are going to get us off the planet – it’s Issue 71 of Recruiting Brainfood!
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Natasha Ouslisis an organisational psychologist who has summarised the findings of a 2016 research paper on the efficacy of various types of job assessment. Turns out, we need to look mainly for GMA – General Mental Ability, ahead of work experience, job knowledge, peer ratings, reference checks or interviews. ASSESSMENT
Superb analysis of the hiring drought at CTO level by my buddy and long time brainfooder,Dmitri Grabov. Compensation disparity, set in part by internal politics in permanent hires plus lack of commitment in developing younger talent, creates the drought. CULTURE
Jonathan Kidderis one of our favourites in brainfood – he consistently produces top quality content with ready-to-use sourcing tips like this. Supercharge your efficiency with IFTTT. Read this, and follow him. SOURCING
Turns out the Big Five Personality Test – one of the world’s most widely accepted – spits out different scores according to your gender. It’s a sort of scandal, until you realise the scoring is based in gender aggregates. As ever, presentation of the report is a problem. Could be solved with a website that users can segment on their own. D&I
Superb visualisation from our buddies at FlowingData. Based on the American Time Use Survey in 2014, toggle this tool to ‘fast’ mode and watch those bubbles fly. There’s probably some sort of ‘optimal time for outreaching to candidates’ angle here, but really, just enjoy it. COOL TOOL
There’s a kind of evolutionary arms race going on between developers vs tech recruiters. Here’s a cool resource from the developer side byYang Shun– an interview handbook for front-end interviewing. Useful for tech recruiters also ASSESSMENT
Fascinating breakdown of documentary maker Louis Theroux’s unique interviewing style. How exactly does he get neo Nazi’s to open up to him, on-the-record? Recruiting tips, from the unusual places in this entertaining and educational fan video. INTERVIEWING
Still urging your kids to learn to code? You might be prepping them for a career that might soon no longer exist. Bubble is a point-and-click, drag and drop app builder, entirely without code. Code connoisseurs are going to scoff, but the future is pretty clear COOL TOOL
Ageing population, rise of robots and the loss of jobs, will lead to ‘the Great Transformation’ says this report from Bain & Company. It’s way too long to read through properly, but worth browsing through for the charts and main argument; it’s going to get crazy FUTURE OF WORK
$5,000 and you can leave – counter intuitive nudging from the company which may know it’s workers better than any other. Fascinating post on how this strategy may actually be a way to keep staff for longer. CULTURE
…the key to which, is actually to get rid of the company as the unit of organising labour. We’re getting close to being able to say this secular heresy, as brainfooder Andrew Spenceoutlines 4 ways in which blockchain might align with our moral imperative for good work. BLOCKCHAIN
Amazing list on Wikipedia of the oldest companies in the world. The Japanese got into the hotel business early, whilst no one can be surprised that Ireland’s first business was a pub –Sean’s Bar – which is apparently still running. OBSCURA
Early bird pricing on for this fantastic looking event put on by Barcelona Recruitment People. Organised by recruiters, for recruiters, this is a not-for-profit conference featuring some top class speaker line up if you’re into technical sourcing. €199.99 for a two day pass – ridiculously good pricing – clickhere and grab one before they go. And..did I mention it’s in Barcelona? May 31st – Jun 1st, Media TIC, Carrer de Roc Boronat, 117, 08018 Barcelona
1200 in-house recruiters / HR / People Ops folks in a multi-stage, open air event – it can only be RecFest 2018! This event is one of THE highlights of conference calendar. Early bird pricing is now on – I strongly recommend you get your tickets now. Clickhereand grab one before they go. NB: promo code “BRAINFOOD” for an additional discount. 5 July 2018, Hawker House, Canada St, London SE16 7PJ
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I’m in sunny Copenhagen this week, having lunch with the good folks at Unity3D on the 20th, followed by giving a talk on ‘Optionality’ at K2Search HQ on the 21st. I have the afternoon free on the 21st, so if you’re around and want to talk tech hiring or the future of the planet, email me on [email protected] or twitter@HungLee – be great to catch up.