ICYMI Monday: Fast Feet & Background Checks

ICYMI Monday: Fast Feet & Background Checks

Mike Roberts

This is a regular weekly feature here on the Jibe Blog, in which we uncover some of the best recruitment and technology stories from the previous week you may have missed. But first, we take a little trip in the wayback machine.

Our hearts and cheers are with the city of Boston today, as runners and the city triumphantly shift the focus back where it belongs: On the race itself, one of the truly great competitions in all of sport. But 34 years ago today, it was one Rosie Ruiz who infamously stole the spotlight, after the unheralded participant stunningly took the women’s division title with the third-best time ever. The sporting world was shocked as this unknown marathoner took to the podium to accept her medal and don her laurel wreath.

But who was she? Where did she come from? After days of investigation, it was revealed that she near-literally did come from ‘out of nowhere’, entering the race surreptitiously from amongst a pack of spectators about a mile from the finish line to steal victory. After discovering Rosie’s ruse and stripping her of her medal, race officials also uncovered that her NYC marathon time – which had qualified her for the Boston race in the first place – was illegitimate. Rather than running the entire NYC course, she decided she could save some time and sweat by taking the subway for a portion. So you see, if race officials had taken a cue from HR and implemented more thorough background check, this all could’ve been avoided.
Before diving in to this week’s stories, we’d like to wish today’s runners fast feet and commend the city of Boston for staying strong. And with that, we’re off!

  • ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo – 2014 Spring
    Our first “story” this week isn’t actually a story, but it’s still what the recruiting world will be focused on for the remainder of this week as the annual ERE Conference convenes in San Diego starting tomorrow, Tuesday April 22nd. Jibe is returning as a Platinum Sponsor this year and can’t wait to touch down and dive into one of the best events of the year. Please be sure to stop by and see us at Booth #502, and also be sure to check out a preview video of the event from the folks at ERE here. See you in San Diego!
  • Incentivize Recruiters For a More Successful Hiring Process
    We’ll stay over at ERE.net for this next piece, in which Christopher Young writes about the importance of a much-loved topic here at Jibe, the candidate experience. Christopher encourages organizations to judge its recruiters on more than simplre conversion statistics. By doing so, they can be incentivized to contribute more to ensuring a quality candidate experience for applicants. In a similar piece on ERE, Dr. John Sullivan dives even deeper, identifying the Top 12 Reasons Why Slow Hiring (i.e. poor candidate experience) Severely Damages Recruiting and Business Results. If you think your employer brand and overall business isn’t at risk by offering a poor candidate experience, you should really check this out.
  • Recruiters Turn to Niche Social Sites to Find Talent
    I missed this one earlier this month, but freelance journalist Dave Zielinski took a good, deep look over at SHRM at passive candidates and how to navigate social media to unearth them. Dave offers some good insight here to take your sourcing well beyond the Big Social Four of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
  • Little Data, the X-Factor of HR
    And finally, after a big week of Big Data over at Blogging4Jobs, Will Thomson takes us back down to earth a bit and reminds us to remember the most important piece of the equation – the people behind the process – when contemplating this brave new world of data points and metrics and analytics. Talent acquisition pros and the job seekers themselves are the irreplaceable X-factor in recruiting; the data only serves to support and supplement their efforts.

That’s it for this week’s ICYMI Monday post, but we hope to see you in San Diego soon! If you come across something you think deserves some extra attention during the week, leave a note in the comments or hunt us down on Twitter @JibePR.

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