I Got Hired On Match.com

During the recent break I got to watch a ton of of TV, and I noticed that dating websites ramp up the commercials during the holidays! I also saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which had a running dating site gag going through the whole thing. It got me thinking, I wonder if I could join a dating website and then recruit those folks for jobs versus asking them out for dates? I’m happily married, and wouldn’t think of going on a dating website, so I reached out to some HR folks I know who aren’t happily married and on dating websites to find out how miserable their holidays were! Also, to ask the question I really wanted to ask— could you use a site like Match.com to recruit talent?

Here’s my assumption about guys who use dating websites: Mostly techie types who have low interpersonal skills. Computer dating = guts enough to speak to girls they normally wouldn’t. For the ladies, I’m guessing it’s a bit broader, but the plus/minus on cats is probably +2.7. Also, great for single moms who can’t get out on the normal dating scene because most people look down on you leaving your 6 year old in the car of a bar parking lot. Single dads use the kids as a bait for younger girls who think it’s “adorable” that he’s such a “good” dad and working so hard to take care of his children. For some reason, single dads are adorable, but single Mom’s are a train wreck—not sure how that happened in our society.

Here’s what I found out:

– No, these sites don’t list “job titles” of the folks who are members, but apparently you get pretty savvy in figuring out what they do based on their written profile. Many will say what they do in the written description of themselves.

– You do find out quite a bit about the person based on these interactions, which could make for better cultural hiring fits.

– You can find out how crazy someone is,which also might help in finding out a bad hire—before you hire them.

– Specialized dating sites like Black People Meet, etc. could offer a great pool for diversity hiring.

The big question—could you use a dating website to recruit talent for your company?

I’m going to say yes, but it comes with some really big perils! First, if you thought recruiting on Facebook could get creepy, dating websites will take this to a whole other level!  You could catfish the whole thing, but that seems like more work than you would really get out of the entire thing. Catfishing is rampant on LinkedIn right now… unless you actually know the person you’re connecting with, chances are you’ve got some catfish in your LI pond. I’m sure you might upset some folks who came to the dating website to find love; instead, you are just trying to get them a job they’ll love! (See how I flipped the script on that one?That’s 20 years of recruiting folks!)

It really depends on how desperate you are to reach a new talent pool. In some metro-tech centers, I can definitely see putting a sourcer on this gig and seeing what happens. Worse case scenario it bombs, but it’s a very low cost of entry pool to fish in. It’s really no different than any other network you use to recruit.  We tell our recruiters to go to their religious organizations and use that network to recruit. None of those people asked to be recruited. This is no different.

So, what do you think, would you use a dating website to find talent for your organization?

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Tim Sackett
Tim Sackett SPHR, is the ultimate Mama’s Boy!  After 15+ years of successfully leading HR and Talent Acquisition departments for Fortune 500s and smaller technical firms, Tim took over running the contingent staffing firm HRU Technical Resources in Lansing, MI. Serving as the Executive Vice President, Tim runs the company his mother started over 30 years ago, and don’t tell Mom, but he thinks he does a better job at it than she did!  Check out his blog at www.timsackett.com. Because he's got A LOT to say, and FOT just isn't enough for him.


  1. Deb McClanahan says:

    I’ve always said there are a lot of parallels between the dating process and the hiring process…

  2. Daniel says:

    It seems like an extremely inefficient way of doing things, yes there will be people on there suitable for your positions, yes its possible to find them however the pool is slim, the likelihood of them being interested in a new job slim, the likelihood of them wanting to speak with you in a dating site about a new job even more slim. If you do happen to stumble upon anybody relevant who is willing to speak to you about potential employment how can you tell if they are any good? Many people use usernames unrelated to their real names and don’t tend to put in depth career information on profiles. I can see where you are coming from but realistically can anybody afford to put this much time and resource into such a small passive and non respondent pool? My opinion is no.

    • Tim Sackett
      Tim Sackett says:

      Daniel –

      I don’t discount what you are saying at all. I’m not saying a dating site should be your first, second, or even third pool you should be fishing in. I’m saying when you go hunting after purple squirrels, sometimes you end up fishing in the 9th or 10th pool.

      While not a great first option – I still think you could find folks on a dating site – if you were so inclined!


  3. Alex says:

    I guess you’ll find love on LinkedIn as well

  4. Barbara says:

    I find your humor refreshing… as I have often thought of the same thing. I think it’s going to be another tool to find that passive candidate.

  5. Paige Holden says:

    Innnteresting thought. I wonder how profiles would change if people knew HR was peeking in…it might actually clean house a bit!

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