Matt Charney is the Executive Editor for Recruiting Daily, whose flagship property, RecruitingBlogs, is the world’s largest social network and content sharing platform for recruiting and HR professionals. Matt oversees editorial strategy and content marketing for RecruitingDaily’s portfolio of online properties. Prior to joining RecruitingBlogs, Matt served in marketing leadership roles at leading HR technology companies like Talemetry, CornerstoneOnDemand & Monster. Matt began his career as a corporate recruiter for such companies as Walt Disney and Warner Bros.
Matt has been named as one of the top 25 influencers in recruiting by publications like the Huffington Post, Glassdoor, CareerBuilder and LinkedIn, and has been recognized as one of the 2015 HR Game Changers by HR Magazine and SHRM, the 2015 HRO Superstar for Analyst Excellence and the 2014 Top Recruiting Blogger by Social Talent. His blog mattcharney.com was also named one of the top 15 business blogs to follow by WordPress in 2014. Matt serves as a member of the advisory boards for the Candidate Experience Awards, Rolepoint, RecruitiFi, Take the Interview, HiringSolved, Universum and Textio.
10.5 QUESTIONS WITH Matt Charney
1. The elevator just closed and you’ve got 30 seconds to pitch the random reader on who you are and why they should read your rants. Go…
I always find it awkward to talk to people on an elevator. I’m not going to be that guy. Plus, they’d have no way to read my stuff in an elevator anyway since service totally sucks in them.
Got 99 Problems, but a pitch ain’t one. Check it.
2. Now for the mundane – break down your location, title, company/firm and what you do for a living…
Go to google.com. Type “Matt Charney.” Enjoy.
Revel in how bad ass technology is these days. Promptly forget the Dewey decimal system and all phone numbers, anniversaries or birthdays.
3. One more question that everyone expects. What’s the reason you’re in this game? (why do you do what you do?)
Well, since I’m a player, I hate the game. But I am good at writing, happened to fall into recruiting, and when I put the two together I started being able to make a living avoiding work and playing around on Twitter and shit. I also enjoy not wearing pants and being able to get inebriated whenever at the office every day.
4. If you’ve ever been to a professional baseball game, you know batters from the home team get to pick their own theme music as they walk from the dugout to the plate. If we ever have a FOT convention, what theme music will you come out to to pump the crowd up and why?
I’d come out to Rap’s M.V.P. by the Game. Y’all don’t need no more reason than that, there. 213 for life, son.
4. Let’s stick with the baseball theme. If you’ve ever been to a pro game, you also know that the visitor doesn’t get to pick their own music. The home team picks that for them, and it’s usually less than stellar, as a means of attempting to crush them. If you could pick theme music for your arch-rival to walk into a conference room to, what would it be and why?
Taylor Swift’s 1989 on continuous loop. Wait, that’s actually called the radio.
5. Finish the following sentence – “When I’m interviewing, I can tell within one minute that this thing isn’t going to work out because _________…”
They want an adult, not just someone pretending to be one.
6. Name the actor/actress who will portray you in the movie about you. Why the heck is that a fit?
With my beard, everyone mistakes me for Jerry Ferrara, better known as the dude who played Turtle on Entourage. I used to live in Hollywood and literally took thousands of “Turtle” selfies with Japanese tourists over the years and once got comped a buffet voucher at the Golden Nugget. That’s how Turtle rolls.
My secret is without my beard, I am the splitting image of Sean Astin in Rudy. So I’m going to have to go with Samwise.
7. List three of your favorite books to pander to the educated segment of our readership…
My three favorite books are The Bible, The Turner Diaries, and Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly. Tell the educated segment of your readership they’re heavy on my heart and in my prayers.
8. List three of your favorite movies to connect with the segment of our readership that doesn’t like to read…
My three favorite movies are Ernest Goes To Jail, Hard Rain with Bruce Willis and R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet, if that counts as a movie. If not, then The Human Centipede.
9. Let’s reach out to what remains of our readership. Who’s your favorite Old-School Rapper and why?
Biggie had the sickest, most original flow of anyone in the history of the rap game. He told stories with his lyrics and even though he was packing some pounds along with his heat, he still managed to be a playa (or at least just f*** a lot).
10.5. My first car was a <blank> and here’s how it defined who I am…
It was a 1996 Toyota Camry. That was a rite of passage for white, upper middle class suburban males, and I still enjoy my polo, Fabrege egg collecting and competitive dressage with a slice of elitism. I bid you good day, sir.
Good day, I said.