Mr. President…What is Your Biggest Weakness?

Jason Pankow Interviewing, Jason Pankow, Recruiting

Look…my friends…I’m a political junkie.  I’ve been carefully watching both campaigns and all of the debates.  Politics and the Mariners: the two topics that will earn eye rolls from friends and family on a daily basis. During the VP debates, Gwen Ifill asked Senator Biden and Governor Palin, “What is your Achilles heel?” During the second Presidential debate, a town …

The Human Cost of WaMu’s (and Wall Street’s) Failure

Jason Pankow Culture, Jason Pankow

Apparently, we’re in some sort of financial crisis.  My wife does the bills, so I’m just catching up. One of the big headlines, currently, is the government seizure and sale of Washington Mutual…the largest bank failure in history.  Here in Seattle, we are still wondering what the fallout from WaMu’s failure will be.  Of course, this has a huge affect …

Breath Mints and Hand Sanitizer – The Keys for a Successful Career Fair…

Jason Pankow Interviewing, Jason Pankow, Recruiting, Working With Recruiters

The week of Aug. 11, I will be attending the SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles.  SIGGRAPH is an organization that represents artists, designers, and computer graphics peeps.  Feel free to swing by if you’re in LA. Preparing for the event has me thinking about the 10 hours I will be spending in the career booth. Ah, the career booth.  During …

Recruiting Is Like A Brad Pitt Relationship – Sometimes It Just Doesn’t Work Out…

Jason Pankow Always Be Closing, Candidate Pool, Engagement and Satisfaction, Interviewing, Jason Pankow, Recruiting

Being a good recruiter is being a good relationship manager.  You are the point of contact for that special person that is going to join your company to perform that special duty.  But, a lot of times, recruiting is like dating.  Sometimes, you have to break it off. Hopefully, you have listened to the HR Capitalist when he says you …

Company Culture – More Than A Custom T-Shirt and Flip-Flops…

Jason Pankow Culture, Jason Pankow, Recruiting, Retention

Culture is a word you hear thrown around a lot.  Seems nowadays, everyone is talking about theirs. But, what does it mean to the average candidate, and how can we, as recruiters, work it to our benefit? Barry Phegan explains company culture essentially as interests, values and attitudes shared by employees to help them “work together in harmony.” But, to …

3 Ways to Determine If Living In Your Mom’s Basement is Sad or Temporary…

Jason Pankow Candidate Pool, Jason Pankow, Recruiting, Working With Recruiters

Working for a major corporation, it’s rare that I actually hire someone mainly on their potential as opposed to hard core experience in the industry.  I get a requisition and it’s made clear what kind of experience is needed: LOTS.  However, sometimes, we can be surprised by little Joe College Graduate with little experience in whatwe’re doing. As a part …