Throw Out The Playbook

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By: Rhona PIerce

Everything about how we work has changed - so why are we still recruiting like it's 1980? Throw Out the Playbook is the podcast for Talent Acquisition professionals ready to ditch the outdated hiring rulebook and attract, engage, and retain talent like it’s 2024. Hosted by Rhona Pierce, a software engineer-turned-TA-leader known for breaking all the rules, each episode invites forward-thinking recruiters and business leaders to share unfiltered stories from the talent trenches and unconventional strategies that actually work (even if they make a few suits sweat). This show is for anyone who's fed up with broken hiring practices, stale talent ph...

#10: TA's Guide to EEOC's New Harassment Guidance - with Jennifer Laurie
#10
Last Tuesday at 9:30 AM

This episode is sponsored by Equity Activations


In this episode, host Rhona Pierce interviews Jennifer Laurie, Chief People Officer at StartOut, about the EEOC's new guidance on workplace harassment released in 2024. They discuss the significant updates, implications for talent acquisition professionals, and strategies for creating a more inclusive hiring process.

 

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00:00 INTRODUCTION

02:59 Reasons for the Updated Guidance

07:54 Broadening the Scope of Harassment

09:07 Key Changes for Talent Acquisition Professionals

11:30 Protect...


#9: The Truth about Diversity Hiring - with Tara Turk-Haynes
#9
06/11/2024

This episode is sponsored by Equity Activations


In this episode, Rhona sits down with Tara Turk-Haynes, a DEI expert and Talent Acquisition leader, for a candid conversation about what it really takes to make diversity hiring work. They discuss the importance of data, the role of ERGs, and the impact of societal and political factors on DEI efforts.

 

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00:00 INTRODUCTION

02:16 - Tara's Journey into DEI Work 

04:48 - Setting Clear Diversity Hiring Goals and Metr...


#8: Recruiting Solo: How to Do More with Less with Sean Page
#8
06/06/2024

In this episode, Sean Page, a senior technical recruiter, shares his strategies for being productive and effective as a solo recruiter in a resource-constrained environment. Sean discusses how he leverages data, prioritizes tasks, builds relationships with candidates and hiring managers, and communicates effectively with stakeholders.

 

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00:00 INTRODUCTION

04:43 - Leveraging data to improve productivity and make better recruiting decisions

07:52 - Creating a positive candidate experience 

13:24 - The import...


#7: Measuring the Impact of your Employer Brand with James Ellis
#7
05/30/2024

In this episode, James Ellis, an Employer Branding Expert and the founder of Employer Brand Labs, shares insights on employer branding, its financial impact, and the misconceptions surrounding it. He emphasizes the importance of creating a strong employer brand that is clear and distinct, rather than aiming to look good to everyone. James also discusses the financial implications of employer branding and how it can drive business outcomes and shares the language you can use to make the case for Employer Branding to leadership.

 

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#6: Inclusive Hiring Starts with Effective Intake Calls with Kat Kibben
#6
05/23/2024

This episode is sponsored by Equity Activations


In this episode, Kat Kibben, the founder and CEO of Three Ears Media, discusses the importance of asking the right questions during intake calls and avoiding an order taker mindset. They discuss the common mistakes recruiters make in asking questions, the value of asking follow-up questions, and how to address bias in the hiring process. Kat also shares insights on the future of recruiting in an AI-driven world and the importance of creativity in asking effective questions.

 

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#5: Effective Hiring Manager Partnerships in Global TA with Mary Kay Baldino
#5
05/16/2024

This episode is sponsored by Equity Activations


Mary Kay Baldino, Head of Talent Acquisition at a global company with over 10,000 employees, discusses the importance of balancing confidence and humility as a TA leader. She emphasizes the need for expertise, data, and evidence to back up your recommendations. Mary Kay also highlights the significance of creating a culture of vulnerability and learning, navigating cultural differences in a global organization, and maintaining a human-centric approach to recruiting. She shares personal stories and examples to illustrate her points.

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#4: Mastering Competency-Based Interviewing for Sales Hiring with Tabitha Cavanagh
#4
05/09/2024

In this episode, Tabitha Cavanagh, VP of Recruiting and Talent Strategy at The Sales Collective, discusses competency-based interviewing and its effectiveness in evaluating sales candidates.

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00:00 - Introduction and Tabitha's journey into talent acquisition
04:31 - Differences between traditional and competency-based interviewing for sales hiring
08:52 - The sales DNA test and its role in the hiring process
11:35 - How competency-based interviewing uncovers a salesperson's unique story beyond their resume
15:28 - Specific competency-based interview questi...


#3: The Recruiter's Playbook for Hiring Manager Partnerships with Amy Miller
#3
05/01/2024

In this episode, Amy Miller, a senior recruiter at Amazon with over 25 years of experience in tech recruiting, shares her insights on building strong partnerships between recruiters and hiring managers. Discover the secrets to effective collaboration, alignment, and success in the hiring process.

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[00:03:27] Building Trust and Rapport with Hiring Managers
[00:07:04] Good Consulting vs. Bad Customer Service
[00:13:54] The Ideal Intake Call Structure
[00:18:06] Dealing with Unrealistic Candidate Profiles
[00:22:19] Maintaining Clear Communication Throughout the Search
[00:25:29] Navigating Challenges and Staying Aligned
[00:30:04] The Impact of Strong Par...


#2: Ex-Twitter Recruiters share how to get 60% more applicants - with Jon Gulick & Lauren Zabel
#2
04/25/2024

Want to increase your applications by 60%? Learn how Twitter did it with their innovative #Building Characters recruiting podcast.

 

In this episode of Throw Out The Playbook, I sit down with Jon Gulick and Lauren Zabel, the masterminds behind the second season of Twitter's wildly successful recruiting podcast. They share the story of how #BuildingCharacters came to be, the strategies they used to promote it and measure its impact, and their tips for other TA teams looking to start their own podcast

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#1: Leveraging Podcasts to Attract and Retain Talent - with Tannum Sullivan
#1
04/17/2024

Tannum Sullivan, Employer Brand and People Experience Manager at Golden Hippo, shares her journey into employer branding and how she started podcasting as part of her employer branding strategy. She discusses the impact of the podcast on talent attraction and employee engagement, as well as the process of identifying employee stories and repurposing podcast content for other channels. Tannum also highlights the challenges and surprising benefits of using podcasting as a recruitment tool and offers advice for companies looking to leverage podcasting for talent attraction.

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