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The Big Bang Theory: 3 recruitment lessons

Now in case you've been living under a rock and have managed to miss this show I'll give you a quick summary. Two genius flatmates meet the new girl next door who shows them there's a world outside the laboratory. Insert a few other friends, some intelligence-based gags, a few guest stars and you have what some people are calling the 'new Friends'. If you prefer the old Friends then maybe stick to what Ross, Rachel and co. can teach us about recruitment

So what can this show teach us about recruitment?!

  • Penny… who? – What’s Penny's last name? You didn't even realise you didn't know it, did you? Here’s a favourite recruitment topic of mine… assumption! Make sure you ask all the questions. Especially when you’re dealing with a client and it’s all too easy to get swept away with things going well that you forget to ask certain things. You should still ensure you've covered all your bases. Who is that manager? Is the budget signed off? When are you available to interview?
  •  “How do you know these things?” – “I go outside and I talk to people!” – Leonard and Sheldon were stunned that Penny, who may not know much about science, knew about Van Halen and Britney Spears which to them was like talking a foreign language. Always be appreciative of what those around you may know that you don’t. As they say, every day is a school day. Everyone can always learn more, from a Resourcer on Day 1 to a million pound biller. What’s your weakness? Candidate control? Mailshots? Securing interviews? Seek out the person in your business who's the best at these things and pick their brain!
  • “Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporises rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors” – Huh? Make sure that what you ask of your candidates and clients is simple and easy to follow. If you actually need a PhD to understand what’s going on then chances are you’re going to lose a lot of people in the process. This is nothing to do with being stupid but they are busy people, it doesn't matter that you understand what you’re saying if nobody else does. If you’re expecting everyone to have to decipher what you mean, they simply won't!

Do you think I'm missing any? Feel free to add yours!

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