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Yesterday, I posted under the title “We don’t need #Recruitfest.”

The post brought some great reaction and comment, not least from Miles and Ashley from Recruitingblogs.Com

. They made some good points on why we need to continue the candidate experience conversation.

What I should have titled the post is “We don’t need Recruitfest to know there is a problem with Candidate Experience.”

To even up the score, I’ve called this post: “We don’t need #tru!”

The reality is, you don’t need #tru to know there is a problem. We have all been talking about it for a long, long time, but that seems to be most of what every event has been doing.

We devote a chunk of time at #tru events to talking candidate experience. We always have done.

The conclusion is always the same:

  • Candidate experience is key to what we all do.
  • The Candidate experience is largely broken.

Anyone that has heard me speak will know that I take the view that in any staffing business, wether recruiting, technology or in a different way direct hiring.

It is the candidates that get hired that earn the fees.

It’s how we earn our money and what we get paid for.

The hiring companies just sign the cheques.

For this reason, I believe that everyone in the chain should be afforded the same professional courtesy and honesty.

What I have realised from the whole friendly exchange is that you don’t need to come to a #tru event either to agree that there is a problem with the candidate experience or that something should have been done about it a long time ago.

I’m going to focus my efforts on highlighting good practice through shared case studies, and tracks about simple solutions. I’m going to call in more job seekers to talk about what they want and need, and work with companies that don’t want to talk about candidate experience, they just want to provide a positive one. That would mean that you really do need to be at #tru.

Lets stop talking about the problem we know exists, and start talking about the solution.

That is what you need from #Tru, #Recruitfest, #ERE and all other events. To talk solutions not problems.

Be the ambassadors for #Brandrecruiter

Please post in comments the best examples of good candidate experience you know of. Those are the people I want to be talking to and sharing.

We don’t need #Recruitfest


The camera friendly Charlie Judy (Source: Smartblogs.com)


I was commenting on Charlie Judy’s excellent post, “The Recruitfest Drive By Shooting” when I got the urge to write this post. The over-riding message I took from the 9 hours of Recruitfest streaming, and I watched it all, was that Recruiters and HR need to brush up on candidate care, and give a good candidate experience.

No S**T Sherlock!

It’s great that we have a conference streamed to 3000+ people.

It’s great that we have an active twitter back channel that creates its own set of conversations.

It’s great that I can phone in and speak to a presenter 1000′s of miles away and ask a question in real-time.

It’s great that #Recruitfest happened and created a whole new type of event: ConferenceTV

It’s great that a big part of #Recruitfest talked about the real candidate experience

It’s  sad that we had to have that part of  the conversation in the first place.

It’s not rocket science. We don’t need the great and the good to give us solutions. Why don’t we all just stop talking about it and agree:

  • To acknowledge all applications received
  • To agree, communicate and stick to a timetable and method for feedback.
  • To communicate “decline” decisions as soon as they are made.
  • To give candidates constructive feedback. Not war and peace, but something they can work on in the future.

It’s not rocket science, it’s not hard and its basic human decency. We can automate 80% of it.

Lets cut the excuses. We shouldn’t need to waste the #Recruitfest opportunity (or any other conference/unconference including #tru,) talking about things we should really be doing.

We should be talking about the future and how we can make the most of it. Talking about new developments and where they can fit in.

Start thinking #BrandRecruiter and do the simple things to clean up our act!

Be ambassadors for common sense good practice! Don’t make decency the exception.


Links Mentioned In This Post And A Must Watch Video

The Recruitfest DriveBy Shooting – Charlie Judy

#Recruitfest Speakers Charlie Judy & Gerry Crispin Talking Candidate Experience