37 episodes

Rated in the top 10 of Select Software Review’s 100 Top HR and Recruiting Podcasts, Big Fish in the Talent Pool is hosted by Erin McDermott Peterson, a former Global Head of Talent Acquisition and RPO General Manager. She interviews Global Leaders in Talent Acquisition about the joys and challenges of TA Leadership.

From candidate experience, to AI recruitment technologies, advanced employment branding, RPO decisions and partnerships, to global orgs that follow the sun, no topic is off limits.

The format is casual - as if listeners were overhearing a coffee conversation between leaders getting to know each other and discussing strategic and tactical talent solutions.

Big Fish is perfect for corporate recruiters, aspiring or current TA leaders, executive search partners, or TA product vendors wondering what keeps Talent Acquisition Leaders up at night.

Big Fish in the Talent Pool Erin McDermott Peterson

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Rated in the top 10 of Select Software Review’s 100 Top HR and Recruiting Podcasts, Big Fish in the Talent Pool is hosted by Erin McDermott Peterson, a former Global Head of Talent Acquisition and RPO General Manager. She interviews Global Leaders in Talent Acquisition about the joys and challenges of TA Leadership.

From candidate experience, to AI recruitment technologies, advanced employment branding, RPO decisions and partnerships, to global orgs that follow the sun, no topic is off limits.

The format is casual - as if listeners were overhearing a coffee conversation between leaders getting to know each other and discussing strategic and tactical talent solutions.

Big Fish is perfect for corporate recruiters, aspiring or current TA leaders, executive search partners, or TA product vendors wondering what keeps Talent Acquisition Leaders up at night.

    Episode 34: All in with Marina Lvovich of Honeywell

    Episode 34: All in with Marina Lvovich of Honeywell

    Big Fish Episode 34 is my conversation with Marina Lvovich, Honeywell’s VP of Global Talent Acquisition and Diversity. A truly global citizen, Marina has lived and worked in 4 different countries including her native Belarus, Ukraine, Canada, and now the US, having moved recently from New Jersey to North Carolina recently with the relocation of Honeywell’s global HQ.

    In our conversation, Marina gives a rare glimpse into the strategy and operations of a fully outsourced, global TA delivery model. We discuss the impact of Covid on Honeywell’s hiring demand, Marina’s key decision factors around insourcing and outsourcing partners, and how she measures their performance. We also talk about what’s next in TA, team structure to support global delivery, and leading in a matrix environment to make real inroads in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

    Thanks to our Sponsors!
    Paradox/Olivia: www.paradox.ai
    ATAP www.ATAPglobal.org
    RPOA www.RPOAssociation.org

    Topics Discussed:


    Finding new opportunities for growth during a Global Pandemic
    Recognizing when to “Insource” and “Outsource”
    Prioritizing what’s working within the business on a global level
    Balancing speed and quality measurement as the most important SLAs
    Viewing internal talent as a source

    Connect with Marina Lvovich:

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marina-lvovich/?jobid=1234

    Connect with Erin Peterson:

    Erin is a Talent Acquisition Consultant, Interim Leader, and RPO Advisor with PeopleResults. She has led TA and RPO globally for some of the most successful organizations in the world including Accenture, Aon Hewitt, and Amazon.

    She translates her unique global experience to help clients with TA strategy, employment branding, onboarding, candidate experience, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) decisions.

    Connect on Social:
    Website: https://www.people-results.com
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/erinpeterson
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinMcPeterson

    • 57 min
    Episode 33: Data Storytelling with Tina McKinney

    Episode 33: Data Storytelling with Tina McKinney

    Tina McKinney, PHR, Head of Talent Acquisition at OS National, LLC, is a firm believer in focusing on the customer and creating a great experience for Candidates and Hiring Managers. With her Industrial Engineering background, Corporate, RPO and Big 4 Consulting TA experience, Tina approaches TA with a data centric, tactical mindset.


    Thanks to our Sponsors!
    Paradox/Olivia: www.paradox.ai
    ATAP www.ATAPglobal.org
    RPOA www.RPOAssociation.org

    Topics Discussed:


    Learning to tell a story using data
    Focusing on the bigger picture and future endeavors
    Roles of corporate recruiting on an internal basis vs serving external client
    Strengths in utilizing different ways to thinking
    Pros and cons of using AI during the hiring process
    The importance of establishing a strong support system early in your career
    Why it’s important to ask for help in your professional and personal life
    Checking in with your team and ensuring everyone is on the same page

    Connect with Tina McKinney:

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tinamckinney/

    Connect with Erin Peterson:

    Erin is a Talent Acquisition Consultant, Interim Leader, and RPO Advisor with PeopleResults. She has led TA and RPO globally for some of the most successful organizations in the world including Accenture, Aon Hewitt, and Amazon.

    She translates her unique global experience to help clients with TA strategy, employment branding, onboarding, candidate experience, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) decisions.

    Connect on Social:
    Website: https://www.people-results.com
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/erinpeterson
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinMcPeterson

    • 38 min
    Episode 32: Hiring By Design with Jodi Brandstetter

    Episode 32: Hiring By Design with Jodi Brandstetter

    Best known as the “Recruiter Matchmaker”, Jodi Brandstetter, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is the CEO and Founder of Lean Effective Talent Strategies. With her rich background in recruiting, staffing, and consulting, she now focuses on providing talent acquisition strategies to small and medium sized businesses. In her book, Hire by Design, her utilization of Design Thinking sets the stage for new ways of thinking in TA.

    In our conversation, we discuss how Design Thinking feeds TA innovation by blending humanization with digitization, for better impact and results.

    Thanks to our Sponsors!
    Paradox/Olivia: www.paradox.ai
    ATAP www.ATAPglobal.org
    RPOA www.RPOAssociation.org

    Topics Discussed:


    How to apply Design Thinking to recruiting
    Utilizing personas to find your ideal audience
    How storyboards paint the overall picture for insights and solutions
    Immersion and empathy as key elements for successful candidate experiences
    The value of online conferences and how technology has changed the game for TA

    Connect with Jodi Brandstetter:

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodibrandstetter/?jobid=1234
    LETSCindy (personal): https://letscincy.com/jodi-brandstetter
    LETSCindy (company): https://letscincy.com/talent-acquisition

    Additional Resources:

    Hire by Design: A Hiring Blueprint with Design Thinking (ebook) https://www.amazon.com/Hire-Design-Hiring-Blueprint-Thinking-ebook/dp/B08J2MRNF7
    Pymetrics: https://www.pymetrics.ai/candidates
    Recruiting Brainfood: https://www.recruitingbrainfood.com

    Connect with Erin Peterson:

    Erin is a Talent Acquisition Consultant, Interim Leader, and RPO Advisor with PeopleResults. She has led TA and RPO globally for some of the most successful organizations in the world including Accenture, Aon Hewitt, and Amazon.

    She translates her unique global experience to help clients with TA strategy, employment branding, onboarding, candidate experience, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) decisions.

    Connect on Social:
    Website: https://www.people-results.com
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/erinpeterson
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinMcPeterson

    • 45 min
    Episode 31: In the TA Driver’s Seat with Stephanie Zywien of General Motors

    Episode 31: In the TA Driver’s Seat with Stephanie Zywien of General Motors

    Revving up recruiting is Stephanie Zywien’s specialty. She Leads TA in the Americas for General Motors’ Corporate, leveraging her legal, HR, and TA Governance and Standards experience to oversee the hiring of 5,000 people annually.

    Armed with her JD, Stephanie started her career as a litigator, but after a few years yearned for a more positive personal mission and transitioned to legal staffing at Robert Half. She later moved to HR and Recruiting roles with Chrysler and then GM, and is now in her most challenging role to date. Stephanie shares her unique perspective as a woman executive, including her belief that although her interest in law gave her a competitive edge, her true focus lies within developing trust, building relationships, and listening as the keys to achieving personal and professional goals.

    In our conversation, we discuss measuring TA performance, coaching & advising teams and hiring managers, and avoiding the “black hole”. Intentionality is her watch-word, and it applies to every aspect of the hiring process and technology deployed to reduce friction and increase satisfaction.

    Other topics Discussed:


    The ever evolving automotive industry and demand for talent
    Leveraging your existing database to pipeline talent across the organization
    Conversational AI as a game changer in candidate engagement
    The importance of protecting space for organic creativity and innovation
    Articulating your “why” in the change you are making

    Connect with Stephanie Zywien

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-zywien-a56a766/?jobid=1234

    Connect with Erin Peterson

    Erin is a Talent Acquisition Consultant, Interim Leader, and RPO Advisor with PeopleResults. She has led TA and RPO globally for some of the most successful organizations in the world including Accenture, Aon Hewitt, and Amazon.

    She translates her unique global experience to help clients with TA strategy, employment branding, onboarding, candidate experience, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) decisions.

    Connect on Social
    Website: https://www.people-results.com
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/erinpeterson
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinMcPeterson

    • 40 min
    Episode 30: Top 5 Things to Get Right in High-Volume Hiring with Debi Easterday of H2B

    Episode 30: Top 5 Things to Get Right in High-Volume Hiring with Debi Easterday of H2B

    Every day, Recruiters from around the world pull up a virtual seat to share their lunch, their experiences and listen to TA experts on #RecruitmentWorkingLunch. This virtual network is thousands strong, truly global, and leverages Crowdcast for their regular UK 13:00 lunchtime (7:00 am Central US time) chats.

    In this Big Fish episode, Erin Peterson joins Debi Easterday, CEO of H2B Consulting for a lively conversation, sharing from her own experience the Top 5 Things to Get Right for High-Volume Recruitment, including: 1) Right Org Strategy & Leadership, 2) Right Tech Stack, 3) Right Partners, 4) Right Metrics, and 5) Right Expectations. It’s a quick run through the park of these five “Rights” with definitions and details on each.

    Other topics Discussed:

    The option to digitize and humanize recruitment simultaneously
    Conversational AI’s ability to reduce time to hire
    Defining Large Scale Recruiting and its component parts
    Enhancing consistency & continuity by ensuring the right technology
    Why the right partners can make or break recruitment quality
    Establishing metrics and standards for hiring success
    Benefits of setting clear expectations for both candidates and Hiring Managers

    Connect with Debi Easterday
    Website: https://www.h2bconsulting.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debieasterday
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/H2BConsulting

    Connect with Erin Peterson

    Erin is a global Talent Acquisition Consultant, Interim Leader, and RPO Advisor with PeopleResults. She has led TA and RPO globally for some of the most successful organizations in the world including Accenture, Aon Hewitt, and Amazon.

    She translates her unique global experience to help clients with TA strategy, employment branding, onboarding, candidate experience, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) decisions.

    Connect on Social
    Website: https://www.people-results.com
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/erinpeterson
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinMcPeterson

    • 43 min
    Episode 29: Chris Gould of PeopleScout and Jennifer Huelsmann of EXL: Hiring Reimagined for Covid

    Episode 29: Chris Gould of PeopleScout and Jennifer Huelsmann of EXL: Hiring Reimagined for Covid

    In this episode, you’ll listen in on Erin’s conversation with two High Volume Recruiting leaders, Jennifer Huelsmann of EXL, and Chris Gould of PeopleScout.
    They discuss how contrary to popular opinion, the Global Pandemic has not quelled hiring for all companies, and for many, demand for talent is at an all time high.

    Organizations with large hourly populations with high attrition, healthcare companies ramping up to crush the virus, and tech companies prospering from the work from home shift, are a few examples. Chris, Jennifer and Erin engage in a robust discussion about the strategies and tactics top companies are using to scale their hiring through reimagining sourcing, assessments, interviews, and onboarding — all with an eye toward improving the overall candidate experience.

    Other Topics Discussed:

    Utilizing technology to remove bias and make hiring more efficient and safer
    Changes in sourcing tools and techniques
    Innovative ways to connect with university students
    Impact of video interviewing on speed and cost to hire
    Strengthening communication through the digital tools

    Connect with our ERE High Volume Recruiting Speakers

    Chris Gould - https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisjgould/?jobid=1234
    Jennifer Huelsmann - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-huelsmann-042b6b/?jobid=1234

    Connect with Erin Peterson

    Erin is a global Talent Acquisition Consultant, Interim Leader, and RPO Advisor with PeopleResults. She has led TA and RPO globally for some of the most successful organizations in the world including Accenture, Aon Hewitt, and Amazon.

    She translates her unique global experience to help clients with TA strategy, employment branding, onboarding, candidate experience, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) decisions.

    Connect on Social
    Website: https://www.people-results.com
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/erinpeterson
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinMcPeterson

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

RecruiterinOhio ,

Lots of good info

Really enjoy the interviews and content.

Colester0021 ,

So real

Erin brings a freshness to every subject she tackles. I feel like I’m in the room with good friends, which makes each episode easy and inspiring to listen to! Even to non-HR people, the episodes are lively and interesting!

LittleFish_NoPond ,

Great practical conversations

As someone just learning the TA space, I have learned so much from Erin's podcast that I can apply to my business and my professional and personal relationships.

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