Do you find hiring frustrating?? Are you disappointed with recruiting?? My name is Konstanty Sliwowski and I am a veteran of nearly 20 years in the business of recruitment, strategic talent acquisition and employment consultancy. I now focus my time on advising organisations and managers on how to be more, strategic, efficient, and effective at engaging and hiring top talent.In this podcast series, I speak with business leaders about how they attract and hire top performers. The high's and low's. And of course some funny stories and recruitment mishaps.If you are tired of recruitment processes that suck up your time and seem to never end and are looking for a more predictable way to attract, engage and hire top talent but also reduce the number of candidates you need to interview, come listen to our guest hiring managers including CEO's, CTO's, and CPO's open up about hiring experiences and how they approach talent acquisition.
Staying Hybrid or Back to the Office and the Question of Staff Retention
In this episode of the School of Hiring podcast I wanted to look further into the topic of how the world of work is evolving and what impact this is having on (and will continue to have on) how we not only hire but also retain people within our organisations.
I am joined by Jessica Kafka. She is an international HR executive with more than ten years experience in orchestrating strategic transformation projects, managing people product lifecycles, heading employee experience and growth.
Jessica’s particular experience of leading Zalando through their rapid transformation to what we now call New Work at the onset of the pandemic in 2020 has given her a front row seat while many were trying to figure out how the world will change.
In this episode you will learn about:
1. How has the world of work changed and what mistakes are you seeing companies making when it comes to hiring and retaining their staff.
2. Is flexibility at work becoming a currency?
3. What can we do to improve long term staff retention?
Hiring With Security In Mind - Are You Asking The Right Questions To Protect Your Business?
How confident are you that your business is safe from hackers and scammers?
Did you know that 46% of small and medium businesses have been targeted by ransomware and 73% of those have paid the ransom?
This is one of the most serious threats to businesses today.
But given that this podcast is about hiring, why are we all of a sudden talking about hackers, ransomeware and cyber crime?
Well, the security of your systems is only as strong as your weakest link and this, in most cases, is people. It would thus make sense that when hiring and onboarding new team members you would also want to understand their approach to security.
In this episode I am joined by Jan-Henry Ohlert, the CTO of Autobahn Security to discuss exactly that. How do you hire for a security mindset and consciousness across your entire business?
In this episode you will learn about:
How to hire for a security mindsetWhat questions to ask in interviews to test security experience across all roles in your businessWhen to start thinking about security in your business
New Work & Hiring For A New Generation with Dr. Tina Ruseva & Konstanty Sliwowski
There are so many questions we face as business leaders when it comes to the future. Even more so as we head into the unknown of 2023.
In this episode some of the questions we tackle are:
How will the sphere of work develop over the coming years? Will an economic downturn propell us back towards 5 day office work or will we continue on a trajectory that will result in a new status quo? Is the 4 day work week a inevitable outcome we are heading towards?Is a status quo even possible when it comes to work or will companies increasingly compete in how they design their work environments? What will the emerging world of work, often also called, new work, look like and how should we as leaders prepare to hire, lead and retain people in it? How will the new generation of employees want to work and what will help them be more productive? To discuss this with me, Konstanty Sliwowski, I am joined by Dr. Tina Ruseva, the founder & CEO of Mentessa, a peer learning platform for the future of work that helps everyone in the workforce to maximise their potential. She is also the founder and driving force behind the Big & Growing New Work Festival, the biggest future of work conference in the DACH region.
As a female founder, festival host, coach, public speaker, author and mom of 2 Tina is an inspiration to many. She particularly loves working with women and young entrepreneurs in the Central and Eastern Europe to promote the use of technology as a means for social progress and innovation. She is an active mentor for women in STEM at the TU Munich as well as Technovation Girls, Techstars, Project Together, and is a regular jury member and speaker at academic entrepreneurship events like the Jacobs Startup Competition.
For more insights on how to hire better check out www.schoolofhiring.com and follow me on LinkedIn under https://www.linkedin.com/in/sliwowskik/
How To Become Better At Hiring with Claus Höfele, Head of Engineering at Doctari Group
How you hire has the single biggest impact on the foundations of your team and thus your business. There is little action of more significance that you as a leader can undertake. Your job as a leader is to build a team that can carry the business forward successfully. Full stop.
Hiring is where it all starts. This is the foundation of any great team. Without great hiring you can not build great teams or healthy successful organisations. There however is no one way to make a great hire but there are thousands of ways to have your hiring process negatively impact your business, your team, your product, your brand and much more.
In fact, hiring is an all encompassing topic. It involves of course people operations but also sales, finance, procurement, marketing, and of course branding.
Hiring is such a difficult, multi dimensional topic and sadly one all too often diluted purely to the act of interviewing. What is even more surprising is that business schools do not teach about hiring. In a recent discussion with a professor at an executive MBA program I was told that the topic of hiring is left to the university careers services who focus solely on how their students get hired after their course completion. The topic of how to hire, interview, market to or negotiate with candidates does not come up in the curriculum even though the university teaches marketing, branding, negotiations and much more. A missed opportunity if you ask me.
This is why in today’s episode I will tackle the issue of how you as a leader can help yourself by identifying how you can improve your hiring process.
In this episode I am joined by Claus Höfele, Head of Engineering at doctari group and previously Engineering Manager at HERE Technologies. Claus has 20+ years of experience working in the tech industry in Germany, Japan, and Australia and has spent the last 7 years developing his skills as a hiring manager. Furthermore, he is truly passionate about the topic of building teams and rivals me in his pursuit of improving how we hire.
Things you will learn in this episode:
1. Why is learning how to hire, such an important skill to invest time into.
2. What are the obstacles that most hiring managers put in their own way when it comes to hiring?
3. How effective collaboration across organisations helps you become better at hiring.
Hiring for Retention & Promotion with Bastian Buch, Director Platform at Zalando
Recruitment is not only about hiring people from outside the organisation. As leaders, we need to also consider our current team and in particular the impact of hiring on retention and promotion. More precisely, what will be the impact of hiring someone from outside our company be on the current team and is it in the best interest of the business and organisation.
By not enabling growth from within your ranks you can alienate your current team members and critically give them reason to look elsewhere for new opportunities.
When should you promote, how do you manage hiring from within your ranks, and should you actually consider moving people internally before you think they are ready?
These are just some of the topics I cover with Bastian Buch, Director Platform at Zalando and previously Director of Engineering at Delivery Hero. He is also the co-Founder of The Mentoring Club which is an incredible not for profit initiative connecting individuals with experienced mentors from around the world who donate their time to help others grow in their careers and ventures.
An MBA in Hiring (or what we learned from our hiring mistakes) with Nate Glissmeyer
If we would teach an MBA class on how to hire what would we have in the curriculum? What are the essentials that all business leaders should learn when it comes to effective hiring and interviewing?
Well, it is all great to talk about the theory but one of the things that we all too often fear talking about is failure. It is easy to find a leader who is happy to discuss their success story or the theory behind it but finding one who is prepared to dig into their past and discuss their mistakes, take account of them, reflect on them and discuss what they learned is another thing altogether.
In this episode I am tremendously grateful to be joined by the Nate Glissmeyer who has spent a lot of his career at Amazon where he worked in the emerging Digital Services and Devices world, then called Kindle, but today spanning Fire TV and Alexa, as well as the tablet and e-reader businesses. Later he worked on the development of the hugely successful Amazon Kids+ product, which included a bespoke interface for kids before they could read or type.
Nate has a passion for customer-centric innovation and breaking paradigms have always been at the core. His approach is most clearly defined as one of harmonize the three aspects of “What are we doing for our customers?” (Product), “Do they know about us?” (Marketing), and “are we building it in a way that keeps us flexible and responsive to their needs?” (Tech).
Over the years, Nate has been a part of not only Amazon but also founded companies and helped scale organisations within various sectors including, ecommerce, travel, and SaaS. At his own admittance, he has made plenty of mistakes and learned from them. From first hand experience of working with Nate as a hiring executive, I can only attest to this. He is the most engaged and engaging hiring manager I have had the pleasure of working with. His processes are based on exceptional clarity of communication and intent. There is little margin for error and yet candidates unanimously rate him as the best interviewer they have spoken with in their career.
So how would we structure the MBA class on effective hiring with Nate?
In this episode you will learn:
1. What hiring failures to avoid.
2. What can we learn from some past failures (both Nate's and mine)
3. If we were to teach an MBA class on hiring what would be in the curriculum
For more insights head over to www.schoolofhiring.com
I am gonna give the podcast another shot because I enjoyed the hosts. However the guest on the most recent podcast was not helpful and off putting.