Recruiting Giants Presentation Tomorrow
I’m doing a presentation on “Recruiting Giants” for a group of tech company CEO’s tomorrow and figured that I would share my presentation and materials here for the benefit of all. It’s a round table style presentation so I just prepared a few slides as talking points without trying to turn them into a linear narrative. Also nobody asks The Saint to speak on a subject and expects to hear the usual “Collective wisdom” on a subject. I try to bring something NEW to every dialog and burn every pretense of political correctness from my materials, it’s impossible to communicate important experience while trying to cater to the emotionally fragile at the same time. 🙂
For this special occasion I dug up one of my favorite recruiting tools. The original 1997 WildTangent “IQ Test”.
In that era we were sifting the market for a rare breed of engineer. We wanted the young and hungry and didn’t care about their education or experience. We took the “IQ Test” to local job fairs and had WildTangent employees administer the test to anybody who wanted an interview. The deal was that anybody who “passed” the test would be guaranteed a job interview. Of course the test isn’t a real IQ Test and some of the questions have no logical answers. We wanted to see how well people did… and most importantly… how long they grappled with it before they gave up. We hired the ones who got obsessed with it and didn’t give up trying to solve or understand the problems. People who’s minds can’t let a challenging problem go regardless of their education or experience grow up to become giants. Many of those early WildTangent employees with no Computer Science degrees or industry experience grew up to found successful game companies of their own.
For references to my supporting material just look in my “Managing Millennials” Category where I generally write about my management trials and tribulations.