Is it unethical to recruit in a bar? A friend of mine says that alcohol and recruiting do not mix because people tend to make stupid decisions under the influence; I say that some of my best placements have come from strangers I met over drinks. What do you say?
Cheers in Boston
Oh, for crying in your beer. I say that it’s a mark of a slow economy when recruiters have nothing better to do than argue the ethics of candidate sources. Is it better to recruit someone at church or the beach? How about on My Space or in a public restroom? I’m pretty sure that alcohol shows up in these places, too.
My take is that anywhere you meet the right candidate is a good place. The challenge isn’t in the introduction; it’s in the assessment. Meet candidates wherever life takes you, and the more the merrier; save the evaluation to the cold light of day, however, and you’ll probably have a higher stick rate in your placements.
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