America Back to Work Ep 52: Michael Potvin, Scorched Talent

The Truth About Bad Behavior in Recruiting

Recruiting—Leaders in HR provide a laundry list of ideal candidate experience, offering a non-competitive salary, and want the position filled in two weeks. Due to all of the requirements, biases, and leadership’s champagne taste with a beer budget, the hiring process takes months for a mid-level manager (or below!). After all that, leadership doesn’t think it’s a good fit and the recruiter ghosts the candidate. 

As you probably already know, there is a lot of bad behavior in recruiting—and it’s making the candidate process miserable and scaring people away from great companies and jobs. This week’s episode gets into these bad behaviors and how HR leaders can help make changes to the process to make the experience better for all. 

Our expert Michael Potvin comes to the podcast with a wealth of HR and Talent knowledge—having worked for some of the world’s largest and most successful companies, like Siemens, GM, and Deloitte and now as the head of an HR Consultancy. 

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