America Back to Work Ep 56: Nancy D’Onofrio, Randstad Canada

How Do Top Candidates Vet Employers?

After the Great Resignation, a lot of us in HR got used to a world where we were desperate for new hires… And that resulted in a lot of wrong people in the wrong roles. 

Now we need to overcorrect and make sure the right people are ending up in the right roles—but it’s trickier than ever before because candidates care about much more than just salary these days (succession, growth, a clear path for their career, etc.) The power dynamic has shifted and candidates are vigilantly vetting their employers. 

So the question is, how are they going about it? And how can HR teams and hiring managers properly answer questions about culture and leadership to make sure candidates end up in the right place? 

Nancy D’Onofrio is a talent acquisition connoisseur—running a monthly LinkedIn Live called #TalentTalk, where she discusses the market’s hot topics and opens the discussion to her and her partner’s networks. We invited her on America Back to Work to have a similar conversation with Arnette about her job market insights, hiring challenges, and her future predictions.

Some ideas discussed in the episode:

00:00 Hiring managers are fearful, cautious due to past hires

06:19 Ensuring thorough and positive interview process flow

08:23 HR must be connected to leaders, teams

10:46 Leveraging social media for thorough organizational research

15:12 Potential employment changes predicted for late 2024

17:04 Being active on LinkedIn, posting actionable content weekly

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Arnette Heintze is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at S2Verify. Before establishing S2Verify, Arnette spent more than three decades working at the highest levels of federal, state, and local law enforcement. 

He served more than 20 years in the United States Secret Service as a special agent and senior executive where he planned, designed, and implemented security strategies to protect U.S. Presidents, world leaders, events of national significance, and our nation’s most sensitive assets, including financial infrastructure.  

After retiring from the Secret Service, Arnette focused on building growth and performance of innovative start-ups and SMBs. In 2004, he established Hillard Heintze, a globally recognized strategic security risk management and investigations firm. In 2009, along with Bill Whitford and Jim Zimbardi, Arnette established S2Verify with an approach and methodology that delivers fast, accurate, compliant, and affordable background screening insights crucial to better managing insider risks, threats, and vulnerabilities.  

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