5 Great TED Talks for Recruiters

At Hunted, we’re all about fostering the spread of great ideas in Recruitment. It’s the basis of our blog and the many series we put out there. Whether that’s the Reading List, the Recruitment Clinic, our Hacks series or any of the others.

This is coincidentally the motto for TED Talks (apart from the recruitment part). The non-profit organisation delivers media about a whole range of topics.

If you have no idea what I’m on about, then here’s your chance. There are some truly inspirational talks that provide top notch advice and many are short enough to watch on your commute.

Here are some of the best for Recruiters…

Regina Hartley TED

1. Regina Hartley: Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume

Regina Hartley is a Human Resources Director who breaks down two kinds of candidates that HR teams will regularly see during the recruitment process. One of them (the silver spoon) is a top level candidate with an amazing CV that immediately stands out on paper. The other (the scrapper) is someone who doesn’t have an amazing CV but has likely battled in their life and is definitely more of an underdog.

This inspirational TED talk will not only tell you why you should consider a candidate with a less than polished CV, but more importantly, the best way to sell that person to a Human Resources team. Watch it.

Amy Cuddy TED

2. Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

This TED talk is the second most popular of all time. And with good reason. It’s excellent. Amy Cuddy is a Social Psychologist who presents her research on body language and the affect it has on all of your interactions.

The first hand benefit of watching this talk is the direct impact it can have on your own interactions as a Recruiter. Speaking with your boss, persuading a tricky client, meeting with a candidate. Even speaking with colleagues and presenting your own ideas.

The second hand benefit of this talk is the impact it can have when you pass this information on to candidates. The interview process is a tough one to go through. So giving your candidates the benefit of this knowledge could really help them. And in return, you. Watch it.

Alain de Botton

3. Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

Alain de Botton is a Philosopher. Which comes across quite early on in this talk when he questions the snobbery of what he calls ‘the most famous and iconic question of the 21st century’… which is: “What do you do?”

If you work in recruitment this is a question you will have encountered throughout your life. You’ll know after a few of these conversations play out and “I’m a Recruiter” isn’t always a winning answer. Alain discusses the ideology of meritocracy, success, failure and how to survive in a world that’s geared towards your hunger for winning. Watch it.

Richard St John TED

4. Richard St. John: 8 secrets of success

Who is Richard St. John and why is he qualified to tell you how to be a success? He’s a Marketer first and foremost, but also a success analyst. This talk is normally a 2 hour lecture he gives to students, but he’s shortened it to 3 minutes especially for TED.

A lot of the ‘secrets’ within are themes most Recruiters will acknowledge as fairly important to the day job. And while this talk in particular is quite old (2005) it’s still as apt today as it was then. Watch it.

Laura Vanderkam

5. Laura Vanderkam: How to gain control of your free time

I’ll go out on a limb for a moment and suggest that you’re probably left wondering at times where your “free time” went. You possibly realised that working in recruitment meant you’d be getting less of it, or perhaps it came as a shock. Either way, out of the 168 hours that are in the week, not many of them will be free for you.

Laura Vanderkam explores ways in her talk that you can get more free time. There’s no magic formula per se, just practical advice. Watch it.