Hiring Strategy: Top 5 Expert Books For Recruiters

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Important reads for a more successful hiring strategy

The resources available to recruiters today are plentiful. Recruiters can utilize many channels, from LinkedIn to blogs, in order to learn more effective methods to recruit job applicants to their company. But with all the technology at their disposal, leadership books have likely fallen by the wayside. However, by forgoing books, one is missing out on some potentially major breakthroughs that can bring out the best of one’s hiring strategy.

Recruiters are always struggling with the subject of how to hire and keep the best candidates on board as this has proven to bring long-term benefits to the organization. Recruitment practices are also changing to reflect the changing nature of the workplace, which has become more dynamic in recent times. It is, therefore, the job of the recruiter to ensure that he/she gets a person who is competent and can fit well within the organization’s culture for a healthy relationship.

The books listed below are well-rounded tools covering subjects ranging from psychology to incentives to talent, written and designed to help one reach their potential as a recruiter and bring their company valuable hires. Recruiters also avoid falling into the pitfall of wrong hires which costs a lot in terms of time and money.

  1. Who by Geoff Smart and Randy Street (2008)

Who explores the area of problems in hiring, highlighting the fact that many companies end up with a workforce full of employees who do not seem to be right for a given job—a problem that can significantly drain a company’s resources. The suggested methods for hiring the right candidates are effective as they are applicable for recruiters seeking to fill positions in organizations of all sizes and have a 90% success rate.

The authors came together to conduct interviews with seasoned recruiters about common drawbacks when it comes to selecting the right person. They then use that data to help develop a more effective hiring strategy, called the A method, that accommodates all aspects of the hiring process from emphasizing qualities that a job seeker looks for in a position, to asking more effective questions during the interview, to avoiding some of their own hiring pitfalls.

  1. Search and Placement! A Handbook for Success by Larry Nobles and Steven Finkel(2010)

One of the most comprehensive recruiter books on the market, Search and Placement! covers all important factors of the recruitment profession.There is not a topic that may seem too small – the author has as far as outlining the basics of effective workspace organization, which turns out is more crucial to one’s success than one might initially realize. It helps you get back to the recruitment basics and improve how you do your recruitment for a productive outcome.

Other focal points include marketing, candidate coaching, and perfecting the logistics of any made offers.  

  1. How to Hire A-Players: Finding the Top People for Your Team—Even If You Don’t Have a Recruiting Department by Eric Herrenkohl (2010)

This illuminating read tackles the process of recruiting from a different perspective—that of smaller organizations with few resources, as compared to large corporations. Working within these resource limitations, Herrenkohl explores strategies behind locating, contacting, and ultimately hiring the right employees.

The author gives insights on how to hire A players and leveraging on social media to attract and hire the right candidates. This book is great for recruiters who want to get the best talent with limited a limited budget as great employees are actually the lifeline of any company. Though tailored to small companies, How to Hire A-Players can offer fresh insights for recruiters at large companies too.

  1. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Originally published in 1937 and since updated, this title has yet to go out of style, having been purchased by millions of people all over the world. There is much this book can offer to recruiters that can be applied to their daily, professional life, especially in the many conversations they have with prospective applicants.

Carnegie takes the book through the ins and outs of becoming a likable and influential person by using techniques such as appreciation, subtle persuasion, and even a bit of self-deprecation. This book makes sense to recruiters as the process of hiring and retaining the right people involves getting the right people who buy into the company’s dream and help in making it come true.

  1. The Rare Find: How Great Talent Stands Out by George Anders (2012)

The Rare Find will likely change the way one looks at potential recruits. It helps readers understand the importance of qualities not found on a resume or LinkedIn profile, and how those qualities can benefit one’s company, something that is of great benefit to recruiters from all sectors.

Anders reinforces the idea that, just because a candidate seems to provide all the necessary credentials, does not always mean that they are the right fit for the job. Sometimes what it takes is the ability to read between the lines in order to consider the bigger picture.

On the flip side, the author also helps job seekers to become the best hires, which works perfectly well for recruiters as it ensures that they get the best. The vivid examples used in this book will also help you to better understand the ideas being discussed, for an enjoyable yet informative read.

While these five books are absolutely recommendable reads that offer countless tips on effective assessment of the job applicants, there are many other books on the subject as well. Therefore, whenever one is seeking something more specific or niche, there are high chances that one will be able to find a suitable book. Books still make for great information sources as some are written by experienced professionals while others are authored by researchers who have taken the time to delve into a subject and provide empirical and objective information.


Susanne Loxton
Susanne Loxton is an experienced writer with a passion for learning and education. On a daily basis, Susanne works for Aubiz , a compendium of knowledge about companies in her native Australia.