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Is it Time for a New Agency Model for Exec Search?

16 years ago I started my recruiting career with a pretty typical IT recruiting agency in Downtown Toronto. I was green and eager to learn. I was surrounded by a blend of savvy and slippery sales guys, shifty-eyed recruiters hovering over sacred databases, juniors weeping in the bathrooms and cracking under the pressure of call metrics, and a handful of solid ethical pros who wanted to do the right thing for customers who treated them like partners. I carefully aligned myself with the later…See More
Apr 1
Daniel Pratt commented on Kristina McDougall's blog post 'Why Pre-Hire Testing is Killing your Recruiting Results?'
"Great post Kristina! I think the problem with most testing platforms is that they are outdated, difficult to use, and, as you pointed out, refuse to take the candidate's experience into consideration. However, that's not to say…"
Mar 21, 2013
Valentino Martinez commented on Kristina McDougall's blog post 'Why Pre-Hire Testing is Killing your Recruiting Results?'
"Agree & well stated... BTW--try going after a highly sought-after; gainfully employed; "passive" candidate and say..."Before we can take you to the next step of our evaluation process you'll need to take this…"
Mar 21, 2013
Kristina McDougall posted a blog post

Why Pre-Hire Testing is Killing your Recruiting Results?

I am often asked for my opinion about adding pre-employment tests to the selection process. It would be easy for me to write a lengthy post about the validity of various test results and their ability to predict on the job success. We could have a heated debate about whether compatibility matters more than competency – if you have the right leadership in place.But, I’ll save that fun for another day. The question that no one seems to be talking about, is how testing affects the candidate…See More
Mar 21, 2013
Kristina McDougall liked Lipton Fleming's blog post Integrity, A Valued Commodity.
Jul 19, 2012
Kristina McDougall updated their profile
Jul 18, 2012
Tim Spagnola liked Kristina McDougall's blog post Get Employee Referral Results Without the Referral
Jul 18, 2012
Kristina McDougall posted a blog post

Get Employee Referral Results Without the Referral

Employee referrals are arguably the most effective way for companies today to recruit.  Here are the stats:#1 in quality of applicants#1 best source of above average applicants#1 in retention within the 1st year and beyond What can we learn from the success of referrals to make all of our recruiting efforts better?The premise of the great employee referral is simple – you like the people you have working for you now, so you want to hire more like them.  Not necessarily creating a homogenous…See More
Jul 17, 2012
Kristina McDougall commented on Kristina McDougall's blog post 'Metrics Schmetrics... How do I really know if my search is on track?'
"Thanks Candace. The conversation about exclusivity is a tricky one, especially with a new client who thinks that more feet on the street is ALWAYS better.  Being seen as a partner in their process, rather than just a source of resumes is a…"
Feb 2, 2012
Candace Nault commented on Kristina McDougall's blog post 'Metrics Schmetrics... How do I really know if my search is on track?'
"Great post!  The toughest one to get under control with some clients is # 2, they think they have to meet a ton of people, which translates into working with multiple recruiters who then make it feel more like a race than a recruitment process…"
Feb 2, 2012
A blog post by Kristina McDougall was featured

Metrics Schmetrics... How do I really know if my search is on track?

I had a client ask today about metrics.  How do we know if our search efforts are successful and if we’re effective?There could have been a complex answer about call and interview stats, but for me it boils down to how many people we introduce to a client before an offer is made, and how long it takes to find the ideal hire.  Our goal is to keep that ratio low and the timeline short, so that everyone’s time is respected … so that we are like snipers hitting the right target on the first shot…See More
Feb 2, 2012
Dan Nutter liked Kristina McDougall's blog post Metrics Schmetrics... How do I really know if my search is on track?
Feb 2, 2012
Tim Spagnola liked Kristina McDougall's blog post Metrics Schmetrics... How do I really know if my search is on track?
Feb 2, 2012
Kristina McDougall posted a blog post

Metrics Schmetrics... How do I really know if my search is on track?

I had a client ask today about metrics.  How do we know if our search efforts are successful and if we’re effective?There could have been a complex answer about call and interview stats, but for me it boils down to how many people we introduce to a client before an offer is made, and how long it takes to find the ideal hire.  Our goal is to keep that ratio low and the timeline short, so that everyone’s time is respected … so that we are like snipers hitting the right target on the first shot…See More
Feb 1, 2012
Dan Bello commented on Kristina McDougall's blog post 'Return of the Tire-Kicker'
"Hi, Kristina,   I could not agree more! As a Recruiter in the IT arena for more years than I care to say, I've been using the terms "tire-kicking" and "window shopping" for 2 - 3 years now to describe what's been…"
Nov 15, 2011
A blog post by Kristina McDougall was featured

Return of the Tire-Kicker

I’ve noticed a recurring theme in recruitment circles of late. “Frack! I lost another candidate to a counter-offer!”This reminds me of my early lessons recruiting in the late 90s when the tech market was booming and the war for talent was intense. We’re in a very similar place today and the challenges of signing the perfect candidate are the same. We’ve got multiple offers, counter-offers, and my personal favourite – the Tire Kicker.If you are a tech company looking for an exceptional leader or…See More
Nov 14, 2011

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Name
Kristina McDougall
Job Title
Director, Recruitment
Company
Red Canary & The Laudi Group
Which best describes your profession?
Agency Recruiting
How many years have you been in the business?
10 - 14 years
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Technology
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Kristina McDougall's Blog

Is it Time for a New Agency Model for Exec Search?

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

16 years ago I started my recruiting career with a pretty typical IT recruiting agency in Downtown Toronto. I was green and eager to learn. I was surrounded by a blend of savvy and slippery sales guys, shifty-eyed recruiters hovering over sacred databases, juniors weeping in the bathrooms and cracking under the pressure of call metrics, and a handful of solid ethical pros who wanted to do the right thing for customers who treated them like partners. I carefully aligned myself with the later…

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Why Pre-Hire Testing is Killing your Recruiting Results?

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 1:30pm 2 Comments

I am often asked for my opinion about adding pre-employment tests to the selection process. It would be easy for me to write a lengthy post about the validity of various test results and their ability to predict on the job success. We could have a heated debate about whether compatibility matters more than competency – if you have the right leadership in place.

But, I’ll save that fun for another day. The question that no one seems to be talking about, is how testing affects the…

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Get Employee Referral Results Without the Referral

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 9:34am 0 Comments

Employee referrals are arguably the most effective way for companies today to recruit.  Here are the stats:

#1 in quality of applicants…

Continue

Metrics Schmetrics... How do I really know if my search is on track?

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 11:55am 2 Comments

I had a client ask today about metrics.  How do we know if our search efforts are successful and if we’re effective?

There could have been a complex answer about call and interview stats, but for me it boils down to how many people we…

Continue

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