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So here's the story. Last week I met a candidate who really impressed me - not only with his day-to-day skill set but with the person he is. He's an Eagle Scout, does mission trips (5 of them so far), sings TO ENTERTAIN THE OLD FOLKS at retirement homes, has coached Special Olympics and more.

I posted a blog about this young man here and was quite surprised by the discussion that followed.

Most people advised me to look deeper. They were convinced that I'd find a dark side. To many it seemed something just HAD to be wrong with this guy. According to them, his involvement in character building projects, volunteering for his community and a 3.98 GPA are not enough info to allow me to pass judgment.

But, don't we all claim the "supernatural" ability to assess cultural fit? Isn't that why we earn the big money?

Just how in the world is this to be done if not by looking at how our candidates conduct themselves on a daily basis? Where, then, are we to look?

I've got the rest of the story for you. Follow this link and you'll not only see his stellar resume - but if you click the play button above you'll hear how it turned out.


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Comment by C. B. Stalling!! on October 27, 2010 at 7:18pm
Glad the client likes him.....hold on to that fee. Just kidding. Glad it al worked out....
Comment by Blake Cannon on October 27, 2010 at 10:51pm
Super...
Comment by Maria DiLisio on October 28, 2010 at 12:58am
Congrats on what sounds like a good hire - and "win win" scenario! I can attest to the fact that there are some genuinely nice kids out there. I once hired and trained an incredible young man, who was an awesome employee and I also happen to be the proud mom of a kid that sounds a lot like this kid you hired. He's just a really nice person. And after hearing the recording it sounds to me that your Eagle Scout is too.
Comment by Rayanne on October 28, 2010 at 2:16am
Yay! I am a sucker for a happy ending... Congrats!
Comment by pam claughton on October 28, 2010 at 5:08am
Good stuff. I think it shows that you just 'know' when someone is a star candidate. It's usually pretty clear when someone really stands out...and clients generally agree. This kid sounds like he will go far.
Comment by Maureen Sharib on October 28, 2010 at 6:52am
Delete Comment Like I said right off the bat - I'd call this kid's parents!

That aside, this is a fabulous demo Jerry of how Verbal Summary works. I hope this helps to convince people that an enormous amount of information is carried in a person's voice that augments a person's resume.

There's also an enormous amount of information carried in a person's voice that augments sourcing. It's a cry in the dark I've been howling many, many years now.
Comment by Ken Forrester on October 28, 2010 at 8:32am
I like the verbal summary platform. It looks like a pretty cool tool that can bring out the inner qualities of a good candidate who doesn't project well on paper. Do you edit the verbal component or do you submit the raw version of your conversation. Also, do you need to obtain written approval from candidates to submit the verbal component? I guess you proved your point on this placement. Congratulations.
Comment by Sandra McCartt on October 28, 2010 at 10:46am
Congrats Jerry. :) I know how you think so i expected that one. You would have placed this kid in three days just to prove your point. Like the verbal summary. Good Work.
Comment by Jerry Albright on October 28, 2010 at 10:53am
Thanks guys.

Ken - I don't do much editing. I provide the answers in the same way my client would hear them if they were on the call themselves. Normally they give me several key questions and I just grab the call and stick it on top of the resume.
Comment by Rick on October 28, 2010 at 1:35pm
I never doubted you Jerry! You have to love it when a plan comes togeather. Time to fire up that cigar.

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