There's an old saying in sales: If your customers don't understand what you're selling, they probably won't buy it.
But wait. Didn't investors buy billions of dollars of financial products so complex that even Wall Street analysts couldn't understand them?
Yes, but the investors didn't buy the products; they bought the illusion that their money was well managed and free of risk. If the investors had known of the complexity, they may have thought twice before handing over their 401(k)s.
There's a lesson in this story for recruiters: The more complicated your strategy, the greater the tendency to dig yourself into a hole.
For example, I know a recruiter who's trying to fill a sales job that pays $100,000 a year. In the spirit of providing the best talent in the market, he convinced the company to interview a candidate who earns more than $200,000 a year.
What started out as a simple situation has now gotten complicated. To reconcile the difference in pay, the recruiter will need to twist some arms and try to balance the equation with commissions, stock options and other benefits.
I hope his deal goes through. If it doesn't, he may need to develop a flair for the obvious; that is, refer candidates who fit the company's salary profile.
Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar
And if it walks like a duck, it probably is. Here are some easy ways to keep things simple—and under control:
Above all, trust your gut. According to economist Malcolm Gladwell, human intuition has often proved more reliable than science in the pursuit of truth.
- Bill Radin
Bill Radin is a top-producing recruiter whose innovative books, tapes, CDs and training seminars have helped thousands of recruiting professionals and search consultants achieve peak performance and career satisfaction. Bill’s extensive experience makes him an ideal source of techniques, methods and ideas for rookies who want to master the fundamentals—or veterans ready to jump to a higher level of success.