Recruit Rockstars

Jeff Hyman

“Would you trust your company’s most important decision to a coin toss? Well, that’s what most hiring managers do every day.

50% of new hires are gone within 18 months. What if you could improve those odds dramatically… enough to fill every seat with a Rockstar? Imagine the difference it would make in your company. You’d thrill your investors, ship your new products on time, and beat your numbers every quarter.

If you’re like most executives, you’ve conducted a lot of interviews. So, you trust your gut. The problem is that your gut will mislead you half the time.

It doesn’t matter how good your business concept or product or service is. If you don’t have a team of Rockstars to execute flawlessly, you’ll never reach your company’s full potential. Instead, you spend your time micromanaging and babysitting B-Players. And firing the C-Players.

To win, you’ve got to have a team of Rockstars. And increase your 50% hiring accuracy up to 90%. That takes a process you can follow consistently.

Read Recruit Rockstars, and never hire a B-Player again.

Who should read this book?

You’ve arrived. But half of your company’s new hires don’t pan out. So if you’re tired of investors & board members being on your case for missing the numbers, put a Rockstar in every seat. You’ll sleep through the night again.

You’ve got a great concept. But without a Rockstar team, you’ll never execute & scale a world-class company. Jeff has started four businesses and raised $50M from outside investors, so he understands your pressures & constraints.

You’ve mastered your functional area; now master the most important skill necessary for becoming a world-class CEO. Recruiting and retaining talent is what separates those who make it to the Boardroom from those who don’t.

The #1 thing you can do to maximize portfolio company results is to ensure there’s a Rockstar in every seat. Jeff is a founder, investor, board member, and operating partner. So, he understands how to connect talent to the key levers of value creation.

In Recruit Rockstars, you’ll learn:

  1. Why 46% of new hires are no longer with their company after just 18 months
  2. How to ensure that everyone on your team is on – and stay on- the same page when interviewing candidates
  3. Why DNA is a better way to assess candidates than culture fit, and exactly how to do it
  4. How recruiting is more like sales & marketing, then human resources
  5. Why 99% of job descriptions actually repel the best candidates, and what to do about it
  6. The single best place to find your next Rockstar candidate (it’s not what you think it is)
  7. The exact email I send to candidates that engages them almost every time
  8. A list of the most predictive interview questions you should ask & why brainteaser questions aren’t amongst them
  9. Why 4 is the perfect number of interviews with each candidate
  10. The most important step in the recruiting process, that 91% of employers skip altogether
  11. How to make sure your first-choice candidate says “Yes!” every time

And a lot, lot more.

The book is also filled with scary but true examples of the mistakes I’ve seen in my 25 years of recruiting. Avoid them, and you’ll ignite your business – regardless of your size or industry.

Press & Praise

Dick Costolo, Former CEO of Twitter, and CEO of Chorus

"I read this book in one weekend, and I loved it. Everybody claims they want to hire A-Players, but Jeff and his book help you understand why B-Players are more damaging to your company than you expect. You can't build a world-changing company without world-class talent. Ignore Jeff's wisdom at your own peril."

Amy Vernetti, Director of Leadership Recruiting at Google

"Jeff has been a trusted colleague and valuable sounding board as we've learned our recruiting craft. Like anyone who does it well, he's made mistakes, studied best practices, and, thankfully, now shares his wisdom."

Betsy Ziegler, Chief Innovation Officer at Kellogg School of Management

"This is the must-read guide for any leader, in any industry, who aspires to build a team of top performers. I've hired countless people in my career, from GE to McKinsey to Northwestern, yet I started taking notes on page one. Jeff Hyman's Recruit Rockstars is the decoder ring we all need."

Jeff Hyman

Jeff Hyman launched his recruiting career at Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart, the preeminent global executive search firms. Today, he’s Chief Talent Officer at Chicago-based Strong Suit Executive Search. Along the way, Jeff created four companies, backed by $50 million in venture capital. He currently teaches the MBA course about recruiting at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and hosts the five-star Strong Suit Podcast. Jeff has been featured by Inc., Fortune, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg, and other media outlets. He holds a master’s degree from Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from The Wharton School.

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