Recruit and Hire Like a Total Boss — How Thinking Like a CEO Can Transform Your Hiring Strategy


You may not be a CEO, but that doesn’t mean you can’t think and act like one. In fact, putting yourself in the shoes of a successful CEO can transform the way you and your HR team recruit and hire new employees. From the best CEO qualities to methods for applying these qualities to your recruiting practices, let’s break down how to rock your hiring plan like a total boss.

Adopting CEO traits for yourself and your recruitment strategy will put you a step closer to more effective and fruitful hiring results. Adapt the secrets to success: the core CEO characteristics. Every CEO has a unique style, but each shares several key attributes that play a major role in success:

Resilience — CEOs have thick skin and can bounce back from setbacks and failure. When your round of interviews doesn’t yield any positive results or when a placement doesn’t work out, learn from it and move forward instead of beating yourself up and letting it define your success.

  • Communication — Express your vision, nip obstacles in the bud, and get your team on the same page by talking, talking, talking . . . and talking some more. Hash out your recruiting strategy for the upcoming quarter, give feedback on your existing recruitment systems, and talk it out when you’re dealing with conflict to deal with issues to make sure you’re working together with your fellow recruiters as a team representing your firm.
  • Vision — Original thinking and outside-the-box ideas can set your recruitment strategy apart from your competitors’. Don’t be afraid to think big or try something different.
  • Team mentality — Rally your team as a catalyst for growth and change. Call a group to action to think of ways to work together increase candidate response to your postings or to hone in on quality leads from your talent searches. CEOs have a powerful ability to motivate their teams and keep them focused on bringing recruitment goals to reality.

It’s not enough to think like a CEO yourself. Your whole team needs to get on board with your game plan. Gather the troops and deploy these tactics to create a team mentality:

  • Build systems — Your team members may struggle to know if they’re on the right track if you haven’t established systems and procedures to measure the success of your recruitment plan. Be focused and crystal clear on the specific results you want to see at each stage of hiring, whether it’s the number of candidates who applied, the ratings you can create after each interview, or the number of hits your job board posting received. Rather than waiting until your system fails to wonder where things went wrong, create tracking systems for your team to follow along the way.
  • More about vision — Even a leader’s vision has room for collaboration. Ordering your team to do what you want is generally less effective than creating something together. Sit down for a brainstorming session. What works in your current hiring practices? What’s not cutting it? Identify where you fall short and work together to create a cohesive strategy. This will motivate your team to take ownership and more successfully implement your team-built plan into your next round of recruitment.

You might not have the corner office, but you can poach successful CEOs’ business savvy and make it your own. Identifying the best features of CEOs and emulating their habits will give your recruitment plan laser-sharp focus to snap up the best talent. Outsmart your competitors, hone your game, and go hard on your targets — just like CEOs do every day.

Alisiana Peters

Author: Alisiana Peters

Alisiana is a marketing coordinator at HiringThing, an award-winning online recruiting software provider dedicated to changing the way businesses hire talent. Questions? Contact HiringThing Marketing.