First off, if you haven’t seen Game of Thrones, then you should go watch it. Right now. This TV show is mostly known for their amazing battle scenes and the fight for the Iron Throne. We see the characters building their army and continuing saying “Winter is Coming” for six seasons straight. While watching Game of Thrones, I couldn’t help but notice some insights the show gives us on recruitment.
(Warning: Spoilers will occur)
Building the Right Army of Talent
When it comes to finding the best talent, it can sometimes be a slow process. As a recruiter, you want to find the best candidates. Your ideal person would be someone loyal with awesome skill-sets and will continue through the hiring process every step of the way (no one wants a Theon Greyjoy who leaves in the middle of battle). Therefore, you source through and continue sourcing until you find a candidate that is perfect.
Daenerys is the perfect recruiter. She recruited her own army of Unsullied soldiers and Dothrakis. She took 6 seasons to find the right army but they are the best of the best, just like the A players you find in any company.
Come Up with a Strategy to Have the Upper Hand
When it comes to the many battles that were fought within the seven kingdoms, strategy plans were at play. Some were successful, while some ended in tragedy (RIP Stannis Baratheon). However, in the game of recruiting, you need to strive for the Iron Throne. Therefore, you should always have a plan and be on top of your game.
In order to win the battle of the recruiters, always have the upper hand and be the first to reach out to those candidates before someone else snatches them.
Have a Mentor to Become the Best Recruiter
When starting your first job in the recruiting world, having a mentor can be very beneficial. Think of the character Arya. She wanted to be the best in sword-fighting. Therefore, she learned how to fight by her mentors, Syrio Forel and Jaqen H'ghar. And eventually becomes one of the best assassins in the show.
Granted, recruiting is not the same as Arya taking on a face and getting her sweet revenge for her family and friends. But, having a mentor can definitely change your path for success. So find someone who’s willing to show you the ropes and helps you become a better recruiter than you ever expected.
Just remember: Talent is here. Battle on!
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