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How to Recruit ‘Outside-the-Box’ Candidates

April 01, 2020

You’re ready to hire! You’ve cast your vision for hiring, and created a unique job description and interview process that fits the need of the position you have to fill with the right, best fit candidate. 

But wait, there is one more thing you need to consider. And this might be a little hard to hear…

Is your company working “inside the box” while looking for “outside the box” candidates? 

For some, this may be hard to examine. Often, we think we are being innovative, experiential, and on-trend. If you’re unsure, here are a few areas to consider. (Note: This list is not exhaustive and may not include examples unique to your industry.) 

  • Opportunity to work remotely 
  • High quality benefits including options such as mental health coverage, employee wellness perks, or substantial parental leave options
  • Collaborative workspaces and projects
  • Quarterly team days
  • Sabbatical policy for employees at different levels of the organization 
  • Opportunities to give back through the organization on the clock 
  • Opportunity to pursue new projects that the company hasn’t explored previously
  • Risk-taking by taking a verbal stand for causes related to company mission

Why does this matter so much? Frankly, outside-the-box candidates want to work for outside-the-box companies. If you expect your new hire to be innovative, engaged, and curious, the company needs to model these behaviors too through its culture, risk-taking, and benefits. As the company and leadership models the values and behaviors it desires to see, it creates an incubator for employees to develop and grow in these themselves. 

How does your company work “outside the box” to recruit diverse, innovative candidates? Tell us in the comments.

About Abby

Abby Siegel Hyman is the Marketing + PR Manager at Amber Hurdle Consulting, and is a dual master’s graduate student at Vanderbilt University. She is the proud mom of the goldendoodle Willie–one of the office dog cheerleaders that keeps AHC innovative and engaged. Connect with Abby on LinkedIn

Amber Hurdle Consulting is a multi-award-winning talent optimization firm that pioneers using both science and marketing principles to solve these problems by strengthening your brand from the inside out. As a Predictive Index (PI) Certified Partner, we teach you how to generate and use real data in the form of people analytics, and then we sit on your bench as analytics experts, bringing along almost 20 years of branding, marketing and public relations experience. With these tools, we partner with you to design a compelling internal relations strategy featuring three key areas:

#1 We work with your leaders on their personal brands, so they increase self awareness and see and harvest the greatness in others. 

#2 We teach you to use a scientific, repeatable method to recruit, retain and inspire top talent, elevating your culture while crafting a world-class employer brand. 

#3 We then help you leverage strong leaders and a “best places to work” environment so that happy employees are serving happy customers…ultimately elevating your business brand.


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