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I Signed Up for Eharmony- What Human Resources Can Learn from Dating Sites

This presentation is for HR audiences wanting to increase their success in sourcing, recruiting and selecting quality candidates in a cost effective manner. Tips on how to do this are seen through the lense of how dating sites, like eharmony.com, successfully make matches.

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I Signed Up for Eharmony- What Human Resources Can Learn from Dating Sites

  1. 1. I signed up for eHarmony: What dating sites can teach HR
  2. 2. So I signed up for eHarmony…
  3. 3. WHY?
  4. 4. Why people go on dating sites? 1. To save time and increases access to a pool of potential mates 2. To find the love of their life- Marital Bliss
  5. 5. Whys and HR Hiring Goals: 1. Decreased time & cost in sourcing 2. Quality hires
  6. 6. Sourcing:
  7. 7. Quality Hires:
  8. 8. Killing Two Birds with One Stone
  9. 9. Whys and HR Hiring Goals: 1. Decreased time & cost in sourcing 2. Quality hires
  10. 10. How? • Assessment: both parties take • Email with matches • Opportunity to ask more questions and view profile • Reaching out for next step- the date
  11. 11. Assessment: Both Parties Take
  12. 12. Email with Matches
  13. 13. Opportunity to Ask More Questions and View Profile
  14. 14. Reaching Out for Next Step: The Date
  15. 15. What we can learn from & adopt from the sites?
  16. 16. Organizational Fit Matters!
  17. 17. “Those who fit well with the [organizational] culture stayed longer, were promoted faster, and demonstrated greater commitment to the firm. Interestingly, these outcomes of person-culture fit mattered more for performance than did the more typical person-job fit we think of which is how people’s knowledge, skills and abilities fit the specific job.”
  18. 18. Values  Culture  Behaviors
  19. 19. 1. Define and Assess Behaviors
  20. 20. “Adventurous”
  21. 21. “Bossy”
  22. 22. “I prefer a work environment that has strict rules and regulations.” Or “When putting something together, I follow the instructions exactly.”
  23. 23. No thank you…
  24. 24. Turnover down 50+%
  25. 25. But remember…
  26. 26. Assessment: Both Parties Take
  27. 27. 2. Define & assess your non-negotiables
  28. 28. Do you smoke? Will you marry a smoker?
  29. 29. Why? Keeps you from getting lost in shiny things that don’t lead to long term compatibility!
  30. 30. What else can we do to make better matches?
  31. 31. Best practices/innovative ideas in selection: • Realistic Job Previews/ Virtual Job Tryout • Competition Based Hiring • Actually do a real reference check • Improve your interviews
  32. 32. OR…
  33. 33. Just check out the back of their car… http://horizonpointconsulting.com/blog3 /item/would-you-hire-someone-based- on-their-bumper-sticker-s
  34. 34. 256.227.9075 P.O. Box 1014 Decatur, AL 35602 Mary Ila Ward, SPHR/ SHRM-SCP

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