The Top LinkedIn Recruiting Stories of 2017

December 18, 2017

2017 has been quite a year (don’t worry - I’m not going to get all political on you). From an increased focus on diversity and AI in recruiting to becoming better storytellers, a lot has been going on in the world of recruiting. That’s why at this time of year, as the Talent Blog editors we like to look back at the stories we published that resonated with you the most this year.

From the top trends for the future of recruiting to recruiting lessons from Game of Thrones, here are the top articles out of the nearly 300 we’ve published in 2017:

The top 10 most read articles on the LinkedIn Talent Blog

1. These 3 Speech Patterns Will Immediately Reveal If a Candidate is a Star or a Low Performer

Speech patterns can be a signal if a candidate is a high or low performer and paying attention to them can help you make better hiring decisions.

2. 10 Things That Still Puzzle Me After Recruiting for 45 Years

Lou Adler has had a long and distinguished career in recruiting and now he takes a step back to explain what the top 10 most persistent recruiting problems.

3. LinkedIn's CEO: These Are the 3 Trends That'll Shape the Future of Talent

Jeff Weiner walks through how AI and automation, the skills gap, and the rise of independent work will change how we hire.

4. 9 Unexpected Interview Questions That Reveal a Lot About Candidates

“How would your manager describe you? Now tell me, how would your best friend describe you?” is just one of the 9 questions in this post that will help you really get to know a candidate.

5. Why Being Vulnerable at Work Can Be Your Biggest Advantage, According to Brené Brown

Every recruiter needs to be able to be vulberable: have difficult conversations, fail, and take risks—all of which require courage. Brené Brown breaks down courage into skillsets and tells recruiters and HR professionals how to measure and cultivate these key skills.

6. 7 Ruthless Recruiting Lessons From Game of Thrones [SPOILERS]

Lesson #1: Jon Snow proves that returning “boomerang” employees can be an invaluable hire, as he comes back more motivated than ever and inspires his coworkers. 

7. The 2017 Top Companies Rankings Revealed

Based on LinkedIn data, this is the list of the most sought-after employers across the US, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India and the UK.

8. Google Rejected a 7-Year-Old Girl, In the Best Way Possible

Seven-year-old Chloe Bridgewater from Hereford, England, applied to work at Google and got an unexpected, heart-warming response.

9. What These 5 Leaders Would Ask If They Only Had Time For 1 Interview Question

Barbara Corcoran asks candidates: Tell me about your family. “If their family couldn’t give them a positive attitude, there’s nothing I can do that’s going to change it”, she says.

10. How to Reduce Cost Per Hire by 50%: A Strategy Inspired by Elon Musk

When hiring managers are rejecting candidates, Lou adler argues that recruiters should take a page from Elon Musk’s playbook: They should stop sourcing new candidates and instead should focus on identifying why their current prospects are not meeting the business needs.

While those top 10 posts received the most views, there a few posts that we loved working on and also generated a lot of great dialogue. Bonus: the last two include videos we hope you get a kick out of—one of them is just in time for the holidays.

The top 5 editor’s picks:

1.“Work Sucks,” Says Ex-Google HR Head: 6 Tips to Change That

2. How Blizzard Increased Its Number of Female Interns by 166% in One Year

3. The Story of This 70-year-old Intern May Be The Next Hot Trend in Recruiting

4. Meet Recruiter Dad: Because Recruiting is More Than a Job, It’s a Lifestyle

Thank you for reading the Talent Blog and here's to more great recruiting innovations and stories in 2018!

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