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Advanced Interview Calibration with Patreon's Director of Talent Acquisition

Eli Hamel has got his work cut out for him. 75 hires to make in 2018, another 125 in 2019, explicit company-wide diversity goals, and a lean talent team with which to do it.

To get the long and short of it all, I invited Patreon’s Director of Talent Acquisition to swing by Hired HQ for another classic installment of Talk Talent To Me. You can stream the full episode at the bottom of the post, but in the event that three sentences of vague overview didn’t rustle your jimmies, here’s the highlight reel:

Building a Talent Team

Eli has put together a crack squad of sourcers and recruiters, with some external assistance from some agency hired guns. He covers how he divvies up diversity pipeline goals, whether it’s best to train or hire established sourcers, and how to get agency recruiters in lock step with your company culture and team goals.

Advanced Role Calibration

Every candidate on-site and piece of interview feedback is an opportunity to revisit your job descriptions and seek clarity for the team’s needs. Eli closely monitors funnel metrics to uncover when there may be disagreement amongst the team as to what makes for a great candidate, and institutes additional training and calibration meetings to compensate.

Diversity Hiring

As we all know, diversity hiring means more than an inclusion rider on your careers page. At Patreon, they have prioritized specific parity goals and are holding themselves accountable via explicit deadlines. Eli, however, has recognized that all teams have differing levels of representation, and that striving for a single percentage of representation across every role will not lead to true parity. As a result, he has instituted custom Rooney rules in the case of particularly homogenous teams.

Unconscious Bias Awareness

Even once you’ve accomplished respectable pipeline representation, there’s still some serious work to be done. In addition to holding unconscious bias training, Eli is conducting sentiment analysis on interview scorecards. He walks me through the tools he’s using, what he’s looking for, and how his findings might lead to additional training.

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