Talent acquisition leaders are under greater pressure than ever to deliver "A-players". With an unstable economy, organizations have a lower tolerance for bad hiring decisions that cost time and money to correct. Unfortunately, the classically defined pool of obvious stars who are ready to move is so small that hunting only among such candidates is a recipe for protracted delays, unaffordable bidding wars -- and awkward compromises when a position has been left vacant too long.
The bright spot in this situation is the hidden pool of people with exceptional "soft" qualities like resilience, drive, ingenuity and work ethic that, for various reasons, have gone unnoticed in their careers. Identifying and hiring these diamonds in the rough should be a focus for all organizations that wish to build a sustainable edge on their competitors. George Anders, author of The Rare Find will share how organizations like Facebook, Google, and the U.S. Army are approaching this challenge and how these findings can be applied to other organizations and industries.