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5 Books to Read That'll Help You Become an Awesome Recruiter

By Poyen Ramos on April 18, 2017

There are thousands of books on human resources and recruitment, and if you want to read them all will probably take forever. So we've decided to narrow them down to the really good ones according to LinkedIn.

Remember that learning doesn't stop in school but continues on as you course through your career. We guarantee that you'll become a better recruiter by reading a few of these awesome books:

1. Knock 'em Dead Hiring the Best by Martin Yate

Why it's a must-read: This book is directed towards hiring managers rather than recruiters. However, since recruiters must often coach hiring managers on how to make good decisions, this serves as a "train the trainer" manual.

2. 96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire by Paul Falcone

Why it's a must-read: You'd think from the title that this book is just a checklist of typical job interview questions. However, what Falcone presents is an entire philosophy of interviewing that is the exact opposite of the canned question approach. It's full of examples and explains why these questions work and how to interpret the answers correctly.

3. Keeping the Millennials by Joanne Sujansky & Jan Ferri-Reed

Subtitle: Why Companies Are Losing Billions in Turnover to This Generation—and What to Do About It

Why it's a must-read: Because of our insanely rapid pace of technological change, there is a larger cultural difference between Millennials and Baby Boomers than there was between the Boomers and the Mad Men generation that raised them. Recruiters must navigate between these two cultures and help both generations to work together.

4. Who by Geoff Smart & Randy Street

Why it's a must-read: The authors of this somewhat mysteriously named book conducted extensive research into how human resources department function effectively inside corporations. The result is not only eye-opening, it's practically a manifesto on why recruiters have never been more valuable than they are in today's slightly crazy corporate world.

5. Hiring for Attitude by Mark Murphy

Image result for hiring for attitudeSubtitle: A Revolutionary Approach to Recruiting and Selecting People with Both Tremendous Skills and Superb Attitude

Why it's a must-read: One of my recent posts was about how Chipotle uses attitude as the main determinant for hiring. This book explains how the hiring and interview process must change so that companies can weed out candidates whose attitude will create failure.

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