This leads us to the somewhat frustrating conclusion: your strategy should drive whether you should hire a specialist or a generalist. There are corporate strategies that demand specialists to scale specific segments of their strategy. For example, many companies hire event specialists to run in-person and virtual events.
Online reviews are a great innovation. They help us to determine which book to read, if this hotel or that hotel is the cleanest, whether a piece of clothing is true to size before ordering and whether or not we would want to work at a particular company.
Hiring a recruiter can be expensive but making a mis-hire can be even more expensive — as much as 2-3x’s the base salary of the mis-hire.
By now, you know we are strong advocates for interview assignments. But, NO assignment is better than a poorly planned and designed assignment.