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For many women in the workforce the balance on demands between family and work are difficult. I feel that the world of recruiting brings a whole new level to the balance given the timing and demands of the position. Having only heard about how tough it was to balance motherhood and recruiting; I only recently did I experience it for myself as my first child came into the world. I wanted to share some of my personal experiences in hopes that others may learn, make decisions, or perhaps be inspired to make the right decisions for themselves about how to tackle motherhood and work.

As someone who is neck deep in recruitment data day-in and day-out, I’m often baffled to discover how many people express interest in a job (whether they applied or were headhunted) versus how few people make it to a final interview/offer. There is an abundance of talent here in the Silicon Valley and we are often racing to make priority hires, so why is poor conversion rates one of the biggest challenges that recruitment teams face?

Of course there are many factors that go into making a successful hire but in this article I’ll address the interviewer mindset as a good place to start if you are looking to improve those conversion rates, or have a sneaky suspicion you have qualified candidates falling through the cracks.

Life of a sourcer

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Like some (well probably most of us), I had no intention of going into recruiting. Having graduated with a bio degree, recruitment was way off my radar. I planned on going to nursing school, but after moving up to The Bay, I found myself deeply immersed in the tech environment and decided that if the opportunity to work in this sector arose, I would take it. Ironically, I was recruited into the field without much recruiting experience myself, but I will always remember my introduction to the job.

For as long as I can remember I have always been told to over-communicate, but to be as clear and concise as possible and to get straight to the point. It’s easier said than done, as trying to get the right mixture for a successful and effective interaction can be a balancing act.

A few weeks ago I was visiting my cousin for his graduation from the University of Virginia. I had never been to Charlottesville, but I went to school in the South so I felt more or less right at home the minute I stepped off the plane. Charlottesville is one of those picturesque southern college towns, complete with old brick buildings, lush green trees, and that East Coast humidity.