Candidate or executive mapping — tracing the reporting relationships of prospective candidates you identify — is a powerful way to bulletproof talent acquisition. When you map specific teams at target companies out of which you recruit, you are raising your game by making sure you that your don’t miss talent that should be included on your list of prospects.
Recruiting research should develop qualitative information about passive candidates early on to reduce the risk of candidate implosion. Quite simply, you must insert a step in your sourcing process to calibrate or pre-reference candidates to determine who’s got sterling reputations and who’s got rusted ones.
Most intriguing was the CIA’s use of social network analysis in recruiting, which The Agency mashes together with geo-spatial and geo-census data to map hot spots of talent.