6 HR Podcasts That Can Help Your Improve Your Hiring Strategy

Brace yourselves. This Thanksgiving, 54.3 million people will travel 50 miles or more away from home, a 4.8 percent increase over last year.~ According to USA Today

No worries, recruiters, talent acquisition, and human resources pros! We’ve got you covered with a list of HR podcasts that will make the time on the road fly by.

Not on the podcast bandwagon yet? You are missing out! Podcasts are a fantastic way to learn about the latest trends in hiring strategy and other important HR topics. They can expand your mind during commutes, airplane travel, working on house projects, while exercising, and more!

Read this article by Kim Komando to learn the basics of listening to podcasts. You’ll be a podcast convert in no time.

Here’s a list of HR podcasts that every HR professional should add to their weekly playlist:

1. Recruiting Future

Recruiting Future” is Matt Alder’s weekly podcast that will give you a dose of HR innovation and futurology. In each episode, Matt Alder interviews thought leaders and practitioners who are influencing and changing the industry, hiring strategy, and more.

Favorite recent episode:

We are huge proponents of making sure job candidates land on your career site and get a sense of your employer brand before they hit apply. The episode called, ‘Is Employer Branding Fit For Purpose?’ is loaded with employer brand nuggets of wisdom and tips.

2. Chad and Cheese

Hosts Chad Sowash and Joel Cheeseman have 40 years combined experience in the recruitment industry. In their weekly podcast, appropriately titled “Chad and Cheese,” they deliver insightful and current information about human resource trends in a way that’s both hilarious and smart. The pace and humor are guaranteed to keep you engaged.

Favorite recent episode:

We were fortunate to have our CEO and Founder, Venkat Janapareddy, participate in the Firing Squad segment of their podcast recently. We suggest you start with that one!

Note: The Chad and Cheese Podcast has a Parental Advisory for Explicit language. Headphones in for this one if you have little ones in the car with you.

3. HR Happy Hour

The HR Happy Hour Show hosts, Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane are conversational and have a knack for attracting current thought leaders in the HR, recruitment, and hiring strategy industry. Topics range from talent management, recruiting, HR technology to social media, leadership, and careers.

Favorite recent episode:

How AI in HR Will Enhance the Employee Experience is certainly a current topic of conversation. We are big believers in the power of AI and machine learning in the recruitment and HR space so the episode about how HR will enhance the employee experience caught our eye… or should we say ears?

4. Strong Suit

The Strong Suit podcast bills itself as the playbook for recruiting and hiring strategy rockstars. Who doesn’t want to be a rockstar?

This podcast keeps us coming back with the actionable content presented by knowledgeable guests. Host Jeff Hymen, author of the bestselling book “Recruit Rockstars: The 10 Step Playbook To Find The Winners & Ignite Your Business” paces the podcasts with great questions and sprinkles in significant expertise to keep you engaged.

Favorite recent episode:

Steve Acho of Solstice Consulting Group packs lots of recruiting wisdom into this 20-minute interview titled Half of New Hires Don’t Work Out. Here’s Why. Good stuff.

Here are two general podcasts that will help you be a better critical thinker and an informed human resources professional:

5. Hidden Brain

Right from the source: “Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior and the biases that shape our choices.”

OK NPR, you had me at “unconscious patterns that drive human behavior.” In a profession where you are constantly striving to ‘read people,’ this podcast is super helpful and incredibly interesting.

Favorite episode:

What HR person has not wanted to ask this question (multiple times a week): Can You Handle The Truth? In this episode, they cover the concept of information aversion and why our brains are inclined to avoid information that’s painful — even if it’s information that we need. Fascinating.

6. Ted Radio Hour

You’ve likely heard of Ted Talks but did you know that there is a podcast called Ted Radio Hour that pulls together like-themed talks to create thoroughly captivating educational content?

Ted Radio Hour has countless podcasts that will help HR and talent acquisition aficionados be better at their jobs.

Favorite episode:

Since recruiters and HR teams are charged with making many decisions a day that can impact the future direction of the company (no pressure!) what better podcast to listen to than one that explores how we make the choices we make, and how we learn to live with them? Do yourself a favor and listen to Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.

What podcasts do you think every HR colleague should listen to? Contact us and we’ll add them to a future blog post.

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