LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner on how to recruit and keep “rock stars”

head hunters are salivating!

Gigaom

Recruiting in the tech industry these days is a cutthroat endeavor. From bloated salaries to lavish perks, the best companies are trying everything to woo the most talented, coveted engineers to their team.

That’s not necessarily the best tactic, said Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, speaking at LinkedIn’s annual TalentConnect conference to an army of recruiters in attendance.

“[Recruiting] is not a sales process. To me, it’s about the fit,” Weiner said. “People become so focused on an outcome that they lose sight of why they’re having those conversations in the first place.”

That was the drumbeat of the conference, where LinkedIn showed a preview of an upcoming 2015 product. The company has figured out how to help recruiters find the most qualified candidates for the job, and now it aims to go one step further. Its new search function focuses on finding the candidates who are the best…

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