- Keep meetings to less than an hour and hold them no more than once a month.
- Make the meetings fun with food, drinks and prizes.
- Share explicit details on each position, its duties and benefits.
- Discuss recruiting goals and aim to have employees embrace the idea of referrals.
How Dropbox and Facebook Approach Hiring
Landing the right talent is tough even for industry brand names like Dropbox and Facebook -- so much so that these companies are using a technique called “searchlight meetings” to source employee referrals, reports Business Insider. The technique goes beyond an email cattle call. Rather than encouraging employees to offer up referrals and even offer up a finder’s fee, searchlight meetings bring together employees to exchange ideas on potential hires who are worth referring to the company. YesGraph, an employee referral tool provider based in Palo Alto, Calif., has a list of recommendations for holding successful searchlight meetings, also known as “sourcing sessions” or “blitzes.”