10 Podcasts Every Recruiter Should Listen To

March 1, 2016 at 12:30 PM William Clarke


In case you missed it, podcasts are the biggest thing since iPods – and yes, we really mean that.

Led by blockbusters like This American Life, Serial and WTF with Marc Maron, podcasts have doubled in popularity since 2008. As of last year, an estimated 52 million Americans listen to a podcast each month. In fact, podcasts are so popular that every topic under the sun now has podcasts dedicated to it, including, you bet, recruiting.

Why should recruiters listen to podcasts? Because they’re interesting, entertaining, free, and you can listen to them anywhere. Here at Entelo, we listen to podcasts while we work, during our commutes, workouts, and my personal favorite, while making breakfast on the weekends. Podcasts are an incredibly inexpensive and convenient way to invest in yourself as a human and, of course, as a recruiter! So do yourself a huge favor and download these podcasts ASAP (especially the first one).  

The Best Recruiting and HR Podcasts 

Hiring On All Cylinders

Okay, okay, we know. Listing our own podcast first? That’s because it’s legitimately awesome! Just take a look at the all-star lineup. Hosted by Entelo’s own, Rob Stevenson, along with various members of the Entelo talent team, “Hiring on All Cylinders” covers the madcap world of recruiting, hiring and everything in between.

Each week Rob sits down with some of the recruiting world’s sharpest people (like The Sourcing Institute’s Shally Steckerl, Booking.com’s Jen Boulanger, recruitHER’s Ashley Doyal, and talent influencers/movers/shakers like Stacy Zapar and Matt Charney) to dissect trends, pain points and solutions to some of the industry’s biggest questions, while offering expert hiring tips, commentary and examples of how they're navigating the always-changing world of recruiting. The podcast typically clocks in between 30 to 40 minutes, and the archive includes dozens and dozens of podcasts on every topic you could imagine. Check out a few episodes while you’re cranking on emails and watch your brain grow. 

Recommended episode: Erin Wilson on Building Talent Community

 Recruiting Future

Hosted by Matt Alder, Recruiting Future is one of the most substantive and best-produced recruiting podcasts out there. Matt's seen it all when it comes to the HR technology space, and his interviewing skills get the best out of his lineup of brilliant guests. Episodes typically run 20-30 minutes.

Recommended episode: Lance Haun on Understanding Talent Technology

HR Happy Hour

HR Happy Hour is hosted by Steve Boese, the Co-Chair of the HR Technology Conference, and Trish McFarlane, author of the HR Ringleader blog, and speaker on HR and workplace topics. The two often host experts in the field for wide-ranging discussions on the future of HR and Recruiting that covers emerging trends, new tactics to stay competitive as recruiting, and strategies to improve your company culture. Episodes are on the shorter side, which makes them perfect for your commute or the gym.  

Recommended episode: Measurement and Emotional Drivers of Workforce Culture

Renegade Recruiter Unleashed

Host Terry Edwards is fast-paced, fun, and brash. While Terry's bailiwick is agency recruiting, often this show veers into the territory of overall business building and growth. For the recruiter with entrepreneurial ambitions beyond the talent team, the Renegade Recruiter is as good as they come. 

Recommended episode: Why I fell out of love with Recruitment 


Human Capital Institute 

The Human Capital Institute’s podcast hosts experts speaking on the latest trends and strategies rocking the world of HR. Think episodes like Atlassian’s Chief People Officer Jeffrey Diana to present on topics like “An Agile Culture Relies on Intentional Language, Clear Values, and Deliberate Action.” Each episode is like a mini case study, so take notes! This is a particularly good podcast to get detailed intel into how some of the smartest people in the recruiting and HR industry are adapting and evolving to meet market demands. If you really want to  take your game to the next level or have specific tactical pain points you need to overcome, give HCI’s podcasts a listen. 

Recommended episode: Understanding Perceived Fairness in the Hiring Process

Awesome non-recruiting focused podcasts to check out: 

The Tim Ferriss Show

Author, entrepreneur and investor Tim Ferriss is a productivity and growth-hacking wizard and also a darn good podcast producer. Every couple of weeks he meets with incredibly bright and accomplished people to discuss everything from meditation, learning languages, or Crossfit to his five morning rituals and, even, surfing. This is the number one business podcast on iTunes, but in reality it’s about more than just business. It’s about how people achieve what they want to achieve and overcome the obstacles in their way. Episodes are on the longer side (some are two hours) but every minute you spend listening is time wisely spent. 

Recommended episode: 25 Great Things I Learned from Podcast Guests in 2015

The Productivityist Podcast

Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, The Productivityist is a weekly show that discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you sharpen your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow. Episodes cover everything from better email habits to relentless sales success and even an episode about how to be productive when you have ADHD.

It’s a great look at different ways people develop tools and tips to keep themselves on task and goal-oriented, something every recruiter can benefit from. Episodes range from 20ish minutes to a bit more than a half hour, so it’s another one of those you can listen to during your commute. 

Recommended episode: How Seth Godin Manages His Life

Home Work

This one’s an excellent podcast on the ins and outs of working from home. Hosted by two writers, Home Work looks at the nitty gritty of staying motivated, efficient and effective for people who work from home. The great thing about the podcast is that the same tips and tricks that help people effectively work from home can help you accomplish stuff at the office.

For example, episodes such as Stress and Work Ethic, Adapting to Change, and Workaholism address topics that everyone can learn from, no matter where they work. If you’re grappling with a topic or issue for the first time or just looking for ways to improve your work process, Home Work is a great place to look for inspiration. Episodes are weekly and typically clock in at under an hour. 

Recommended episode: Goals

Harvard Business Review’s Ideacast

The Harvard Business Review is one of the smartest business publications around, and their podcast is no exception. Hosted by HBR editor Sarah Green Carmichael, Ideacast episodes are focused on certain ideas like Being Happier at Work, Becoming a More Authentic Leader or in-depth interviews with figures like Neil deGrasse Tyson. Episodes range in length from 12 minutes up to around 25 minutes, so Ideacast is another podcast where you can listen to several episodes in a sitting or listen to a single episode during your commute. 

Recommended episode: The Art of the Interview

TED Radio Hour

We love TED here at Entelo, and the TED Radio Hour is an awesome way to approach TED more thematically. Episodes touch on big, universal ideas and concepts, but offer a curated approach that blends together multiple TED talks that have overlapping themes. Hosted by former All Things Considered Host, Guy Raz, each episode of the Ted Radio Hour is organized around a specific ideas, such as Secrets, Courage, Getting Organized, or The Money Paradox. The radio hour is a mix of clips from Ted Talks alongside interviews with the speakers that dig deeper and update the topic their Ted Talk was about.

Recommended episode: The Meaning of Work

We know some of you podcast heads out there have some of your own favorites. Share them in the comments!

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