You’ve likely already found that a top performer produces dramatically stronger results than those around them. Focusing on the quality of candidates instead of volume can be a very effective recruiting strategy.
Ironically enough, LinkedIn is looking to broaden its talent pool with this new program, while at the same time dealing with fewer applicants.
Laszlo Bock also describes a similar scenario in Google’s hiring machine:
The hiring machine was overly conservative by design… because we would rather have missed hiring two great performers if it meant we would also avoid hiring a lousy one.
Keep quality in mind as you’re working to build your team. You’ll likely find that the extra time and effort spent in finding an outstanding candidate will pay dividends long into the future.