The gag is simple: One magic wand, one magic wish. What would you do to change the Talent Acquisition landscape to make it better? We were at HR Tech 2022 asking industry leaders about their opinions on this crazy industry and how to improve it.

Guest Scott Nevins of PeerTown talks with William Tincup about his 20+ years in the industry. There’s a reactive landscape in our industry, but our TA professionals need to be given the time to do things right. Hiring shouldn’t always be such a quick process.

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Scott Nevins
Chief Client Success Officer / Talent Acquisition and Human Resources Leader Peer Town

Announcer 1 (00:01):

You’re listening to the Recruiting Daily Podcast. We’re recording from HR Tech in Vegas, thanks to our friends and partners at Jovio. We are talking to some of the best minds in HR and business, and digging into the most pressing issues in the workplace, so you don’t have to. Here’s your host, William Tincup.

William Tincup (00:20):

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s William Tincup, and we are broadcasting live from Jovio’s booth in Vegas at HR Tech. Scott’s with us today. Scott, would you do us a favor and introduce yourself?

Scott Nevins (00:30):

Sure. Scott Nevins. I am the Chief Client Success officer for PeerTown, been in the TA space for 20 plus years.

William Tincup (00:39):

X number.

Scott Nevins (00:39):

I’m sorry.

William Tincup (00:40):


Scott Nevins (00:40):

Sorry about that. And I talk a lot, and I’m right now really manic because I had four shots of espresso about 30 seconds ago.

William Tincup (00:47):

I love that. I love that already.

Scott Nevins (00:48):


William Tincup (00:49):

So I’m going to hand you a magic wand.

Scott Nevins (00:52):

All right.

William Tincup (00:52):

I’m seriously going to hand you a magic wand.

Scott Nevins (00:54):


William Tincup (00:55):

Or a shiv. Either way. And if you had a magic wand and you could fix anything in talent sourcing, the sourcing of talent, what would you fix?

Scott Nevins (01:11):

It’s the firefighting that often takes place when a requisition has been open. Our TA infrastructure is really built in a reactive mode, right? So the wreck in front of me gets priority and it makes sense, but we want our TA professionals to develop relationship to hiring managers, to build their networks, to build their communities. And at the end of the day, it gets disrupted so frequently because somebody’s yelling for a wreck or I just got my budget approved and I need that wreck, or somebody left and I have to save the world because I have three people covering for this. And…

William Tincup (01:53):

It’s almost who screams the loudest.

Scott Nevins (01:54):

It is. And the future wreck always loses. Always. And there really isn’t a mechanism out there, aside from a dedicated head.

William Tincup (02:07):


Scott Nevins (02:07):

And even in those scenarios, I mean you just lose out to today’s wreck. Everyone cares about today. And so I would love if there was a match wand to have tools or technologies that allow recruiters to do their job, but at the same time truly be able to develop the relationships with their hiring managers, to become advisors, and to build those pipelines of talent so that they can move from the hamster wheel to like a flywheel. That’s sort of what I say.

William Tincup (02:37):

Drops mike. Walks off stage.

Scott Nevins (02:39):


William Tincup (02:40):


Scott Nevins (02:40):


William Tincup (02:41):

Thank you so much for your time today.

Scott Nevins (02:42):

Thank you. I appreciate it. Thank you.

William Tincup (02:43):


Speaker 4 (02:44):

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William Tincup

William is the President & Editor-at-Large of RecruitingDaily. At the intersection of HR and technology, he’s a writer, speaker, advisor, consultant, investor, storyteller & teacher. He's been writing about HR and Recruiting related issues for longer than he cares to disclose. William serves on the Board of Advisors / Board of Directors for 20+ HR technology startups. William is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a BA in Art History. He also earned an MA in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.


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