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Hiring And Evaluating Talent: Florida State’s Fuchs and Northwestern’s Blais

Guest Vanessa Fuchs, Florida State; Janna Blais, Northwestern; Cori Pinkett, Baylor
28:22 min watch


Florida State Senior Associate AD/SWA Vanessa Fuchs and Northwestern Deputy AD/SWA Janna Blais discuss fit and culture’s impact on the hiring process, finding a candidate who is bought into the department’s culture, evaluating a hire, employee retention and much more. The duo also touch on how leadership changes or constants at Florida State and Northwestern, respectively, influence hiring and candidates. The conversation is moderated by Baylor Assistant AD for Character Formation Cori Pinkett.


The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic). There’s also an audio version at the bottom if you’d prefer to listen to the discussion.

  • - Why is culture important in hiring?
  • - When you have a candidate on campus, who do you make sure they meet to ensure the individual has a good sense of the culture?
  • - What is the impact on the culture of the changes going on at Florida State and does that impact how you view candidates to bring into the department? (Fuchs)
  • - How does Athletic Director Jim Phillips' leadership influence your perspective on hiring? (Blais)
  • - When going through the hiring process, how do you ensure you have the right person for the job?
  • - Is there a go-to question you use to gauge if the candidate will be a viable fit?
  • - How long does it take to know if a candidate was a good hire?
  • - What is one thing that needs to be done in the hiring process to help individuals have a successful hiring process?
  • - What are you doing to retain the great staff that you do hire?