Value quality over quantity.

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.

Why is that?

There's less overhead involved in hiring two outstanding employees who are a perfect match than five good employees who aren't. Fewer interviews, less onboarding.

There's also more potential for exceptional results.

The team at LinkedIn recently shared a perfect example of this regarding their college recruiting strategy and how their program has changed over time in an article titled "Why the LinkedIn Recruiting Team is Waving 'Bye-bye' to Traditional College Recruiting."

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.