Are you someone who falls prey to FOBO?

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FOBO. What the heck is FOBO? I know about FOMO, which is fear of missing out what the heck is FOBO, particularly, in the context of hiring? I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I coach people and organizations helping you be more effective.

FOBO fear of a better option. You're interviewing people. This person is good, but maybe there's someone else out there, who's even better. How long are you going to play with that? How long are you going to keep looking at resumes, talking to people, involving your staff?

You know, right now we're in the middle of the COVID crisis, and it's starting to open up and there are millions of people there are going to be available in the market momentarily. How many people do you want to interview? Why don't you just start getting things off your plate and bringing people back, bring new people on board so you can start moving on to the things that you need incrementally.

What would that 1% do for you in the context of what you need done? Seriously. What would that 1% difference help you with? Now? I'm sure you could rattle off some things, but is it worth all the manpower that you're going to put into this? All the labor skills to evaluate and assess people?

Most people, when they think about it for a second, realize that it isn't, but if you're one of the ones who does think so give yourself a timetable. You have to start making decisions and move forward. So this way you can get stuff done, and get your people back to what they need to get done. That's because every hour that you're taking interviewing people, is an hour for them away from what they need to do to get things done and you're going to judge them harshly.

If you . . . if they don't get things done that you need done, and it's your fault, because you couldn't make a decision. See FOBO is a version of procrastination. It's the "maybe that person's better. What about this one?" Back and forth? Maybe there's someone else. Just make the decision.

Hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. Visit my website, There's much more there that will help you in the blog. If you've got a question for me, contact me through That's I would love to help you, not as a recruiter,

I just want to be clear. I'm a coach who helps people with hiring more effectively, job search, managing and leading, workplace related issues, executive coaching. So, again, that's And you can also schedule time for coaching with me at the site.

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JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1800 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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