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What Can Drake Lyrics Teach Us About Recruiting Quality Engineers?

By: Tiago Gouveia, People Lead at Qualitest, Lisbon When it comes to lyrical genius, I don’t think they come any more talented than Canadian singer...

By: Tiago Gouveia, People Lead at Qualitest, Lisbon

When it comes to lyrical genius, I don’t think they come any more talented than Canadian singer Drake. His lyrics contain some sound advice masked as inspiration based on his personal experiences. Have a read and see if they will help you bag your next Quality Engineering talent.

1. “We could do it real big, bigger than you ever done it” | Best I Ever Had

A great job advertisement should have the same effect as a great movie trailer – it should make you want to jump out of your seat and go for it. In Talent Acquisition, the motto is simple: Create job advertisements that make your potential new employee feel excited and motivated by the opportunity to work in your company.

2. “The good ones go if you wait too long. So, you should go, before you stay too long” | Good Ones Go

Timing plays a huge role in recruiting, so, try not to leave the candidates just hanging around waiting for your answer. Give realistic deadlines and be available all throughout the process. In Confucius’ words “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want done unto you.”

3. “I’m more than just a number, I doubt you’ll find another” | Find Your Love

We are all special (just ask your moms!). Nevertheless, during the recruiting process, candidates tend to feel like they’re just another number and a bit lost in the sauce. Customize your communication, as this creates a bond between the company and each individual candidate.

4. “I need someone that’ll help me think of someone besides myself” | Girls Love Beyonce

Recruit talent, not staff! Nowadays, Talent Acquisition Specialists love to talk about big data and assess everything. In the words of Peter Drucker, “You cannot manage what you do not measure”. Even though it’s amazing to have a lot of information on candidates, great recruiting isn’t just about the numbers.

5. “I learned a lesson from it though, you never see it coming, you just get to see it go” | Fireworks

Yikes! It really hurts when you have recruited someone and after a couple of months they leave without any warning. A big turnover rate is every corporate’s nightmare; therefore, great recruitment can be useless if you don’t have a proper onboarding process in place for the new employees.

6. “You know life is what we make it, and a chance is like a picture, it’d be nice if you just take it” | Unthinkable

Be creative all throughout the process! Old recruiting techniques can seem a little boring and outdated. If you want to attract the best and the brightest candidates to your company, you’ll need to put in some effort and think outside the box. Take a risk and break the status quo. Predictability can be a good thing up to a certain point, but eventually, it becomes restrictive.


Identifying and hiring the right quality engineers working in your organization can mean the difference between being able to efficiently and quickly produce the best product and failing to reach your goals. The quality of your quality engineers can ultimately determine the quality of what you do.