Ben Gotkin

Principal Consultant & Trainer

Ben Gotkin draws from over 25 years of recruiting experience in tactical and strategic leadership roles at organizations including Marriott International, RSM, The MITRE Corporation, Intelsat and BAE Systems. In each of these roles, Ben has been a strategic leader in the development of fundamentally strong recruitment strategies and process, the applications of recruiting technology, advocating collaboration and community building, utilizing metrics to improve performance, providing interviewing training to management and staff, and developing out-of-the-box approaches to identify and engage talent. He also has had significant experience with building referral and social media programs, the selection and implementation of Applicant Tracking Systems, technology evaluation, and the development of sourcing, employment branding and college recruiting strategies.

Ben was also the Co-Founder and First Executive Director of the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals, and Founder and Past-President of recruitDC, both of which are non-profit organizations devoted to advancing the Talent Acquisition profession. He has also been the author of numerous articles and blogs, has been quoted in numerous national publications, and has been a featured speaker and panelist at the ERE Conference, Recruiting Trends Conference, SourceCon, Social Recruiting Strategies Conference and at many other local recruiter group events.

Ben is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Ben and his family live near Washington, DC. In addition to traveling, Ben enjoys cooking and great live music.

Areas of Expertise

  • Live and Virtual Training
  • Recruiting Strategy Development

  • Elevating Recruiters to Talent Advisors
  • Process Improvement
  • Interviewing Best Practices and Behavioral Competency Development
  • Sourcing Strategies and Tactics
  • Candidate Experience

Connect with Ben

“Ben was able to articulate what we do and how we do it at a level I have never been able to do. He has such a wealth of knowledge and was eager to share it, which is awesome!”

Recruiting Manager, Altria

“Ben was extremely professional and insightful. He shared an abundance of knowledge he has obviously gained over a long career in talent acquisition across different industries.”

Strategic Sourcer, HMH

“Ben is always a great trainer. He’s very knowledgeable. I also appreciate how Ben is able to direct the conversation and keep it on track while also giving the space for organic conversation.”

Manager, Talent Acquisition, Micron

Speaking Engagements

  • ERE Expo
  • SourceCon
  • Recruiting Trends
  • Talent42
  • recruitDC

Sample Projects

  • GE

  • IKEA
  • Princeton University
  • Northrop Grumman
  • The Federal Reserve System
  • USAA

  • Micron Technology

Interested in having Ben speak at your conference?