How do you attract and retain high-tech talent? Here are some ideas you haven’t heard before, and tried-and-true ones with a new twist.By 09/11/2000|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/10/2001 Word of mouthThis is perhaps the number-one tool in any high-tech recruiter’s arsenal. Alcatel gets 39 per cent of its new hires through referrals. That’s likely due in large part to the fact that they pay $3,000 to $8,000 to employees whose referrals are hired. Referred people tend to stay around longer because they arrive with a greater awareness of the company’s corporate culture. Since the inception of the referral system six months ago, the company has seen retention of new recruits improve dramatically — in fact, none have left. Alumni program To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.