Are you having trouble finding the perfect hire? It may feel like there’s just not enough ‘good’ candidates out there. But consistently identifying job seekers with the rights skills for the job(s) available may be to simply stop looking for the ‘perfect’ hire and instead evaluate the pool of available candidates in a new way.
Some employers start looking for candidates without having a complete understanding of the position they’re hiring for. Conversely, some may have an ‘everything and the kitchen sink’ approach and create a job description that lists so many ‘required’ skills and that finding a suitable pool of candidates is all but impossible. To avoid these scenarios, define the opportunity and your expectations before you start your hiring process:
If you’re having trouble with the ‘quality’ of the candidates applying for the available job(s), take a quick look at your job description. The more accurate it is, the easier the hiring process will be. Be as honest and straight-forward as possible.
Sure, your candidate’s resume lists all the right experience with the hard skills the job requires, but do they really have the expertise you’re looking for? Make sure your screening process can handle evaluating hard skills.
Many employers rate soft skills (the ability to communicate, problem solving, and the ability to work as part of a team) are even more important than hard skills. Hard skills can often be taught, but a candidate with excellent soft skills is a valuable find. Screening for soft skills is not as difficult as it sounds. Here are some sample questions from Michael Page:
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Instead of trying to find the ‘perfect’ candidate, focus on finding a pool of candidates with the right mix of skills, experience, abilities and attitude. A structured interview process with defined roles will reveal your best options, giving you the information you need to make an informed decision on the best possible hire.