There is an old joke about the guy who spent years and years looking for the perfect woman. Finally he found her. Sadly for him, she was looking for the perfect man.
As recruiters we see this happen all too often when companies have a long list of things they expect from candidates, but then a look at the company or the job being offered has shortcomings that would not allow them to attract and retain such “perfect” employees.
Too often hiring managers spend months attempting to find this perfect employee, which is next to impossible. Instead, they should be focusing on finding people who will do both a good job and work well inside of their businesses. Unfortunately, most businesses approach hiring the wrong way and are either left with a lot of vacancies or employees that just don’t fit in.
The worst thing that employers can do is just leave a job opening unfilled while hoping to one day find the perfect person to fill it. In reality, the perfect candidate that they are looking for is either already working somewhere else or just doesn’t exist!
The reality is that the very best of the best find jobs in no time, so they aren’t the type who will be going on many interviews. They get the jobs that they want and then dozens or even hundreds of other businesses are left out in the cold. Well, not really because the fact is that there are plenty of people who can do the job well and often fit in with the company better.
Hiring managers also have a budget to work with, which means that the perfect candidates are often not going to agree to what the company wants to pay anyway. This doesn’t mean that businesses have to hire less-than-adequate employees; they just have to be realistic when they start their searches.
If you are on the hunt for a great employee, there are steps that you can take to make sure that recruiting and hiring is done at a top level. Below are some of the things you can do to make sure that you are getting the most out of the hiring process:
Develop a Hiring Strategy
It doesn’t matter if you have all of your jobs filled right now or not, you have to know exactly how you are going to go about finding future employees now if you want the process to go smoothly. The tops businesses always know how they are going to seek out candidates, so you have to have a plan of your own for when the time comes. The worst thing you can do is try to just wing it when you are desperate for new staff.
Put More Emphasis on Training
By training employees the right way, you don’t have to worry as much about recruiting future candidates because you will be able to retain more of your staff. Employees are happier at their jobs when they fully understand what they are supposed to do and how they can help the company.
When it comes to training recruiters, they will know what they need to be looking for, so there aren’t too many wasted hours searching for people who wouldn’t fit in well anyway. Everyone in the company, new and old, should know what the goals for the business are so each department can work together and really feel like they are a team.
Don’t Worry About Cost:
If you want to find great employees without having to find the perfect one, you have to be willing to pay whatever it costs to get out the word. To get noticed by candidates, they will need to find you, so pay recruiters so they can spread the word about your job openings. This will both speed up the process and up your chances of finding fantastic candidates.
If you do have a low budget, do all you can with the money that you do have available to give yourself the best shot at finding great people to work with you. Recruiting and hiring is a major part of every business, so be sure that you do have funds to work with in this area.
Recruiters Need to Do More
Recruiters are also known as head hunters because they would go out and find new employees like their lives depended on it. Find a company who will give your job openings the attention they deserve. A good staffing agency will do a good job of matching the best person to the job, not just throwing candidates your way and hoping to get lucky. They also need to feel the pressure that you want the right person for the job found and you want them quickly.
Know the Job Market
One of the worst things businesses can do is throw up job ads all over the place without knowing how much interest there is at the present moment. It should be a team effort to find out what the interest is right now so you know how many man hours should be going into the search. Recruiters and hiring managers need to always be on the same page so that there is an understanding of what can and can’t be done.
Doing the things above will give you a much better shot at finding new employees that will do a great job for you even though they might not have been the “perfect” candidate.