Scouting for the precise talent is a mammoth task in itself, not only by the pure nature of the process run associated with it, being sourcing candidates, psychometric and medical tests, short listing, interviewing candidates but also the drain on the company’s time and money resources.
Moreover, hiring the right talent is a still bigger perceived challenge. Like Steve Jobs effectively put it, it is akin to finding a needle in a haystack.
Revisiting the job description
The job description would have changed manifold with the changes in the company’s environment and also the scale in which it is in operation.
So, it would be worth the time to revisit the earlier job description to boost it up to present and future needs. Any job profile needs an evolution. The candidate needs to assured and informed of his role in the company. A disappointment on his part would boomerang in a much larger way to the company. Also we are sure only to canvas for the applicants which suit our profile the best.
An employee is not only an investment in the human capital of the company but he is a major thrust to deliver the company’s results. The cost of selecting a wrong employee can be perennially damaging to the job and the company.
“When I find an employee who turns out to be wrong for a job, I feel it is my fault because I made the decision to hire him.”
Akio Morita, co-founder of Sony Corp.
Work atmosphere- Being able to fit in the culture
The pursuit of the correct talent would need investment of time and resources on the part of the company. Along with recruitment agencies, nowadays LinkedIn, Facebook etc have also become vital methods for sourcing talents. Visit the potential candidates’ profiles and screen them before making a choice. It is as much an important factor that the potential candidate is able to fit into the culture and atmosphere of the company. It would enable him or her to blend in well if you make an informed choice.
A candidate is apt for the role if he/she remains focussed on his role and is an asset for the company and also employee relations. The company secures his commitment to the job. A disgruntled employee would ruin the office environment and would have perpetually nothing to offer on his plate. You can hardly expect a return on your investment!
“If you can hire people whose passion intersects with the job, they won’t require any supervision at all. They will manage themselves better than anyone could ever manage them. Their fire comes from within, not from without. Their motivation is internal, not external.”
“Often the best solution to a management problem is the right person.”
The right talent can make or break your company fortunes. At the senior and top management level, often the vacancies are kept on hold for months together for this very reason. The company is run primarily by its employees; one can never undermine the task of the Human resources.
By hiring an employee the company not only gains the vast amount of experience he or she brings on to the job, the company plays an important hand in adding experience in his pocket. Financial security aside, gaining and imparting experience is vital in any employer – employee relation.
“Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?” – Thomas John Watson Sr.
Hiring apt personnel
More often, we notice that a candidate is hired more for his likeability or pleasant mannerisms and appearance rather than his experience to the profile. Like minded people need not necessarily breed better scalability and profits for the company.
“If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don’t particularly like.”
To sum it up, in the words of Warren Buffet, “Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.
Author – SuccessYeti