We have all been there. You spent what felt like 1,000 hours recruiting – posting the job online, reviewing resumes, speaking to candidates, getting feedback from interviewers, making a job offer. Your new employee comes in and within 48 hours they are completely different than you expected… and not in a good way. You are asking yourself, “What happened to the funny, charming, experienced person I spoke with a few weeks ago? Can I have them back please?!”.
No experienced recruiter or manager has not experienced the situation above. Some people are skilled in interviewing but not so great at showing up with results in the end. For that reason, and so many more, hiring is not most people’s favorite part of managing their business. Usually, it is sparked by the loss of an employee and replacing an experienced employee feels like a burden instead of a new opportunity. Because you aren’t recruiting all the time, hopefully, you may feel like having to hire adds ONE MORE THING to your plate. I don’t know about you but I am looking for ways to reduce my workload not increase it!
Hiring does require work - there’s no doubt about that. Because of that, you might be trying to make a bad thing work with an imperfect fit. However, if we address hiring as a strategic opportunity instead of a box to check on our to-do list, we will have the best opportunity to avoid hires we regret! It doesn’t have to be a bad experience, I promise!
To make recruiting work for you, you must be smart with your time and resources!
Questions you shouldn’t forget to ask:
Like any other activity, practice makes perfect. Push yourself to learn more about recruiting by seeking learning material – both literature and training seminars. Don’t be afraid to make a change to your plan if something isn’t working. Just like a disappointing hire, we can’t try to make a bad thing work if we want to see growing levels of success.
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