You have been here before.
You pick out a reputable, well known individual that you know is considered an ‘A level player,’ in their field.
Urgency increases as you don’t want to lose them.
You proceed with a quick, unstructured interview. Perhaps one reference check and proceed to offer.
3 months in and you question whether this seemingly perfect hire is actually the right fit.
You ask yourself – Did I jump the gun? Why didn’t I ask better interview questions? Why didn’t I do more interviews? What ramifications might this have on the rest of the team? Is there someone out there who is just as good but a better overall fit for us? Where do I go from here?
You are asked by your report – What was your recruitment strategy? How many people did you review and interview? What type of questions did you ask to assess them against the role competencies & performance objectives? What questions did you ask to assess culture fit? What value proposition did you use to attract them?
Hiring the absolute best should be the standard for every hiring manager. The absolute best-meaning high-quality candidates that complement your team or business.
Speed in decision making on A level players is tempting but it can come at a cost. Particularly in current times when culture fit, diverse, inclusive workforces and skills beyond technical abilities are vital to developing successful teams.
Investing in recruitment as a core business competency is a fraction of the cost of having a bad, misaligned employee. Just as the right people grow your business, the wrong people are the ones that bring it down. It can cost you more than money; the wrong hires sap your organisation’s energy, sully your organisation’s culture and waste valuable time in training.
The best recruitment strategies are the ones that exhaust every avenue in the market to identify top performers and take the required measures to properly align them to the opportunity available.
At Lacuna, our role is to find and attract quality hires. We hunt out the best. However more importantly, we guarantee that the skills, values and behaviours of each new hire into your organisation, are exceptionally aligned to the strategy, culture and vision of your company.