Monday, June 1, 2015

Finding a Purple Squirrel; find a squirrel, then dye it purple!

Thanks to the reliance on technology and a plethora of great programs, recruiting has changed a lot. However, there are still many “rules” of recruiting that will probably never change. Today’s post is part one of a two-part blog on how you can be the best at recruiting.

1.)    The Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”) is a universally known term, but in recruiting, business, and probably life in general, the Platinum Rule created by Dr. Tony Alessandra needs to be employed. The Platinum Rule is “Treat others the way they want to be treated.” The Platinum Rule requires that you know what a person wants and you provide it for them. It takes other’s feelings and thoughts and puts them ahead of your own.

2.)    Know what you want, what you need, and what you cannot live without. Once you know all of that, prioritize it. If you need a purple squirrel, you are not going to find one. You will have to settle for a squirrel and dye it purple. This analogy means that you can find a candidate with the qualities you cannot live without, then you can teach the candidate about what you need and want.

3.)    Improve your candidate pool. If you are not looking at the best candidates, you certainly will not be able to hire them. You already know you want to hire the best candidate out there, so it is vital to do everything you can to get that candidate into your hiring pool.

4.)    Hire for strengths. No matter what the position is, there will nearly always be multiple duties. The important thing is to figure out with the most important duty of a position is and find a candidate with the strengths to fulfill that duty better than anyone else could.

5.)    Hire the sure thing. Sometimes there is a rush to fill a position, and when it is a very important role the rush is understandable. However, rushing to fill an empty post can lead to hiring the wrong person. This is a huge headache because not only will the job not be done the way you need or want it to, but you will end up right back where you started: the beginning of the hiring process.

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