The search for a perfect employee-employer match has a great deal in common with the search for true love. As parties on both sides can attest, the process comes with plenty of heartbreak, inflated expectations, disappointments, rejections, and miscommunications, but when it goes well, the end result is a mutually fulfilling arrangement that only gets better as the years go by. So as a hiring manger, what can you do to avoid trouble and trauma and move as quickly as possible to the happy ending?
Present Your Company Honestly
There’s nothing more annoying to candidates than being sold a bill of goods. And though they’ll correct their mistake eventually if they sign on under false pretenses, the process will be expensive for both of you in terms of wasted time and the high cost of hiring and turnover. So be honest. From the first moment of contact (your job posting), make sure you describe the position accurately. Don’t exaggerate the glamour, the challenge, or the opportunities this position offers for growth. And of course, try not to misrepresent your company’s culture.
Insist on the Truth
Just as you show respect to your candidates by describing your culture and company as they are—not in terms you think your audience wants to hear—you should expect the same honestly in return. In fact, you should insist on it. Ask direct, meaningful questions during your interviews, and as you do so, make it safe and easy for your candidates to provide honest answers and share their true feelings. If they want something the company can’t offer, or vice versa, it’s better for both parties to learn this during the application process, not six months down the road.
Share the Same Passions
It’s been said that perfect love isn’t two people looking at each other; it’s two people looking in the same direction. Before you make a commitment to your candidate and expect her to do the same for you, make sure that you share the same vision for the near and distant future. Do her one, three, and five-year plans line up well with your company’s needs? Can you provide the resources and support she’ll need to take her career where she wants it to go? If you plan to take the company in a specific direction, can she offer the skill sets and attitude that can make this happen? If not, think twice. The two of you may get off to a rosy start, but what happens when the honeymoon ends?
In some ways, a great staffing firm is like a great matchmaker. Here at the Palmer Group, our experienced Des Moines staffing pros have what it takes to help you find your perfect employee. We’re great listeners, and our candidate contacts cover a wide range of industries at every career level. Make an appointment today and let us introduce you to the candidate of your dreams.