Finding the Perfect Candidate
Finding the perfect candidate to fill your leadership position is no easy task. While finding prospects with the appropriate skill level and experience may be simple enough using online recruitment sites, there are many other characteristics that come into play when determining if someone is truly suited for your unique position. Therefore, the process can become time-consuming and unfortunately, may ultimately lead to a bad hire.
During the recruitment process it is important to remember that skills alone do not guarantee the best candidate. Instead, individuals must possess a combination of skills and characteristics, which may be harder to quantify. Therefore, during this sometimes-grueling process, you should consider the following:
What Exactly Are You Looking For?
In order to find the correct person for your position, you must clearly define what it is you are looking for. Start with the skills needed to succeed. Follow that by determining what the characteristics of your ideal individual are. For instance, do you need a leader, a team-member or someone who can work alone?
Sometimes an individual may have the right skills for the position, but their personality may clash with key team-players or the overall culture of a company. If they do not have a personality that fits, it can severely impact their overall performance, as well as affect the overall morale of everyone they come in contact with. Look at the people within your company and try to determine what personality aspects would be needed to not only do the job right but to also work well within your already established workforce.
Some candidates may look perfect on paper and ace the interview, only to stumble once they have been hired on. This is why it is important to take a good look at their past performance. Require a wide variety of references and make sure they are the real deal. While it may be time-consuming, vetting references isn’t a waste of time. Sites like Linkedin.com are a great place to determine if the references listed are legitimate.
Bringing on a professional recruiter can help streamline your recruitment process. Today, job-seekers have the ability to shop around like never before. Professional recruiters have experience in positioning companies to make them more desirable to candidates than competitors. Recruiters also are likely to have an established network of candidates who have already distinguished themselves as qualified and prepared to make their next career move. Lastly, executive recruitment firms are well-versed in the legal aspects of recruitment and can keep you from taking any legal risks during the hiring process.
If you are currently seeking solutions to ease the transition of your organization’s leadership, Signature Executives is ready to partner with you. We have been in the business of executive recruitment for two decades and have successfully facilitated senior leadership transitions in a number of different industries. Together, we will find a professional that satisfies your organization’s specific needs and drives future successes!