When looking for the best candidate matches for your organization, don’t limit your options by focusing only on a list of arbitrary skills and qualifications.
Follow these tips to find candidates who will bring more than just a great résumé to your organization:
- Gain a well-rounded picture. During interviews, don’t focus specifically on work-related experience and skills. Also learn about applicants’ hobbies and what drives them, both professionally and personally. You’ll develop a better sense of what the person is about.
- Consider freelancers. You can find amazingly qualified people who just aren’t ready for a full-time position. Open your mind to contract workers and freelancers to improve your team. Plus, you can learn how well those people are able to work at your organization’s pace, without the commitment of a full-time offer. For example, you could contract with someone on a freelance basis for one month—or for one assignment. Be sure to provide very clear instructions, goals and expectations and ensure that they have everything they need to actually succeed.
- Don’t discount eagerness. Recent graduates may not have the years of experience you are used to, but what they lack there they often make up for in enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and tackle challenges. They aren’t yet set in their ways when it comes to completing work, so they may find it easier to adjust to your team.
— Adapted from “How to Spot Job Candidates Who Can Grow Your Business,” Stephanie Christensen, www.intuit.com.