Choosing the Right Candidate for Your Company

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Carl Hinett
Carl Hinett
Posted On11th October 2023
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Choosing the right candidate for your company is an art and a science. It’s about understanding the specific needs of your business and merging them with the right human qualities. And so, this guide provides us with some knowledge to make well-informed choices, ensuring that your selected candidate is not only qualified but is also a genuine asset.

1. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

It’s paramount to cultivate a diverse and inclusive workforce, which reflects varied experiences and perspectives. By focusing on:

  • Equality: Ensure equal opportunity for all applicants, irrespective of their background.
  • Diversity: Embrace candidates with different life experiences, cultures, and viewpoints.
  • Inclusion: Make certain all employees feel valued and included.
  • Unconscious bias: Train your team to recognise and avoid unintentional prejudices that may affect hiring decisions.

2. Fit for the Current Team

A candidate could appear great on paper, but it’s crucial that they get along with the existing team. With that in mind, how do we ensure we are choosing the right candidate for your company?

  • Company culture: Will the candidate thrive in the company’s current cultural environment?
  • Team dynamics: Consider team compatibility, ensuring a harmonious blend of personalities.

3. Fairness in Recruitment

A just recruitment process is key to ensuring every candidate gets a fair chance:

  • Use structured interviews with consistent questions for all.
  • Establish a clear criterion to evaluate each applicant.
  • Ensure multiple stakeholders are involved in the decision-making.

4. A Robust Recruitment Process

A systematic recruitment process guarantees efficiency with choosing the right candidate for your company:

  • Job description clarity: Detail the required skills, roles, and responsibilities.
  • Multiple interview stages: One way of helping is to incorporate methods such as panel interviews, practical tests, or group exercises (but obviously not being too long winded or over the top) which then in turn helps with the selection process.

5. Utilising Headhunters or Recruitment Companies

Considering professionals can save you time and yield better results:

  • They have a vast network of candidates.
  • They can pre-screen candidates, ensuring only the best reach you.
  • They can offer industry insights and salary benchmarking.

6. Researching and Interviewing the Candidate

Thorough research and well-structured interviews yield fruitful outcomes:

  • Social media checks: LinkedIn will offer insights into their professional history.
  • Right questions: Ask situational questions to gauge their problem-solving skills.
  • Ask for examples: Let candidates show their achievements with real-life situations they’ve handled.

7. Recognising Transferable Skills and Trainability

Not all skills are listed on a CV, and some can be developed with ease:

  • Transferable skills: Attributes like problem-solving, team management, and communication often transfer across industries.
  • Trainability: Some technical skills can be taught. Gauge a candidate’s willingness and capacity to learn new things.

Conclusion

Choosing the right candidate is a blend of understanding your company’s needs, ensuring a fair and inclusive process, and recognising the potential in individuals. By adhering to these principles, you’re setting your business up for a brighter future filled with dedicated, diverse, and skilled professionals.

OUR FOCUS ON LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIPS

At re:find we have been in Executive Search for over 20 years. We believe that recruitment is not a one-off transaction but rather a long-term partnership. We aim to build long-term relationships with our clients, providing ongoing support and advice to help them find and retain the best talent for their organisation.

In addition, as a business, we understand that every organisation is unique and that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to recruitment. That’s why we offer bespoke recruitment solutions that are tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. Whether you need help with a single hire or a full recruitment campaign, we can help.

We are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality service. As part of this, we ensure that we take the time to understand your organisation’s culture and values, as well as the specific skills and experience needed for each role.

For more information on our executive search practice and our CCS framework please get in touch with our Managing Director, James Cumming.


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