Apply These Three Elements To Your Recruitment Process And Attract Top Talent To Your Team.
If you’re recruiting like we are you’ll quickly notice that competition for the best talent is fierce and candidates now have so many options that organizations need to get creative.
Consider these three practices that will help you change your company culture and prevent the people you hire from wanting to update their CVs six months later.
1. Look for potential, not experience.
Yes, you read that right, potential over experience. Traditionally, hiring based on technical skills and critical thinking were the criteria, but in a complex and ever-changing business environment where culture, community and people skills are so important, it’s too risky to rely solely on technical skills.
Instead, find the potential in a candidate that you can develop, train, and prepare for the eventual succession of your business. Identify talent that can adapt to new challenges and evolve into new roles as your business takes unexpected turns in its growth.
Avoid hiring “rock stars” as they know their worth and may look for another job before the integration process is over!
Instead, nurture your own talents. As you develop them and they become internal rock stars, your challenge now will be to create the environment that pushes them forward and upwards.
2. Seek diversity as a driver of your corporate culture
Great leaders cannot succeed alone. Even the most confident and charismatic leaders need to surround themselves with quality support and advice
Make sure you recruit diverse talent from different backgrounds with different personality types, strengths, and gifts to bring you new perspectives! They will be able to advise you when necessary and discuss ideas that will drive your team forward.
3. Create an environment that attracts top talent
Candidates are looking for purpose in their work and the opportunity to make a real difference:
- They want to know that they will have career and learning opportunities to develop.
- They want to know that they will be part of a community with shared values. The question on their minds is: “Will my environment be supportive, flexible, fun and engaging?
- They want to know that their potential employer is open-minded. This means that it is safe to challenge the status quo, share ideas and give your opinion, because leadership does not lead by dictatorship.
- They want to know that their future bosses will congratulate them, recognize and reward them for a job well done
Be sure to assess, with your recruitment team, the qualities, strengths, and behavioural traits you want in your future employees. Do these traits match your cultural values that will drive your business forward? If the answer is no, consider revising your interview questions so that you can find the perfect fit.