3 Ways to Land the Candidate You Want

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3 Ways to Land the Candidate You Want

The ratio of jobs available and those seeking jobs has dropped dramatically since the recession. In fact, there are 1.4 people for every one job available. With the shrinking number of candidates vying for positions dropping every day, it may seem like you won’t be able to find the right person to fill your company’s needs. However, with just a few tips, you can not only fill the position but also land the perfect candidate for the job.

1.       Preparation is key

When you invite a potential hire in for an interview, you fully expect for them to have done their homework. You would assume they understand the job they are applying for as well as know about the company itself. You have screened dozens of applicants so it only makes sense that you also do some homework. Read their resume multiple times. Fully appreciate the job roles they had before and how it could be advantageous for the role they are applying for within your company. Do a little online research. Browse their former companies, alma mater, and even their social profiles. By understanding the candidate, you will be able to make a more informed decision about hiring them.

2.       Be clear, consistent, and confident

No one wants to waste time and this is true for both you and the person you are interviewing. Be clear about the job role. From behavioral traits to applicable skills, let the candidate know exactly what you are going to need from them. It is also important that everyone on your team is consistent with expectations. If the candidate is getting different ideas about what the job entails from different people, it could scare them away from the role. However, if each person who is a part of the interview maintains a united front in terms of the job, the confidence will translate into a positive view of the position for the candidate.

3.       Get out of the office

When interviewing in the office, it can be hard to really gauge how the potential hire will not only work in the position but also mesh with the team. Go out for coffee, grab lunch or even meet at a local park. By removing yourselves from the office, you may be able to see more of their personality come through. Are they easily distracted by what is around them? Are they respectful to the wait staff? You can learn a lot about a person just by observing their behavior outside of the workplace. This is also true of how they will view you. Leaving the office gives the candidate the opportunity to see you in a less structured and intimidating environment. The more you get to know them and they get to know you, the more likely it is that you will find a good fit.

With the number of candidates available decreasing year after year, it can be hard to land the candidate you want. With just a few minor adjustments in your hiring process, you can find a good fit for your open position and make yourself and your company appealing to the candidate. If you are struggling to find the right fit for your company’s vacant position, let Skywalk Group help.