Having been in the Recruiting Industry for the last 15 years, it is fascinating how this problem still exists. I have noticed it is particularly challenging when a client of ours is creating a new position. The process usually goes something like this…
A hiring manager puts together their list of requirements and then starts to talk to other peers and supervisors about the positions. This inevitably causes more requirements to be added to the job description. Then, the hiring manager puts the “finishing touches” on it by adding skills that supplement every deficiency from their current team. The end result is a job description which requires the candidate to have a cape and a large “S” on their chest.
I always coach clients to hire for attributes and competencies versus just the skills to do the job. It is as important, or maybe even more important, to hire for culture fit, upward mobility, and a good long-term fit for your organization. The better you identify your present talent AS WELL AS your future talent, the less time, money, and effort you will spend on re-recruiting the same position.
Let me leave you with a final thought… Do not try to hire Super Heroes but instead try to hire Super Humans!
Mike Israel, Unit Manager