MANAGERS WASTE TIME LOOKING FOR THE “PERFECT” HIRE
Unrealistic expectations often start with the job posting. A list of qualifications a mile long can scare off perfectly capable candidates, leaving hiring managers frustrated that they’re not getting the volume or quality of applicants they want.
Why is the first option always to find someone who checks every box—a unicorn? If the job description was pared down to the skills the team actually needs to succeed, the right candidates could have been rolling in.
This problem has a simple fix.
It’ll take a little more work at first, but soon you’ll realize what you’re looking for in a new hire: someone who’s a great culture fit and who has the potential to grow into the skills you need with proper training
Every hiring manager’s job is to hire the best candidate.
Often, they’ll look at what the team needs and go forth to search for a mystical unicorn. Someone who can write clean code, build networks, design amazing layouts and is a pleasure to be around.
While hiring managers waste time looking for the “perfect” candidate, they miss out on amazing future employees because they have a perceived skills gap. Unicorns don’t exist—in a horse or human form. It’d be fantastic to have someone on your team who has a background in UX, can design, code and write stellar copy. But the chances of finding someone who does all those things well is slim. Great employees are made, not found. You can teach the right candidate the skills they need to succeed.
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