Looking for the “Perfect Candidate”?

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Looking for the “Perfect Candidate”?

So, you have an opening within your firm and are looking to fill it ASAP, with the “perfect candidate”. I’m here to tell you that the “perfect candidate” lives right next to Sasquatch and the Easter Bunny, just over the rainbow. Get the picture?
Have you ever waited for the ideal candidate to walk through your door and fill an urgent opening in your department? You wait. And wait and wait and wait! Why? Because they are most likely not out there, especially in today’s job market.
A few days ago, our client called to tell us the “perfect fit” candidate they hired (against our advice) had quit after only three weeks. Why? They ignored the two or three red flags that we pointed out, because she was as they said again, PERFECT.  Guess what? She wasn’t.
We ask our clients to make a “Top 10” list for their openings and organize it like so:
a)      MUST Haves/Non-Negotiables
b)     Preferred skills/qualities
c)      The wish list.
We’re all familiar with the personality tests, assessments and evaluations being used today during the interview process, but are we looking for reasons to hire or NOT to hire someone? While all these evaluations can certainly stack the odds in your favor, if results don’t give you exactly what you want but are close, and the person has other attributes that you truly like, hire them! How many times do the assessments come back great and the super test taker leaves after a few months? 
Sometimes, it’s OK to go with your gut, even if they are not Superman but fit most of the job requirements. If you are not sure and a candidate is not working, you can always consider temping them to see how it goes, without a huge commitment.
The companies and hiring managers that look for every single job requirement on a resume and won’t budge, find themselves in two dangerous categories:
a)      Having a stressed out team
b)     Personally working overtime and weekends
Hiring someone is a crapshoot, everyone knows that. Think outside the box!! Consider candidates that have passion, desire and of course, a skill set that can handle most of the duties. There will always be a learning curve. You want to stack the odds in your favor but intelligent people who want to learn and are willing to work hard far outweigh someone with a piece of paper that has all of the boxes checked!!!
Happy Hunting

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