Having recently attended a very informative presentation on recruitment by Mark Gill of Headway Recruitment, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on this subject.
Hiring and firing is a very powerful position to be in, just look at Alan Sugar! And as they say ‘with great power comes great responsibility'(Voltaire).
If you hire a great candidate, the benefit to your company will be immense whereas hiring the wrong candidate can cost you dearly.
Ok, let me explain……..
The right person for the job, depends on a lot of things such as, suitability for the role, qualifications, experience, commitment, attitude. Even their reason for wanting the job can be an influence as to whether you take them on or not.
For example, on paper a candidate might have all the qualifications you are looking for, but during the interview process it could become apparent that their attitude to work or the reason they applied for the job may not be what you expected.
If you are looking for someone to be part of a team, it is your responsibility to consider the other members of that team and whether the new employee will fit in. Sounds obvious, but if the new team member isn’t a good fit then the original team members might feel intimidated, inadequate, aggrieved, over-looked. Thus putting them on the defensive, struggling to meet targets and generally ‘not wanting to play ball’. This could potentially affect productivity, staff morale, staff turnover, company reputation, amongst other things and this will cost you money in the long run.
You will probably be looking forever to find ‘the perfect candidate’. But hiring the best person you can get will reap huge rewards in the long run. It will also save you having the ‘you’re fired’ conversation too!
Psychometric profiling is a great way to find that piece of the jigsaw to fit perfectly into your team.
This system analyses a combination of aptitude and personality tests that measure job-relevant cognitive abilities and personality. In other words, potential employers can assess your ability through a series of questions and tests. This helps to identify your personality traits.
There are 4 main types of personality, dominance, influencer, conscientious and steadiness. All of which have their own different traits. You can be a combination of two types and generally a good team consists of a mixture of all four.
Some recruitment agencies use this technique to find you the right person for the job and the guys at Headway Recruitment in Leeds and Bradford have over 35 years of recruitment expertise to help guide you through the process of hiring your next employee. So, if you are looking to recruit, give them a call.
Personally, I think the dynamics of a team are crucial to your business, what do you think?