Perfectionism has its time and place – neither of which can be found anywhere during the hiring process. It might seem like, with so many people lining up for any and every available job, now would be the perfect time to find the perfect candidate. However, you can get so caught up in the search that you overlook excellent candidates who would serve your business well today. Doesn’t that sound better than sifting through mountains of resumes and dealing with an endless queue of interviews? Here are a few things that should help you with your search.
There’s No Such Thing as Perfect
Every candidate, no matter how many checks he has in the plus column, is going to bring some negatives to the table. That’s the beauty of dealing with people. They all have strengths and weaknesses. Your job is to find out which strengths and weaknesses you can and cannot live with.
Sometimes the Best Employees are the Biggest Surprises
Most of the time, the hiring process is a bit of a crap shoot. You never know what you’re really going to get. Some people interview well but really don’t work all that well once they’ve been hired. Others look great on paper, but the reality doesn’t quite meet with the expectations. While you don’t want to hire people who are completely unsuited for the position you have available, that doesn’t mean that you should wait until the one who looks perfect on paper comes along either.
Weigh the Pros and the Cons of Individual Candidates
The odds are high that you’re going to receive a lot of applicants for the position that’s available. Once you eliminate from the mix those who are completely unqualified for the position, the challenge becomes figuring out which candidates are better “fits” within your organization. The best way to do this is to make a list of pros and cons for each candidate. See how they stack up to the position you need filled by also listing the strengths and weaknesses already present within your organization. Remember that most companies operate as a team of people working together these days. One person’s strength can make up for another person’s weakness.
How Trainable is the Candidate in Question?
At the end of the day, it all comes down to trainability. No matter how much industry knowledge or experience a candidate has coming into an organization or business, there is going to be a bit of a learning curve. Can this person be trained to operate in the way your business needs? How long do you believe it will take to turn each candidate on your short list into a real winner for your organization? If you’re interested in a long-term return on investment, choose the one that offers the most potential, not the one that seems “perfect” right now
Sometimes, a little perfectionism can go a long way towards making the world a better place. But, there are also times when it’s best not to wait for the perfect solution when there is a perfectly good possible solution right here, right now.