Hiring the right people for the job is key to the success of any business. Organizations spend a lot of time and money trying to ensure that the people they hire posses the skills and qualifications they need. However, many still fail to determine whether a candidate would make a good fit for the organization’s culture, or if the job they are applying for is even what they really want to do.
It might seem counterintuitive, but the fact that a qualified candidate applies for a particular position doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she would make a good fit for the job.
In fact, the #1 reason people fail at their job is not because of a lack of skills or qualifications, but because of poor job fit. When recruiting new talent, HR managers need to look beyond the standard metrics of pre-employment tests. In addition to ensuring that a prospective employee meets your company’s expectations, it is just as important to make sure that the open position is what the person is really interested in.
This is a scary concept for many HR professionals, because it goes against what so many of us rely on when making decisions.
In most instances, hiring for the right job fit is more effective than hiring for skills. Employees who are truly dedicated and passionate about their job are more productive and less likely to quit than those who may be more qualified but lack the passion and enthusiasm about their position.
A good way to ensure the right fit is to ask the candidate about their dream job. The correct answer doesn’t have to be the job they are applying for, but it should be in line with what they will be doing at the organization. Otherwise, you may find yourself hiring people for the same position over and over again.
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