While you're waiting for the PERFECT Job Candidate ----
As you eagerly awaited the arrival of that "perfect" job candidate on paper, your team suffered a painful six-month slump in productivity. Yep, while you were busy daydreaming about the ideal candidate, the work didn't magically get done. Surprise!
Oh, and let's not forget about the exorbitant amount of cash you burned through interviewing and dissecting every Tom, Dick, and Harry who crossed your path. You might as well have opened up your own recruiting firm based on the amount of time you've invested.
Finally, after what felt like an eternity, you found what you believed to be the elusive "purple squirrel" candidate—the one who ticked all the boxes on paper. But guess what? They turned out to be as disappointing as an expired coupon.
Now, let me give you a piece of advice as a seasoned 56-year-old CEO who ran two 40 million dollar companies before starting recruiting firm Riderflex 7 years ago, and who's been hiring since the tender age of 16. Brace yourself, because this one might just blow your mind.................................The perfect fit on paper is about as reliable as a chocolate teapot. It rarely lives up to expectations.
Believe it or not, the best employees you'll ever have in your entire career are the ones who initially seemed completely unqualified for the job. Yep, the ones who had more desire and ambition in their pinky finger than the so-called "perfect" candidates had in their entire bodies. Experience schmexperience!
Desire, ambition, people skills work ethic, potential and company culture fit should almost ALWAYS count more in your decision-making on when to hire versus a specific line item of experience in the job spec.
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