The Unconventional Hiring Technique the Smartest Corporations Use to Discover Famous person Workers
Sometimes the best path to success is the one few people take. After all, if you do what other people do, you can only achieve what they achieve.
Take the road less busy. Turn conventional wisdom upside down. To do what other people cannot – or more precisely not -.
Accept settings. Recruiting and hiring Superstar employees is difficult for small businesses with limited resources. That means looking where others don’t want to – and taking risks that others don’t.
In 2018, the TalentWorks job site conducted a survey of nearly 7,000 applicants in 100 industries.
One key finding: applicants who were fired, laid off, or terminated within 15 months were almost half as employed as applicants who stayed in their previous job for more than 15 months. (Of the “longer-term” candidates, 13.4 percent received interviews, compared with just 7.6 percent of those under the age of 15.)
Why? With the average hiring manager spending less than 60 seconds scanning a resume, applicants who didn’t work long in their last job have clearly raised a red flag. For many, what appeared to be “job hopping” was a simple and time-saving sorting tool.
Granted, this approach makes sense. Staying in one job for less than a year has understandable implications. If I got fired, I didn’t have to have been able. If I quit I must be unreliable. If I had been fired, I wouldn’t have been someone the company could better afford not to let go.
Sometimes these things are true.
But sometimes they aren’t. If you get fired within 15 minutes, a red flag will definitely be raised. At least the person didn’t go well together.
How to stop Maybe the company wasn’t a good fit – for the employee.
We all hired people who didn’t turn out to be what we thought. The opposite is true for employees. In a competitive hiring landscape, companies often sell – sometimes very hard – to potential employees.
Lots of people joined a company only to find out it wasn’t what they thought it was. The job itself was different from what was advertised. The culture was different. The responsibility or autonomy or opportunities were different.
How for discharge? Many companies that are forced to cut simply lay off their least busy employees. (If nothing else, it’s really easy to justify why certain people have been fired.)
All of this creates a pool of potentially great candidates that many other companies have ignored.
Next time you have an opening, do what a lot of people do and put any candidates who briefly stayed on their last job on a separate pile.
But don’t throw this pile away. Take the time to take a close look at each applicant. The programmer who quit her last job after eight months but worked eight years on her penultimate job could be perfect.
Maybe she took this job because it seemed like a great opportunity. Maybe she took this job because it was an opportunity to be one of the first employees in a startup.
Who knows why she left after eight months?
If you look closely – and then ask.
If you can’t find the best people to work with with other companies, stop trying.
Do what they don’t. Look where they’re not looking.
That way, you don’t have to compete.
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