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Graham, April 26 2022

The 5 questions you should ask yourself when recruiting

Many people who are involved in recruiting are familiar with the classic 3 areas of discovery: can they do the job, will they do the job and will they fit. In these days of skill shortages and low unemployment, some companies seem to be tempted to gloss over the latter 2 areas just to fill an urgent vacancy. But, there are 2 additional areas that employers should also be considering, especially in the light of how fast many jobs and the work place is changing. It is essential to remember that the selection process is not just about ensuring that a candidate is the right employee for you, but also ensuring that you are the right employer for them. So, here is a summary of the 5 key questions you should be asking yourself when you are hiring someone. Don't cut corners, you'll pay for it later:

All of these 5 areas of discovery are in someway interdependent - they are all aspects of the same person, and that person needs to be considered in the context of you, your company, and the opportunity you are offering. See Why would anyone ever work for you? Make sure you consider them all; the potential new employee will appreciate your level of interest and thoroughness; and you will stand a better chance of realising the benefits of the right employee working for the right employer.

If you would like a set of more detailed notes about these 5 elements as well as some general considerations when you are recruiting and interviewing, please let me know and I will send to you. I'd also be interested to know what specific challenges you are having in recruiting, or if you have any pearls of wisdom.


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